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

From 13 October 2019 the cost will be $50 per person per night.  The entire Lodge can be booked for $900 per night.   A discount is available to Youth Educational Groups. 

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 pack, for $5 per 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, walk the Bluecliffs Beach/south coast track, or fly in by helicopter.

JETBOAT:  1 hour from Lake Hauroko to Waitutu Lodge,   1 ¼ hours from Waitutu Lodge to Lake Hauroko.

Wairaurahiri Jet

Phone 0800 376 174

Click here to email Wairaurahiri Jet

Wairaurahiri Wilderness Jet

Phone 0800 270 556

Click here to email Wairaurahiri Wilderness Jet


  • 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

Click here to email Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

HELICOPTER:   15-20 minutes from Tuatapere or Clifden.

Fiordland Helicopters

Phone: 03 249 7575
Click here to email Fiordland Helicopters




Direct with the Lodge by filling in our booking enquiry form – on the main page, move your mouse over the “Useful Information” heading, and select “Bookings” from the drop-down menu.  Enter the required information, and “Submit”.  


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

Click here to email Wairaurahiri Jet

Wairaurahiri Wilderness Jet

Phone 0800 270 556

Click here to email Wairaurahiri Wilderness Jet

Associated Operators

Other operators who provide travel/tramping packages linking to the Lodge, are:

Fiordland Helicopters

Phone: 03 249 7575
Postal Address: 472 Milford Road, Te Anau 9600
Click here to email Fiordland Helicopters

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


Click here to email Tui Base Camp 

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:


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

Phone:  06 8367 375