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Snowshoe adventure

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Snowshoeing Adventure

NZ Snowshoeing adventure in Queenstown

Head out to the back country with one of our experienced guides.  

Our most popular product, based at The Remarklables ski area, takes you on an ascent up into the Lake Alta cirque surrounded by inspiring peaks.  There you can walk on a frozen lake, explore snow caves and have a great picnic lunch. The views from here are stunning.  

This takes about 6 hours return to Queenstown and can be tailored to the fitness of your group.  If you want to head for the peaks we suggest you opt for a private departure. There is a gradual climb to get into the lake so a good level of fitness is a requirement.  Minimum child age 8 years.

Have fun expanding snow caves and carving your own 'snow chair' to relax in while you enjoy a refreshing hot drink and delicious lunch.

The trip itself is normally about 4km walk and we climb about 200m so a moderate level of fitness is required.  However with most of the day to enjoy the mountains in we take our time with frequent stops to rest on our way up.  Once by the lake we have several activities, including lunch, to occupy us.  Fitter groups can go higher and view a different perspective on the many mountain ranges surrounding us.

Guided Snowshoe Adventure in Queenstown

DEPARTURES: From 8.30am (between June and October - Snow dependent) with staggered departures by 30 minutes on busy days.

PICK UP: We pick up / drop off to most Queenstown accommodation, excludes private residence.

DURATION:  4 hours on snow (approx.) but please allow 6 hours return to Queenstown.

WALKING TIME: 3 hours (approx) 

WALKING DISTANCE: 4  kilometres (moderate) 

TRACK: Make our own! 


Minimum of two or equivalent price. Single travelers please contact us to check availability. 

This Snowshoeing trip is also offered on a privately guided basis for a total wilderness experience to suit your interests or abilities.

Adult  NZ $215
Child (8 -14 years) NZ $155
Privately Guided (for up to four people) NZ $1,080
  • Winter departures only (1st June - 31st October, depending on snow)
  • Prices are valid  June 2020 until 31st October 2020
  • Child price is for 8 to 14 years old. Please contact us if your children are younger and we can arrange something for you on a privately guided basis.

Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change.


What we provide:

  • Return transport to and from Queenstown accommodation (excludes private residence)
  • Waterproof snowboots, overpants, jacket and gloves to ensure you are suitably dressed for your experience
  • Snowshoes - these go over your footwear so please wear sensible outdoor footwear, closed-toe trail shoes or hiking boots (preferably waterproof) and warm socks
  • Adjustable walking poles
  • Hot drinks and lunch
  • Friendly, knowledgeable and cheerful local guides
  • Interpretative commentary of flora, fauna, history, geology and snow

What you will need to bring:

  • Sturdy walking boots (although if you don't have your own we can loan you some)
  • Warm thick socks
  • Thermal under layers (wool or polypropylene is best)
  • Warm mid layers (avoid cotton and denim)
  • Sunglasses (essential to avoid snow blindness)
  • Sunscreen (important as our sun is very harsh)
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • A small backpack is useful if you have one