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in the Southern Alps

Contact us for information about hunting and fishing in the Southern Alps via helicopter or guided by top experts.




Makarora Helicopter/ hike/ jet boat

One of the best soft adventures in New Zealand starts a 25 minute drive from here. You will take off in a helicopter and view hanging glaciers in the Mt. Aspiring National Park.  You will then be landed next to the Wilkin River and walk down the valley through beech forests, moss and ferns.  At the end of the 2 – 4 hour walk(whichever one you choose), a jet boat will be waiting for you and after a thrilling 20 minutes ride, you’re back at your vehicle. Bring a light rain jacket and some sturdy walking boots.

Besides the overnight trip in Doubtful Sound or a walk on the Franz Josef Glacier, we recommend this adventure to all. It’s a very cerebral experience and New Zealand at its best. You can book directly from the lodge

Roi’s Ridge (45 min. Return):  You might want a short walk before settling in and having dinner at the lodge.  Our huntaway (a NZ breed of farm dog) Roi will accompany you up this grassy ridge behind the lodge.  From this vantage point you can see both Lakes Wanaka (with the the background of Minaret Peaks) and Hawea with Sentinel Peak surveying all below. The area is habitat for wild deer and native falcons as well.

The Blue Pools (45 min. Return):  Around a 35 minute drive towards the Gates of Haast, in the Mt. Aspiring National Park. This easy walk takes you through native beech forest and tree ferns. Cross a swing bridge and finish at blue pools – where you may see rainbow and brown trout deep in the clear sapphire waters. MORE

Kid’s Bush / Sawyer Burn(1.5 – 2 hours return):  Located across Lake Hawea from the lodge, the trail leads through native beech forests and up above the tree-line to where you will have awe inspiring views of Lakes Hawea and Wanaka.  A calm area on a windy day. MORE

Isthmus Peak ( 5 – 6 hours return): The track starts from a carpark about 2km from Silverpine. An all day hike, partly on a farm track to the 4500′ summit. Views over lakes to Mt Aspiring and to all points of the compass. MORE

Rob Roy Glacier (3.5 – 4.5 hours return): In the heart of Mt. Aspiring National Park via a 1.5 hour drive around Lake Wanaka; walk up through native beech forests and view the spectacular Rob Roy glacier in this home of the Kea, the New Zealand mountain parrot. MORE

Diamond Lake (2.5 – 3 hours return):  Around 1 hour drive around the edge of Lake Wanaka.  A nice hike up a hill – some parts steep- – but at the top, you will see film locations from Lord of The Rings.  At the loop, do it counter clockwise for the best views. MORE


Wildwire Wanaka Climb beside tall waterfalls in the majestic Matukituki Valley. Via ferrata is an Italian term for a ladder of iron rungs fixed into steep rock faces. Clients are secured to safety cables by harness. An exhilerating half or full day adventure guided by professionals. MORE


Bespoke guided walks in the Southern Alps.

Contact us for information on walks and a picnic in the Southern Alps via helicopter and guided by top mountaineers – many of whom professionally guide clients to climb the highest peaks in the world.


Follow SH-6 north alongside the Makarora and Haast Rivers, over the Haast Pass to Jackson Bay: 4 hours return.

Head to Wanaka township; cafes, restaurants, galleries, library, post office, banks: 1 hour return.

Explore Arrowtown and Queenstown: 3 hours return.

Taste Central Otago Pinot Noirs in the Cromwell Basin, where the Clutha and Kawarau Rivers meet: 3 hours return.

(Total travel times, add stops)


Lake Hawea

We are fortunate to have award-winning farmers for neighbours. The Burdon family are well travelled but their first passion is farming. More than likely, they have visited your country and visited farms over there.  Not only are they showing you the workings of a High Country Station, but a place that they have called home for 4 generations.  Email us for more information.


Its our privelege to introduce an award winning local personality.

Gilbert van Reenen is the most well known New Zealand photographer in the Central Otago area.

His photographs are often used internationally to represent the best of New Zealand.

Gilbert is the successful author of a number of photographic essays. His most recent publication “The Nature of Wanaka” is superb.  The plates capture what we are fortunate to have as our local environment. The book is available at local stores and makes an excellent gift or souvenir that fits flat and unobtrusively in a suitcase

Whenever possible, I like to share some of the magnificent locations which are the subject of my favourite images, with visitors to our region. My clients are usually interested in photography, painting and drawing, natural history (including geology), or just discovering and appreciating the serenity and beauty of our precious wild places. My tours consistently exceed participants’ expectations…The places I lead you to are often well off the beaten track so itineraries, availability and timetables will depend on season & weather conditions at the time.”

If you are serious about photography you can do no better than spending time with this leading professional.  Every guest who has taken his tours have testified to the knowledge that has been imparted to them.

Prior booking is essential. Contact us for more information.


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