A time to hibernate & innovate
Creating space to innovate will be more valuable than slugging it through.
There are many forgotten and lost parts of Canterbury. Places that locals often visit, but others miss. Let me show you Lake Guyon, the site of a historic homestead nestled between rugged mountains and in front of stunning, peaceful scenery.
We’ll follow a marked track over Fowlers Pass, through tussock and a series of small river crossings. On a clear day, we’ll have views across the valley and can spot Stanley Vale Hut in the distance, built of timber, mud and horsehair in 1866.
The archaeological site next to Lake Guyon hut has had very little changes over the years and you can still see the old fruit trees and garden area with rock walls, sheep-dip and yards. It must have been a hard life out here – harsh backcountry conditions contrasting with the beautiful scenery.
We’ll spend the afternoon next to the lake and I can share my stories and backcountry skills, collected over 50+ years of life experience. No matter if you’re interested in tramping, hunting, off-roading, fishing or free-diving, there’s always something new to learn about our NZ wild!
One person from *$550 NZD
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I love the wild spaces of New Zealand, eating the fruits of the land and sea, and having a laugh everywhere I go. My passions include tramping, hunting, spearfishing, photography, off-roading, eating, telling stories and making people laugh. Born and bred in New Zealand, my love for this country, its diverse culture, its untouched wilderness, and its superb food makes me a unique Bushman. Come with me to sample the foods I eat everyday – crayfish (freshwater lobster), Pāua (Abalone), venison, pork, goat, and more. Hear tales of how it was captured and how Kiwis live. Leave your troubles in the city, visit my favourite places, get some exercise and be enlightened with stories that will never make the Discovery Channel. Laugh a little (or a lot), and create life long memories. I have worked in corporate sales, stand-up comedy, commercial diving, stone masonry and guiding, so I’ve got experiences and stories for most situations!
Our trip to Lake Guyon starts with a drive past the alpine resort of Hanmer, or can meet at the car park to the start of the track. It’s a gradual climb with river crossings along the way until we reach the highest point between Mt Stanley and Mt Clara.
It’s well worth it to stop and soak in the scenery up here. Fowlers Pass has views over the surrounding ranges, peaks and we can glimpse Stanley Vale Hut in the distance on the descent. If you’re into photography as much as you are fishing, this is definitely going to tick the boxes.
The rest of the track follows pleasant and flat terrain. We’ll reach Lake Guyon Hut around afternoon and can spend the rest of the day wandering around the lakeshore before getting the fire on. Don’t miss out on the star-filled sky!
All tours require the proper gear to ensure you’re having the time of your life, and are well prepared if things go south. It’s the real and rugged New Zealand out there!
1.5L water container
Cutlery, bowl & cup
Lighter / Matches
Pack Cover / Liner
Sunscreen & hat
Toiletries & Underwear
Top & Bottom Base layer
Torch & Batteries
Warm hat & gloves (March to October)
Warm hiking layer
Cooker & gas/fuel
Personal First Aid Kit
Your Bushman has added a couple of answers to questions other Visitors have asked in the past to help you with your booking plans. Once you book a tour, you'll be in direct contact with your Bushman for more support.
There are only 4 bunks in the hut and while it’s not a busy track, it’s better to be prepared - you don’t want to spend a night out here without a shelter! You can either bring your own tent or hire one from us.
The track is open all year round and makes for a great trip in warm summer weather or winter with snow-capped peaks in the background.
It’s best to avoid it in bad weather like winter storms and the start of spring. That’s when avalanche danger is at its height with warmer temperatures and rain making the snow unstable.
Absolutely! This is a great introduction to the son or daughter who is interested in your love for the outdoors. Bring them along and I will pivot the experience to help inspire them (with your support).
Here’s a few answers to the more general questions about the whole journey. You can visit our help and support area for any further information or contact us via the chat function.
Bushman Tours sets a standard cancellation policy that can be found via our Terms & Conditions. This is globally set at 48 hours notice. However, Bushmen may add to this depending on the requirements for the Adventure (e.g. - hiring gear and renting equipment on your behalf). The final policy will be located at the bottom of the checkout, or you can reach out to us to check.
In most cases, the Bushman can arrange another day to run your tour, but this also comes down to when you're available if travelling through New Zealand. We recommend ensuring you have insurance for cancellation of any tours. If the Bushman has to cancel due to a health risk, we will call you to arrange another option.
Although we have a minimum requirement of gear, you will need the right equipment and gear that is relevant to the Adventure you're booking. This is usually found at the bottom of each tour page, but for our minimum, please visit our FAQs & blog page.
In some circumstances, your Bushman will have equipment for you to hire. This is available to browse and book through the checkout. We may also have options through our checkout. Although you may be able to borrow gear during the tour, it's important to reserve it now.
Depending on the length, this can vary. Your Bushman will advise on the tour page what is recommended for this particular Adventure, but typically, what we offer at checkout via the add-ons section is what you'll need. Keep it lightweight and nutritious if you buy your own.
We always try to pick the closest iSite (Visitor Centre) to your Adventure's location. Instructions on precisely where to meet are sent after the booking is made. However, you can also message your Bushman and arrange another location as long as it's close enough to the region.
If you book and find that more people want to come with you, we can arrange to add them onto the booking (this is dependant on the Bushman's preference to the number of people to take out). The more that book on the original checkout option, the cheaper the fee for each individual - so spread the word before you go to book! Please note, you cannot add or bring extra people 48 hours before the tour starts.
Absolutely! Once you book, you will be able to login and chat directly to your Bushman through a private, secure chat. Here you can arrange some extras you would like to do, timings for pick up and much more.
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