Update from Guided Walks New Zealand and NZ Snowshoe
Read about Guided Walks New Zealand and NZ Snowshoe's range of full and half day guided walks and adventures.
Guided Walks New Zealand
FULL DAY WALKS
Famous Routeburn Track
This great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park starts with a gradual climb through a 130 million year old magical world of ferns, mosses, lichens and Beech forest. Enjoy lunch surrounded by the grandeur of alpine meadows, meandering streams and majestic snow capped mountains. On the return explore the old forgotten paths of the Māori, while travelling along the old Greenstone trails, finding new enchantment around each corner, where native birds abound.
Ultimate Nature Experience
A spectacular 35km jet boat trip up the Dart River takes visitors to the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park. From here walk through the primeval native forest, where Guided Walks New Zealand is the only company permitted to walk. The silence is deafening and the total wilderness is amazing. On the journey enjoy lunch around a mountain lake, with birdlife like Bush Robins, Fantails and Tomtits. After lunch explore the area where there is an option to visit a secret cave near the tree tops, where birds come to view us.
Rob Roy Glacier
The Rob Roy Gorge cuts a swathe through the mountainside showing the true power of nature with thousands of years to spare. The route is littered with views of mighty waterfalls, soaring cliffs and glacial moraine in a collection unsurpassed in one place anywhere in the world. Once the track leaves the forest, enjoy clear views of the Rob Roy glacier, where huge chunks of ice crash and thunder to the valley floor in a natural drama of epic proportions. A perfect spot for our picnic lunch.
HALF DAY WALKS
Lakeshore Forest & Bird
This half-day walk combines the best of native flora and fauna, with magnificent lake and mountain views. In its own microclimate the flora is protected from the elements in this area, so the species are much larger than elsewhere. ‘It’s as if we’re walking through the sentinels of the forest’. Native birds are readily seen and heard in and around the edges of the forest. The guide will introduce guests to an array of edible and medicinal plants used by Māori & European settlers.
Miners Forest Retreat
In the late 18th century gold was first found around Lake Wakatipu and the discovery brought thousands to the area from all over the world. The now abandoned remains of the goldminers lives have become as much a part of the region’s history as the scenery they’ve blended into. This afternoon half day guided walk begins in native Beech forest, and the track climbs through the forest and grassy meadows following a clear mountain stream. Native birds are readily seen and heard, in and around the edges of the forest.
A ‘real’ New Zealand experience. Camping out is to become one with nature. This private trip on a great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park starts with a gradual climb through a 130 million year old magical world of ferns, mosses, lichens and Beech forest. We dive off trail into the North branch where we make camp amongst the forest. There is plenty of time to explore further up towards the head of the valley before dinner. On our return the next day we explore the old forgotten paths of the Māori, as we travel along the old Greenstone trails, finding new enchantment around each corner, where native birds abound.
Visitors are on top of the world in minutes from Queenstown without the strenuous climb. In this area surrounded by towering jagged mountain peaks that you can see for miles and miles and hidden incredible alpine plant life, guests can hike and explore with the guide at leisure.
Mountains To Sea & Sand
A day spent flying though rugged mountains, hiking through secret valleys and wandering along wild west coast beaches that are sprinkled with gemstones. This is an exclusive privately guided heli-hike and our aim is to challenge your clients to the degree that makes for an experience that is enjoyable, unforgettable and a highlight of their visit to New Zealand.
Snowshoeing Discovery - half day
This half day snowshoe walk takes visitor into the boundary of the backcountry giving them a taste of what it’s like to walk where no other person has walked before. Enjoy million-dollar views at a basin just shy of the top of the Mountains. Nothing beats a hot cup of coffee, sitting in a freshly-carved snow-seat, enjoying the serenity.
Snowshoeing Adventure - full day
Spend the day with one of our experienced snowshoe guides. Learn how to read the snow and choose a trail, see snow crystals up close and ask the guide why snow ‘rimes’. Have fun helping to dig a personal ‘snow chair’ to relax in while enjoying a refreshing hot drink and delicious lunch carried by the guide.
Heli – Snowshoeing - half day
On top of the world, minutes from Queenstown without the strenuous climb. In this area surrounded by towering jagged mountain peaks and hidden winter alpine life, visitors can hike in snowshoes and explore at leisure with a guide. Endless mountain-tops, hidden valleys and frozen lakes stretch into infinity, Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu far below. Silence and remoteness surround in this very special environment.