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Get high on some alpine hikes in New Zealand


Get high on some alpine hikes in New Zealand: Ball Pass Alpine Crossing
Climb high on these 2 or 3-day alpine treks. The Ball Pass Treks, and Aoraki Mt Cook Trek give spectacular views of New Zealand's highest mountains. The Tekapo Trek gives you panoramas over Lake Tekapo, the Mackenzie Basin and the Southern Alps.

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TEKAPO TREK: Moderate hiking: Climb high above Lake Tekapo to a private mountain hut, and climb the 2070m Beuzenberg Peak. Take in the grand views of the Southern Alps and enjoy the solitude of the high country. Snowshoeing option in winter (July-September).

AORAKI MT COOK TREK: Got just two days for an overnight trek at Mt Cook? This is a great way to experience this majestic mountain up close without having to be a seasoned mountaineer. Spend one night at the private Caroline Hut, straight opposite the mighty Caroline Face, New Zealand's highest ice face. It's 850 meters in altitude you need to climb from the Tasman Glacier up to the hut, with awesome views all the way. Watch the sun set on Mt Tasman and the sun rise on Aoraki/Mount Cook while being able to see all the way up the 29km long Tasman Glacier.

BALL PASS SUMMIT TREK: This is all that the Aoraki/Mt Cook Trek offers and more with an extra day to give you time to hike further up the Ball Ridge, cross the top of the Ball Glacier and on up to the summit of Ball Pass. Fantastic views of the Hillary (South) Ridge of Aoraki/Mount Cook and across to Mt Sefton and all the way down the Hooker Valley. Crampons and ice-axe will be provided and instruction given.

BALL PASS CROSSING: Challenging trekking: Climb 850m from the Tasman Glacier to the private Caroline Hut, opposite the awesome Caroline Ice Face of Aoraki Mount Cook. Learn how to use crampons and ice-axe and climb an easy peak. Cross a small glacier and Ball Pass then make a steep 1000m descent to Mount Cook Village via the lush Hooker Valley. Previous hiking and backpacking experience essential.

SNOWSHOE HIKES: Available in the winter months July-September. Lots of trails to explore in the Lake Tekapo High Country with wonderful views of the Southern Alps and out over Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie Basin. Based at a private heated hut at 1300m.

CLIMBING COURSES: 4-day Introductory and 6-day Intermediate Climbing Courses based at Caroline Hut in Mt Cook National Park. Get a group of 3 or more together for discounted rates and a whole heap of fun and adventure in the mountains. What better way to get to know the New Zealand Alps and upskill yourself for the outdoors!

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Ball Pass or Aoraki Mt Cook Treks:
8am gear check at our office, 30 Murray Place, Lake Tekapo.
Travel to Mount Cook (about 1 hour), and the end of the Tasman Glacier. Hike up the old Ball Hut Road, parallel to the glacier. From Ball Shelter, climb 850m up the Ball Ridge to our private Caroline Hut at 1800m/6000ft, perched right opposite the awe-inspiring Caroline Face of Mount Cook. The panorama includes Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, all the mountains adjoining the Tasman Glacier, and Lake Pukaki.
As the hut is fully stocked we only need to carry some fresh items of food and our personal clothing and equipment. 4-6 hours trekking.

Age range, type of group


15-70 years

Sleeping and meals


Private mountain huts with communal bunkrooms - sleeping bags, linen provided

all meals provided

Rates


Tekapo Trek 2 days: NZ$590
Aoraki Mt Cook Trek 2 days: NZ$860
Ball Pass Summit Trek 3 days: NZ$1220
Ball Pass Crossing 3 days: NZ$1320
Introductory Climbing Course 4 days NZ$1600 or NZ$1280 for a group of 4.
Intermediate Climbing Course 6 days NZ$2220 or NZ$1780 for a group of 4.

Other Information


All equipment provided (even boots if necessary)

For dates available please refer to the Alpine Recreation New Zealand website. Summer treks take place November to April. Winter (snowshoe) treks and backcountry ski touring take place July to September.

Discounts Offered


Discounts available for group bookings, eg. for a group of 3-5 a 10% discount applies for Ball Pass or Tekapo Trek; for a group of 6-8 a 20% discount applies.

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