Explore the spectacular alpine terrain around Aoraki Mt Cook
Join us as we trek through amazing alpine terrain, surrounded by New Zealand's highest peaks and longest glaciers. This adventure will allow you the opportunity to learn basic mountaineering skills, summit a peak, explore unique alpine landscapes and soak in incredible views. This is a trip for all the truly adventurous people among us!
1 night in Lodge in Tekapo, 2 nights in a private Backcountry Hut, 1 night in 4.5 star Hotel in Christchurch
On the trail – 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners, 2 Breakfasts, hot drinks and snacks
Lake Tekapo – Restaurant meal
Christchurch – Restaurant meal, Hotel Buffet Breakfast
We provide delicious, healthy fresh food and cater for all dietary requirements.
This 5-day Mt Cook Aoraki Adventure is designed to give you:
- an incredible blast of adventure in a spectacular natural landscape
- an adventure where you can get out of your comfort zone and learn new skills
- an exhilarating break from the stresses of everyday life
- a powerful fitness goal to inspire and motivate you towards better health.
DAY 1 – CHRISTCHURCH – LAKE TEKAPO
On Day 1, we’ll arrive in Christchurch. We will then be transported in a private vehicle through the stunning scenery to Lake Tekapo. We’ll be staying in a spacious lodge that sits near the shores of Lake Tekapo, with Mt Cook as the dramatic backdrop, beckoning us upwards. After a trek briefing and gear check with our two incredible mountain guides, join us for a group meal at the local pub and soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful town!.
DAY 2 – LAKE TEKAPO TO CAROLINE HUT (6 HOURS HIKING)
After a delicious breakfast, we will be transported by minivan to Mount Cook Township (about 1 hour). We transfer to a 4WD vehicle and drive as far as possible, parallel to the Tasman Glacier. We will then climb 850m up the Ball Ridge to Caroline Hut at 1820m, perched right opposite the awe-inspiring Caroline Face of Mount Cook. We will be led by two professional mountain guides for the 3 days on the mountain. When we arrive at our private hut, views take in Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, all the mountains adjoining the Tasman Glacier, and Lake Pukaki. The pot bellied stove will be fired up to keep us warm and toasty on the mountain!
DAY 3 – CAROLINE HUT TO KAITIAKI PEAK RETURN (6 HOURS HIKING)
After an early breakfast, we will head off to climb Kaitiaki Peak at 2222m south of Ball Pass and take in the dramatic views of the South Ridge of Aoraki Mt Cook. We will be learning basic mountaineering techniques, using crampons and ice axes. At the end of an incredible day out exploring the mountain, we will arrive back at Caroline Hut in time to watch the sunset on Mt Tasman and the ice avalanches thunder down the Caroline Face.
DAY 4 – CAROLINE HUT TO CHRISTCHURCH (4-5 HOURS HIKING)
Today is our last day on the trail, amongst the majesty of these lofty peaks. After an early breakfast, we’ll begin our descent back down the ridge towards Mt Cook Village. We will meet our private transport where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery on our way back to Christchurch. We will arrive in town to our luxurious 4.5 star hotel in downtown Christchurch, where we can have a lovely hot shower after all our exertions! We will meet up for a celebratory group meal in a local restaurant to talk about our awesome achievements.
DAY 5 – CHRISTCHURCH
After a hearty hotel breakfast, you are free to enjoy the newly rebuilt Christchurch. There are some incredible sights to see, with the creative Kiwi flair on full display. We will transport you back to the airport in time for your return flight. You will have had an unforgettable adventure, with so many exciting stories to tell!
GUIDES AND SAFETY
WHAT TO TAKE
New Zealand experiences very changeable weather. It can be extremely cold at any time of the year and it’s necessary to prepare for all conditions and to have good-quality outdoor clothing. Jeans and cotton clothing are not suitable for hiking.
- Hiking boots (well broken in and waterproof, that are stiff enough for crampons) *1
- shirt (long-sleeved to avoid sunburn/keep cool)
- quick-dry trekking pants
- 2 pairs woollen socks
- Thermal leggings – wool or polypro
- Thermal top – wool or polypro
- wool beanie
- sun hat
- sunscreen for face and lips
- Water bottle or bladder (minimum 2 litres)
- Headlamp or torch with spare battery
- Inner sheet for sleeping bag (not the bag itself)
- Heavy duty plastic bags or pack liner
- personal underwear
- Any personal medication
Extra Items – these can be provided free of charge if you do not have your own
- backpack minimum 45 litre capacity
- snow gaiters
- waterproof overpants
- long sleeved fleece jacket or puffy jacket
- waterproof jacket (with hood)
- gloves (polypro gloves are good, but you need warmer gloves or mittens as well)
- ski/hiking poles
- Change of clothes for Christchurch
- Small duffel bag to store any extra gear at Lake Tekapo (i.e. gear you don’t want to take up the mountain)
- Travel towel
- Shoes for hut i.e. runners
Optional items: Earplugs, camera.
Supplied: Buff (neck warmer/sun protector), crampons, ice axe, Sleeping bags, mattresses, cooking equipment, plates/cutlery, first aid kit, safety equipment and maps.
*1 To test if your boots are suitable for crampons, hold them at toe and heel and try bending the sole around like a banana. If you can do this your boots are too soft.
Includes 3-day guided alpine adventure, 2 nights accommodation in Private Backcountry Hut, 1 night lodge accommodation in Lake Tekapo, 1 night 4.5 star accommodation in Christchurch, transport by private minibus between Christchurch and the trail head, all meals as stated above together with healthy snacks, Department of Conservation permits, first aid kit, safety equipment and cooking equipment.
Excludes travel insurance (compulsory) and flights.
Full payment is required 8 weeks before the date of your trek.
20 to 10 days prior to departure – 50% refund of full ticket price
Less than 10 days prior to departure – NO REFUND
Deposits are not refunded.
With any outdoor activity, there is an element of risk. Primal Adventures operates in remote and mountainous areas. Risks in undertaking this activity could include hypothermia due to adverse weather conditions, personal injury, or property damage from hiking over rugged and uneven terrain.