Our Guided Trips

Choose from forest walks, open mountain landscapes or historic forays - we will make your walk one to remember!

We are happy to customize your trip to suit your level of fitness, time and comfort - from rigorous full day adventures to leisurely social strolls - BE OUT THERE DOING IT!!

CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE WALK - AND BOOK NOW!

Routeburn Track - half or full day

Routeburn Track - half or full day

The beautiful Routeburn Track is world renown, and one of New Zealand's finest Great Walks (the highest classification given to walking tracks in New Zealand conservation lands).

Located in Mount Aspiring National Park, many people declare this track as offering scenery that far surpasses that of the neighbouring Milford Track.

The secret that the Routeburn reveals to walkers, is a condensed experience of many of the attributes of a number of premier walking tracks rolled into one which is easily accessible in a short walking time.

A majestic Beech forest floored in mosses and ferns accompanied by rivers of cascading pure water gives way to subalpine meadows and snow capped peaks – welcome to the Southern Alps and the Main Divide.

All this experienced on a well maintained track with graded slopes and suited for comfortable walking shoes.

Along your journey of natural discovery, you may be greeted by a number of sociable forest birds including Robins, Bellbirds, Riflemen, Tomtits and maybe the endangered Mohua (Yellow Head)

Why dont you allow yourself to be relaxed, refreshed and challenged in the best alpine playground that NZ has to offer.


Time spent walking: 5-7 hours (including plenty of photo stops and a lunch break)

Walking distance: from 4 to max 18km return (your choice - we can customise the length entirely to your feelings!)

For return transport to Queenstown add 2 hours

For return transport to Glenorchy add 20min

Pick up times: 

Queenstown: 8am for FULL DAY, 8am and 12pm for 1/2 DAY

Glenorchy: 9am for FULL DAY, 9am and 1pm for 1/2 DAY

Prices:

  • HALF DAY OPTION

1 person $350.00 per adult

2 or more $280.00 per adult / $210.00 per child

  • FULL DAY OPTION

1 person $420.00 per adult

2 or more $350.00 per adult / $280.00 per child

Price includes:

  • Your very own, enthusiastic, knowledgeable local guide   
  • Transport to/from the track
  • Picnic lunch/bottled drink/coffee & tea
  • Brochure with detailed description and a map

What to bring:

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Whakaari Conservation Area - Half or Full day

Whakaari Conservation Area - Half or Full day

Glenorchy is synonymous with scheelite, and scheelite is synonymous with Whakaari! Join your guide and tread the paths of the scheelite miners who toiled hard to extract this tungsten ore from the Richardson Mountains.

Scheelite was well sought after in times of war, and the mines of Glenorchy were New Zealand's greatest producers.

Unlike many of the walks in this area, Whakaari (Maori for Elevated Lands) is predominantly in open shrublands and tussocked country, and allows you the opportunity to walk along mining trails to reach good heights and views of Lake Wakatipu and Mount Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi while enjoying a historic trail with good interpretation panels and mining relics.

A stroll into Whakaari allows you to explore a water powered working ore crushing battery, mine entrances, and miners huts – several left in much the state that they were left when mining ceased.

This walk will give you an informative glimpse into a valuable part of Glenorchy's heritage and into one of NZ's latest additions to our valued conservation lands.


Time spent walking: 3-8 hours (including plenty of photo stops and a lunch break)

Walking distance: from 4 to max 15km return (your choice - we can customise the length entirely to your feelings!)

For return transport to Queenstown add 2 hours

For return transport to Glenorchy add 15min

Pick up times: 

Queenstown: 8am for FULL DAY, 8am and 12pm for 1/2 DAY

Glenorchy: 9am for FULL DAY, 9am and 1pm for 1/2 DAY

Prices:

  • HALF DAY OPTION

1 person $350.00 per adult

2 or more $280.00 per adult / $210.00 per child

  • FULL DAY OPTION

1 person $420.00 per adult

2 or more $350.00 per adult / $280.00 per child

Price includes:

  • Your very own, enthusiastic, knowledgeable local guide   
  • Transport to/from the track from Queenstown or Glenorchy
  • Picnic lunch/bottled drink/coffee & tea
  • Brochure with detailed description and a map

What to bring:

BOOK NOW

Lower Dart Valley Track - half or full day

Lower Dart Valley Track - half or full day

Enter the legendary Valley of Giants – a valley carved by the once mighty Dart Glacier that gorged its way down what is now Lake Wakatipu – this giant river of ice flowing both southwards and eastwards.

Traces of it's passing are still evident in the sheer bluffs and steep mountain sides that are now clad in beech forests with the dynamic braided Dart River still determined to change the face of this land.

The Dart valley is still revealing its secrets to discerning eyes.

Recently, the long lost source of pounamu – Inanga (the pale variety of Greenstone or Jade) - sacred and valuable to the early peoples of this land - the Iwi – Wai Taha, Kati Mahoe and the Ngai Tahu was rediscovered in this valley after long being lost to all but ancient maori legend that described a sleeping giant Te Koroka as the keeper of the stone.

Skeletons of Moa species are still being discovered, and of course the native Mohua considers this as one of it's last strongholds.

Be prepared to be awed as you enter this land so revered by Iwi and conservationists alike.


Time spent walking: 2-8 hours (including plenty of photo stops and a lunch break)

Walking distance:  from 4 to max 22km return (your choice - we can customise the length entirely to your feelings!)

For return transport to Queenstown add 2 hours

For return transport to Glenorchy add 45min

Pick up times: 

Queenstown: 8am for FULL DAY, 8am and 12pm for 1/2 DAY

Glenorchy: 9am for FULL DAY, 9am and 1pm for 1/2 DAY

Prices:

  • HALF DAY OPTION

1 person $350.00 per adult

2 or more $280.00 per adult / $210.00 per child

  • FULL DAY OPTION

1 person $420.00 per adult

2 or more $350.00 per adult / $280.00 per child

Price includes:

  • Your very own, enthusiastic, knowledgeable local guide   
  • Transport to/from the track
  • Picnic lunch/bottled drink/coffee & tea
  • Brochure with detailed description and a map

What to bring:

BOOK NOW

Invincible Gold Mine - half day

Invincible Gold Mine - half day

Up for a little work out? The Invincible walk offers a little effort and lots of pleasure.
The walk to the Invincible Gold Mine in the Rees Valley leads steadily up the old mine road through beech forest and shrublands to the mine site.

As you walk up and down this road, try and remember the effort that the early horse teams underwent to haul incredibly heavy loads of mining equipment to the Invincible.

Today, all that remains of this once busy site are the remains of the large waterwheel and a unique set of burdans.

Restoration work undertaken on these large iron bowls that were used to ground the gold bearing ore in the 1980s showed that with very little work they could be made operational again – so pure is the water and air here, that corrosive processes have had little effect since the mine ceased operating in the 1880s – 120 years ago.

The walk to and from the mine will afford great views of Mount Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi, the Rees Valley, Mount Clarke and the Forbes Mountains.

You may see NZ Falcon, Skylarks, Pipits, Tomtits and high flying Keas. We have even been fortunate to see a Morepork perched in the branches of a tree during the day on a previous visit.

The Rees Valley always presents an atmosphere of being a gentle, balanced valley – why dont you join our guide for an easy expedition of pleasure and history.


Time spent walking: 3-6 hours (including plenty of photo stops and a lunch break)

Walking distance: max 8km return

For return transport to Queenstown add 2 hours

For return transport to Glenorchy add 40min

Pick up times: 

Queenstown: 8am and 12pm

Glenorchy: 9am and 1pm

Prices:

1 person $350.00 per adult

2 or more $280.00 per adult / $210.00 per child

Price includes:

  • Your very own, enthusiastic, knowledgeable local guide   
  • Transport to/from the track
  • Picnic lunch/bottled drink/coffee & tea
  • Brochure with detailed description and a map

What to bring:

BOOK NOW

Lake Sylvan - Half Day

Lake Sylvan - Half Day

Crossing the Routeburn River on a suspension bridge to access the Lake Sylvan track may fulfill some peoples cravings to be Indiana Jones (and why not!), but there the adrenaline ends as you meander on an easy pleasant walk through red beech forest of the Mount Aspiring National Park to reach a picturesque lake - left by the retreating glaciers that carved this marvellous landscape 15,000 years ago – surrounded by forests .

A viewing platform at the water's edge allows panoramas of the towering Cosmos Peaks beyond the head of the lake and the Mount Earnslaw Massif, and awards the photographer with stunning photo opportunities.

The walk permits the walker good glimpses of how nature has an amazing propensity to heal itself through regeneration after the rigours of saw milling some 80 years ago.

This area is one of the last strongholds of the endangered Mohua (Yellow Head) and is shared with Red crowned Parakeets, Bush Robins, Tomtits and Riflemen

Are you able to spot the Sylvan tree primates ? These remarkable creatures have amazing powers to morph into the ancient forest trees trunks – only concentration and an open spirit will reveal them to the perceptive observer.


Time spent walking: 3-5h (including plenty of photo stops and a lunch break)

Walking distance: max 7km return (start of the track to the Lake Sylvan outlet)

For return transport to Queenstown add 2 hours

For return transport to Glenorchy add 20min

Pick up times: 

Queenstown: 8am and 12pm

Glenorchy: 9am and 1pm

Prices:

1 person $350.00 per adult

2 or more $280.00 per adult / $210.00 per child

Price includes:

  • Your very own, enthusiastic, knowledgeable local guide   
  • Transport to/from the track
  • Picnic lunch/bottled drink/coffee & tea
  • Brochure with detailed description and a map

Price includes:

  • Your very own, enthusiastic, knowledgeable local guide   
  • Transport to/from the track
  • Picnic lunch/bottled drink/coffee & tea
  • Brochure with detailed description and a map

What to bring:

BOOK NOW

Mount Alfred/Ari - full day

Mount Alfred/Ari - full day

Experience the birth place of 100% Pure NZ – this strenuous walk will take you to the summit of Mt Alfred/Ari (1375m) through beech forests, subalpine vegetation and tussock lands.

The 360 degree panorama from here is simply stunning. To the south lies Glenorchy and Lake Wakatipu; to the north, Mount Aspiring National Park with Lake Sylvan nestled amongst forests in the fore ground and the mighty braided Dart River stretching back to the permanent snow capped peaks of the Barrier Range away in the distance.

This incredible view has featured around the world on NZ Tourism promotional material and Lord of the Rings movies.

Few people know that Alfred Duncan – the first shepherd to the area in 1862 – after whom the mount is named, met and fell in love with a young Maori maiden whose family were camped at Diamond Lake, and wrote a little known book of their love affair.

Just as Alfred was smitten by the beautiful maiden, so you too will be smitten by the beauty that rises from the spectacular views gained from this vantage point. Linger and Enjoy!

From the summit, you may see the NZ Falcon soaring above you, while Bush Robins, Tomtits, Fantails and Riflemen accompany you in the forests.


Time spent walking: 7-8 hours (it is quite a demanding and steep climb above the bushline, but the view is WORTH IT!)

Walking distance:  max 9km return (steep climb on the way up!)

For return transport to Queenstown add 2 hours

For return transport to Glenorchy add 20min

Pick up times: 

Queenstown: 8am 

Glenorchy: 9am

Prices:

1 person $420.00 per adult

2 or more $350.00 per adult / $280.00 per child

Price includes:

  • Your very own, enthusiastic, knowledgeable local guide   
  • Transport to/from the track
  • Picnic lunch/bottled drink/coffee & tea
  • Brochure with detailed description and a map

What to bring:

BOOK NOW

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