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Departing from Christchurch, this six-day-five-night Best of Southern Alps Trek offers you off-the-beaten-track experiences of spectacular Southern Alps scenery and full of highlights including mountain peaks, valley systems, remote lakes, the magnificence of Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring from high vantage points, and a spectacular heli-hike in Wanaka providing a spectacular finish to the tour.
Kick off your trekking journey from the highland region of Lake Tekapo with the first night at a private backcountry hut with superb alpine and lakeside vistas. Then trek east along a ridgeline to around 2000m, hike in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park on the ridge overlooking the Hooker Glacier and directly across from the spectacular Mt Sefton with its rumbling avalanches of ice and rock. After wandering the secluded Lake Ohau, transfer to Wanaka, ...
Kick off your trekking journey from the highland region of Lake Tekapo with the first night at a private backcountry hut with superb alpine and lakeside vistas. Then trek east along a ridgeline to around 2000m, hike in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park on the ridge overlooking the Hooker Glacier and directly across from the spectacular Mt Sefton with its rumbling avalanches of ice and rock. After wandering the secluded Lake Ohau, transfer to Wanaka, where you'll hike beside its picturesque lake nestled at the base of the Southern Alps. Your incredible Southern Alps trek ends in sensational style with a breathtaking helicopter flight to nearby tarns from where you hike in the region overlooking stunning Lake Wanaka and towards the Mount Aspiring range.
Accommodation is included each night and has been carefully selected to provide comfort and value in the best locations possible. On this trip, you'll stay at an Alpine Hut, Lake Tekapo Village Motel, Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Lodge, Lake Ohau Lodge and Ramada Resort.
All meals are included for the duration of the walk. Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for vegetarian diets and can assist with medically recommended diets (allergies and intolerances).
The tour starts from Christchurch and concludes in Queenstown. All transfers as well as guides are included. Small groups of twelve walkers are hosted by highly experienced and knowledgeable guides.
The walk is graded moderate and fully supported. The sense of isolation and wilderness is a strong feature of this trip. On the first day of the tour you will be staying in a private mountain hut. You will need to carry an overnight pack for that day and then back to the vehicle on the second day. The rest of the walks on the tour are day walks so a small pack with personal essentials is all you will need to carry. The support vehicle will then take the rest of the equipment.
This six-day Best of Southern Alps Trek & Heli-Hike tour is a dramatic trek, offering a grand overview of this spectacular mountain landscape.
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Walking distance: 3 - 4 hours walking (Moderate Grade).
Pick you up from your Christchurch accommodation around 8:00am before driving south to Fairlie and inland to Lake Tekapo for lunch. 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.
Walking distance: 6 - 8 hours walking (Moderate Grade).
From the Rex Simpson Hut you 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 you pack up and return to your supporting vehicle for a short drive back to Lake Tekapo and your motel accommodation.
Walking distance: 4 - 5 hours walking (Moderate Grade).
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 fitness levels from the previous day. Mt Sebastopol and the mountain tarns are a favourite as is the Hooker Valley with its profuse vegetation. Nearby Red Tarns with stunning views directly onto Mt Sefton involves the treadmill of the staircase that climbs quickly to this stunning view point. From here you get views directly up the Hooker valley and back down the Tasman Valley.
The Hooker Valley Track is one of New Zealand’s most famous day walks and a must-do experience in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. The walk is approximately 3 hours’ return and takes in spectacular views of Aoraki Mount Cook and the Southern Alps, the Mueller and Hooker glaciers, glacier lakes and icebergs. Distant avalanches can frequently be heard, and sometimes seen, on the peaks.
Tonight’s accommodation is within the Mt Cook Village itself with outstanding views of the sun setting on the peaks.
Walking distance:3 - 4 hours walking (Moderate Grade).
In the morning you have a further walk in the area, usually dictated by what you achieved yesterday. For some the Hooker Valley hike will be a delight, while for others the nearby Sealy Tarns awaits. The walk is approximately 3-4 hours’ return and climbs a daunting 2,000-plus steps to reach the tarns. The track takes in spectacular views of Aoraki Mount Cook across the Hooker Valley. You’ll also have amazing views of the Southern Alps, vast glaciers, glacier lakes and close views of towering Mt Sefton. Distant avalanches can frequently be heard, and sometimes seen, on the peaks. 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.
Walking distance: 3 hours walking. (Moderate Grade).
Leaving the Mackenzie basin we cross ‘water-sheds’ and drive through to Wanaka. Here we take a boat trip to land on a remote beach and enjoy the next 3 hours hiking on the trail with stunning views back to Wanaka and the surrounding mountains. In the late afternoon we drive the short distance back to our accommodation.
From an early start we drive to the helicopter base for today’s heli-hike. Across the Matukituki Valley at 1500m is a series of small mountain lakes with great reflections and views of Mt Aspiring. After a time to take in the spectacular views we hike through the tussocklands to other vantage points. Around us the vistas are amazing as we look into neighbouring valleys and the headwaters of Lake Wanaka. Returning to the welcoming tarns there may be time to swim and relax before rejoining your helicopter for the short flight back to base. On landing you’ll be transferred to Queenstown and deliver you to your accommodation of choice.
Note: Please be aware that heli-hikes are weather dependent and the itinerary may be varied if flying is not possible.
- The departure point is Christchurch, New Zealand.- Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Christchurch.
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Day 1: Approximately 10 km, 3 - 4 hoursDay 2: Approximately 15 km, 6 - 8 hoursDay 3: Approximately 12 km, 4 - 5 hoursDay 4: Approximately 10 km, 3 - 4 hoursDay 5: Approximately 10 km, 3 hoursDay 6: Heli-hike, departTotal: Approximately 50 km
In New Zealand, January and February are the warmest months of the year (Summer). The temperature is in the 75F/25C range. February is generally regarded as the best weather month which means it’s also popular on the trail.March temperatures average at 70F/21C and is the most stable time of year to visit weather-wise, with little rain and low wind. April and May start to get a little cooler in the South, but it offers crisp clear evenings for stargazing.June to August is Winter. Temperatures in the far south experiences an average of 47F/8C.September to November start to warm up with flowers dotting the green forests. The average temperature is 58F/15C in the South.
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