Moonlight Track Wild Week - March 2019
About the adventure
This exceptional five day walk is a fabulous way to experience the rugged ranges behind Queenstown within the high country property of Ben Lomond Station. The walk extends through a variety of spectacular landscapes from tussock ridge lines high above the Shotover River to an exciting heli‑hike on the sub‑alpine summit of Mt Gilbert (1787m). You will explore abandoned gold mining relics, water races, razorback ridges, beautiful beech forests, and river valleys right until the finish with an optional summit of Ben Lomond (1748m).
Accommodation in Queenstown is at the centrally located Blue Peaks Lodge. On trek you’ll stay in the well appointed Moonlight Lodge where the comfortable lounge room has views of nearby peaks and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the delicious three course meals and kiwi‑hospitality from the Foster Family who own the station.
The walking experience is completed by spending a night wilderness camping on a secluded spot in the Shotover Canyon then a utilising a jetboat for a scenic upriver transfer which gives access to remote trails.
date: Saturday, 10 December 2016
duration: ½ Day, 6.45am start. Approx. 12.30pm finish
includes: Includes guided walk, first aid, insurance, Nat Parks License, and morning tea. Maximum: 15 participants. Please note that we must have a minimum of 8 participants for the Walk to go ahead.
grading: Introductory to Moderate
about the adventure:
This loop trek follows a forest fire trail and bush track to the secluded Burning Palms Beach. A 30 minute rock scramble takes us to the remarkable natural Figure 8 pool where we can enjoy a refreshing swim followed by morning tea before the steep ascent through Burning Palms to Otford. Spectacular cliff-top scenery, stunning beaches, diverse vegetation and a secret swimming hole all in “Australia’s Oldest National Park”.
pack req: Day pack, approx. 6-8kg including 3-4 litres of water. You will be carrying all your personal equipment for the day – a 35 – 45L day pack is suitable for this adventure.
fitness req: Moderate. You must be of moderate fitness and capable of carrying a 5-7kg pack for up to 5 hours on steep terrain and be comfortable with basic rock scrambling and steep tracks
details: Individual transport arrangements - Carpooling is recommended.
what is included? Accompanying WWOT Coach, Morning Tea, First aid, NPWS entry fees, insurance.
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Food, accommodation, guides, transfers, information get together, gear advice and discounts, WWOT coach. For full details of inclusions and benefits, check out the itinerary.
Moderate.This adventure involves trekking for up to 3 - 5 hours a day at a steady pace. You will need a good level of fitness and must be in good health. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions.