Transport to and from Tuatapere

The Southern Scenic Route is a fantastic journey into the remote Deep South of New Zealand. Approximate travelling times to Tuatapere from Queenstown (2.5hrs), from Te Anau (1hr 20min) and from Invercargill (1hr).

Transport From Queenstown, Te Anau and Invercargill

Bus Service

The Humpridge Shuttle collects and drops off in both Te Anau and Invercargill (see the schedule below). Connecting legs to and from Queenstown are booked through us, but carried by Tracknet. This helps us ensure that all the dots are connected.

If travelling from Queenstown, Te Anau or Invercargill, then passengers will need to travel down to Tuatapere the day before their designated walk starting date. One can return to Te Anau or Queenstown the same day as finishing, as long as walkers have come off the Track by 2.30pm, or alternatively, the following day at the scheduled times.

Bookings are essential, as the shuttle does not run if there are no bookings for a particular day.

 

Destination Departs Arrives Departs Arrives Days Return One-Way
Queenstown → Tuatapere QTN
4:35pm
Mossburn
6:15pm
Mossburn
6:15pm
TUI
7:15pm
Daily $150 $95

Queenstown → Tuatapere

(Guided Walk Only or

 Group of 4 or more)

QTN
2:00pm
    TUI
4:30pm
On Request $150 $95
Tuatapere → Queenstown

TUI
4pm

Mossburn
5:30pm

Mossburn
5:40pm

QTN
7:45pm

Daily $150 $95
Tuatapere → Queenstown
 

(Guided Walk Only or

 Group of 4 or more)

TUI
3:30pm
    QTN
6.00pm
On Request $150 $95
Te Anau → Tuatapere TNA
4:30pm
    TUI
5:45pm
On Request $75 $50
Tuatapere → Te Anau TUI
3:00pm
    TNA
4:15pm
On Request $75 $50
Invercargill → Tuatapere INV
12:30pm
    TUI
2:00pm
On Request $95 $60
Invercargill → Tuatapere  INV
4:35pm
    TUI
5:45pm
Daily $95 $60
Tuatapere → Invercargill TUI
10:30am
    INV
11:30am
On Request $95 $60
Tuatapere  → Invercargill
   
TUI
3:30pm
    INV
4:35pm
Daily $95 $60

 

Transport to and from Track

Tuatapere to Rarakau Car Park $45 return per person

Track transport, in the Humpridge bus, is available from Tuatapere to the start of the Track at Rarakau (and back again). Track transport is available every day during the summer season. All transport must be booked and paid in advance. You can do this at the time of booking your walk. Please note that Track Transport is included with Guided Walks.

 

Destination Departs      Arrives      Departs      Arrives      Days      Return      One-Way    
Tuatapere → Rarakau

     TUI
  8:00am

 

 

    RAR
  8:30am

Daily $45 $30  

Rarakau → Tuatapere

     RAR
   2:30pm
   

    TUI
 3:00pm

Daily $45 $30

 

Briefings

Briefings commence at 7.30am, the shuttle then departs Tuatapere at 8.00am and arrives Rarakaua at 8.30am. The shuttle returns from Rarakau at 2.30pm to enable a 3pm departure for those onward to Te Anau and Queenstown.

Self Drive to Rarakau 

You may of course drive yourself from Tuatapere but please bear in mind the road is unsealed (gravel) in some parts, this will require you to keep your speed down and the road may have corrugations during high season.

Rarakau Carpark

Private vehicles can be left at the Rarakau Carpark. The carpark area is on private land, is fenced and is overlooked by the farm house. $5 per vehicle koha or donation is appreciated. All vehicles are left at the owner's risk.