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
- Insect Repellent
- 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
From 13 October 2019 the cost will be $50 per person per night. A discount is available to Youth Educational Groups, and SuperGold Cardholders from this date. Your SuperGold Card must be sighted on booking. A bedding-package, comprising sheets, pillowcase, duvet, towel and flannel, is available at an extra $25 for a continuous nights stay, or a towel and flannel only for $5 per stay. The entire Lodge can be booked for $900 per night. 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.
Fly in by helicopter, come in on one of the jet boats which make the trip regularly, or walk the Bluecliffs Beach/south coast track.
Helicopter: 20 minutes from Tuatapere or Clifden.
Jetboat: 1 hour from Lake Hauroko, 1 ¼ hour from Waitutu Lodge.
- 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 for specific directions, and booking for the Lodge.
BOOKINGS CAN BE MADE:
Direct with the Lodge via our email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Or through our booking agents:
If you are travelling by jetboat, the boat operators will book your accommodation for you. You have two operators to choose from:
Phone 0800 376 174
Phone 0800 270 556
If you are walking in, you can also book your Lodge accommodation through the Hump Ridge Track:
Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track
Phone 03 226 6739
Other operators who provide travel/tramping packages linking to the Lodge, are:
Heli My WayPhone: 027 5688 204Postal Address: 17 Findlay Road, RD2, Otautau 9682www.helimyway.co.nzClick here to email Heli My Way….
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:
47 Main Street, Tuatapere
Phone: 03 226 6409
Fax: 03 226 6354
Tui Basecamp – Motel, Backpackers & Holiday Park
73 Main Street, Tuatapere
Phone: 03 226 6250
Fax 03 226 6252
Reservations: 0800 009 993
Five Mountains Backpackers
Cnr Half Mile/Clifden Rds, Tuatapere
Phone: 03 226 6720
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