It is great news that Tuatapere’s Hump Ridge Track has been announced as a finalist for the annual Green Ribbon Awards, which honour outstanding contributions to protecting New Zealand’s environment.

The Hump Ridge Track charitable trust was formed in 1988 to build the track and facilities, and went on to raise over $3 million and spend 25,000 volunteer hours building the track before it was opened in 2001.

Their whole ethos is built around sustainability, enjoyment and integrity and they have made a viable tourist activity for Western Southland as well as a world-class tramping experience.

The variety of organisations, individuals and projects in this year’s nominations demonstrate the diversity of environmental initiatives around New Zealand and the benefits they bring to our country.  Here’s hoping the Hump Ridge Track comes out on top when the awards are announced on June 5.