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Traveller Rating

 

Activities
  • 6 day trek
Accommodation
  • 4 nights hotel/motel
  • 1 night private backcountry hut
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

Price

6 daysfrom

$2945NZD

Trip Code: SAT

Trip highlights


  • Hike to some of the most secluded ridges in the Southern Alps
  • Overnight in a backcountry hut with stunning views of the Mackenzie Basin
  • Enjoy panoramic views from Lake Ohau Lodge overlooking the glistening alpine lake
  • Admire the majesty of NZ's highest peak, Aoraki/Mt Cook
  • Hike to Rocky Mountain to enjoy unspoiled views of Lake Wanaka from above
  • Discover the remote and unspoiled Siberia Valley by plane, foot and by jet boat

This is the best trek to not feature in any NZ guide book. Packed full of highlights, this stunning tour includes mountain peaks, remote lake and valley systems and the splendour of Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring from high vantage points. The trip begins with a drive to the highland region of Lake Tekapo with the first night on the trail spent at a private backcountry hut with superb alpine and lakeside vistas. Trek east along a ridgeline to around 2000m before transfering to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park where we spend a day hiking on the ridge overlooking the Hooker Glacier and directly across from the spectacular Mt Sefton with its rumbling avalanches of ice and rock. Visit secluded Lake Ohau and enjoy some shorter hikes before continuing to Wanaka to hike above its picturesque lake nestled at the base of the Southern Alps. This amazing trek ends in sensational style with a breathtaking flight to the remote Siberia Valley, where we walk through open tussock flats surrounded by incredible mountain vistas before completing our journey with an exhilarating jet boat ride on the Wilkin River.


Itinerary

We will collect you from a central city location in Christchurch around 08:00am before we drive south to Fairlie and inland to Lake Tekapo for lunch. We drive along Tekapo's lakeside to Mt Gerald station and then hike 3-4 hours into the Rex Simpson Hut, (a 12 bunk private hut on the station). To greet us are stunning vistas across the lake and into the rolling tussock landscape that surrounds the area. (Up to 3-4 hours walking). As day turns to night we savour the sun setting behind mountain silhouettes and a star-studded sky - one of the clearest and darkest skies in the southern hemisphere and enjoy a hearty meal prepared by your guides. The hut consists of three rooms, sleeping 12 participants and 2 guides in total. There are no showers and the toilet is a traditional longdrop loo with a view! The hut is fully equipped with pot belly stove, firewood, gas, and solar lighting. Sleeping bags, pillows and mattresses are at the hut; liners and pillow cases are provided each trip. It provides a comfortable and unique place to call home for the night. Note: Please remember we will be staying in an alpine hut on this first evening, you will not need to take all your luggage with you and we suggest packing a small overnight bag with clothing suitable for staying in an alpine environment. If necessary we can provide small overnight packs and walking poles.

Meals:  L,D

From the hut we climb onto a broad easy spur which gradually gains height showcasing breathtaking views back down the lake and across to the Southern Alps with the prominent east faces of Mt Cook and Tasman. For the strong trekker, the summit of Beuzenberg Peak at 2070m is a just reward. Back at the hut we pack up and return to our vehicle for the short drive back to Lake Tekapo and our motel accommodation. (Up to 6-8 hours walking).

Meals:  B,L,D

Mt Cook beckons as we drive 90 mins to the heart of the National Park. From here a number of hikes are available dependant upon weather conditions and fitness levels from the previous day. Mt Sebastopol and the mountain tarns are a favourite as is the Hooker Valley with its profuse vegetation. (Up to 4-5 hours walking). Nearby Sealy Tarns with stunning views directly onto Mt Sefton involves the treadmill of the staircase that climbs quickly to this stunning view point. From here we get views directly up the Hooker valley and back down the Tasman Valley. Tonight’s accommodation is within the Mt Cook Village itself with outstanding views of the sun setting on the peaks.

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning we have a further walk in the area, usually dictated by what we achieved yesterday. For some the Hooker Valley hike will be a delight, while for others the nearby Sealy Tarns awaits. After a late lunch we drive south and onto Lake Ohau Lodge for the overnight before a short bush walk to explore the beech forest remnants in the area.

Meals:  B,L,D

Leaving the Mackenzie basin we cross ‘water-sheds’ and drive over the Lindis Pass through to Wanaka. This afternoon we will enjoy a walk to stretch our legs, while enjoying stunning views over Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains. Our trail winds its way around the east side of Rocky Mountain to the summit offering a superb vista into the Mount Aspiring National Park. We descend via Diamond Lake and then drive to Makarora for the night.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our final hike takes us deep into the heart of the Mount Aspiring National Park. First we take a short flight into the Siberia Valley, giving us incredible views from above. From our landing point we begin our hike through remote Tussock lands, and marvel at the vistas, being surrounded by the high snow capped Southern Alps. Arriving at the banks of the crystal blue Wilkin River we then embark on the final chapter in our adventure, an exhilarating jet boat ride back to Makarora. On landing we drive to Queenstown and arrive back in the town centre around 6pm.

Meals:  B,L

Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.



Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • 4 nights hotel/motel ensuite accommodation on a twin share basis
  • 1 night in a private mountain hut (shared facilities)
  • Professional qualified driver/guide
  • Private vehicle transport
  • Water and snacks while trekking
  • Packs and poles (on request if required) - please let our staff know in advance
  • Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • Heli hike/ Jetboat on day 6 of tour (weather dependent)
  • New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST)

  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own drink bottle or hydration system)
  • Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)
  • Tips

Accommodation


Grading

moderate  
3

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the terrain, the altitude, the number of pass crossings and the length of the trip. While part of this itinerary does utilise formed tracks, some days the hikes involve untracked scree and tussock. Some of the walking involves gradual climbing without a formed track to follow. The sense of isolation and wilderness is a strong feature of this trip. For you to be able to really enjoy this trip we recommend that you are confident walking across uneven terrain and are able to walk comfortably for up 4-6 hours at a time (with breaks included) and enjoy walking uphill, with some steep sections.


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Total Priceper person from

$2945NZD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single Supplement (excluding Day 1)NZD$495
*Prices listed are per person and also from

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Best of Southern Alps Trek trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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