South Island Regional Tramp 2018


West Coast: Hokitika and Punakaiki

The Blind Foundation is again running a tramp for members from throughout the South Island which will this time be based on the wild West Coast.  Day tramps will encompass a variety of tracks from the Hokitika area north to Punakaiki. We will explore areas of the West Coast Wilderness Trail, rugged beach coast, complete with Paddle Boat cruise through stunning wetlands, and a loop track into the Paparoa National Park, near Punakaiki.

The aim of this programme is to provide an opportunity for members to extend their walking experience, have fun in the outdoors and to enjoy the companionship of other blind and low vision adults from throughout the South Island.

How do I know if I am suitable for participating in this Tramp?

  • Are you 18 years or older?
  • Can you walk up to 4 hours in a day (undulating terrain)? The longest track is approximately 10 kilometres.
  • Are you able to carry a daypack, with your own snacks, lunch, water and first aid supplies?
  • Do you enjoy the outdoors and a social group, staying back packer style shared accommodation?
  • Do you enjoy communal cooking and eating?
  • Keen to challenge yourself and encourage others?


How many will be on the Tramp?

Places are available for up to 12 members, and 6-8 sighted guides (staff and volunteers).

What is the cost?

The subsidised cost of this regional tramp, including paddle boat cruise, is $150 per person.

What are the Transport arrangements?

Travel to Hokitika Friday 23rd March. There will be shared transport available from Christchurch and Dunedin (Nelson tbc). Ideally all participants will be present in Hokitika lunch time Friday 23 March ready for an afternoon explore. Note, Hokitika does have an airport and it may be possible for you to research flying direct at  your own cost. Please discuss travel details with Erin or your local Community Life Enrichment Team member.

What does the cost include?

  • 3 nights accommodation (shared backpackers style accommodation)
  • 2x evening meals (you will need to bring your own breakfasts along with any snack food)
  • Paddle Boat Cruise
  • Shared transport to /from Dunedin or Christchurch (possibly Nelson).
  • Contribution toward sighted guide volunteers costs – as without these wonderful people this trip would not be possible

What is excluded in the cost?

  • Dinner at Punakaiki, Sunday 25th March (pub meal planned, approximate cost $30).
  • Travel costs to shared transport options.
  • Snacks and breakfasts of your choice for the weekend (including Friday lunch).

Is there a selection process?

Yes. A selection process will be undertaken based on the eligibility criteria outlined above. An application form will need to be completed.

Applications will close on Wednesday 28th February 2018.

When do I need to pay for the Tramp?

Payment will be required upon acceptance of position and no later than Friday 16th March 2018. Places on this tramp will be confirmed the week commencing 5th March.

So what do I do now?

To discuss or further information and if you would like an application pack, please contact your local Community Life Enrichment team member or Erin Eyles, Community and Recreation Advisor, 03 375 4318, or email

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