A historic, hidden homestead at the lakeshore

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.  

  • Stay in a cosy hut with views of Lake Guyon
  • Explore the remains of old homesteads
  • Relax next to a high country lake with excellent fishing opportunities

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!

From: $275
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Donate a trap

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Airport pickup

Keen and heading out on your Adventure the moment you land into New Zealand? It’ll save you a lot on accommodation and we can arrange luggage storage. Your Bushman will message you for flight details and times.

Energy Snacks

If you need that extra boost during the day trip, it’s worth ensuring you have some high-protein snacks. We’ll have this sorted for you with NZ’s best energy bars & snacks.

Food or Allergy Requirements

If you have any food or allergy requirements your Bushman needs to know about, please add the details here. You can send more information on this via your dashboard once booked.

Summary
Lake Guyon Canterbury Bushman Tours

Explore Lake Guyon

Ian Barker Bushman Tours Profile Image Fly Fishing with Ian

Duration

2 days
1 night

Distance

32km
Altitude An icon depicting the altitude of this adventure. 1296m

Difficulty

Charities

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Who's taking me on this adventure?

Ian

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!

Experience

  • Past guiding experience with students
  • Survival and Emergency Experience
  • Extensive Regional Knowledge
  • Spearing Fishing and Hunting
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Gear

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!

Required

  • 1.5L Water Container

    1.5L water container

  • Cutlery, Bowl and Cup

    Cutlery, bowl & cup

  • Hiking Boots

    Hiking Boots

  • Hiking Pack

    Hiking Pack

  • Hiking Pants

    Hiking Pants

  • Hiking Socks

    Hiking Socks

  • Knife

    Knife

  • Lighter and Matches

    Lighter / Matches

  • Pack Cover

    Pack Cover / Liner

  • Rain Jacket

    Rain Jacket

  • Sleeping bag

    Sleeping Bag

  • Sunscreen and hat

    Sunscreen & hat

  • Tent

    Tent

  • Toiletries and Underwear

    Toiletries & Underwear

  • Top and Bottom Layer

    Top & Bottom Base layer

  • Torch and Batteries

    Torch & Batteries

  • Warm Hat and Gloves

    Warm hat & gloves (March to October)

  • Warm Hiking Layer

    Warm hiking layer

  • Whistle

    Whistle

Optional

  • Bivvy Bag

    Bivvy Bag

  • Gas Cooker

    Cooker & gas/fuel

  • Hand Sanitiser

    Hand Sanitiser

  • Inspect Repellent

    Insect Repellent

  • First Aid

    Personal First Aid Kit

Q & A

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.

  • Why do I need a tent?

    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.

  • When is the best time to do this trip?

    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.

  • Can I bring family members along?

    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).

FAQs

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.

  • What is the refund and cancellation policy?

    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.

  • What happens if the tour is cancelled due to weather?

    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.

  • What gear do I need?

    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.

  • Can I hire gear/equipment?

    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.

  • What food shall I bring?

    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.

  • Where do I meet my Bushman?

    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.

  • How much extra is it to add family/friends onto the booking?

    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.

  • Can I talk to my Bushman before the Adventure?

    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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