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Mackenzie Alpine Hiking Tour

3 day guided walk & 2 nights Tekapo from $1839 per person
Flights are additional

Sale Period

Until 30 Sep 21 by 4pm unless sold out prior


3 day guided walk & 2 nights Tekapo from
per person
Flights are additional

This Mackenzie Alpine Hiking Tour takes place on Glenmore Station, a private High-Country Station which borders Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and spans over 50,000 acres of outstanding backcountry of the Southern Alps. Unlike the crowded Aoraki/Mt Cook Hiking Trails, this hiking tour explores the private Cass Valley alpine. Hike through the most legendary scenery in The Mackenzie Country and enjoy this exclusive guided multi day hike through private terrain all to yourself. Access to this remote part of The Mackenzie backcountry starts in Lake Tekapo, as you journey into the remote reaches of the Cass Valley wilderness by a Scenic 4WD Tour, before hiking into the Gammack Range, bordered by Aoraki/Mt Cook. Private alpine huts, a warm meal and a cold beverage await you, after a spectacular day being guided through NZ’s most outstanding natural landscapes.

Deal Includes
 2 nights’ accommodation at Peppers Bluewater Resort in a Deluxe Hotel Room (Pre & Post walk)
 3 Day/2 Night Mackenzie Alpine Guided Hiking Tour includes:

    • Transport ex Lake Tekapo only (pick up from your hotel in Tekapo & drop off at start/end of hike)
    • Scenic 4WD Drive Cass Valley Backcountry Tour 
    • 2 nights’ accommodation in private backcountry alpine huts in bunk beds (max 10 bunks)
    • All meals, and snacks while on trail (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners + snacks)
    • A 40L backpack – that will contain your personal belongings and you will carry with you. 
    • A sleeping bag liner
    • Experienced hiking guides

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3 day guided walk & 2 nights Tekapo
From $1839 per person
Travel: set departures 09 Dec 21-14 Mar 22


DAY 1    Arrive Lake Tekapo

The day is yours to explore Lake Tekapo before you are required to attend a briefing on your trip at 4pm. The briefing will explain the next few days of your backcountry hike, run through the packing checklist and ensure you have the right gear for the backcountry adventure. Extra gear will be available to hire should you be missing anything.


DAY 2    Depart Lake Tekapo, Four Wheel Drive Cass Valley – Hike to Lady Emily Hut

Rising to the picturesque shores of the turquoise waterways of Lake Tekapo, today your guides will pick you up in Classic Land Rover Defenders, load up and travel to explore the stunning and private High Country of Glenmore Station. This iconic New Zealand High Country Sheep Station is situated on the Western shores of Lake Tekapo, and runs deep into the Cass Valley wilderness, bordered to the West by the Lieberg Range. The Scenic 4WD Travel through the Cass Valley this morning, it’s a beautiful introduction to the Outstanding Natural Landscapes and their values that are unique to the Mackenzie Basin. 

The Cass Valley offers a variety of inherent natural geological features, unique to the Mackenzie Basin itself, along with a wonderful narrative from your guides about the rich history and hardships this incredible part of the world encompasses. 

You’ll travel past roaming Merino sheep grazing, and numerous endangered bird species to name a few. Once the Land Rovers are parked, you start hiking into the wilds of the Cass Valley, and enter what feels like another country. Filled with high dry aired ranges, moraine walls and towering glaciers, cascading waterfalls and impressive High Country scenery, stop in for lunch at an old Musterers Hut, and learn about how endearing and hardy the first run holders in the area were.

This afternoon’s hike starts off along the valley floor, before a climb to a private backcountry hut, perched amongst some of the finest alpine scenery in The South Island. Offering fabulous views of surrounding glaciers and deep vista’s over The Leiberg Range and Mt Hutton.

Enjoy a wine or a hot cuppa far away from hustle and bustle of the world and deep in the heart of the mighty Mackenzie backcountry. Tonight you’ll experience the awe and wonder of the clearest skies in the world, under The Aoraki Nighttime Sky Reserve, at an unforgettable location. 

Hiking: 3-4 Hours
Level of difficulty: Moderate.
Backcountry Terrain: The terrain is reasonably smooth on the valley floor, with some river crossings. A steep but short tussocky ascent to the hut.

Accommodation: Private Backcountry Hut Mackenzie Alpine
Meals: Lunch, Dinner


DAY 3    Backcountry Hiking – Mackenzie Alpine Hike to Falcons Nest Hut

Rising early to the shimmering gold carpet of alpine beauty, and a Kea or two – you’re off for a full day backcountry hiking, starting with a gentle climb through glistening tussocks up to a stunning saddle.

Enjoy lunch at the saddle offering views of the impressive scenery cast over Mt Fitzwilliam, and the Jolley Valley below. After lunch is a fabulous ridgeline hike offering magnificent views over endless peaks, glaciers and giant rocky summits! Savour nature and this beautiful landscape before making your descent down a scree run to another picturesque alpine hut, centered amongst towering peaks and glistening streams. Stargazing at its finest yet again tonight!

Hiking: 6-8 Hours
Level of difficulty: Moderate.
Backcountry Terrain: The terrain is a mix of tussock grasslands, scree runs and rocky terraces and stream crossings and some steep terrain.

Accommodation: Private Backcountry Hut Mackenzie Alpine
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4     Backcountry Hike Out to Cass Valley, 4wd to Lake Tekapo

Your final morning rise in the Mackenzie backcountry, enjoy a nice breakfast before packing up and heading out for the final leg of the hiking journey. Today’s hike is an interesting descent as you follow a lovely stream and pass impressive moraine walls, enchanted rocky valleys and roaming herds of wild Himalayan Thar. The final descent down to the valley floor you will pass grazing Merino Sheep, making for a sure signature New Zealand high country experience.  As you arrive at the valley floor, load up the Land Rover Defenders and make the journey back across the many river crossings to the beautiful glaciated shores of Lake Tekapo and your final night stay at Peppers Bluewater Resort.

Hiking: 4-5 Hours
Level of difficulty: Moderate.
Track Terrain: The terrain is a gentle descent through rocky terraces, tussock grasslands and various stream crossings.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 5     Depart Lake Tekapo
Time to farewell Lake Tekapo and head home.

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Please note that full terms and conditions apply - see your House of Travel consultant for details.
• Package price is based on 2 people and is correct at the time of submission and is subject to change without notice. 
• Valid for sales until 30 Sept 2021 by 4pm unless sold out prior.
• Valid for travel on select departure dates as specified.
• All prices and products are subject to availability at time of reservation.
• Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, exchange rate movements and availability.
• Prices are per person in NZ dollars for cash or cheque purchase only. 
• Some surcharges and closeouts may apply. Surcharges may apply over special event periods and over school holidays.  
• Inclusions are subject to change based on operational capabilities
• Cancellation and Amendment fees apply. 
• Airfares are not included and are an additional cost. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for the best option to suit your needs.

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