USEFUL INFORMATION

What to Bring

  • Good warm clothing
  • Gloves, hat, wet weather gear
  • Good footwear
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pyjamas? or thermals – it can be cold at night
  • Food and drinks
  • Towel
  • Torch
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera, of course!

Please keep in mind that you are required to take out everything you take in (glass, cans, etc).  Only compostable or burnable rubbish may be left at the Lodge.

A linen package is available for an extra charge, if you do not wish to bring  a sleeping bag.  This must be requested at time of booking.

COST OF ACCOMMODATION, & cancellation policy

Click here to view the price list for accommodation options, and our cancellation policy. 

For the linen-pack (comprising sheets, pillowcase, duvet, towel and flannel), or the towel & flannel pack (comprising a face flannel and towel), the price is a fixed fee for your entire, continuous-nights, stay.

All accommodation and extras must be booked to ensure availability.

How to Get There

The nearest town is Tuatapere, which is 86km from Invercargill and 100km from Te Anau, on the Southern Scenic Route.

Travel down the Wairaurahiri River in one of the jet boats which make the trip regularly, fly in by helicopter, or walk the Bluecliffs Beach/south coast track.

Please Note:  Jetboats land at the steps below the Lodge.  During low river-flows, the landing will be further away from the Lodge (up to 200 metres), and guests need to be able to negotiate steps (25) and/or walk along an uneven-terrain bush track.  If it is difficult for you to carry your luggage from the lower landing, you can book for your luggage to be transported from the boat to the Lodge.  If you are unable to negotiate steps or uneven-terrain, travel by helicopter may be more suitable, as you would land on the front-lawn at the Lodge.

JETBOAT:  1 hour from Lake Hauroko to Waitutu Lodge,   1 ¼ hours from Waitutu Lodge to Lake Hauroko.  If you are travelling by jetboat, there are two operators who travel to the Lodge.  You can book your travel directly with them:

Wairaurahiri Jet

Phone 0800 376 174

www.wjet.co.nz

Wairaurahiri Wilderness Jet

Phone 0800 270 556

www.river-jet.co.nz

FLY:   

15-20 minutes from Tuatapere or Clifden.

Fiordland Helicopters

Phone: 03 249 7575 

www.fiordlandhelicopters.co.nz

DRIVE/WALK:

  • Drive to Rarakau, walk to Port Craig – 6 hours, stay overnight at the old school or Hump Ridge Village, then 5 hours walk to Waitutu Lodge.
  • From Tuatapere turn onto Papatotara Road and follow the signs to Bluecliffs Beach.  The first 21km are sealed and the remaining 7km are gravel road of a good standard.  Cars can be left in the carpark (at the owners risk), signposted in front of the Rarakau Station homestead, 150 metres past the track entrance.
  • Ask at the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Office in Tuatapere, for specific directions.

If you are planning on walking the Hump Ridge Track, either before or after visiting the Lodge, their contact details are:

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

Phone 0800 486 774

www.humpridgetrack.co.nz

 

BOOKINGS

BOOKINGS CAN BE MADE:

FOR ACCOMMODATION:

Direct with the Lodge by filling in our booking enquiry form – on the main page, select “Bookings”.  Enter the required information, and “Submit”.  

Click here to view the price list and cancellation policy.  

The Lodge can sleep 21 guests, and has six bedrooms with 20 beds.   Pillows are provided.  The six bedrooms consist of:  one with a Queen bed;  one with 2-singles;  two with 3-singles;  one with 3-singles and a king-single;  and one with 5-singles and a set of bunks.

Linen is also available for hire.  Please enter any requirements in the “Optional Extras” section of the booking form.  For the linen-pack (comprising sheets, pillowcase, duvet, towel and flannel), or the towel & flannel pack (comprising face flannel and towel), the price is a fixed fee for your entire, continuous-nights stay.

All accommodation and extras must be booked to ensure availability.

Contact can also be made direct with the Lodge Host (Alan) via Viber, on 0275 768 702.  If he is unable to answer at the time of calling, he will call you back.

FOR TRAVEL:

If you are travelling by jetboat, there are two boat operators who travel to the Lodge.  You can book your travel directly with them:

Wairaurahiri Jet

Phone:  0800 376 174

www.wjet.co.nz

Wairaurahiri Wilderness Jet

Phone: : 0800 270 556

www.river-jet.co.nz

If you wish to travel by helicopter, you can book directly with them:

Fiordland Helicopters

Phone:  03 249 7575

www.fiordlandhelicopters.co.nz

Accommodation in Tuatapere

If you wish to stay overnight in Tuatapere before or after your journey to the Lodge, you may like to book at one of the following:

Tui Basecamp – Motel, Backpackers & Holiday Park

2 McFeely Street,  Tuatapere 9620

Phone:               03 226 6250

Cell:                    027 837 3521

Website:           www.tuibasecamp.co.nz

Five Mountains Backpackers

Cnr Half Mile/Clifden Rds,  Tuatapere

Phone:     03 226 6720

Unknown Shareholders

Click here to view a list of shareholders for whom we have no contact details. These shareholders may be deceased, we may have never been in contact with them, or we may have lost contact with them because they have moved, or changed their bank account details, and not advised us.

If your name is on the list and we have previously been in contact with you, please contact us and provide your full name, previous address, new address, previous bank details, new bank details. This will enable us to check your previous details, and enter your new ones.

If your name is on the list and we have not previously been in contact with you, or you are a descendant of a deceased person who is on the list, please provide a full whakapapa back to the parents of the listed person. We will then verify this with the information we hold, and contact you.

If you know anyone on this list, please get them to contact us, as below.

Please note:  This may not be a full or accurate list at the time of viewing, as it is only updated periodically.  We may be in contact with some of these shareholders or their descendants.  In this case verification may be underway but the required steps have not been completed to process transfers, or we are still awaiting further information to enable us to remove them from the “unknown” category.

Our contact details are:

Email:  waitutu@hotmail.com

Mail:  81 Hedgeley Road, RD2, Eskdale, Napier 4182

Phone:  06 8367 375