Most of the trampers came from Christchurch, their houses had been destroyed, they were so brave and locked their houses up and came and destressed themselves on one of NZ's finest walks. I was the youngest in the group - but I tell you I could barely keep up with our team - such a fit, healthy, full of vitality group - amazing role models all of them.
At the end of the tramp the organisors asked was there anything they could have done better to make the experience more enjoyable? I couldn't think of anything, the food was amazing, the beds were so comfortable, the showers were hot, didn't have to carry my pack, Graeme the guide was so knowledgeable and interesting and all the staff were friendly and so helpful!!!! What more can I say?
The walk was fantastic!!! What I did enjoy was getting to destinations that were so interesting. The hutt at the top of the ridge had fantastic vista's and amazing rock formations and lakes at the top. For me the highlight was Port Craig, on the 2nd night. being able to walk around the old saw mill and village that was built there in 1906. The old school house is still there and much of the machinery from the mill.
This was my first ever tramp in NZ and will not be our last for sure. If you are thinking about doing a tramp in NZ the Humpridge is fantastic. It is the only private overnight walk in NZ and all the funds raised goes to the Tuatapere Trust which gives money back to the community. We all tend to make the statement "one day I would love to do this....." Take the next step book your tickets and get out there and give it a go!