Aspiring Guides: terminal lakes on the Brewster Glacier Hike

Brewster Glacier Hike

Trek Snow & Ice
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from $1450NZ
3 days
Trekking experience
Backcountry Experience

If you have ever wanted to hike on a glacier, safety stepping across yawning crevasses or try climbing out of a vertical melt water shaft (moulin), then this is the NZ trekking trip for you.

This is your chance to experience a hiking adventure starting from the valley floor and culminating experiencing one of NZ's most accessible glaciers. We supply all the technical gear; all you need is a good pair of boots and a spirit of adventure. New Zealand's glaciers are spectacular but very few people ever get to visit the catchments of these vast oceans of snow.

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Day One

Aspiring Guides: side view of the Brewster Glacier Hike Hut

Meet at our Wanaka office to meet your guide and do a complete gear check. There will be time for getting last minute items if you have to. It is a 1.5 hour drive to Fantail Falls where the track starts - just over the Haast Pass on the main divide and deep in the West Coast forest. A shallow river crossing is followed by a solid three-hour uphill push on a track through the lush Beech forest. The is a steep track ascending 1000m vertically in less than 3km and involves some steep sections scrambling on exposed tree roots. Once you pass the tree line you are getting close. The new Brewster Hut is located on a beautiful tussock terrace with views toward the Makarora valley and the surrounding peaks of Armstrong and Brewster. Depending on the weather and the keenness of the party, you may choose to continue a further 2 hours to camp or bivi in the magical spot of the terminal lakes of the Brewster Glacier.
1000m ascent, 4 hours

Day Two

Aspiring Guides: terminal lakes on the Brewster Glacier Hike

An early start to traverse the tricky slopes around the headwaters of the Pyke Creek to access the stunning terminal lakes of the Brewster Glacier in about 2 hours. Face to face with the glacier itself, you crampon up, and set foot on the ice. The day is spent developing crampon technique as you safety step over yawning crevasses, or try a hand at ice climbing in a crevasse or Moulin. Return to the camp or hut for the night.
400m ascent/descent 6-8 hours

Day Three

Fantail Falls

The energetic may choose to scramble up Mt Armstrong for a view down onto the previous day's antics on the glacier. Descend down to the valley floor and the comforts of Wanaka.
1000m descent, 3 hours

Mt Brewster lies within the Mount Aspiring National Park which is renowned for its wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys.

It is a walker's paradise and a must for mountaineers. The views are endless and unforgettable. The park is part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. Mount Aspiring National Park straddles the southern end of the Southern Alps.


Trip Date Available
14 - 16 Feb Open
18 - 20 March Open


Client Ratio Price
1:1 $3100
1:2 $1800pp
1:3-1:4 $1300pp

What's included

  • all meals and snacks from Lunch Day 1 to Lunch Day 3
  • hut accommodation and any tents/general camping equipment if required
  • national park, guide fees and GST

Frequently asked questions

Yes, no problem. We have storage for anything you aren't taking on your trip. There's no electricity, internet or phone connection available on any of our trips - so it's best to leave most of your electronic gear with us for the duration of your trip.

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