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Guided walks New Zealand Queenstown Guided walks and hikes
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Guided Nature Walks Queenstown philosophy is to give guests an interactive nature experience - a hands on understanding of every component of the South Island wilderness.

Experience the passion and knowledge of New Zealanders who are actively involved in nature education and conservation.

Guided Nature Walks specialises in nature interpretation. The area is steeped in natural history with river valleys covered in ancient native beech forests, mosses, ferns and alpine flora and a variety of native birdlife is close at hand.

Come for an invigorating guided walk with us into the beautiful New Zealand backcountry and discover what really makes New Zealand different - EVERY STEP has A STORY to fascinate & astound you.

Our cheerful and knowledgeable local guides will ensure your safety and comfort.

Private hiking options are also available if you prefer.

Queenstown Guided hiking options include:

Lakeshore, Forest & Bird (1/2 day walk) (LFB)

The best of native flora & bird-life, with magnificent lake & mountain views in an area with its own micro-climate; plants are protected from the elements so species are much larger than elsewhere. Native birds are readily seen & heard & you’ll be introduced to an array of edible & medicinal plants used by Maori & European settlers on this fun half day walk.

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Ultimate Nature Experience (UNE)

Including Dart River Jet boat Safari A spectacular 35km jet boat trip up the Dart River takes you to the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park. From here we walk through the primeval native forest, where we are the only company permitted to walk. The silence is deafening and the total wilderness is amazing. We enjoy lunch by a mountain lake and are joined by NZ’s bird-life; Bush Robins, Fantails & Tomtits. After lunch we’ll explore the area where we have an option to visit a secret cave that only our guides know about.

Detailed Itinerary

Lakeshore, Forest & Bird (1/2 day walk) (LFB)

The best of native flora & bird-life, with magnificent lake & mountain views in an area with its own micro-climate; plants are protected from the elements so species are much larger than elsewhere. Native birds are readily seen & heard & you’ll be introduced to an array of edible & medicinal plants used by Maori & European settlers on this fun half day walk.

The 'Lakeshore Forest & Bird' guided walk is a unique nature interpretative experience taken at a leisurely pace through native beech forest, with morning or afternoon tea/coffee on the lake-shore to the sounds of native bird calls and surrounded by majestic mountains.

Departures are at 8.00am and 1.30pm. We will pick you up from your Queenstown accommodation. A full commentary is given and photo stops made while travelling the short distance by road to the start of this walk.

The walk begins in native shrub & Beech forest, and the track leads down through the forest to the edge Lake Wakatipu. Great views can be had looking out through the trees and over the water to the mountains beyond.

The track is good but uneven and winds around the lake shore with the option of a steeper climb to a lookout with magnificent views in all directions.


TRIP DURATION: Half day, morning or afternoon
WALKING TIME: 2 to 3 hours (optional)
DISTANCE: 2 to 5kms (optional - easy walking)
TRACK: Well-formed, some steps - old bridle path
HIGHLIGHTS: Spectacular lake and mountain views. Variety of bird life close at hand and easy to view

PICK-UP: Pickup from all Queenstown accommodations
DEPARTS: (year round): Morning at 8:00am or Afternoon at 1:30pm

Ultimate Nature Experience (UNE)

Ultimate Nature Experience including Dart River Jet boat Safari A spectacular 35km jet boat trip up the Dart River takes you to the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park. From here we walk through the primeval native forest, where we are the only company permitted to walk. The silence is deafening and the total wilderness is amazing.

We enjoy lunch by a mountain lake and are joined by NZ’s bird-life; Bush Robins, Fantails & Tomtits.

After lunch we’ll explore the area where we have an option to visit a secret cave that only our guides know about.

This full day adventure combines total wilderness walking through ancient beech forest in the Mount Aspiring National Park, with the "Dart River Jet Safari" traveling to the start of your guided walk through one of the most scenic high mountain big river valleys to be found in New Zealand.

The only way to master the shallow glacial waters of the Southern Alps is by the Kiwi innovation that revolutionized high-country transport, the Jet Boat. The Jet Boat drivers know their river intimately and their superb skills behind the wheel compliment frequent stops on this unique journey to explain the geology and lore of the ancient and unspoiled lands you traverse.

Two fascinating hours and 35km later your guide will meet you at a secret spot on the banks of the Dart River then lead you on a very gentle ascent under a canopy of native beech forest where birdsong supplies an unrivalled, natural soundtrack. This is in an area where Guided Nature Walks is the only company allowed to walk through off track.

The vast numbers of plant species compete for your attention along with the orchestra of native bird life. Your guide will point out your new and inquisitive traveling companions as they stop by to look you over.

A delicious picnic lunch is taken on the shores of the forest & mountain framed waters of Lake Sylvan. Nestled among a family of mountains, the lake’s brooding waters have a reddish-brown tint picked up from plants by its feeder streams on their journey down the hillsides over the 11,000 years of its existence.

Lake Sylvan teems with native trout and the most attractive species of geese and ducks when in season. Winding back from the lake the track ambles through to the Routeburn, flowing down the very edge of the forest and on to your luxury transport.

From there it’s a short drive through rich farmland to Glenorchy where you might like to enjoy a brief refreshing stop in the local cafe before the road trip back to Queenstown.

DURATION: Full day (8 to 9.5 hours optional)
JET BOAT TIME: approx 2hrs
WALKING TIME: 2 to 3 hours (optional)
WALKING DISTANCE: 4 to 9kms (optional - easy to moderate)
TRACK: Unformed trails easy to moderate walking on leaves & moss
DEPARTURES: 8.00am (Queenstown)
PICK UP: Pickup from all Queenstown accommodations.
HIGHLIGHTS: Spectacular snow-capped mountain and lake views. Variety of bird life, mosses, lichens and ferns, ancient native beech forest which only Guided Nature Walks is permitted to guide through.

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GPS: -44.689159,168.312607

This activity is available as part of one of our Custom Itineraries or holidays, please visit our home page to learn more about how we can help you with your holiday.

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