Mt. Aspiring National Park Tours

Mt. Aspiring National Park
In the rugged wilderness outside of the towns of Wanaka, Glenorchy, Makarora, and Haast, Mt. Aspiring National Park is New Zealand’s third largest park. You’ll see glaciers hanging suspended on mountainsides that are crossed by backcountry trails. Part of a UNESCO World Heritage area, this South Island landscape is truly magnificent.
 
The Basics
The hiking trails in Mt. Aspiring National Park are some of New Zealand’s best, with the Routeburn Track being the most famous for multi-day treks. Experienced hikers seek solace on the winding Reed-Dart and Caples Tracks, and a large network of shorter day hikes create a playground of outdoor adventure. Prime views are reserved for the hardiest of trekkers—whether on an independent or guided wilderness walk—or for helicopter passengers, who share the skies with kea (alpine parrots).
 
Outside of Wanaka, the Rob Roy Track is a classic day hike with panoramic views of the lake, whereas Matukituki is laden with trails that explore the isolated valley. Wherever you hike, scan the skies for some of the 59 bird species found here, and take time to enjoy the stunning South Island scenery, including  towering Mt. Aspiring, whose summit reaches nearly 10,000 feet (3,034 meters).
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Multi-day treks are best suited for hearty, fit travelers, but guided day trips make wilderness access easier.
  • River adventures by inflatable canoe or jet boat are also popular options to explore this area.
  • Choose comfortable hiking shoes that are suitable for walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Wear all-weather layers that wick away moisture, and bring rain-resistant outerwear for changeable conditions.
  • If you’re planning to camp overnight, come prepared with plenty of food, water, cooking gear, and a sleeping bag.
 
How to Get There
The park can be reached from Wanaka, Queenstown/Glenorchy, or Te Anau. Frequent buses run from these towns to several park access points, and there is boat service between Glenorchy and the Greenstone Valley. Round-trip transport by bus, shuttle, or private vehicle is available on most tour itineraries.
 
When to Get There
The best dates to hike in Mt. Aspiring National Park are late November through March or April. Weather can change quickly in the mountains, and snow and ice are possibilities during any month of the year. Before venturing into the backcountry, be sure to check in with the local Department of Conservation (DOC) office for any alerts or closures.
 
Mt. Aspiring
Mt. Aspiring is New Zealand’s tallest peak outside of Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park, but it’s not the only high point of this Southern Alps wilderness. The entire region, including Westland and Fiordland national parks, boasts UNESCO status, and has been named a Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, also known as Te Wahipounamu.
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Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

This full-day adventure includes a 'funyak' (inflatable canoe) and jet boat ride on the Dart River, situated amid the untamed beauty of UNESCO-listed Mount Aspiring National Park. Travel by coach from Queenstown to Glenorchy, where you’ll speed upriver on a thrilling jet boat before climbing aboard an easy-to-handle funyak. No previous experience is necessary and you’ll paddle with several passengers in a flotilla behind your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off plus buffet lunch and all equipment are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

A jet-boat ride, a guided nature walk and a backcountry off-road tour are the highlights of this Dart River wilderness safari from Queenstown. During this 6-hour tour with a naturalist guide, venture into Glenorchy, gateway to the World Heritage–listed Mt Aspiring National Park. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and hidden valleys, you’ll twist and turn down the glacier-fed Dart River. Finish with a leisurely walk through an ancient forest to learn about the wildlife and the area’s original Maori inhabitants.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Wanaka Canyoning Adventure Including Lunch

Go canyoning; a combination of swimming, sliding, climbing and rappelling, during this adrenaline-fueled activity in Wanaka. Follow your expert adventure guide to the mouth of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed canyon, then start exploring with a small group of 5 people or less. No prior experience is necessary, just bring your sense of adventure and get ready to discover the stunning scenery in Mt Aspiring National Park. Lunch, round-trip transportation and use of all equipment are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Southern Glacier Experience Helicopter Flight from Queenstown

Take to the skies on a 50-minute Queenstown helicopter flight that includes a snow landing on Jura Glacier. Soar above Lake Wakatipu’s northern shores and discover unparalleled views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps from an aerial perspective. After your pilot lands atop the glacier, snap photos of surrounding alpine peaks, such as Mt Aspiring, before the return helicopter ride over glacier-fed lakes and the Rees and Dart River valleys.
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Duration: 50 minutes
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Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour

Ringer or not, you’re sure to enjoy this 1.25-hour Lord of the Rings air tour led by the aerial film pilot for the movie series. Fly above beautiful Queenstown, and see the spots filmed for the fictional places of Isengard, Amon Hen, Lothlorien, the Misty Mountains, and the Redhorn Pass. See the mountain range from the opening scene of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and feel like you’re in Middle-earth.
  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
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50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown

Take your Queenstown visit to new ‘heights’ of adventure thanks to this 50-minute helicopter flight complete with a glacier landing. Soar above the spectacular scenery of Mt. Aspiring National Park, gliding above turquoise ice formations, hidden alpine lakes and towering mountains before landing on top of a glacier for photos.
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Duration: 50 minutes
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Paradise Valley Full Day Tour

See firsthand if Paradise Valley lives up to its name by prebooking this tour from Queenstown. Along with visiting movie locations used in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, catch views of the Dart River and Mt. Aspiring National Park. Take a few optional hikes, explore a trail above Diamond Lake, and stop by a sheep-shearing farm. During this guided tour, you’ll also get to ride a 4WD off the beaten path to see the area used as Middle Earth in LOTR.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Skydive Southern Alps Tandem Skydive

Get the ultimate adrenaline fix with an exhilarating tandem skydiving experience in Glenorchy. Feel the thrill of a high-speed free-fall as you jump from 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) and reach speeds of up to 200km/hr (124m/hr). Then, float back to earth under a canopy and soak up the breath-taking scenery of the UNESCO-listed Mt Aspiring and Fiordland national parks. Most importantly: your tandem skydive will be accompanied by a tandem instructor at all times, ensuring maximum fun with minimal risk!
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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1-Hour Mount Aspiring and Glaciers Helicopter Tour from Wanaka

One of the best ways to experience the snow-capped mountains around Wanaka is to take a scenic flight above and within them. On this helicopter tour to Mount Aspiring and nearby glaciers, you not only fly around the spectacular sights but make two Alpine landings, for close-up views. An exciting and memorable excursion for travelers short on time in the Southern Alps, or for anyone who enjoys a thrill with their mountain views.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Half-Day Mount Aspiring National Park Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk from Wanaka

Discover the idyllic landscapes of the Mount Aspiring National Park, where filming for the Lord of the Rings took place, on this action-packed half-day tour from Wanaka. Zip along the Matukituki River on a jet boat, admire spectacular views of Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring, then hike past forests and waterfalls to see the Avalanche Glacier.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full-Day Routeburn Track Guided Hike from Queenstown

Hike a section of the Routeburn Track, one of the New Zealand Great Walks, on a guided day trip from Queenstown. This premier tramping trail is located in Mt Aspiring National Park, part of UNESCO World Heritage–listed Te Wahipounamu. You’ll trek at a moderate pace up a gradual incline toward the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, learning about the regional flora from your informative guide. Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, which includes snacks, lunch and round-trip hotel transport by mini-coach.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Half-Day Routeburn Track Guided Walk from Queenstown

Get introduced to one of New Zealand’s Great Walks with a 2.5-hour hike on the Routeburn Track. This half-day tour departs Queenstown for the awe-inspiring scenery of Mt Aspiring National Park. Walk across a swing bridge and follow your guide at a relaxed pace through a beech forest lush with ferns and mosses. Experience the tranquility of the Routeburn River and its waterfalls while you learn about native birdlife and cultural history.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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3-Hour Tour From Wanaka: Tandem Skydive From 12,000 Feet

Experience New Zealand's South Island from the air on a 3-hour sky diving tour from Wanaka. The plane ride to jump altitude offers views of the Southern Alps, Mt. Cook, Mt. Aspiring, the Clutha River, and several lakes. Then, securely strapped to your guide, you'll jump from 12,000 feet (3,658 meters), and experience both the thrill of the free fall and the peace of drifting down to earth when the parachute opens. Your tour includes guide, air tour, and hotel pickup and drop-off from central Wanaka.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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14-Day South Island Adventure Tour from Christchurch

Spend two full weeks exploring New Zealand's magnificent South Island witht his guided tour. You and your fellow travelers will get to experience the best of the island, including the thermal baths of Hanmer Springs, the seaside town of Picton, the glorious Abel Tasman National Park, and the stunning Franz Josef Glacier, as well as Queenstown, Lake Matheson, and Lake Tekapo. You’ll even have some free time to go bungee jumping, if the mood strikes!
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Duration: 14 days
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Full-Day Small-Group Routeburn Valley Walk

The Routeburn Track is one of the most beautiful—and popular—trails in New Zealand, a great gateway to the country’s mountain lakes, river valleys, waterfalls, and forests. With this tour, let someone else take care of driving to the trailhead and packing lunch, and head out on a moderately difficult portion of the trial that takes you to the western end of Lake Wakatipu.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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25-Minute Helicopter Tour Including Snow Landing from Wanaka

The Matukituki Valley is known for its stunning views, but they’re better when experienced from above. This helicopter tour gives you the chance to see a lot of the valley’s remote backcountry and Mount Aspiring National Park from the sky during a roughly 25-minute flight. You’ll soar above one of New Zealand’s most beautiful areas and touch down on snow year-round.
  • Duration: 25 minutes
  • Duration: 25 minutes
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Paradise Day Walks

Hike on two renowned trails near Queenstown during a full-day tour that showcases New Zealand’s natural beauty. Head to Bob’s Cove Track in the morning, and the Routeburn Track in the afternoon, and get views of Lake Wakatipu, Mt Aspiring National Park, the Remarkables, and 'Lord Of The Rings' filming locations. Your guide tailors the walks to your group’s fitness level for a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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3-Hour Mighty Milford Sound Scenic Flight from Wanaka

Experience the beauty of Milford Sound both up close and from above on this half-day helicopter tour that’s full of variety. Fly around popular sights like Mt Aspiring and remote, lesser-known highlights like the grand Lake Lochnagar. Touch down on beaches and alpine crossings and discover the diversity and beauty of the Sound in a way that few visitors get to experience ever, let alone in one day.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Ultimate Nature Experience from Queenstown: Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Lake Sylvan Hike

Combine a 2-hour jet boat ride on the Dart River with a 3-hour Mt Aspiring National Park hike to Lake Sylvan on this day trip from Queenstown. You’ll zip along the waterway before a leisurely tromp through a native beech forest with a knowledgeable guide. Soak up the remarkable scenery, plants and birdlife in the UNESCO-listed landscape, which includes a portion of the Routeburn Track. Enjoy lunch by the lake on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people to ensure more personalized attention.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Routeburn Track Day Hike from Queenstown (Privately Guided)

Experience a privately guided day hike on the Routeburn Track which is one of New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks and is the ultimate alpine adventure! You will leisurely hike alongside the picturesque Routeburn river before heading up to Bridal Veil Waterfall and a swing bridge then leads through to the majestic Routeburn Flats where you will find a stunning spot to rest and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch. After lunch you will then continue hiking up to the Routeburn Falls Hut through spectacular beech forest and take in views of the Humboldt Mountains. Learn about the history, birdlife, flora and fauna in this remarkable part of New Zealand and enjoy hiking at your own pace with your local private guide.
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
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10 Day Adventure Tour. Hiking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Jet Boating & more.

This tour has been one of our signature adventure tours since 2005 and includes white water rafting, hiking, kayaking, jet boating, high ropes and cross country biking in the price!We include great adventure experiences throughout and also include free time for you to tailor your level of adventure and adrenalin. Adventure Junkies deliver fun, seamless and professional once in a lifetime tours for visitors to NZ. Our trips have been carefully planned to visit fantastic off-the-beaten-track locations as well as the spectacular must-visit destinations for which the South Island is famous. Our tours are typically made up from a mix of solo travellers, couples, and friends and we also frequently run this itinerary as a private option for small groups and families.We include very comfortable and modern 4* apartments and motels with prices based on twin/dbl sharing.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Duration: 10 days
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Full Day Southern Explorer

For those with more time and keen to explore a little further, the Southern Explorer is the perfect choice! This full day kayaking trip will have you paddling through some of the region’s most iconic, remote and beautiful landscapes towards the ‘gem’ of the lake ’ Mou Waho island. 12-14kms of easy paddlingOptional 30-60minute walk up to the Mou Waho island look outFully catered with our gourmet picnic morning tea and lunchNo experience required (reasonable fitness expected)Power boat assisted.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Siberia Experience

The snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and waterfalls of the Mount Aspiring National Park lie along the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. This action-packed tour lets you explore the park by plane, boat, and on foot. Soar overhead on a scenic flight, hike along the banks of the Siberia River, then hop aboard for a thrilling jet boat ride along the Wilkin River.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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10 Day Adrenalin Tour. Skydiving, Bungy, Rafting, Climbing, Heli MTB & more.

This tour has been the #1 bucket list New Zealand adventure tour since 2005 and includes skydiving, bungy jumping, heli biking, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, jet boating, high ropes and cross country biking in the price! Also included are 10 nights of comfortable dbl/twin share ensuite accommodation in modern, centrally located 4* studio apartments, plus breakfast and lunch daily. We deliver seamless, professional and fun once in a lifetime tours for visitors to NZ and our trips have been carefully planned to visit fantastic off-the-beaten-track locations as well as the spectacular must-visit destinations for which the South Island is famous. Our guides are experienced and 100% dedicated to the needs of our clients who come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Our tours are typically made up from a mix of solo travellers, couples, and friends and we also frequently run this itinerary as a private option for small groups and families.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Duration: 10 days
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