A while back Miri, one of our New Zealand travel specialists and Lee, our Operations wizz, made the most of a long weekend and headed out to explore the Hump Ridge Track in Southland. Here’s Lee’s story –
Well I must say it was great to get out of the office and back into the wilderness. It’s always the perfect place for me to re-charge and bring balance back into my world. The Hump Ridge Track was one I’d had on my list for many years and when Miri suggested we do the trip together in early April, my response was yes, yes, yes! I must admit I was a little nervous as my summer was spent doing a lot of sitting for work and not as much tramping as one would like. Although slow and steady, one foot in front of the other, after three days/50 kilometres /31 miles in the wilderness, I made it home, albeit with sore muscles!
The only thing I had to worry about for three days was walking, eating and sleeping, which is really what helps bring that balance back and a sense of clarity. It’s the simple things in life that make it so grand and so rewarding. The variety on this walk was just perfect – great fauna and flora, mountains, lakes, beaches and alpine ridge lines with views as far as the eye could see. Each day we’d see rainbows off in the distance shining bright over the Southern ocean, I’m not exaggerating! For me, this walk had it all, at one point from the highest part of the hike, I had views of Lake Poteriteri, which is nestled in Fiordland National Park next to New Zealand’s deepest Lake (Lake Hauroko). In the distance were snow-capped mountains, views of the ocean, Te Waewae Bay and long deserted beaches. For me it definitely was a ‘wow moment’ and one I won’t forget! Thank you New Zealand, thank you Fiordland National Park and thank you Hump Ridge Track for sharing your beauty.