This private New Zealand walking journey takes in the best of Mt Aspiring, Aoraki-Mt Cook and the Ahuriri Valley with an exclusive heli experience and accommodation at two of the South Island's best luxury lodges included
Starting in Queenstown, discover the alpine valleys and peaks of Mt Aspiring National Park, Aoraki-Mt Cook and the neighbouring Ahuriri Valley. Private guided day walks, all transfers and meals are included on this exclusive five day journey. Enjoy luxury accommodation at premier New Zealand lodges, The Lindis and Mahu Whenua Homestead; both of which offer exceptional service, gourmet food and wine, and stunning views of the natural landscape. Guided hikes to Rob Roy Glacier, Canyon Creek and the Hooker Valley Track are included, along with a special helicopter experience over Aoraki-Mt Cook and the Ahuriri Valley. Your journey into the heart of the South Island concludes with a special Central Otago wine tasting experience.
- Two nights at The Lindis, in an Eco Pod with an outdoor hot tub
- Two nights at Mahu Whenua in the Tui Suite with copper bathtub
- Five days exploring the alpine valleys of this special part of the South Island
- Private guided Rob Roy Glacier Hike in Mt Aspiring National Park
- Private guided Hooker Valley Track walk at Aoraki-Mt Cook
- Private guided full-day Canyon Creek Walk in the Ahuriri Valley
- Scenic helicopter experience at Aoraki-Mt Cook and heli transfer to the Ahuriri Valley
- All meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner and trail provisions
- E-bikes at Mahu Whenua
- Bannockburn cellar door wine tasting
- National Park passes/permits
- Professional local guide and driver throughout your journey
- Private Queenstown airport transfers
You'll be collected on arrival into Queenstown airport for a scenic one hour transfer to your first luxury lodge, Mahu Whenua; home for the next two nights. This afternoon enjoy a short walk or perhaps a horse trail or e-bike ride around this high country station. Views of the peaks of Mt Aspiring National Park are ever-present as you explore. Tonight enjoy pre-dinner canapes and a drink in the lounge before a wonderful dinner at the Homestead.
Wake to views of the mountains and enjoy breakfast in the Homestead. Your private guide and driver will collect you from your accommodation mid-morning for a scenic drive into Mount Aspiring National Park. You'll be led on a four hour walk today along the Rob Roy Glacier Track, which follows the beautiful Matukituki Valley into the National Park; a place of mountains, glaciers, rivers and alpine lakes. The track follows Rob Roy Stream through beech forest and past waterfalls, ferns and a moss-lined trail before the forest gives way to spectacular alpine views of the hanging glaciers beneath Mount Rob Roy. The glaciers are active and can be viewed from the safety of the trail viewing point where you can watch and listen for avalanches and carvings. Enjoy a picnic lunch with your guide before returning to your accommodation late afternoon. A soak in your copper bath tub may be in order before another locally inspired dinner in the Homestead.
Included: B - L - D
You'll be eager to start this morning with an exploration into Mt Cook National Park and helicopter experience planned today. Your guide will meet you after breakfast for a scenic drive across MacKenzie country into Aoraki-Mt Cook valley and National Park. On arrival you will have the chance to stretch your legs on the Hooker Valley Track, a three hour return walk past glacier fed rivers to Hooker Lake with constant views of Mt Cook (New Zealand's highest peak). After your walk, your guide will lead you to the waiting helicopter for your private flight to the Lindis. You'll enjoy spectacular views as your pilot flies over Mt Cook before tracking toward the Ahuriri Valley on the way to your accommodation. Tonight settle into your unique mirrored ecopod and enjoy a dip in the hot tub on your deck. Pre-dinner canapes and drinks await before dinner in the impressive dining room overlooking the valley.
Included: B - L - D
After waking to panoramic valley views from your pod, stroll to the main lodge for breakfast this morning. Your guide will meet you a bit later for a scenic drive taking you further into the valley, where you will commence the Canyon Creek walk. This full day guided hike is moderately challenging rising steadily through beech forest to an impressive view into the canyon. You'll enjoy a trail lunch and perhaps a quick dip if you choose to brave the icy river before returning to the lodge late this afternoon. This evening enjoy drinks and dinner in the Great dining hall, before another spa experience under the stars.
Note: A shorter walk or scenic touring option is available today if preferred.
Included: B - L - D
This morning there is time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a short stroll around Lake Lindis (30 minutes) or walk to Ben Avon Saddle (1.5 hours), both of which are accessed on foot from the lodge. Other activity options this morning (at additional cost) include an e-bike ride or horse trail ride along the river and valley trails, with an onsite stables providing easy access to the most beautiful horses. Late morning your driver will collect you for the two hour transfer back to Queenstown, stopping along the way at one of Bannockburn's great vineyards for a private tasting of Central Otago famous pinot; a fitting toast to your South Island adventure.