A River Runs Through It
Heli ⋅ Glacier ⋅ Pack Camp ⋅ Hike ⋅ 4×4
$3,700pp (based on 4 pax)
Embark on an extraordinary off-track adventure as you heli to a remote glacier, hike across it, and spend two days traversing diverse terrain spanning breathtaking ridgelines, alpine slopes, and valleys in the UNESCO South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.
Arrive at The Great Glenorchy Alpine Base Camp and get settled in. You’ll meet your guide who will brief you in and check your gear. We have a licensed wood-fired restaurant ‘Base Camp Food Over Fire’, sauna, cosy mountaineer’s huts — everything you might need for a good night’s sleep ahead of tomorrow’s adventure.
Enjoy breakfast at Base Camp, then meet your guide to be transferred to a nearby heli pad for a scenic transfer, deep into the UNESCO South West New Zealand World Heritage Area to the start point of your off-track glacial traverse. This entire day will be spent between the alpine and high alpine zone, heading towards your first pack camp to spend the night.
Break camp to make your way across alpine streams and a saddle crossing between two mountains until you gradually descend down through a Beech forest to the evening’s riverside pack camp.
Break camp to hike the final stretch to your 4×4 pick up point where you’ll escorted back to Base Camp for a warm shower, sauna, Dinner and Drinks at our licensed restaurant before you retire to your cosy mountaineer’s hut for the night.
Breakfast and take your time checking out in the morning, transfers to Queenstown Airport are available if required.
⋅ All accommodation at Base Camp
⋅ Dinners at Base Camp Food Over Fire
⋅ All food in the field
⋅ Helicopter flights
⋅ 4X4 heliport and track transfers
⋅ All technical equipment hire
You will need to be in good shape. We recommend at least 6 weeks of regular walks carrying a 10-15kg backpack. If your hiking boots are new, breaking them in during this training period is recommended to save discomfort in the field.
Of course there are risks associated with spending time in wild nature, especially off-track where we primarily operate.
Without trails, you will often find yourself on uneven ground, and will be carrying your own equipment which increases the liklihood of slips, trips and falls. Accidents such as this are much less likely to happen with sufficient preparations, for example, building fitness ahead of your trip, and ensuring the gear you bring is suited to the terrain. — If you need help packing, you can find our packlist here.
There are also regional risks associated with hiking in and around our National Parks. Risks like landslides, avalanches and rockfalls. For more information on risks such as these, you can visit the Mountain Safety Council resource page here.
Your safety is our priority and if you have any questions or concerns about the risks involved, ‘book a call’ to speak with our Glenorchy-based head of mountain operations, a qualified career expert in mountain safety who will welcome all queries.