Guided Walks

Explore the natural beauty of Glenorchy’s stunning landscapes and immerse yourself in the native beech forest and parks.

Guided Walks

The guided walk service features some of the Glenorchy’s hidden gems with exclusive access to private tracks and conservation land with lunch and transport provided. The walks are based on a half or full day guided walk around the Queenstown Lakes Region. This includes the Routeburn track, one of the UNESCO world heritage walks.

Not only do the guides live here, they have years of experience walking these tracks and know everything there is to know about their own backyard! They will educate you on the local flora and fauna and show you the native birdlife, plus endeavour to keep you safe and comfortable so you can enjoy your day outdoors. Spending time in nature with local experts is what makes it a true experience.

Our guided walks also have exclusive access and concession to over 10 different tracks in the Whakatipu area, so if there is anywhere you’d like to go, get in touch and  let's see if we can put a trip together to take you there!

 

Book Your Guided Walk Now

To reserve your spot on a guided walk you can simply book online. Check the dates and availability of the walk you want to do and then we can take it from there. Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment. All walks meet at Mrs Woolly's General Store in Glenorchy at 09:30am or 2pm, check availability for details:

 

 

What We Provide:

 

Return transport between Glenorchy and our tracks  
Picnic style lunch
Friendly, knowledgeable local guide
 

Guided Walk Costs:

 

Full Day $175 per adult | $75 per child
Half Day$149 per adult | $50 per child
Group & Family BookingsContact us for special rates
  

Minimum age to join full day walks is 12 years old – please contact us directly if you would like to request an exception.

Sample Guided Walks

These are just a selection of the most popular guided walks around the Glenorchy area. They are based on either a full or half day walk and will suit most fitness levels. 

 

 

Routeburn Full Day Guided Walk

Duration: 5-7hour | Distance: upto 18km | Moderate Fitness Levels 

 

The Routeburn Track was named one of the top eleven trails in the world by National Geographic Adventure magazine and is rated as one of New Zealand’s best Great Walks.  This incredibly special place is located in the Mount Aspiring National Park and forms part of the larger Te Wahipounamu (‘Place of Greenstone’) – one of only a few places in the world with UNESCO ‘World Heritage’ status.  The well formed track forms part of an old Maori route from the West Coast to collect greenstone (pounamu), and passes through towering ancient beech forests and fields of moss and ferns. Throughout the walk a variety of landscapes opens up: mountainous peaks; sheer rock faces; alpine basins; pristine lakes; cascading waterfalls; luxuriant forest; turquoise rivers and million dollar views around every corner.

Your knowledgeable guide will point out the amazing indigenous flora and fauna of the area. The forest is a haven for native birdlife: the Bush Robin, Fantail, Parakeet, Bellbird, and Yellowhead. 

 

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Lake Rere - Full Day Guided Walk

Duration: 5-6 hours |  Distance: Upto 15km | Moderate Fitness Levels 

 

Lake Rere lies not far from the renowned Greenstone Track on the western side of Lake Wakatipu. Popular in the 1800’s as a destination for steamer excursions, Lake Rere is a great spot for a picnic and a swim.  This 5 – 6 hour loop track takes you through beautiful beech forest up the Greenstone valley to the placid jade waters of Lake Rere.  Enjoy the mirror reflections of the lake before returning via Elfin Bay and across the headland to the Greenstone carpark. 

The terrain is varied and relatively easy walking, meandering through native red beech forest, crossing through open farmland and fields, before returning along the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Native birds can be seen on the track, and occasionally deer are spotted. This hidden gem offers a great variety of landscapes and an easy day in the mountains. You can choose to walk this loop in either direction, as they both offer their own unique views of the landscape.
 


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Lake Sylvan - Half Day Guided Walk

Duration: 2.5 hour | Distance: 7 km | All Fitness Levels 

 

Journey into the World Heritage area of Mt Aspiring National Park and walk through ancient beech forest. This well-defined track leads through old moraine river terraces and very tall red beech forest to the picturesque perched alpine lake, home to brown trout and numerous small native fish. We return via the 1920s tramline loop, which passes through regenerating beech forest, where relics of the early logging days can be viewed.  Keep a special eye out for the endangered yellowhead/mōhua which is the subject of the Department of Conservation’s Operation Ark.

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Invincible Gold Mine - Half Day Guided Walk

Duration: 3 hour | Distance: 5 km | All Fitness Levels 

 

Journey deep into the history of Glenorchy on this track up to one of our historic gold mines built by miners in the 1880s. This track climbs up the side of the Rees valley, offering incredible views of the glaciers and mountains of the distant barrier range. There is plenty of well preserved historic equipment, including water wheels and cast iron bowls used to grind the ore. There are plenty of opportunities to explore up there for photos, and to immerse youself in the landscape and learn more of the history.
 

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