Gillespie Pass Trek

Sample Itinerary

An example of how the trip can run:

Day 1:    Meet your guide in Wanaka, check gear and drive to Makarora on the Haast Pass Highway (1hr). Begin your trek and cross the Makarora River, follow the Young River to a swing bridge, then continue on through the silver beech forest to the Young Hut (6-7hrs, 20km)

Day 2:    Awaking early we trek for an hour above Young Hut to the bush line, cross the bridge over the upper Young River before reaching the start of the Gillespie Pass track. The track then climbs steeply following a ridge to a height of 1600m and impressive views. After the pass, you descend quickly again and make your way to the Siberia Hut. (6–8hrs, 12km)

Day 3:  There are a few options for the final day. You can opt to either fly from Siberia Hut or Jet Boat the final stretch of the Wilkin River leaving more time for explorations in the alpine. A great day trip could include a visit to Lake Crucible, one of the most picturesque lakes in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Alternately, you could walk out which involves heading back into the forest and the Wilkin Valley, sidling above the Siberia Gorge and descending through a series of zigzags to the Wilkin River. River levels will determine your river crossings before heading back to Makarora and driving back to Wanaka. (6-8 hrs, 22km) 

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