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Best of Southern Alps Trek

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.

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)
Hightlights
Hike to some of the most secluded ridges in the Southern Alps
Experience an exciting helicopter flight to remote alpine tarns with incredible vistas of Mt Aspiring
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 alongside Lake Wanaka enjoying unspoiled views from above
Discover the remote and unspoiled Siberia Valley by plane, foot and by jet boat
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
6
Price From
AUD $2,690
Start Location
Christchurch, New Zealand
End Location
New Zealand
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
4 to 14
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Cycling/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
03 Dec 201808 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,690
04 Feb 201909 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $2,738
19 Apr 201924 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,738
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
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.
Day 2
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).
Day 3
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 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 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.
Day 4
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.
Day 5
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 decend via Diamond Lake and then drive to Wanaka for the night.
Day 6
From an early start we drive to the nearby village of Makarora and our final hike of the trip. We first fly into the Siberia Valley deep in the heart of the Mount Aspiring National Park. From our landing point we begin our hike through remote Tussock lands, and marvel at the vistas, being surrounded by the 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 deliver you to your accommodation of choice.