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Remarkables Lake Alta Hike

Remarkables Lake Alta Hike

Duration: Half Day
Times: 8am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 5:30pm (can be on request)
Inclusions: Hotel transfers and private guide
Available: October to April (depending on snow levels)
Distance: 2 to 3 hour hike
Rating: Moderate, some off-piste

Remarkables Lake Alta Hike

Discover picturesque glacial Lake Alta that hangs high above The Remarkables mountain range on this half day adventure.

Begin your adventure with a scenic drive up to the Remarkables Ski Field. Sit back and enjoy panoramic views across Queenstown from comfort of your own Land Rover Discovery or Mercedes van.

We begin our hiking adventure from the ski area base building (1600m) before embarking on a steady climb to Shadow Basin. We traverse across the rugged ridge line, through alpine fields and over glacial streams before making the final approach to Lake Alta.

Crystal-clear Lake Alta is a pristine glacier lake tucked up in the mountain range and is hidden under a thick blanket of snow and ice throughout the winter. It’s appeared in many films including Vertical Limit, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Pause to take in the tranquillity of this remote alpine wilderness and enjoy spectacular views across the Wakatipu Valley at the highest point of our walk. Keep an eye out for local wildlife including our cheeky Kea (native alpine parrot), chamois and deer.

Learn more about the Lake Alta Hike on the Department of Conservation website.

Remarkables Lake Alta Hike