Start the day with a complimentary pickup from Athol St carpark in central Queenstown, followed by a scenic drive through the town to the start of the trail. Our self guided hike is no more than a 20-minute drive from town and your entire adventure will take around 4-5 hours from pickup to drop off.  

 

Grab your camera, breathe in the fresh air and prepare to embark on an epic journey through nature with very few, if anyone in sight.  Be immersed in Queenstown's unique natural landscape as your guide highlights significant local history, flora and fauna, while you follow trails forged out by the early gold mining pioneers.

 Be wowed by magnificent views throughout your adventure hike ensuring any picture is Instagram worthy.

 

All that walking and exploring can make you hungry, so we include a scrumptious picnic lunch to be enjoyed surrounded by majestic mountain peaks.

 

Your tour concludes with a scenic drive back to Queenstown and will take around 4-5 hours from pickup to drop off.

Hike The Backcountry

Experience

  • Marvel at picture-perfect views of mountain peaks, lakes, rivers, and unique landscapes

  • Hike through native forest, alpine trails, and high-country farm stations

  • Explore historic ruins of early settlers and gold-mining pioneers

  • Savor a delicious lunch (included) in a stunningly scenic location

What To Bring

  • Sturdy Hiking or Running / Walking shoe's

  • Rain Jacket

  • Base and mid layers for all walks

  • Winter Hiking - Bring additional thermal layers or down jacket

  • Water Bottle

  • Warm hat or Sun hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves if you have them

  • Small day pack

  • Any medication if required

  • Camera

 

*Sandles, Jandals or flip flops are not recommended*

Know Before You Go

  • The trail is well-formed and maintained. There are some short steep sections and undulations. Weather will affect the trail and it can become loose, muddy or slippery depending on the season.

  • Your guides will inform you of the trail conditions at the start of your hike.

  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots and practical clothing suitable for all temperatures and conditions.

  • Bring a sunhat (or beanie if cold), sunglasses, rain jacket, medications (if required), and your camera.

  • All guides have first aid training, carry EPIRBS (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) and first aid kits.

Jessica / September 2019

“I had an excellent time on this hike. I learned about the local culture and was able to do a walk that wasn’t too strenuous and allowed me to see some excellent views. I would highly recommend this, particularly to solo travelers looking for something slightly off the beaten path.”

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