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Best of Southern Alps Trek & Heli-Hike 6D5N, Fully Guided

Best of Southern Alps Trek & Heli-Hike 6D5N, Fully Guided

Best of Southern Alps Trek & Heli-Hike 6D5N, Fully Guided


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At A Glance Departures

Departing from Christchurch, this six-day-five-night Best of Southern Alps Trek offers you off-the-beaten-track experiences of spectacular Southern Alps scenery and full of highlights including mountain peaks, valley systems, remote lakes, the magnificence of Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring from high vantage points, and a spectacular heli-hike in Wanaka providing a spectacular finish to the tour.

Kick off your trekking journey from the highland region of Lake Tekapo with the first night at a private backcountry hut with superb alpine and lakeside vistas. Then trek east along a ridgeline to around 2000m, hike in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park on the ridge overlooking the Hooker Glacier and directly across from the spectacular Mt Sefton with its rumbling avalanches of ice and rock. After wandering the secluded Lake Ohau, transfer to Wanaka, where you'll hike beside its picturesque lake nestled at the base of the Southern Alps. Your incredible Southern Alps trek ends in sensational style with a breathtaking helicopter flight to nearby tarns from where you hike in the region overlooking stunning Lake Wanaka and towards the Mount Aspiring range.

Accommodation is included each night and has been carefully selected to provide comfort and value in the best locations possible. On this trip, you'll stay at an Alpine Hut, Lake Tekapo Village Motel, Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Lodge, Lake Ohau Lodge and Ramada Resort.

All meals are included for the duration of the walk. Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for vegetarian diets and can assist with medically recommended diets (allergies and intolerances).

The tour starts from Christchurch and concludes in Queenstown. All transfers as well as guides are included. Small groups of twelve walkers are hosted by highly experienced and knowledgeable guides.

The walk is graded moderate and fully supported. The sense of isolation and wilderness is a strong feature of this trip. On the first day of the tour you will be staying in a private mountain hut. You will need to carry an overnight pack for that day and then back to the vehicle on the second day. The rest of the walks on the tour are day walks so a small pack with personal essentials is all you will need to carry. The support vehicle will then take the rest of the equipment.

This six-day Best of Southern Alps Trek & Heli-Hike tour is a dramatic trek, offering a grand overview of this spectacular mountain landscape.

Route Map

Trip Highlights:
- Hike to some of the most secluded ridges in the Southern Alps
- Experience an exciting helicopter flight to remote alpine tarns with incredible vistas of Mt Aspiring
- Overnight in a backcountry hut with stunning views of the Mackenzie Basin
- Enjoy panoramic views from Lake Ohau Lodge overlooking the glistening alpine lake
- Admire the majesty of NZ's highest peak, Aoraki/Mt Cook
- Hike alongside Lake Wanaka enjoying unspoiled views from above

2020 Departure Dates:
November: 1, 29

2021 Departure Dates:
February: 8
March: 23

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for other departure dates and availability. A date of your choice is available for groups of 6 or more people. Subject to availability. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 


    The Southern Alps: The South Island is the 12th largest island in the world. The west coast is dominated by the Southern Alps, which contain more mountains than the European Alps altogether, and home to New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook (3754m / 12,316 ft). The Main Divide, the chain of peaks that forms the backbone of the Alps from Arthur's Pass to Fiordland, splits the South Island into east and west. Several ice ages, and the fact that two continental plates are sliding past each other forming the Southern Alps, means that the scenery is as rugged as the New Zealand fauna and flora is unique.

  • Accommodation

    5 nights' accommodation at five selected hotels.

    Rex Simpson Hut (Alpine Hut)
    Located in a beautiful setting, with great views of the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo, Rex Simpson Hut is a private mountain hut offering 12 bunk beds with shared facilities. It's great for star gazing - the Mackenzie District is renowned for the clarity of its sky and freedom from light pollution, which is why the area was recently designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve.

    There are no showers, but warm water and a basin can be provided for washing or you can find a private spot somewhere along the alpine stream. The toilet is a traditional longdrop loo with a view. Sleeping bags, pillows and mattresses are at the hut. Liners and pillow cases are provided. Although you will not need to take all your luggage with you for staying at the hut, we suggest packing a small overnight bag with clothing suitable for staying in an alpine environment.

    Lake Tekapo Village Motel (4 star)
    Situated on the lake front, Lake Tekapo Village Motel offers rooms with lake views. A variety of restaurants, cafes and bars are located within short walking distance from the property.

    Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge (4 star)
    Set in the heart of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Lodge offers beautiful mountain viewsis and is a peaceful accommodation in the Southern Alps.

    Lake Ohau Lodge (4.5 star)
    On the shore of Lake Ohau, Lake Ohau Lodge is warm, comfortable and inviting throughout the year. Lake Ohau Lodge is nestled against the hills and looks over the lake to Aoraki Mt Cook with superb views of the magnificent surrounding mountains. It has a reputation for it's delicious high country food, friendly staff and warm hospitality.

    Ramada Resort Wanaka(4 star)
    Nestled on a calm street just a short stroll from Lake Wanaka and the heart of the village, Ramada Resort Wanaka is the perfect base to discover an endless natural wonderland of breathtaking mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes.

    Please contact us for accommodation or room upgrades. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Food

    As a general guide:
    - Breakfasts-ranges from cooked to continental. Usually a selection of cereals, fruit, bread/toast and quality coffee and tea.
    - Lunches-depending on the trip, you may prepare your lunch such as wraps or sandwiches in camp before the days trekking. Or more usually we will have a picnic style lunch with a wide selection of bread rolls, wraps, deli-meats, sandwich and salad ingredients to prepare a tasty lunch how you like it.
    - Dinners- usually 2 or 3 courses. The main meal is usually a classic outback style meal such as grilled barramundi, camp-oven roast, or perhaps tasty stir-fry or pasta dish.

    A continental breakfast or full breakfast is included each day. Usually a selection of cereals, fruit, bread/toast and quality coffee and tea.

    Picnics in some beautiful spots along the walking tracks including bread rolls, wraps, deli-meats, sandwich and salad.

    Usually 2 or 3 courses.

    There is always plenty of trail snack available such as muesli bars and fresh fruit.

    If you have special dietary requirements, please ensure that you let us know.

  • what's included

    - 4 nights hotel/motel ensuite accommodation on a twin share basis
    - 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
    - 1 night in a private mountain hut (shared facilities)
    - Professional qualified driver/guide
    - Private vehicle transport
    - Heli hike on day 6 of tour (weather dependent)
    - Water and snacks while trekking
    - Packs and poles (on request if required). Please let us know at booking
    - Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • DAY 6

  • What's included

    - 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
    - 4 nights hotel/motel ensuite accommodation on a twin share basis
    - 1 night in a private mountain hut (shared facilities)
    - Professional qualified driver/guide
    - Private vehicle transport
    - Heli hike on day 6 of tour (weather dependent)
    - Water and snacks while trekking
    - Packs and poles (on request if required). Please let us know at booking
    - Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

  • walk distance

    Day 1: Approximately 10 km, 3 - 4 hours
    Day 2: Approximately 15 km, 6 - 8 hours
    Day 3: Approximately 12 km, 4 - 5 hours
    Day 4: Approximately 10 km, 3 - 4 hours
    Day 5: Approximately 10 km, 3 hours
    Day 6: Heli-hike, depart

    Total: Approximately 50 km

  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Christchurch, New Zealand.
    - Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Christchurch.

    We provide private car or helicopter transfer service. Please contact us to quote and arrange private transfer. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Weather and Climate

    In New Zealand, January and February are the warmest months of the year (Summer). The temperature is in the 75F/25C range. February is generally regarded as the best weather month which means it’s also popular on the trail.

    March temperatures average at 70F/21C and is the most stable time of year to visit weather-wise, with little rain and low wind. April and May start to get a little cooler in the South, but it offers crisp clear evenings for stargazing.

    June to August is Winter. Temperatures in the far south experiences an average of 47F/8C.

    September to November start to warm up with flowers dotting the green forests. The average temperature is 58F/15C in the South.

  • Other Information

    Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
  • Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

    Value for money
    reviews This tour was fantastic. It was well organised. We loved the feeling of isolation in such an amazing place, set amongst a superb alpine setting. The walk was enjoyable and the scenery was amazing. The accommodation overlooking the alps was delightful with a feeling of peace and serenity. We loved the helicopter ride as it gave us an opportunity to see the spectacular views from above. A must do tour for the bucket list
    Review by Jamie / (Posted on 2/25/2018)
Product Code: ENZCHRBS06