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You MUST obtain approval from the leader before booking for any extended multiday trip. 

Monday 27 December 2021

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This trip is rated as a Medium trip, spending time in and around the Rees Valley, visiting some of the surrounding areas that yiou would not get to on a standard Rees Dart circuit


Monday 27 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022


All subject to change and input from others as we firm up the programme

Dec 27: Fly to Queenstown, travel to the start of he Rees track, walk up as far as 25 Mile Creek and camp in the lower reaches of that creek 3-4 hours

Dec 28: Walk up the valley of 25 Mile Creek, camp at the head of the valley or on either side of 25 Mile Saddle 6-7 hours

Dec 29: Continue over the saddle, down to the Rees track, over Rees Saddle, then drop into Snowy Creek. Camp 5-6 hours

Dec 30: Climb to saddle at point 1796 and higher as needed to view Lake Lochnagar. Return to Snowy River and move camp to the Dart Valley above Dart Hut 7 hours

Dec 31: Day walk into Cascade Basin and top of Cascade Saddle and back to camp. 6-7 hours

Jan 1: Back down the Rees Track and climb up to Kea Basin to camp 6-8 hours

Option 1 

Jan 2:  From Kea Basin climb to Lennox Pass and then descend into the Earnslaw Burn OR from the Pass continue along the ridge 7 hours

Jan 3: Continue down the Earnslaw Burn Valley OR ridge to the Lovers Leap road end 

Option 2 

Jan 2:  Stay in Kea Basin and explore the area / have an easier day Walking time to suit

Jan 3: Walk down to Rees Valley and out to the Rees Valley road end


Jan 3rd - Glenorchy or Queenstown TBC


Start - be at Queenstown by mid morning Dec 27

End - No homeward booking before midday Jan 4

Jan 4th - the South Coast trip will gather and reposition to somewhere like Tuatepere

Other Notes

Grade: Mostly Medium, sometimes a little bit more, also some Medium/Easy options

Other Options: Discuss with Tony

Maximum Party Size: Approx 10 

A few spaces still available

More details and Costs: To follow

Contact: Tony Walton Mob 027 478 5223   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Preparation: Because our Summer trips can involve longer days and bigger terrain than we Aucklanders may be used to, they do require a prior commitment to fitness and endurance training - especially in the 2-3 months immediately prior to the trip.

At a minimum this means multiple multi-day (ATC or similar) trips with some decent hills in them.

This will enable you to complete and enjoy your chosen trip and is important for Medium trips and vital for Medium-Fit and Fit trips.

When initially enquiring about a trip, ask the leader what sort of fitness will be required.


Similar Trip mid January

Louise Inglis is leading a near duplicate trip to this trip from Jan 10-17, enquiries please contact Louise.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTE - this additional trip is now full