Tuatapere's population of 580 swelled to more than 1400 - there was even a mini traffic jam in the main street - as the masses enjoyed the town's inaugural fun day and the Waiau Art Trail in conjunction with the annual Stump the Hump on Saturday.
Waiau Art Trail co-ordinator Kathryn Bennie said the day had exceeded expectations with activities for the kids proving popular and plenty of interest in the art and crafts on display.
Twenty-five artists exhibited various forms of art at six different venues, forming the Waiau Art Trail.
"The talk is this will be an annual event to coincide with the Stump the Hump - in fact, if we didn't hold the fun day next year there will be a lot of disappointed people," Mrs Bennie said.
Stump the Hump event co-ordinator Jodi Gaiser said 200 people completed the walk and they were sent off in beautiful night conditions.
"The walk went really well with no dramas and we couldn't be happier with the way things went. However, without the support of the community and the volunteers this event wouldn't be able to be held," Ms Gaiser said.
Stump the Hump is a 24-hour walk of the Hump Ridge Track from midnight Friday to midnight on Saturday, with most finishing Saturday afternoon.
Trampers head to Okaka Lodge first then proceed to Port Craig, and finally walk over Bluecliffs Beach before returning to Rarakau.
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