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Other Rural South Canterbury
Phone: 03 680 6736
Freephone: 0800 006 096
Mobile (and SMS): 021 1710201
Address: 30 Murray Place, Lake Tekapo
Contact Person: Anne Braun-Elwert
The Tekapo Trek is in the Kauhui Kaupeka Conservation Park, an area which enjoys exceptionally clear skies and intense light, highlighting the turquoise-blue glacial lakes, golden grasses, and white snow-capped peaks.
Day 1: From Lake Tekapo township we drive along the lakeshore to a typical high country sheep station. Three hours` walking with a climb of 430m/1400ft brings us to the cosy Rex Simpson Hut, at 1280m/4200ft. The only sounds to be heard are the skylarks singing, or the chirp of an occasional pippit. This peacefulness is one of the first powerful impressions, giving a real sense of isolation and remoteness.
Day 2: We trek along a 6-kilometre-long ridge-top, nicknamed “Snake Ridge”, that was formed by ice-age glaciation, and ascend “Erica Peak” (2073m/6800ft). The terrain is untracked with a moderate gradient. As we gain height the splendour of the Southern Alps unfolds with the East Face of Mount Cook dominating the skyline. Walk back down to Rex Simpson Hut to be well fed and entertained by your guide. 6-8 hours walking.
Day 3: We trek to an old musterers' hut before walking back down through the farm and returning to Lake Tekapo. The hut door carries part of a dog collar, dated 1898, and the interior could be reminiscent of Scott’s hut in Antarctica. Finish about 1pm in Lake Tekapo.
Itinerary for 2 day option: As above except the trip starts at 1pm. Days 2 and 3 get condensed into one day.
Alpine Recreation - Tekapo High Country Trek
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