Wilderness Experience

Travel deep into the National Park and then explore your way out

Aspiring Wilderness Experience

ASPIRING WILDERNESS Experience including NZ Guided Nature Walks

Travel deep into the National Park and then explore your way out (previously known as Ultimate Nature Experience)

Guided Walks NZ fantail logoA 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 NZ Nature Walks guides know about.

  • DURATION: Full day (8 hours )
  • JET BOAT TIME: approx 1.5 hrs
  • WALKING TIME: 2 to 3 hours (optional)
  • WALKING DISTANCE:  4 to 6kms (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.
PRICES Adult Child Private
(up to 4 customers)
To 30 Sept '18  $399  $285  $2,390

This full day adventure combines total wilderness walking through ancient beech forest in the Mount Aspiring National Park, with Dart River Wilderness Jet 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.Guided Walk and Jet boat wilderness combo

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 unrivaled, 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.

Guided Walks swingbridge Aspiring Nature Experience

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.


MINIMUM NUMBERS: Two persons (adult) or equivalent price. Child price is for 14yrs & under.

RESTRICTIONS: This trip is not suitable for pregnant women or children under 1 metre in height, irrespective of child's age.


  • Sensible footwear - closed toe
  • A warm / sun hat / gloves
  • Waterproof / windproof / warm clothing for changeable weather
  • Small day pack
  • A reasonable level of fitness will ensure an enjoyable walk
  • Remember to bring your camera & a smile.


  • All transport to and from Queenstown accommodation
  • Lunch consisting of sandwiches, fruit, tea/coffee & cookies. Bottled water and a muesli bar is provided for you at the beginning of the walk for you to snack on.
  • Friendly, knowledgeable & cheerful local guides
  • Interpretative commentary of flora, fauna, history and geology
  • Day packs, wooden walking sticks and some wet weather gear is available on loan

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