As braided river valleys, native beech forests and lush alpine meadows give way to the dramatic glaciated Southern Alps, the pure beauty of the scenery pushes daily pressures a million miles away. Part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, Mt Aspiring National Park is an area of unrivalled natural beauty and host to hundreds of hiking tracks, rock climbing routes and trout fishing rivers, all within easy reach of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand.
At its heart is Mt Aspiring, the park’s highest mountain at 3,033m and known to early Maori as ‘Tititea’ or ‘glistening peak’. Since the age of mountaineering began in New Zealand it’s been a draw card for climbers the world over.
Hike to the majestic Rob Roy Glacier and picnic by a cascading waterfall with native alpine parrots for company, while listening to the cracks of the hanging glacier high overhead. Take a jet boat ride into the park and learn about Maori legends or fly over the mountains looking down on the peaks and valleys below before an unforgettable snow and glacier landing.
The local DOC office is encouraging people heading into the outdoors to log their plans on a new website now that the department is ceasing its system of intention forms. Visitors can access the new system on the Adventure Smart website: http://www.adventuresmart.org.nz/Outdoors-Intentions/
The scenic road over Haast Pass, the southern gateway to the West Coast, is one of the most stunning in the country. The Blue Pools Walk, which has become world-renowned as a must-see highlight in this wilderness region. It features a carefully maintained gravel path and boardwalks that wind through a native silver beech forest and lead to a swing bridge strung high above the Makarora River. The views back to the mountains of the Main Divide are absolutely breath-taking.
For more details on these walks and further information contact:
Department of Conservation
Lake Wanaka Area Office
PO Box 93
Ph +64 3 443 7660 Fax + 64 3 443 8777 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org