Hike above worry level in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Be inspired by the magic light of the Mackenzie High Country across golden tussock, snow-capped peaks and the turquoise of Lake Tekapo. Climb a 2070 m peak and return to a cosy mountain hut to savour the sun setting behind mountain silhouettes and a star-studded sky - one of the clearest and darkest skies in the southern hemisphere. This area is famed for its exceptionally clear skies and intense light, highlighting the turquoise-blue glacial lakes, golden grasses, and white snow-capped peaks. A night-sky starlight reserve has been created to protect the fabulous star gazing opportunities provided by this area which has very little light pollution.
Day 1: Three hours' walking with a climb of 430 m/1400 ft brings us to the cosy Rex Simpson Hut, at 1280 m/4200 ft on the first day. Evening entertainment regularly comes in the form of an inspiring sunset behind the alps and/or spectacularly clear displays of our Southern Hemisphere stars.
Day 2: We trek along a 6 kilometre-long ridge-top, nicknamed "Snake Ridge", that was formed by ice-age glaciation, and ascend "Erica Peak" (2073 m/6800 ft). The terrain is untracked with a moderate gradient. As we gain height the East Face of Mount Cook dominates the skyline. Return to Rex Simpson Hut to be well fed and entertained by your guide. 6-8 hours walking.
Day 3: We visit an old musterers’ hut before walking back down through the farm and returning to Lake Tekapo. The hut door carries part of a dog collar, dated 1898, and the interior could be reminiscent of Scott’s hut in Antarctica.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- The minimum price of NZ$450 is for the 2 days package and is for a group booking for 6-10 persons. The maximum price of NZ$890 is for a 3 day trek package in winter with snowshoes.
Summer (Nov - Apr):
-2-day option starts 1 pm Day 1 in Lake Tekapo and finishes 5-6 pm on Day 2 in Lake Tekapo.
-3-day option starts 10 am Day 1 in Lake Tekapo and finishes 1 pm on Day 3 in Lake Tekapo.
Winter (Jul-Sep): 3-day option starts 9 am Day 1 in Lake Tekapo and finishes 5 pm on Day 3 in Lake Tekapo.
- All meals on tour
- Hut accommodation
- Transport from Lake Tekapo and return
- Equipment, e.g.. trekking poles, snowshoes.
- 15% Goods and Services Tax.
Price Excludes: Meals and accommodation before and after tour.
About This Supplier
||Location: New Zealand
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Our trekking, climbing and ski touring company was founded in 1981 by Directors Anne and Gottlieb Braun-Elwert. In 1991 and 1994, M06144 was a finalist in the New Zealand Tourism Awards. After 30 years of operation M06144 continues to stay at the forefront of mountain guiding in New Zealand.
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