Southern Alps Trekking Adventure
Queenstown, New Zealand4.8 (4 reviews)
- Remarkable Hikes
- Boat Rides, Float Planes & Kayaking
- Optional Heli Hike on Glacier
- Comprehensive Experience of New Zealand's South Island
- Remote Backcountry Huts
- Incredible Diversity of Landscapes
- Guides Choice Trip
Kia Ora from New Zealand! On our 10-day Wildland Hut to hut Hiking Adventure, we will take you through three of New Zealand’s most famous National Parks! From snow-capped mountains and dense beech forests of Mount Aspiring National Park to the lush rainforest of the rugged Westland and the open braided rivers of the Canterbury high country, this New Zealand scenery is truly awe-inspiring!
This tour combines fantastic day hikes with more adventurous self-supported backpacking days to provide us with a well-rounded perspective of the New Zealand backcountry. We’ll stay in a mixture of comfortable lodges and more basic backcountry huts, to get really off the beaten track and away from the crowds.
We hike to glacial lakes littered with icebergs and enjoy a jet boat ride back down the river. Additionally, we get to experience natural hot springs nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps, while taking in the solitude under the stars of the Southern Hemisphere. The highlight of this trip is every day!
$5500 PER PERSON
$700 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult
- Backpack Weight:
- 30-35 pounds
- Daily Hiking Distances:
- 2-12 miles
- Most Elevation Loss:
- 3,610 feet
- Most Elevation Gain:
- 3,610 feet
- Quality of Trails:
- This tour covers a diversity of trails including dirt, rock, rugged, well maintained, slippery…etc.
- Be prepared for a variety of moderate hiking with signficant but not extreme elevation gains and losses.
- be active and healthy
- regularly exercise vigorously
- be comfortable hiking 8-10 miles in a day in mountainous terrain with a 25-35 pound backpack
SOLITUDE LEVEL 3
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this New Zealand hike a solitude 3. You can expect to several hours of solitude at a time.
For this New Zealand trek you will need to fly into Queenstown Airport on Day 1 in time for the 5PM orientation meeting and dinner. It’s best to arrive before 4PM. Flights to Queenstown (day 1) and from Christchurch (final day) are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Queenstown and out of Christchurch, most connecting through Auckland or major Australian cities. All international airports in the USA fly either direct or with connections to Auckland and/or major Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne.
Your flight out will be from Christchurch, and should leave after 5PM on the final day. Another option is to travel from Christchurch back to Queenstown for your return flight. Several bus companies service this route, and the drive time is 6-8 hours.
Minimum of 4 Guests
We require a minimum of 4 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.
In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 45 days before the departure date.
Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.
Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2
- 3 People: Rate x 1.5
- 4-5 People: Rate x 1.3
- 6-7 People: Rate x 1.2
- 8-10 People: Rate x 1.1
- 11-12 People: Rate x 1
*all rates are per person and single supplements apply