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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Gertrude Saddle, Darren Mountains, Southland New Zealand

Required gear:
Axes and crampons
Technical sections:
Many
Requires:
Alpine experience/excellent physical state
Winter:
Possible avalanches
Gertrude Saddle is part of the spectacular Darren Mountains, situated in the isolated northern part of Fiordland.

The closest form of “civilization” is a small town called Te Anau, situated in Fiordland region. It is literally on the border of Fiordland National Park and Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, offering a getaway to awe-inspiring landscapes and magnificent sites of wild nature.

As far as Gertrude Saddle is concerned, we should say it is a demanding route with many technical sections that requires alpine experience and excellent physical state. Bear in mind that the track is mostly steep and can get slippery during winter time.

Experience the ultimate adventure and feel the thrill of climbing and exploring the magnificent Gertrude Saddle, dedicating your mind and body 100%. When you get to the top, the magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and valleys will definitely reward you! On sunny days, you will be able to see part of the spectacular Milford Sound.

Highlight of your journey: The beautiful Black Lake. Note: Be careful during wintertime due to possible avalanches. At some parts use of axes and crampons is required.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM From Te Anau to Homer Tunnel
100 km (62.1 miles), 1 hour 10 min
Follow State Highway 94.
BY CAR FROM Queenstown
171 km (106.2 miles), 2 hours 4 min
Follow State Highway 6 and turn right onto State Highway 97.
BY CAR FROM Milford Sound
117 km (72.7 miles), 1 hour 21 min
Follow State Highway 94 and turn right onto Milford Cres.
BY CAR FROM Dunedin
290 km (180.2 miles), 3 hours 32 min
Follow State Highway 1 and continue onto State Highway 94.
BY AIR
Manapuri Airport,
15 km/9.3 miles from Te Anau

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BOOKING REQUEST
Rafting & Outdoor activities, North Island
/ Kaituna River, New Zealand, North Island

Winter/Spring 2016-2017

Oceania/South America/Europe

January – NEW ZEALAND
River Rafting Tour Class III / IV / V & outdoor experiences on Kaituna River.

Not an expedition. 21 Days – air travel not included.

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