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Snowshoing in the Two Thumb Range
Guided snowshoe hikes
Relax and enjoy a great winter holiday
Snowshoing above Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Explore the Two Thumb Range in winter
Snowshoers above Lake Tekapo
Explore a winter wonderland
Snowshoeing is a great option for the whole family
Snowshoers departing Rex Simpson Hut for a day hike
Equipment provided
All snowshoeing gear is included - no hidden costs
Rex Simpson Hut is a great base for snowshoe hikes in the Two Thumb Range
Rex Simpson Hut
A cosy retreat with great views of Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo Snowshoeing

High Country Snowshoe Hikes

The foothills of the Southern Alps undergo a magic transformation in winter. A covering of snow turns these tawny tussock lands into an extensive playground, not just for skiers, but also trampers on snowshoes.

Hike 3 hours up to our cosy mountain hut at the snowline (1280m) and use this as a base to explore a winter wonderland of ice-covered streams, curving ridges and snowy valleys. Relax in the evenings in the warmth of a pot belly stove.

Here in the foothills of the Southern Alps you are in the Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park of the Two Thumb Range with grand views across the Mackenzie Basin and of the major peaks of the Main Divide, Mounts Cook and Tasman.

""The most beautiful, breathtaking landscape I've ever seen! Our guide took us up along Snake Ridge today...amazing clear blue sky and the view of Mount Cook spectacular. Would love to come back." - K, Haase, Australia. More client comments.


Lake Tekapo Snowshoe Hikes are 2-5 day trips based from Rex Simpson Hut in the Two Thumb Range above Lake Tekapo. Hut is fully stocked so pack weight is kept to a minimum. We recommend 3 days as an optimum time for sampling snowshoeing, but for those limited to weekends 2 days will certainly give a refreshing break; and there are plenty of trail options for those who are able to spend 5 days.

All gear included in our prices - even hiking boots if you need them. No need to pay extra to hire snowshoes or avalanche transceiver.

Read the article about Snowshoeing in the Two Thumb Range.



You can get into the mountains without having to bring a lot of gear. The snowshoes and ski poles are provided, along with any other gear you may need to borrow, including boots.

All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip. Any equipment you need to borrow from us will be issued by your guide.

Snowshoeing Clothing & Equipment list