Your packs (12kg max) need to be at the Hump Ridge office by 8.00am to meet the helicopter. Track Transport leaves the office at 8.00am from Tuatapere to Rarakau. If taking your own vehicle we recommend the same departure time however please be on the track by 9.30am at the latest.
From the Rarakau car park head back along the road for 200 m to the start of the track. Walk along cliff tops and descend to Bluecliffs Beach. Cross the swing bridge at the Waikoau River and onto Bluecliffs Beach. Follow the beach (where Hectors dolphins may be spotted in the surf) for 3 km until you come to a stoney creek and the swingbridge, where you head up the road to Track Burn which is the 7km mark.
Re-entering the bush, the track enters Fiordland National Park and climbs steadily toward Stag Point. Kākā and kākāriki can often be heard and sometimes seen in the forest here.
Stag Point provides trampers with a stunning view out across Te Waewae Bay to Stewart Island. From here it is a short climb to reach the summit ridge and Okaka Lodge at 800m. The additional loop track which circles around the tors and tarns further up the ridge takes about 45 minutes and offers stunning 360 degree views of southern Fiordland, the Waitutu Forest and the Southern Ocean. The entertaining alpine parrots, kea, are often present in this area.