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Hut to hut hiking in the Gamack Range above Lake Tekapo
Mackenzie alpine trekking
Hut to hut traverse of the Gamack Range above Lake Tekapo
Hut to hut alpine trek - Lake Tekapo Adventures
Alpine terrain
An adventurous multi-day trek in the Lake Tekapo High Country
O'Leary's Hut, Glenmore Station, Gamack Range, Lake Tekapo Adventures
O'Leary's Hut
Nestled in alpine meadows amongst the rugged wilderness of the Lake Tekapo backcountry
Views of Lake Tekapo on the hike up to O'Leary's Hut, Cass Valley, Mackenzie
Stunning views
Climb high above Lake Tekapo into a breathtaking alpine landscape
Falcon's Nest Hut - private heated hut on Glenmore Station, Mackenzie, New Zealand
Falcon's Nest
A cosy alpine retreat in the Lake Tekapo backcountry
Lake Tekapo 4WD adventures - Cass Valley, Mackenzie backcountry, New Zealand
4WD access - Cass Valley, Glenmore Station
A place of raw and rugged natural beauty
You may need cross snow slopes on the higher alpine pass crossings
Snow and scree
You will often encounter snow and rough scree slopes on the high pass crossings

Tekapo Hut to Hut Trek

Adventurous multi-day trekking in the Mackenzie High Country

The Gamack Range near Lake Tekapo is a spectacular alpine trekking venue in the middle of an impressive landscape carved by glaciers and waterfalls. The mountain range is just east of the main Southern Alps and from the tops provides stunning views of Aoraki / Mount Cook and many more of New Zealand's 3000m peaks. Being close to the Main Divide, this area receives regular snow fall and is an increasingly popular venue for ski touring and split-boarding in the winter. Hike high above Lake Tekapo, cross alpine passes and gaze in wonder at the night sky - the Lake Tekapo region is renowned for its star-gazing and clear skies and is part of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

Add in cosy, heated huts and you have the recipe for a great backcountry holiday and one of the best alpine hikes in the Lake Tekapo Mackenzie region! These private huts are provided by Glenmore Station. Will and Emily Murray, the station owners, are great outdoor enthusiasts and have built the huts in their favourite backcountry locations. The huts are very well sited to provide diverse backcountry experiences. Each hut has its own character and the Tekapo Hut to Hut Trek allows you to experience each one of these special places - are you up for the challenge? Add this spectacular backcountry adventure to your Lake Tekapo bucket list.

And have we mentioned whiskey? Part of the attraction of visiting Lady Emily and Falcon's Nest is the "world's highest whiskey bar (hut)". Order your own bottle and then work for it to enjoy a dram with your friends.


Guiding history

Alpine Recreation has a deep connection with the Mackenzie High Country and alpine areas around Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. Our founder, Gottlieb Braun-Elwert, pioneered many of the now popular backcountry ski touring routes in the Cass Valley wilderness in the early 1980's. He established an enduring connection with the Murray family at Glenmore Station, that has passed through to younger generations. Our experienced IFMGA and NZMGA qualified guides have been coming to the Gamack and Liebig Ranges ever since and assisting our guests to safely experience the beauty of this unique and outstanding natural landscape. Alpine Recreation was the first guiding operation established in the Lake Tekapo backcountry and has over 40 years of experience guiding in this terrain. Our friendly and knowledgeable guiding team know the local weather patterns and warning signs of approaching storms, know how to safely manage avalanche risk, navigate in a white-out and are well trained and qualified to deal with all the challenges presented by these rugged mountain ranges.

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Alpine Recreation provides all alpine trekking equipment free of charge - this includes hiking boots and poles, outdoor clothing and backpacks. Snowshoes, helmet, ice axe, crampons and avalanche rescue equipment can also be provided if they are deemed necessary for the conditions at the time of your trip.

Tekapo Hut to Hut Trek Clothing & Equipment list