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Travel to Wanaka

We commence our Mt Madeline trip from our base in Wanaka. Air New Zealand and Qantas/Jetstar provide daily services for flights from Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington to Queenstown. There are also direct international flights from most major Australian cities to Queenstown.

A shuttle service operates several times daily between Queenstown and Wanaka (approximately one hour driving time and at a cost of $35 each way), check Alpine Connexions for details.

Bus services operate daily between Christchurch and Wanaka (approximately 6 hours travel time).

Food

We place emphasis on providing nutritious meals and a good supply of snack food throughout the trip. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration.

Accommodation

Wanaka has a range of accommodation from backpackers, youth hostels, motels, and hotels to luxury lodges. We are happy to assist with your accommodation and bus transfer arrangements.

Adventure Consultants will provide your accommodation while the trip is running which is from 9.00am on Day 1 until 5.00pm on Day 5. All food and accommodation outside this time will be at your expense. When in the mountains you will stay in mountain huts with shared bunk rooms and basic facilities. There are no single rooms available. Some mountain nights will be spent in tents or bivvies where you will be more exposed to the elements on the Mount Madeline climb. For more information on New Zealand huts and bivvies see our Alpine Huts page.

If you experience a delay with entering the mountains caused by weather you will be accommodated in Wanaka, or at Homer Hut in Fiordland in dormitory style backpackers with shared bathroom facilities.  You may decide to upgrade to single accommodations in Wanaka at your own expense, should you require.

Clothing & Equipment

Climbing in the Southern Alps requires you have the highest quality clothing and equipment due to the extremes of weather conditions. Our focus is on having the essential clothing and equipment while keeping your pack as light as possible.

Your guide will go through the equipment checklist with you at the beginning of your trip. Actual equipment taken may vary subject to seasonal weather and route conditions. All group equipment including ropes and cooking equipment will be organised by your guide.

Adventure Consultants can help with all your equipment needs prior to your trip departing. We have a dedicated equipment coordinator that can answer any questions you may have, or you can also read the following equipment notes which are designed to help you when making decisions about which equipment best suits your personal needs.  

We carry a good range of modern rental equipment. If you will be renting equipment from us please advise your requirements in advance to ensure correct sizing and availability.  

In addition, our extensive retail catalogue and gear store provide the added service of purchasing your clothing and equipment needs directly from us. We are regularly outfitting climbers from head to toe to help them prepare for their course, ascent or trek! We also have a range of products available at our headquarters for any last minute purchases on the day of departure.

We can offer secure storage at our office for your luggage and valuables during the trip.

Communication & Messages

Our guides are in radio/cell/satellite phone communication with our operations base and Department of Conservation headquarters throughout the trip. This assists us with schedule and weather forecast updates, helicopter coordination and safety back up. Urgent messages can be relayed via our office to the field if required. Each party carries a locator beacon for additional security.

Climbing Season

We guide Mt Madeline from January to April, when the weather is more stable and climbing conditions are optimal for the ascent.

Weather

New Zealand has a maritime climate, and the weather is always a consideration in the high mountains. On your trip, it is possible that some adverse weather may affect our climbing plans however the programme is designed to be flexible to take advantage of the best weather window for the Mt Madeline climb itself. In the event conditions are not suitable to enter the mountains at the start of the trip, we can delay for up to two days subject to your guides’ schedule. We recommend you allow some flexibility with your travel arrangements to create this advantage. When booking your trip please specify the dates you are available.

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