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Book - Aspiring Wilderness Experience


This full day adventure combines a Dart River Wilderness Jet trip through one of the most scenic high mountain big river valleys to be found in New Zealand, with a total wilderness experience walking off the beaten track through ancient beech forest in the Mount Aspiring National Park.

After your jet boat trip on the Dart River you will be dropped at a secret spot in an area where Guided Walks NZ 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.

A delicious picnic lunch is taken on the shores of the forest and mountain framed waters of Lake Sylvan. Joined by NZ’s birds - Bush Robins, Fantails and Tomtits nestled among the mountain range. Walking back towards the start of the famous Routeburn Track you will amble through native beech forest.


  • All transport from and to your Queenstown accommodation.
  • Dart River Wilderness Jet
  • Picnic lunch and refreshments
  • Interpretative commentary of flora, fauna, history and geology
  • Friendly, knowledgeable & cheerful local guides


  • Full day - 8 hours
  • Walking Time: 2 to 3 hours
  • Walking Distance: 7 kms (easy - moderate)

DEPARTS: 8:00AM year round

PICKUP: From all Queenstown accommodations


Spectacular snow-capped mountain and lake views. Variety of bird life, mosses, lichens and ferns, ancient native beech forest which only Guided Walks NZ is permitted to guide through.


  • Sensible footwear - comfortable closed toe walking shoes or hiking boots
  • A warm hat or sun hat and 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

CHILD AGE: 8 - 14 years. Height restriction of 1 metre tall.

Aspiring Wilderness Experience: Dart River Jet + Guided Walk:

  • Adult $399.00
  • Child $285.00
  • Private Group [1-4 people] $2,390.00

What do I need to bring on a Guided Nature Walk?

Sensible footwear - closed toe trainers or boots (no sandals or jandals) warm or sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, waterproof / windproof / warm clothing for changeable weather, small day pack and remember to bring your camera & a smile!

What is provided for me on the Guided Nature walks?

All transport to and from your Queenstown accommodation, refreshments including tea/coffee. Friendly, knowledgeable & cheerful local guides provide interpretative commentary of flora, fauna, history and geology. Lunch & bottled water are provided on full day hikes.

How fit do I need to be?

All of Guided Nature Walks tours are designed for averagely fit people who do at least some walking. The oldest person to walk with them was 74 years old and the youngest was 6 years old.

Do you cater for children?

Yes they do. Guided Nature Walks encourage people with children to take a private walk rather than have the hassles of walking with others. This way you can walk at you own pace & your children's interests can be catered for. Child price is 8 - 14years. Children must be over 1 metre tall.

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