Guided Walks Aspiring Wilderness Experience
This spectacular full day adventure combines a Dart River Wilderness Jet trip to the start of your guided walk with off trail walking through ancient beech forest in the Mount Aspiring National Park.
Located between the Dart and Routeburn river valleys this is one of New Zealand’s most scenic areas. The jet boat drivers know their river intimately, and their superb skills behind the wheel, complement frequent stops on this unique journey to explain the geology and lore of the ancient and unspoiled lands you traverse. 30 kilometers later, your guide will meet you at a secret spot on the banks of the Dart River, then lead you on a very gentle ascent under a canopy of native beech forest, where birdsong provides nature’s soundtrack.
This is in an area where Guided Walks New Zealand is the only company allowed to walk through ‘off track’. The vast numbers of plant species compete for your attention, along with the orchestra of native bird life. Your guide will point out your new and inquisitive traveling companions as they stop by to look you over. A delicious picnic lunch is taken on the shores of the forest and mountain framed waters of Lake Sylvan. Joined by NZ’s birds – Bush Robins, Fantails and Tomtits nestled among the mountain range. The lake’s brooding waters have a reddish-brown tint picked up from plants by its feeder streams on their journey down the hillsides over the 11,000 years of its existence. Lake Sylvan teems with native trout and the most attractive species of geese and ducks when in season.
inding back from the lake, the track ambles through to the Routeburn River, flowing down the very edge of the forest and on to your transport. From there, it’s a short drive through rich farmland to Glenorchy, then onto Queenstown. Adventure and tranquility in one great day!
Guided Walks Lakeshore Forest & Bird
Only minutes from Queenstown, suitable for all ages and level of fitness. Immerse yourself in native vegetation, bird life, history, scenic views and quickly isolate yourself from the busy township.
This half day walk is an easy stroll, through a unique micro climate where plants are protected from the elements so species are more prevalent than elsewhere. Native birds are readily seen and heard. You’ll be introduced to an array of edible and medicinal plants used by Māori and European settlers.
The walk begins in native shrub and beech forest, and the track leads down through the forest to the edge of Lake Wakatipu. Great views can be had looking out through the trees and over the water to the mountains beyond.
Move at a leisurely pace through native beech forest, stopping for morning or afternoon tea/coffee on the lakeshore to admire the views of The Remarkables and Cecil Peak across the lake. Head back through the red beech stand to your transport and Queenstown. The track is good but uneven and winds around the lake shore with the option of a steeper climb to a lookout with magnificent views in all directions.
Guided Walks Routeburn Track
Put yourself in the picture… on this world renowned walk.
A journey to the head of Lake Wakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendour of the world-famous Routeburn walk. As you travel towards Glenorchy on a road that clings to the very edge of the lake, your guide will introduce you to the history and landscape of the region. From time to time, the road rises to superb vantage points where you will enjoy unparalleled panoramas of jagged, snow-capped mountains, rolling alpine farmland and acre upon acre of glorious lake land tussock meadows.
Make your way on this great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park with a gradual ascent, through a world of ancient ferns, mosses, lichens and beech forest. Every step can be a story as your knowledgeable guide will describe the forest plants, point out those with medicinal benefits and ensure you stop and meet the native birds which are plentiful. Just 6.5km, approximately 2.5 hours down the track, the woodlands part to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by majestic mountains.
The Flats is a pristine site to stop for lunch. After a delicious Kiwi-style picnic lunch, we turn and enjoy the valley in reverse. Exploring the old paths of the Māori travelers as we travel along their old ‘Greenstone’ trails, discovering more stories around each corner. Guided walks New Zealand has exclusive access to off track sections of the Routeburn Valley through ‘off track’ sections of the Routeburn Valley.
Hollyford Track 2 Day
Located in the spectacular Fiordland National Park, the guided Ocean to Alps experience is a short exclusive introduction to one of New Zealand’s great valleys.
Across two days you will helicopter into a remote location, walk amongst seals and through native bush. Alongside this your expert guide will not only bring to life the diversity of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife within this beautiful valley, but will tell captivating stories of the early pioneers. You’ll enjoy cuisine prepared and served by our friendly lodge hosts while relaxing in our well appointed and comfortable private lodge, at Martins Bay. To conclude you will jet boat far up the Hollyford Valley and hike through a ‘World Heritage Area’ alongside towering mountains.
The Ocean to Alps Two Day Guided Adventure Includes:
• Use of backpacks (up to 40L), day packs and rain jackets if required
• Exclusive Specialist experienced guide for the complete experience
• Exclusive use of Martins Bay accommodation in well appointed private lodge with twin share bunk style rooms and hot showers.
• All meals on the track (day 1: lunch and dinner / day 2:\ breakfast and lunch)
• Bedding, towels, shampoo & conditioner, shower gel and hairdryers
• Wilderness jet boat up to Pyke River confluence
• Scenic helicopter ride into Martins Bay
• Relocation of your coach/van from Milford Sound to Hollyford Road End (if required)
Bookings are essential during Summer Season Nov- March
Contact The Team At Greymouth i-SITE
Phone: 0800 GREYMOUTH