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News | Nov 24, 2020

Design your own Family Adventure

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We know that holidays should be quality time for everybody in the family. That's why we've created a pick and mix Family Adventure. Logistics and meals are dealt with, and all activities are doable but definitely not dull.

All you have to do is pick and choose from the following list and create your own holiday.

You can pick and choose from the following:

CLIMBING

Rock Climbing and Abseiling are great family activities, and we create a day with just the right mix of challenge and fun.

Hospital Flat

The nerve centre of rock climbing in Wanaka. A great area with many good routes for kids and teenagers. The cliffs and boulders offer a wide selection of styles and difficulty, and there are some sweet spots for picnics and a well-earned rest.

TREKKING

The hiking and camping options around Wanaka and in Mt. Aspiring National Park are endless. Everything from short walks and day hikes to multi-day alpine adventures. Lace-up your boots and get out in true NZ wilderness.

4 Day Upper Wilkin Experience, 39.9 km

The beauty of the Upper Wilkin Experience is that it can cater to a range of abilities. This is a hut based trip, meaning you'll spend all three nights based at Top Forks Hut in a remote area of Mt Aspiring National Park. Each day your guide will lead you on a hike in a different direction, including to glacial lakes, waterfalls, and beautiful viewpoints. Because there isn't a new daily camping destination, you have the flexibility to go as far and as hard as you'd like, or turn back early if needed.

3 Day Motatapu Trek, 32.9 km

This is true Otago highland terrain, with hut to hut trekking. The Motatapu Trek winds through the mountains, beginning in Wanaka and ending in Arrowtown (near Queenstown) on the other side of the range. Experience a variety of landscape, from pasture through forest, into bush and tussock covered hills. While the trek is a step up in challenge, requiring slightly heavier packs each day between huts, it's a well-maintained route that will give a feeling of achievement while also offering the comfort of shelter each night.

Albert Burn/Dragonfly Peak:

20-minute heli-flight from Wanaka to Albert Burn Saddle, 500 meters to the summit, approx. 2-hour return hike

A twenty-minute helicopter flight amidst the towering peaks of Mt Aspiring National Park takes you to the Albert Burn saddle (1750m) on the north side of Dragonfly Peak. After a short walk up to the lovely and remote Whare Kea chalet, you'll continue towards the summit of Dragonfly Peak for a picnic lunch. Views are jaw-dropping in every direction, with both Mt Aspiring and the mighty Aoraki/Mt Cook prominent in either direction. From the saddle, there is a 500-metre rise along a broad spur where your guide will lead you through a vegetated rock-step to the rocky ridgeline just below the summit, a walk suitable for any fitness level. Experienced and keen trampers may choose to scramble the last section to the summit. After your hike, enjoy another scenic flight out of the mountains and back to Wanaka.

Breast Hill

40 minutes drive from Wanaka to start of the track, 1578m summit, approx 1200m ascent, 8-10 hours return, 10km return

Away from the crowded trails that begin closer to Wanaka, the Breast Hill Track rises from nearby Lake Hawea in a sharp zig-zag climb which overlooks the lake, sometimes with grazing sheep to greet you. After reaching the first saddle, the trail follows a ridgeline, weaving through tussock and rock formations. Continue to the summit of Breast Hill (1578m), where you are rewarded with a magnificent view across the lake, which on clear days includes the prominent Mt Aspiring.

Rocky Mountain Summit Track

Three hours, 7 km return.

An intermediate hike through forest and up zig-zag trails. From the top, you can enjoy stunning views of Lake Wanaka, Mt. Aspiring and Roys Peak.

Blue Pools

An easy 3 km short walk through mature beech and podocarp forest leads to deep blue and pure glacial pools. You'll get spectacular mountain views and cross a swing bridge over the Makarora River.

WHERE TO STAY?

When you're not out hiking, climbing, biking or camping, you're staying at Glendhu Motor Camp. Based right at Glendhu Bay, there's plenty of time to relax by the lake or jump in for a swim.

Give us a call or an email with the activities you would like on your holiday, and we will design the best Family Adventure for you.


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