Situated high over the East Matukituki Valley this campsite has incredible views of Mount Aspiring, Popes Nose and Kitchener Cirque. It is your base to explore this magnificent alpine wonderland. Short (3 days), moderate difficulty, walk-in and out, spectacular remote location ... a popular choice for people wanting a quick wilderness getaway.book now Skills required
Jo-Anne & Jerome, Australia, Aspiring Discovery
We meet with transport and guide at 8:30 a.m. 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 the 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.
560m ascent 5-6hrs 10km
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.
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.
560m descent 5-6hrs 10km
The campsite is expedition-style with a large cook tent equipped with table and chairs. Sleeping is in private smaller tents with comfortable sleeping pads. Our professional guide will ensure your safety as we explore this remote and seldom visited area. Hiking times are kept achievable (5-6 hours hiking a day) to allow for relaxing, photography or side trips. All food and overnight gear is supplied - all you carry is a light daypack (20-30 litre pack weighing 5-8kg)
For most of our Treks you will only need to carry your own personal clothing and gear: no tents, food or cooking supplies. Check the equipment and clothing required on the specific trip page as this varies for each trip. There will also be an indication of your pack weight. For our advanced trips, Adelaide Cirque and Lake Nerine, you will be required to a full pack.
Good travel insurance is essential. In addition to medical/accident cover, we highly recommend purchasing travel cancellation insurance. In some instances, our clients have injured themselves in totally unrelated accidents or had a family emergency which has meant that they have had to cancel their trips at short notice. Unfortunately, we were unable to resell their places and had to insist on our cancellation policy. A bad situation for everyone! But it’s also one that can be avoided with relatively cheap travel insurance. You may have your own preferred travel insurer. If not, here are some suggestions.
We do not recommend any company over any other.
New Zealand Alpine Club Cover – available to Australian members while hiking in NZ
New Zealand Alpine Club Loss of Deposits Cover – available to NZ members while hiking in NZ
Insure4Less - Australians only: for more challenging Trekking where ropes or technical equipment are required; for easier Trekking trips