Arrive into Queenstown
Choose through us how you arrive into Queenstown
We will ensure your travel preferences are in keeping with the arrangements we have made for you and we will make it easy to maximise the experiences you have chosen through us.
If you have arrived a day or two prior to your expedition adventure, opt for our specially curated self-drive journey and explore the hidden gems and secluded spots of Queenstown and its surrounds. We will arrange for a comfortable and spacious 4×4 vehicle to be dropped off to you for you to simply jump in and drive!
Allow us to take you on a journey of the most fantastic and scenic areas of the region, all details organised for you to enjoy and discover. Allow us to incorporate those ‘wish-list’ experiences you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time, so we can create long-lasting memories and a truly personalised journey to maximise your stay in Queenstown. See further down for a sneak peak at an example self-drive itinerary to add on to your expedition adventure.
Day 1. Glenorchy to Pyke River via Helicopter Lift In
Our very experienced, local and professional guides will personally greet you at your accommodation to begin your expedition. Paul and Bob are highly experienced and passionate guides, instructors and even adventure racing champions. You could not be in better hands for an experience only professionals like Paul and Bob can deliver.
Sit back and relax as you get to know about their many experiences and encounters while they chauffeur you to Glenorchy on one of the worlds most scenic drives. Take in the incredible sights before you are prepared for your helicopter lift to the upper reaches of Pyke River.
Once landed in an area not often seen by human eyes, its time to inflate the rafts before paddling downstream through Lake Wilmot to your remote evening campsite. Before dinner, explore the waterfalls and perfect your fishing skills before a hearty evening meal, relaxing around a toasty camp fire. Sleep peacefully tonight in your own private teepee tent and prepare yourself for an action-packed day two.
Day 2. Pyke River through Lake Alabaster and Hollyford River
Continue your journey down the Pyke River through Lake Alabaster and into the Holly-ford River to finish at camp number two, perfecting your rafting skills on the way.
After establishing camp for the evening, take part in fishing and hiking opportunities nearby before a specially cooked evening meal over the fire. A time for shared stories and a summary of the days events before another peaceful sleep in uninterrupted wilderness.
Day 3. Lake McKerrow to Hokuri Hut / Martins Bay
After packing up camp at another beautiful overnight location its time to get back in the raft making your way to Lake McKerrow. Continuing across the lake to Hokuri Hut (or a privately owned hut at Martins Bay).
Spend the afternoon hiking or simply relax in the surroundings before a celebratory evening meal together of your hard work and group effort to navigate the Pyke River from Mountain to Sea. An evening to celebrate the achievement of the journey you have made together.
Day 4. Expedition Return Via Martins bay Beach
An early start and raft, or hike, to Martins Bay beach. Once at the beach, enjoy a stroll along the rugged and windswept coastline (with the possibility of seeing seals) as the guides prepare all the equipment for the heli lift out.
Be transported back to Glenorchy by helicopter with an optional diverted flight route over Milford Sound, the eight wonder of the world, a brilliant way to see one of our most incredible Fiords from an exclusive birds eye view.
Touch down in Glenorchy and allow your guides whom after this trip will become close family friends, transfer you back to your gorgeous evening accommodation to unwind, relax and reminisce on a truly amazing expedition creating new life long memories. Time to pat yourself on the back and tuck into a rich red or an ice cold beer.
Day 5. Queenstown Departure
Wow, an exhilarating, challenging but hugely rewarding experience like no other over an exciting four day – three-night wilderness experience in which you will know Queenstown and Pyke Hollyford much more intimately. Of course, your experience with us does not have to end here!
We can extend your stay in the region by curating a truly memorable journey that you, your partner, your family and friends will cherish for many years. Allow us, through our extensive network, to share with you the best local businesses, picturesque spots, hidden gems in small towns and forgotten history rich in the Queenstown region to show you the ‘real’ Queenstown, ‘real’ people and ‘real’ culture of the region that welcomes you as their own, you will never want to leave.
We can’t wait to see you there!