Your day starts with a helicopter ride onto the Humpridge range to Okaka hut. There you will find a short scenic walk through Preston Alpine Gardens, small tarns, limestone rock formations and some of the amazing views to be seen in South Fiordland, from there you make a decent on the Humpridge Track to the South Coast Track, a short walk to the Percyburn Viaduct, then back to the Wairaurahiri Hut where you will be meet by 'Paul' and jet boated up the Wairaurahiri River, out onto Lake Hauroko and back to the ramp. Transport to Tuatapere or Humpridge Car Park can be provided.
-Time in jet boat 1 - 2 hrs
-Time in helicopter 10 - 15 min (approx)
-Tramping time 6 - 8 hrs (approx)
What to bring:
You will need for this day out: One day pack Food & water Personal first-aid & survival kit. Wear essential clothing such as: Polypropylene or woolen under garment. Polar fleece or woolen outer layer and rain coat, waterproof & windproof. Warm hat & gloves. N.B. Jeans & cotton tops are not an option. Tramping boots & gaiters. Personal locater beacons can be hired at Tuatapere.
Remember, you are over 2000ft. sudden storms can arrive any time of the year. This day can be turned into a 2 or more day adventure, by overnight stays in Okaka hut, Percyburn hut, Port Craig village or Waitutu Lodge.
Conditions: Bookings need to be arranged well in advance. Minimum of 4 seats paid for boat or helicopter to operate.
Costs depend on numbers due to helicopter seating.
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