The Aspiring Wilderness Experience

Helicopter, Guided Walk & Jet Boat Adventure

Explore Mount Aspiring National Park from above, on foot, and by river on this exclusive wilderness adventure.

The day starts with a scenic drive to the small settlement of Glenorchy at the head of Lake Whakatipu. Take a spectacular helicopter flight over Lake Whakatipu and the Dart Valley, before beginning a stunning walk through ancient beech forest into Mount Aspiring National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stroll under a canopy of native forest located between the Dart and Routeburn river valleys. This is an area where Guided Walks New Zealand is the only company permitted to walk off-trail. You will then meet an exclusive private jet boat on the banks of the Dart River where you will journey along the braided, shallow, glacier-fed river whilst learning about the area’s rich history, the Pounamu trail and renowned Māori legends. After a delicious lunch in Glenorchy, finish the day with breathtaking views of Lake Whakatipu on the Bob’s Cove walk.

Duration

Full day, approximately 9 hours return

Walking Distance

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

Track

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

Food

Snacks, tea and coffee, and lunch

Departures

7:00am from Queenstown

Reconnect with nature as you explore the incredible landscapes and wildlife that New Zealand has to offer. Our expert guides are on hand to share their knowledge and passion for the outdoors as well as providing you with morning tea and a delicious lunch.

Transport is provided from your Queenstown accommodation and your driver will share commentary and stop for photos along the way.

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

Privately Guided Experience Price

1-4 People $4,450
Extra Adult $895
Extra Child (8-14 years) $895
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.