Okaka Lodge is closed from the 9th November to 13th November for Maintenance and Training.
The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is open during most of the winter months. This can be a great time to walk and enjoy clear crisp days and blue skies.
You will need to watch the weather reports and ensure you have plenty of thermal/merino and waterproof clothing: we are situated on the very edge of the South Island and the Antarctic weather can blow in at a moment's notice.
Note: Your first night will be at Okaka ($50 per person) and your second night will be in the DOC Hut at Port Craig. You will need to purchase a DOC Hut pass or carry a DOC season pass for the second night Port Craig stay.
Please view the DOC website for more information on buying a DOC back country hut pass.
Please ensure you fill in the Visitors/Intentions book at both Okaka and Port Craig School Hut.
- The use of the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track
- One night's bunk accommodation at Okaka Lodge
Note: Our Lodge at Port Craig is closed for the winter. However, the DOC Port Craig Hut will be open.
For more information please visit the Department of Conservation website page about the Port Craig Hut
- Toilet: winter vault toilet
- Bunk room accommodation (no heating) 32 beds
- Kitchen Available (no gas or kitchen equipment)
- Solar lighting throughout
- Staff member may be present
- Water must be carried in from Water Bridge
- Use of the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track
- One nights bunk accommodation at Okaka Lodge
Note: Our Lodge at Port Craig is closed for the winter. However, the DOC Port Craig Hut will be open. For more information please visit the Department of Conservation website page about the Port Craig Hut
Prior booking and payment is essential and should be made at least 24hrs in advance. Payment is required at the time of booking by credit card, please ensure you have this handy.
The bunk rooms and kitchen facilities will be open at Okaka lodge but there will be no running water, no gas, no kitchen equipment or heating of any kind. Please be prepared for sub-zero overnight temperatures in the Okaka Lodge.
Solar lighting is operational, please NO CANDLES, these are a fire hazard and are banned.
All information required for your trip will be provided by links in the auto email confirmation sent to you when you book and pay online, please ensure you read all information.
As our Lodges are neither serviced nor manned over the Winter you are not required to attend a pre-departure briefing, however you are responsible for your own safety and care, please ensure you register your route and plans with another party not travelling with you. We suggest you register your outdoor intentions on the Adventure Smart website.
Please ensure that you fill in the intentions book in the Kitchen, and also enter your name in the Port Craig School Hut intention book. It is advisable to carry a mobile phone. Reception is available in most areas of the track.
We also recommend you hire a locator beacon, these are available from the Tuatapere Service Station, across the road from Hump Track HQ.
Please familiarise yourself with our terms and conditions.