Aspiring Wilderness Experience - Guided Walk

This spectacular full-day adventure combines a Dart River Wilderness Jet trip to the start of your guided walk with off-trail walking through ancient beech forest in the Mount Aspiring National Park.

The area between the Dart and Routeburn river valleys is one of New Zealand’s most scenic areas. Your jet boat drivers know their river intimately and their superb skills behind the wheel complement frequent stops on this unique journey to explain the geology and lore of the ancient and unspoiled lands you traverse. 30 kilometres 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 provides nature’s soundtrack. This is in an area where Guided Walks New Zealand is the only company allowed to walk through ‘off track’.

During the off-track section, expect to walk over tree roots and occasional fallen trees as we navigate our way to Lake Sylvan. 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 travelling 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; you will be joined by NZ’s birds - Bush Robins, Fantails and Tomtits nestled among the mountain range. 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 River, flowing down the very edge of the forest and on to your transport. From there, it’s a short drive through rich farmland to Glenorchy, then onto Queenstown. Adventure and tranquillity in one great day!

Insider Tips
  • You are advised to wear sturdy footwear for this tour, although track condition is generally good

Additional Information

  • To complete your booking, please send an email to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg with your Order Number and Accommodation Details


2 Working Days
Approximately 8 Hours
Hotel Pickup and Dropoff
Voucher Type
Present to Tour Operator
No Amendments Allowed
No Refunds Allowed

Operating Hours

Tour commences at 0800hrs

Please allow 8 hours for the entire tour.

What You Get


  • Full-day tour of approximately 8 hours
  • Walking poles
  • Refreshments and lunch


  • Personal expenses (optional)

How to Use

Please present a printed voucher to the tour operator on the day of your tour.

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damage caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • Tours/Experiences are subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
  • Refunds will be provided to customers under the following circumstances:
    • No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 6 days or less prior the departure date
    • 50% of the amount will be refunded to customers for cancellation made at least 7 days prior the departure date
    • 80% of the amount will be refunded to customers for cancellation made at least 14 days prior the departure date
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of latecomers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be entertained

Amendment Policy:

  • All amendments are subject to availability
  • Additional charges may apply for amendments

Upon completion of purchase, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subject to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

How to Get There

You will be picked up by the tour operator from your Queenstown accommodation on the day of your tour

Item Price (SGD) Quantity
Age 15 and above
Age 6 to 14 years old

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Please be reminded to send an email with your Order Number and Accommodation to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg