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This is an Expression of Interest for a Women Want Adventure special helicopter in - jet boat out, women's hiking trip.
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This women's adventure is designed for ladies who enjoy a bit of a challenge and like to get off the tourist tracks and into the real backcountry. A small group of like-minded women sitting around a fire, miles from anywhere and spinning yarns with bursts of laughter about the team s response to the challenges faced during the day - river crossings, icy plunges in alpine lakes, carrying a pack and preparing a meal together at night. A remarkable journey in the remote and stunning Mt Aspiring National Park where the grandeur of the landscape will take your breath away. For those that need their adrenalin fix, this trip includes a helicopter flight into a remote hut, two days walk from civilisation and a thrilling jet boat ride back out.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL INTO QUEENSTOWN // 14th November 2020
Please arrive into Queenstown and meet your leader at Pinewood Lodge accommodation between 4-5pm. As a group, we will head out for a welcome dinner/briefing to go over information for the exciting adventure that awaits.
DAY 2 MT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK // 15th November 2020
This morning we are picked up in Queenstown at 8am for the drive via Wanaka to Raspberry Flat in Mt Aspiring National Park for the first overnight hike. It is then time to hoist your pack and head up the valley. We follow the Matukituki River up valley up to Aspiring Hut. The high glaciated peaks revealing themselves as we hike gently up the valley. On reaching the hut we take a quick cup of tea and get ready for a steeper hike without our backpacks. From Aspiring Hut if the weather permits, we climb steeply through beech forest to the tree line. You will be rewarded with a jaw dropping view of the Matterhorn-like Mt Aspiring (3033m). We then descend back along the same track to the hut. Tonight, we prepare and eat our first meal together in the wilderness.
DAY 3 MT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK - MAKARORA // 16th November 2020
This morning we take a hike up a side valley to view the Rob Roy Glacier. We cross the Matukiuki River swing bridge, and then follow the trail through native beech forest along the Rob Roy Stream, a wild glacial river that tumbles down the valley through a series of a steep rocky gorges. We reach the treeline after a reasonable climb and the beech forest gives way to alpine vegetation. The hanging glacier beneath Mt Rob Roy is spectacular. The glacier is active, and you may be able to hear and see the ice cracking from this safe viewing point. The cheeky alpine kea may also join us for a little light entertainment. The descent back down the valley to our vehicle is easy-going. We then drive back to Wanaka and on to Makarora for our night in cabin accommodation. We then dine in the local kiwi pub nearby - a good way to build the team spirit. (2 hours drive).
DAY 4 MAKAROA SIBERIA HUT - GILLESPIE PASS // 17th Novemeber
No need for coffee this morning, the scenic helicopter flight into the heart of this World Heritage Area will be exhilarating enough for some. We fly around ice carved peaks and get up close to cascading waterfalls, nestled amongst New Zealand s most beautiful mountains and glaciers. We land downstream from the hut in the remote Siberia Valley. Today our goal is to reach the summit of Gillespie Pass at 1600m. From the pass enjoy the stunning sense of elevation as we look down the steep slopes into the Young Valley. The views of nearby Mt Awful (2192 metres) are awfully good too! The hike starts with an easy path along the Siberia Valley floor, before the trail leaves the valley and zig zags its way up through forest into the Gillespie Stream basin. It then gets challenging and steep for the final push up to the top of the pass (but the views will be well worth it). We return the same way and enjoy our first night in the wonderfully remote Siberia Hut.
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DAY 5 SIBERIA VALLEY HIKING // 18th Novemeber 2020
Today we explore the other side of the valley and climb up to Lake Crucible. This challenging hike takes us even further into the awe-inspiring mountains of Mt Aspiring National Park. It is a steep climb initially through beech forest and delicate alpine herb fields. The last part of the hike climbs on to an ancient terminal moraine which formed the lake at the foot of Mt Alba. Set at 1172m this lake often fills with avalanche debris over the winter and stays stays frozen well into the summer. For those daring enough, your challenge today is to take a dip in this lake! After lunch we make our way back down the valley to the Siberia Hut. Together we prepare another tasty meal, before relaxing on the veranda gazing at the clear and starry southern sky.
DAY 6 SIBERIA HUT - QUEENSTOWN // 19th Nobemeber 2020
It's an early pack up and start today as we have a jetboat to meet for 11.00am. Head down the valley following an old pack track high above the Siberia River. We gain spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and waterfalls of the lower Siberia Valley. A jetboat meets us just downstream of the confluence of the Siberia and Wilkin valleys and carries us on a thrilling 40 minute journey downstream to Makarora. After lunch we drive alongside the gorgeous glacial Lake Hawea. We stop here in the village for showers and to prepare the group before the flight home. The drive to Queenstown takes us over the golden tussocks of the Crown Range, stopping off at the historic Cardrona Hotel (if time allows) for a drink before on the way. No doubt there will be some napping on the minibus journey back to Queenstown where the guided portion of the trip finishes.
NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions or the weather forecast making the planned route unsafe.
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* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.