Queenstown Guided Nature Walk | Aspiring Wilderness Experience

Queenstown Guided Nature Walk | Aspiring Wilderness Experience

This full day adventure combines total wilderness walking through ancient beech forest in the Mount Aspiring National Park, with the 'Dart River Jet Safari' traveling to the start of your guided walk through one of the most scenic high mountain big river valleys to be found in New Zealand.

The only way to master the shallow glacial waters of the Southern Alps is by the Kiwi innovation that revolutionized high-country transport, the Jet Boat. Jet Boat drivers know their river intimately and their superb skills behind the wheel compliment frequent stops on this unique journey to explain the geology and lore of the ancient and unspoiled lands you traverse.

Two fascinating hours and 35km 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 supplies an unrivaled, natural soundtrack.

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 & mountain framed waters of Lake Sylvan. Nestled among a family of mountains, 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.

Winding back from the lake the track ambles through to the Routeburn, flowing down the very edge of the forest and on to your luxury transport. From there it’s a short drive through rich farmland to Glenorchy where you might like to enjoy a brief refreshing stop in the local cafe before the road trip back to Queenstown.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Guided Nature Tours & Walks
From: Queenstown to Queenstown
From (NZD) $399 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: GWNZUNE


All transport to and from Queenstown accommodation
Dart River Jet Safari
Snacks (& lunch & bottled water on full day hikes) - including tea/coffee, cookies
Friendly, knowledgeable & cheerful local guides
Interpretative commentary of flora, fauna, history and geology
Day packs, wooden walking sticks and some wet weather gear is available on loan

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily year round
  • Pick Up: From all Queenstown accommodation
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx)
  • Walking Time: 2-3 hours (approx)
  • Walking Distance: 4-9 kms (easy – moderate)
  • Track: Unformed trails easy to moderate walking on leaves and moss
  • Departure Time: 08:00am
  • Return Details: 17:00pm
  • Closed: Christmas Day

What You Should Bring

  • Sensible footwear – closed toe
  • A warm / sun hat / gloves
  • Waterproof / windproof / warm clothing for changeable weather
  • Small daypack
  • A reasonable level of fitness will ensure an enjoyable walk
  • Remember to bring your camera & a smile

Important Information

  • Minimum 2 people required to book this tour.
  • A reasonable level of fitness will ensure an enjoyable day
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

General Information

  • Child price is 14yrs old and under. Minimum age 5 years.
  • The maximum number per guide is six persons with a minimum of two
  • Larger groups will be broken up into small groups with one guide to each group
  • You must follow the instructions of the guide and parents please ensure that your children do the same.
  • Please advise your guide if you have any physical conditions that may affect your enjoyment of our walk today
  • English speaking nature guides (1 guide to a maximum of 6 people)

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Queenstown Guided Nature Walk | Aspiring Wilderness Experience
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Tour Code: GWNZUNE
From (NZD) $399 per person
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