Aspiring Wilderness Experience

The best of both worlds.

This privately guided full day adventure combines a spectacular walk through ancient beech forest in the Mount Aspiring National Park, followed by an exclusive private Dart River jet boat experience. Complete the day with breathtaking views of Lake Whakatipu from the Bob’s Cove walk.

Enjoy the scenic drive to the township of Glenorchy enroute to Mount Aspiring National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk under a canopy of native beech forest located between the Dart and Routeburn River valleys, where birdsong provides nature’s soundtrack. This is an area where Guided Walks New Zealand is the only company permitted to walk off trail.


Full day, approximately 9 hours return

Walking Distance

6 to 7 km (easy to moderate). Approximately 2 to 3 hours.


Unformed trails, easy to moderate. Walking on leaves and moss


Snacks, tea and coffee, and a picnic/packed lunch


7:00am from Queenstown

This experience combines the best of both worlds: a relaxing walk through ancient beech forest, and an exciting private jet boat ride with Dart River Adventures. 

This full-day experience will ensure you reconnect to nature and explore a truly authentic area in New Zealand. Guided Walks New Zealand is the only company permitted to take you to off trail sections, so you will avoid the crowds and explore unique paths.

Let our guides indulge you with some delicious snacks along the day, morning/afternoon tea, and a delicious picnic lunch. 

We'll also pick you up from your Queenstown accommodation and provide commentary and photo stops on our way to the start of the experience.

RESTRICTIONS: Please note, for safety reasons we are unable to accept as clients on this trip anyone who is pregnant or children under 1 metre in height (irrespective of the child's age). 

Privately Guided Experience Price

1-4 People $3,450
Extra Adult $595
Extra Child (8-14 years) $595
Extra Adult/ Child rate charged up to a full group of 10.
Exclusive, private trips only.
Prices valid until 30 September 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring on a guided walk?

For all our walks it's important that you wear sensible footwear, ideally closed-toed trail shoes or hiking boots. Sunglasses are essential all year round, as are hats (sun hat in summer, a warm hat in winter), sunscreen, and a waterproof jacket. Our weather can be changeable especially in the mountains so make sure you come prepared with plenty of warm layers. Bring a small daypack if you have one, or borrow one from us.

Click here to find out a full list of things you'll need and what we provide.

Do you cater for children?

Our guided day walks are suitable for children aged from 8 years old. We would highly recommend families with children to consider a privately guided walk to enable the experience to be tailored exclusively to the pace of the children involved, and also cater specifically to their interests.

What are the toilet facilities like?

There are only limited toilet facilities on our walks. There are 'bush' toilets provided by the Department of Conservation at most of the carparks and beside any huts we may pass. Your guide will make sure you are aware of these, they normally suffice for all our trips. On the very rare occasion should clients need to use the 'green room' our guides carry toilet paper, and hand sanitiser.

What sort of weather conditions can I expect during winter?

Winter is typified by cool, calm, clear days in the Southern Lakes area. Other days might be overcast or wet, and sometimes there’s a good ‘southerly’ thrown at us which might bring wind, snow - classed as ‘real expedition weather’.

Our weather forecasts are quite accurate, and when met at your accommodation, your guide will ensure you have the chosen the right clothing for the day. Good, warm layers from base to outer are essential, as are hats and gloves. This is especially important if you are joining the Aspiring Wilderness Experience, where you will be on the jetboat for 1 hour.

What is provided for me on the guided walks?
  • All transport to and from your Queenstown accommodation (excludes private residence).
  • Lunch (on full day hikes), snacks and tea/coffee. Please note you might need to carry the provided lunch (when included) in your backpack.
  • Knowledgeable and friendly guides.
  • Interpretative commentary of flora, fauna, history and geology.
  • Walking poles, day packs and jackets are available on loan.
How fit do I need to be?

While we aim to find a pace that suits the group, in order to make the most of the experience we would recommend that guests have an average level of fitness and walk regularly. Each of our walks has a different walking distance and terrain involved and we are happy to answer any questions you may have on which walk is best for you.