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Days: 3 days
Grade: C
(Alpine hiking and uneven terrain. Moderately strenuous)
Pre-track Briefing:

The guide will meet you the day before departure at 4.30 pm - 58 McDougall Street, Wanaka - to do a full gear check and finalise last minute details.

Start/Finish: Start: 8.30am, Wanaka.
Finish: 4:30pm, Wanaka
Departs:

December 2019: 15
January 2020: 13
February 2020: 1
March 2020: 13

Prices:

Period 1st Jun 18 - 31st May 20
  Adult (2 people) NZD $1,500.00
  Adult (3 people) NZD $1,100.00
  Adult ( 4 people or more) NZD $950.00

Itinerary

DAY
1

Wanaka to Aspiring Camp

Meet with your transport and guide at 8:30am at 58 McDougall Street, Wanaka, and travel an hour down the magnificent Matukituki Valley, the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park. After a river crossing, the East Matukituki Track follows the river valley for about three hours before turning and climbing sharply. After two hours of steep uphill you get above tree line and can see the outstanding views of Mt. Aspiring. Our Aspiring Camp is an expedition type setup with a cook tent, table and chairs with private four person tents to sleep in.

DAY
2

Aspiring Camp

Explore Photo Sphere

This is your base to explore this magnificent sub-alpine and alpine wonderland. Day trips include the remote Albert Burn Saddle, or the gorgeous Ruth Flat.   If you are feeling more adventurous there's also an opportunity to venture above Albert Burn Saddle for a climb of Dragonfly Peak 2105m. Or you are welcome to just relax about your private camp and take in the stunning views of Mt Aspiring and the East Matukituki Valley.

DAY
3

Aspiring Camp to Wanaka

First comes a leisurely breakfast of pancakes, berries and whipped cream. We then head downhill, stopping for a swim at the beautiful Hester Penny swimming hole if it is a hot day. There is plenty of river crossing and time to enjoy one of the best examples of Red Beech forest in the area. The van is waiting for the 60 minute ride back to Wanaka. We usually arrive back in Wanaka around 4:30pm.

Grading & Fitness

Grade: C
Moderate hike, reasonable level of fitness and agility essential.
Up to 6 hrs of physical activity per day.
At times carrying a backpack of 6-8 kgs.
Tracks generally in good condition.
Altitude gains of up to 600m on harder days.
No hiking experience necessary.
Reasonable standard of fitness required.

Easy / Moderate Grade. This trip requires a moderate level of fitness. There is some off trail and a good uphill section and a river crossing. The trail is sometimes rough and muddy. Suitable for most children over the age of 10 years.

What to Take

Essential Items:

For the Body

  • Base layer : 2 x tops & 2 x long johns – polypro or merino e.g. icebreaker (no cotton), 150 - 190 weight
  • Insulating layer top: 1 x light (200 - 300 weight), 1 x heavy (300+ weight)
  • Waterproof layer: Jacket & overpants
  • Lightweight quick drying shorts or pants
  • Light shirt for warm weather 

Hands

  • Light weight, warm gloves

Head

  • Warm hat which covers ears
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses

Feet

  • Socks – 2 pairs
  • Pair of walking shoes/boots
  • Gaiters (optional)

Accessories

  • Light day pack
  • Camera
  • Head torch/Flashlight
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Small pack liner
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Personal toiletries and medication
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream and lip cream

Optional

  • Trekking pole (3 section pole best to fit into a small pack)
  • light book or magazine 
  • earplugs

Supplied: all meals and snacks, sleeping bag, liner and other general camping equipment, tents and hut accommodation (if weather is not suitable for camping).

Equipment Hire

Per day (NZ$)

Hiking Pack

$10

Hiking Boots

$10

Overtrousers

$10

Walking poles (pair)

$5

Base layer - top & bottom (purchase from)

$39.90

Gaiters (purchase from)

$49.90

Headlamp (purchase from)

$59.90

Transport

You are transported to the Mount Aspiring National Park which is about an hours drive from Wanaka. This is where you hike in and out from.

Food

Energy snacks and nutritious meals are an essential ingredient in helping you perform to your highest standard. You are provided with excellent meals and plenty of it. Specific dietary requirements are catered for.

Accommodation

Mt Aspiring Discovery trips use a private bush camp which is flown by helicopter into the mountains in the spring and removed before the winter. Camps have a large cook tent and smaller private tents with thick ground sleeping mats. Please note there are no showers and the toilets are relocatable. Our environmental procedures are very strict, all human waste & rubbish is removed from the site at the end of the season.

Additional Costs

If your party is unable to egress from the mountains at the end of your trip for any reason, a fee of NZ$550 plus expenses (including but not limited to hut & park fees) per extra day is applicable to your party, and is divided between the trip participants.

Guides & Safety

Guide to Client ratio is 1 : 5

The mountain guides are qualified through the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association. The NZMGA are affiliated to the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association who governs mountain guiding worldwide. The specialist trekking guides are 'hand-picked' from within the industry, in light of their qualifications, knowledge, experience level and communication skills. Some of them have NZMGA qualifications, others have rock climbing, ski patrol and outdoor leadership qualifications. All have strong first-aid skills and a wealth of local experience on the routes guided.

Questions

What about my other luggage and valuables?
Additional luggage and valuables can be securely stored at the office in Wanaka during your trip.

In an emergency are we in contact with the outside world while on our trip?
All climbing trips and courses are in radio and phone communications with the Operations/Safety base and the Department of Conservation local office that manages each National Park area. Weather information and coordination of helicopters are through these channels. In some circumstances mountain radio links are available for the relay of any urgent messages.

What about the weather?
New Zealand is famous for its changeable weather. The mountains here are characterised by long sunny fine periods mixed with sudden and sometimes heavy rain or snow. Your experienced guides are well equipped to provide the best possible trip and have many years experience in judging the conditions. Travel in bad weather is an art in itself, the temperate rain forest here is absolutely beautiful in the rain.

What if I want to book as a single?
Try to choose a scheduled date, and if that doesn't fit, let us know. We can book you as a single and then will try to match others to your dates. If we can not find at least one other person for the dates you want, one month before the start date we will give you a full refund.

How heavy does my pack need to be?
You will only need to carry your own personal clothing and gear: no tents, food or cooking supplies.

How do I get to Wanaka?
The closest airport is in Queenstown, 1 hour away. Some flights from Australia come direct into Queenstown. There are regular shuttles between Queenstown airport and Wanaka.

Booking Conditions

Changes

NB: Please note that this itinerary is a sample only and the actual itinerary may vary at the discretion of your guide. Weather, conditions and personal ability and needs may make changes necessary or advantageous to the participants.

Payment

For bookings 4 or more months in advance of the departure a 25% deposit can be paid with the remainder due 65 days prior to your trip. For bookings within 4 months of the departure, full payment is required.

Cancellations

Over 60 days before tour: $200 per person cancellation fee
Between 60 days and 30 days before tour: 50% of total trip fee as a cancellation fee
Between 29 days and 15 days: 75% of total trip fee as a cancellation fee
15 days or less before tour: NO REFUND
No refund for any services not utilised after tour has started

Medical Conditions:

When you book you must notify us of any medical condition, medical history, or medications that you are on. In particular, asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, anti-depressants, allergies to wasp/bee stings and food allergies.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that all our clients carry travel insurance which covers you while travelling to and from NZ, luggage mishaps, and in case you have to cancel your trip. The New Zealand Accident Compensation System (ACC) will cover most of the expenses relating to an evacuation and/or medical treatment/rehabilitation in the unlikely event of an accident occurring. This service may not apply to evacuation costs for personal medical conditions. You are not entitled to bulk payments for compensation and you cannot claim damages for costs under the ACC act (no legal action can be made in NZ). Whilst our focus is on safety we will not be responsible for any evacuation or medical costs resulting from any accident. Likewise equipment damage or loss remain your responsibility. Some insurance companies can provide adventure activities cover. World Nomads Travel Insurance provides online quotes.

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