Meet with your guide at 7:30 a.m at the office - 58 McDougall St, Wanaka - and travel 45 minutes to the small village of Makarora. Here you board a small fixed wing aircraft or helicopter and fly into the heart of Mount Aspiring Park.
A leisurely 2-hour walk brings you to the Top Forks Hut. Dropping overnight gear, the rest of the day is spent walking to Lake Lucidius or if the group is strong - Lake Castilia, a high alpine lake surrounded by cliffs and hanging glaciers. The trail climbs gradually as it weaves through native beech forest until breaking out above the tree line. The hiking gets rougher just before the lake with a short boulder scramble rewarded with a spectacular view of the valley and lake, the bold may like to go for a swim.
Alternatively, if the weather is good, there is an option to set up a camp at Lake Diana (about a third of the way to Lake Castilia).