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Miner's Forest Retreat

Half day pioneering with stunning lake and mountain views, only minutes from Queenstown.

GWNZ Miners Forest RetreatIn the late 18th century, a treasure house of gold was first found in the streams and hills around Lake Wakatipu, and like a magnet the discovery brought thousands to the area from all over the world. They found a place as rich in natural splendor as it was in precious metals and set about trying to master the elements in their quest for wealth.

The loop track we walk is there for a reason; as recently as the 1860s miners used it for access to claims and workings. The men and women of those hard-working, hard-living days are gone now, but the long-abandoned remains of their lives and work have become as much a part of the region's history as the scenery they've blended into.

This half day guided walk begins in native Beech forest, and the track climbs through the forest and grassy meadows following a clear mountain stream. You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to walk an ascending path that follows a sparklingly clear mountain brook. Through grassy meadows amidst towering peaks, you’ll encounter old campsites, stone shacks and miners’ water races and tailings. Your guide is well versed in the history, geology and engineering feats of the region and armed with a quiver of anecdotes from the days of gold- fever.

Native bird life still thrives here and their inquisitive nature means you’ll have first-hand meetings with a wide range of curious alpine species.

A small mountain lake nestles hundreds of meters below as you enjoy a welcome refreshment stop with tea, coffee and biscuits in one of the most picturesque impromptu picnic spots in the world. Fortified, the descent follows the ridge-line around the valley, back towards the larger Lake Wakatipu, with splendid views all the way to the bottom and a comfortable, short ride back to Queenstown.


All of our GUIDED NATURE WALKS are selected for their natural beauty, and this is an excellent walk for people interested in history, birds and/or photography and has magnificent lake and mountain views.

Note: This walk is suitable for fitness levels we would normally associate with the Routeburn valley. The Miners Trail suits those who do not have time for a full day outing or may be especially interested in early pioneering and gold mining history.

 TRIP DURATION: Half day, afternoon only


DISTANCE: 6 kilometres, climbing 300m (moderate fitness required)

TRACK: Well-formed, some short steep sections


  • Early gold mining history and stone gold-miners cottage.
  • Magnificent mountain views

PICK-UP: Pickup from all Queenstown accommodations

DEPARTS: Afternoon at 1:30pm (year round)

Please see what you'll need for this walk HERE

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Rates from 1 October 2016 - 30 September 2017

Half Day Walks Adult Child (6 - 14 years)
Group Guided Price NZ $109 NZ $69
Privately Guided Price  NZ $199 NZ $199

Minimum numbers: Two persons (adult) or equivalent price. Prices valid until 30th September 2016. All prices are per person. 


Rob Roy Glacier, Matukituki Valley

Experience the grandeur of the best one day walk in New Zealand.

Rob Roy Glacier

This full day walk starts from Queenstown, with a scenic drive over the Crown Range (or pick-up from Wanaka) and into the Matukituki Valley, west of Lake Wanaka in the Mount Aspiring National Park. Walk up through beech forest to view the magnificent Rob Roy Glacier. High snow capped mountains, provide a magnificent backdrop for the drive and walk up this beautiful river valley.

The Rob Roy river gorge cuts a swathe through the mountainside, showing the true power of nature. Your route is littered with views of mighty waterfalls, soaring cliffs and glacial moraine in a collection unsurpassed in one place anywhere in the world.

Picnic lunch is taken once the track sets you free of the forest. From here your views of the Rob Roy glacier are clear, huge chunks of ice crash and thunder to the valley floor in a natural drama of epic proportions. Here you will often be joined by one of New Zealand’s most amusing native parrots – the Kea.

The return walk to Raspberry Flat takes less than two and a half hours, enough time for the enormity of the experience to bed itself into your memory, and form into stories you’ll be retelling for years to come.

Return to Wanaka is expected around 5:00pm and to Queenstown by 6:00pm.


Stunning full day nature walk to view the Rob Roy Glacier in Mt Aspiring National park. Scenery, ice, waterfalls and native birds. Wanaka or Queenstown guided hike.

DURATION: Full day, (9 hours approx)  This trip is only available as a private charter.

WALKING TIME: 5 hours (approx)

WALKING DISTANCE: 10 kilometres (moderate fitness required)

TRACK: Well used uneven walking track (4 - 5 kilometers each way, 5-600m elevation)

DEPARTURE: Summer only (October to May)

PICK UP: Pick up time by arrangement from Queenstown or Wanaka.


  • Spectacular snow-capped mountain and lake views
  • Magnificent Rob Roy Glacier
  • Variety of bird life, ancient native beech forest, mosses, lichens and ferns, waterfalls and river gorge

Private Guided Options make it personal...

GWNZ Routeburn Track 2Guided Walks NZ offers an a-la-carte selection of stunning and memorable walks and we also offer all of these as privately guided trips.

Our guides are selected for their intimate and extensive knowledge of the entire region that we can walk in. This means we can tailor a bespoke, privately guided walk to your specifications for singles, couples or families or as you prefer.

If you’d rather an easier guided walk, an array of locations to suit your requirements, or if the highest of the high country appeals to your interests, helicopter transport is easy to arrange, offering us tens of thousands of hectares of totally unspoiled terrain for your private enjoyment.

Call us today to arrange a visit into un-tracked, untouched Natural New Zealand.


  • All of our guided walks are offered on a PRIVATELY GUIDED basis for a total wilderness experience.
  • A special Kiwi style picnic lunch is provided including a hearty sandwich (full day), tea/coffee/soup, cookies/muffins.
  • Special Interests such as - photography,  fungi, birds etc. can be catered for.
  • Individual attention.
  • Adventurous or passive expeditions tailored to suit clients interests.
  • All fitness and age levels catered for.
  • We like to find out what your preferences are when you make contact so that, with consideration of weather and snow conditions, we can design the perfect itinerary for you.

Key Private Terms

These guided walk trips are offered on a PRIVATELY GUIDED basis for a total wilderness experience to suit your interests or abilities. 




Is Privately Guided for you...

Whatever your ability or particular interests, whether it be photography, fungi or birds, our guides have an inexhaustible fund of skills and knowledge to help provide you with a half or full day that we know you'll never forget.

Don't walk blindly through the diverse forests and landscapes of New Zealand and take home just photos.  Look, learn and understand and you will take home so much more - the highlight of your trip through New Zealand!

For families with small children privately guided is the best option so as to avoid the hassles of walking with a larger group.

If you have above average fitness, wish to go further and see more than our regular groups, then PRIVATELY GUIDED is for you.

Individual attention is our specialty - let us put ourselves in your shoes!

Unless otherwise stated private guiding is a single price for up to four hikers. 

Hikes Full Day Half Day
Famous Routeburn $ 1250  
Lakeshore, Forest & Bird   $ 199 pp
Aspiring Wilderness Experience (AWE) $ 2390  
Ben Lomond Traverse or Earnslaw Burn $ 1450  
Rob Roy Glacier $ 2190  
Hollyford Valley two day w/- Wilderness Lodge, Helicopter and Jet boat $ 6870 group of six