Departs Te Anau or Manapouri
Mount Titiroa , Fiordland National Park2 or 3 day walk - Remote camping/hiking
AT A GLANCE
- Departs: Te Anau on demand
- Season: October to April
- Grade: Moderate
- Duration: 2 full days
- Walking distance: Day One 4-5 hours, Day Two 6-8 hours
- Scenic Helicopter trip
- Mt Titiroa – 1710m (5620ft), World Heritage Site
- Expansive views over Lake Manapouri, the Hunter Mountains and on a clear day to Stewart Island
- Magnificent & unique granite formations
- Remote bush hike – following deer trails
- Cooking over fire
- Sleep under the stars
- Native mountain beech and rimu
- Wildlife – rare birds live in this area
- Stunning flight to Mount Titiroa across Lake Manapouri
- Experienced & qualified guide
- All meals (Day one lunch & dinner; Day Two breakfast & lunch)
- Refreshments and snacks
- Overnight camping (see further information)
MORE INFORMATION & ITINERARY
DAY 1 Manapouri to Snow White Clearings
The adventure begins in Manapouri township, where we meet our helicopter to fly us through the rugged terrain up to the top of Mt. Titiroa.
Mt Titiroa has been named number 1 of the 7 Wonders of New Zealand by Wilderness Magazine, and you will see why when we land. An incredible journey begins from the White Peak down through unmarked tracks to the Snow White Clearings. We will travel through woodland, over small natural springs and arrive in late afternoon at our campsite for the night.
After lunch we drop back down again through low level woodland and over small natural springs until we arrive at our camp site situated in the Snow White Clearings. Camp is set up next to the tranquil river where there is the opportunity to go for a walk upstream spotting wildlife such as deer and the rare Blue Ducks or to relax, swim or bathe in the river before enjoying a traditional kiwi bush tucker feed and camp fire marshmallows.
DAY 2 Snow White Clearings to Hope Arm
We rise with the birds to make the most of the day ahead and have a hearty cooked breakfast before starting our walk through the untouched wilderness of the native bush.
We break out of the bush some time later and arrive at a magical lunch spot affording views out over the surrounding peaks and valleys. After lunch we dive back into the bush to explore the rest of the fauna & flora before getting back to where the boat picks us up and takes us for a stunning scenic cruise across Lake Manapouri before dropping us off at an idyllic cove called Hope Arm in Fiordland National Park.
Optional Extra Day
There is the option of adding an additional day (the Back Valley day hike) and continue on to Pearl Harbour where a small boat picks us up to take us back to Manapouri.
What to bring for overnight hikes & camping trips
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS – Some items we may be able to provide it to you, other items can be hired in Queenstown, please contact us for more informations
- Jacket/Coat – wind and waterproof with hood
- Boots – sturdy, good fit, protected with dressing/polish
- Treking pants/trousers
- Tops/ shirts – quick drying sports or hiking tops are best.
Avoid cotton as although cool in the summer, it can be cold when wet or sweaty
- Thermals – long sleeved top and long johns (quick drying)
The kiwi way is to wear them under shorts and they can double up as sleep wear/pajamas
- Socks – 2-3 pairs
Good pair of walking socks and a warm pair to wear in the evening round camp
- Warm hat, beanie or balaclava
Even in summer the weather can turn cooler in the evenings
- Warm gloves or mittens
- Mid layer pullovers: fleece tops or polartec type are ideal (light and quick drying)
Cotton hoodies are not as warm and heavy when wet
- Pack – with a waterproof liner such as the yellow “NZ Mountain Safety Council” pack liner.
Pack should be light, strong, comfortable, 60-90 litres for overnight trips where you are carrying your own gear and able to carry up to one quarter of your weight.
- Sleeping bag – good quality down or synthetic fibre.
- Sleeping Mat – closed cell foam, or a self-inflating airbed.
- Torch – small with spare bulb & batteries.
- Drink Bottle
We can normally fill up along the way in streams so 1 litre is normally sufficient
- Toiletries/wash kit, toilet roll and any personal medication if required
- Insect repellent
- Sunscreen, lip balm and sunhatOPTIONAL SUGGESTIONS
- Gaiters or Puttees – to keep out water and gravel
- Over trousers – waterproof and windproof, essential if you get cold quickly
- Comfortable lightweight shoes to wear round camp in the evenings
- Earplugs for light sleepers
- Watch/ alarm clock
- Travel wipes/ tissues
The rivers/lakes are great to cool off in although spare underwear is often substituted
- Blister plasters/band-aid or tape
Although we do carry a first aid kit too
- Camera, spare batteries and spare memory card
- Water bottle