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Trekkers on Snake Ridge, Two Thumb Range
Explore the foothills of the Southern Alps
Hiking along "Snake Ridge"
Rex Simpson Hut, Two Thumb Range
Heated, private hut
Sunset over Rex Simpson Hut (Photo: K. Bowie)
Rex Simpson Hut, Lake Tekapo, Two Thumb Range
Rex Simpson Hut
A peaceful and remote retreat above Lake Tekapo
Views of Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman
Views of the Southern Alps
Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman (Photo: M. Gardner)
North-west clouds over the Southern Alps
Dramatic skies
North-west clouds (Photo: K. Bowie)
Alpine adventures in Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park
Views over Lake Tekapo
Descending to Mt. Gerald Stream (Photo: K. Bowie)
Unique alpine landscapes in the Lake Tekapo Highcountry
Discover alpine landscapes
Marshland on Mt. Gerald (Photo: K. Bowie)

Tekapo High Country Hike

Guided overnight alpine hikes in the Two Thumb Range, Lake Tekapo

Hike above worry level in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Be inspired by the magic light of the Mackenzie High Country across golden tussock, snow-capped peaks and the turquoise of Lake Tekapo. Climb a 2070m peak and return to a cosy mountain hut to savour the sun setting behind mountain silhouettes and a star-studded sky - one of the clearest and darkest skies in the southern hemisphere.

"The peace, solitude, remoteness, wide open spaces and clear mountain air all conspire to soothe and revive city-weary souls." - A. Brown, Auckland. More client comments.



The Tekapo High Country Hike is in the Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park. It is available in 2 and 3 day options and also as a guided snowshoeing trip in winter. It is based from the fully stocked Rex Simpson hut, so there is no need to carry in non-perishable food and sleeping bags, this means pack weight is kept to a pleasent minimum.

The area encompasses the spectacular landscapes of ice-steepened mountains and broad glaciated valleys of the Two Thumb Range. Views of Mount Cook and surrounding peaks are spectacular from Snake Ridge on your way up to a 2070m peak on the second day. If you are new to hiking, then this is an ideal introduction, especially for familiy groups.

This is the least strenuous trek we offer. For a more difficult option, take a look at our Aoraki Mount Cook Trek.



All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip. We can provide boots, trekking poles, outdoor clothing and packs at no extra cost if necessary, please see the equipment list for further details. Any equipment you need to borrow from us will be issued by your guide.

Tekapo High Country Hike Clothing & Equipment list.