Brewster Glacier Hike 3 Days

Location

Magnificent scenery..

Kevin, Mt Maunganui, New Zealand

"Magnificent scenery of the Southern Alps. Spectacular views.  Special thanks to Phil for a memorable 3 days - an excellent, experienced, competent guide.  A trip you couldn't really succeed on your own unless very experienced. All staff very friendly and willing to answer any queries. Well organised."  

More Information

Mt Brewster lies within the Mount Aspiring National Park which is renowned for its wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. It is a walker's paradise and a must for mountaineers. The views are endless and unforgettable. The park is part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. Mount Aspiring National Park straddles the southern end of the Southern Alps.


Available Dates

2019-2020 Status
2019  
20 - 22 Dec 3 places available
2020  
11 - 13 Jan Open
20 - 22 Jan Open
14 - 16 Feb Open
18 - 20 March Open

C= confirmed to run
 

Join a scheduled departure or book a private or custom trip on dates to suit you.

Difficulty

Fitness 

Hikers should be used to 1000m of ascent or descent in a day and hiking for 4-6 hours carrying a 10-15kg pack. Packs are heavier than normal hiking packs due to the extra technical equipment required for walking on the glacier.

Technical
Experience is required on rough and uneven 'off track' terrain and scrambling over rocks.  This can include trails equivalent to DOC 'tramping tracks' such as Breast Hill (Hawea, Avalanche Peak (Arthurs Pass) or Taranaki Summit route. Recent experience hiking in NZ is useful. The glacier day does not have much elevation gain but traverses exposed terrain requiring concentration extended periods of time. No prior experience on using crampons or ice axe is required. 

Backcountry
Hikers should have experience of multi-day treks and wild camping and be comfortable in a range of adverse weather conditions.


Price Details

Guide : Client Ratio Price per person
1:2 NZ$1,650
1:3-4 NZ$1,350
What's Included
  • all meals and snacks from Lunch Day 1 to Lunch Day 3.
  • hut accommodation and any tents/general camping equipment
  • satellite phone/ radio communications
  • national park, guide fees and 15% goods and service tax (GST)

Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

Day One

Meet at our Wanaka office to meet your guide and do a complete gear check.  There will be time for getting last minute items if you have to.  It is a 1.5 hour drive to Fantail Falls where the track starts -  just over the Haast Pass on the main divide and deep in the West Coast forest.  A shallow river crossing is followed by a solid three-hour uphill push on a track throught the luch Beech forest. The is a steep track ascending 1000m vertically in less than 3km and involves some steep sections scrambling on exposed tree roots. Once you pass the tree line you are getting close. The new Brewster Hut is located on a beautiful tussock terrace with views toward the Makarora valley and the surrounding peaks of Armstrong and Brewster.  Depending on the weather and the keeness of the party, you may choose to continue a further 2 hours to camp or bivi in the magical spot of the terminal lakes of the Brewster Glacier.
1000m ascent, 4 hours

Brewster Hut

Day Two

 An early start to traverse the tricky slopes around the headwaters of the Pyke Creek to access the stunning terminal lakes of the Brewster Glacier in about 2 hours. Face to face with the glacier itself, you crampon up, and set foot on the ice. The day is spent developing crampon technique as you safety step over yawning crevasses, or try a hand at ice climbing in a crevasse or Moulin.  Return to the camp or hut for the night.
400m ascent/descent 6-8 hours

Brewster-Glacier

Day Three

 The energetic may choose to scramble up Mt Armstrong for a view down onto the previous day's antics on the glacier. Descend down to the valley floor and the comforts of Wanaka.  
1000m descent, 3 hours

Fantail-Falls


Equipment Details

This video provides practical demonstration of the common equipment and clothing required for hiking in New Zealand.

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