Drive the spectacular Glenorchy Rd alongside Lake Wakatipu, with several stops on the way, to the world-renowned Mt. Aspiring National Park for the day. After your morning walk on the Routeburn Trail, our guides will escort you to Kinloch Lodge, at the head of Lake Wakatipu, to enjoy a hearty lunch. The afternoon promises excitement when you are collected from the wharf at Kinloch and taken jet boating up the Dart River before your journey back to Queenstown.
Access to the Routeburn Track is via a swing bridge and you are immediately immersed in the stunning native beech forest. The wide variety of flora and fauna on display is sure to impress. Our guides will also share information about the historical significance of the Routeburn Track and how it was used by Maori and European pioneers. There are plenty of waterfalls to enjoy and lots of places to rest along the river. The trail is moderately paced, rising gradually towards stunning snow-capped peaks.
Having worked up an appetite there's no better place for lunch than the deck at Kinloch Lodge on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy the scrumptious meals while drinking in the view. From their incredible Kinloch Club Sandwiches on home made Ciabatta rolls to home made soup and salad, there is something for everyone.
From Kinloch you are taken by boat to experience more breath taking scenery and exciting jet boating on a braided, glacier fed river. Your Dart River Safaris jet boat trip is an exhilarating and spectacular journey further into the heart of Mt Aspiring National Park with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. Enjoy stunning views, rich commentary and another short walk in this beautiful World Heritage Area before your return journey on a backroad tour of Paradise where you will recognise scenes and backdrops from The Lord of the Rings,The Hobbit movies and others.
Return to Queenstown.
An authentic New Zealand experience to an untouched world.
We recommend: water, a camera and a sense of adventure! Dress appropriately for outdoor adventures in the mountains.
Prices valid from 01/10/16 to 30/09/17
Duration: 9hrs return (3 hours walking)
Level: Easy-Moderate, average fitness required