A selection of our favourite mountain trekking through our backyard. These remote trips cater for a range of abilities and take in beech valleys, alpine passes, off-track routes and ridgeline traverses. Glacier treks and heli-hiking with multi-day wildness experiences camping or staying in luxury chalets. These are just a selection of the adventures possible in the Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks in the Southern Alps / Kā Tiritiri o te Moana of New Zealand. Get in touch early so we can share advice and guide you in the right direction to help you achieve your trekking goals.
Mount Aspiring National Park Trekking
Matukituki Valley Trek
1 – 3 days, Easy
$1090 /$1490 per person, 1:3+ / 1:2
The West Matukituki Valley is the gateway to Mount Aspiring itself. Liverpool Hut or French Ridge huts, nestled above the bushline, these huts provide excellent views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Those wishing to explore further will be interested in the Mount Aspiring Glacier Trek.
Siberia Valley Trek
1 – 3 days, Easy
$1450 / $1990 per person, 1:3+ / 1:2
A relaxed trekking option with helicopter access to the remote Siberia valley in Mount Aspiring National Park. Explore the valley, icebergs of Lake Crucible, and views of Mount Awful, before descending to the Wilkin Valley and an exciting jet boat ride out.
Upper Wilkin Valley Trek
3 days, Easy – Moderate
$1750 / $2390 per person, 1:3+ / 1:2
Top Forks and the Upper Wilkin is a remote and less travelled part of the Mount Aspirnig National Park. Helicopter in for day trips with light packs to the alpine lakes of Lucidus and Castailia and up to Waterfall Flat on the Rabbit Pass route. Walk down the Wilkin to Kerin Forks for a jet boat ride out.
Whare Kea Luxury Trek
1 – 3 days, Easy
The Whare Kea Chalet experience re-defines a luxury approach to remote trekking New Zealand. The Chalet, in association with Aspiring Helicopters, offers luxury accommodation and a spectacular base for a range of trekking options in an exclusive location high in the mountains on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park.
Gillespie Pass Trek
4 – 5 days, Moderate
A classic journey through the heart of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Traversing between the Young, Siberia, and Wilkin valleys over an alpine pass and past the ramparts of Mount Awful. The trip finishes with a descent into the Wilkin Valley and an exciting jet boat ride out.
Rabbit Pass Trek
4 days, Moderate – Hard
A challenging crossing from the Wilkin into the East Matukituki Valley right through the heart of the Mount Aspiring National Park. The Pass itself is straightforward but is guarded by the formidable Waterfall Face from the and a tricky descent into the Matukituki.
Alpine and Glacier Treks
3 – 4 days, Moderate – Hard
For ambitious trekkers seeking to explore above the bushline and the glaciers of Mount Aspiring National Park. Multi-day day journeys and heli-hikes visit remote wilderness areas requiring good fitness, technical skills and equipment.
Cascade Saddle Trek
2 days, Moderate
Contact us for pricing
A challenging route crossing from the West Matukituki Valley and crossing under the Isobel Glacier and to the Dart Valley and down towards Lake Whakatipu.
Fiordland National Park and Remarkables Trekking
Lake Hope Trek
3 days, Moderate – Hard
A seldom travelled route along the tops of the Hector Mountains south from the Remarkables Ski Field. Camping at alpine tarns or at the lake itself and options to scramble over a number or named (and unnamed) peaks along the way including Mt Tuwakaroria (2307m), the highest peak of the range and equal to Double Cone in the Remarkables range.
Adelaide Cirque Trek
4 days, Hard
A challenging off-the-beaten track journey through the rugged Darran mountains of Fiordland National Park. Starting in the lower Hollyford valley and taking in Moraine Creek, Lake Adelaide, the infamous Gifford’s Crack, Adelaide Saddle and Barrier Knob to Gertrude Saddle.
|Small ascents and descents and distances of up to 10km per day.|
Day packs. Up to 6 hours.
|Ascents and descents of up to 500m and up to 15km distance per day. |
10 – 15kg packs.
6 – 8 hours.
|Big ascents and descents of 1000m+ and up to 20km distance on consecutive days. |
15kg+ packs. 8+ hours.
|DOC tracks and serviced huts.||Experience on DOC tracks, camping and in huts. May be unbridged river crossings.||Requires off-track experience including scree, boulders and tussock slopes, and wild camping|
‘A very professional guide and great company. He took time to explain to us what walks were possible/practical each day depending on the weather and the impact it would have on the surrounding rivers. If you are city dwellers it is very comforting to know that your guide is thinking of the safety of the group. [He] certainly kept us well fed as well. We are looking forward to future trips in the beautiful mountains around Wānaka which is a refreshing change and takes us out of our comfort zone for a few days at least.’
— Michael, Siberia Hut Trip
‘Thank you again. That was an awesome day out and I really appreciated how generous [Tim] was with his time and knowledge. Tim crammed in more than I thought possible in a day.’
— Megan, Remarkables Alpine Rock Climbing Course
‘It was 4 days I’ll never forget! The experiences I had I only want to grow on. I set out to accomplish a task, but I got so much more! You showed me a whole new world. I can’t thank you enough! I work with some great leaders so I know one when I see one! Absolutely exceeded my expectations!!! Thanks Wanaka Mountain Guides!
— Landen, Mitre Peak Ascent