Two hidden valleys in rugged Otago

Keen to explore a lesser-known track close to Queenstown? If you want to embrace what this region has to offer but want to avoid the high prices and long queues, then consider this exciting route.

Join me on this multi-day Adventure connecting the Greenstone and Caples Valley via the sub-alpine McKellar Saddle.

We’ll walk over open valley flats filled with tussock and beech forest, before climbing up to vast views and hiking along a boardwalk over fragile vegetation. 

  • Stay in 3 backcountry huts
  • Traverse native bush, swing bridges and glacier-fed rivers
  • Hike through two World Heritage valleys
  • Experience one of the world’s most beautiful locations close up and personal

Starting with a pleasant hike through the Greenstone Valley, we can warm-up for the climb to the McKellar saddle at 945m. Turquoise water pools, chasms and dense forest are only some of the features along the way, also including Lake McKellar. After crossing the saddle, we’ll descend into the narrower Caples Valley with big cliffs, gorges and swing bridges.

You’ll get a bit of everything on this trip, which makes it such a great getaway – and you’ll likely have the views to yourself for the majority of it.

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$1065 NZD

* Save up to $525 NZD by bringing 4 friends

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Addons

Emma is offering addons for this adventure to enhance your experience.

Book a Lensman

Book this Adventure’s Lensman to come out with you and capture the experience through ridiculously stunning images. Leave your camera at home and enjoy the experience while someone else captures those moment of you, your family/mates and the views. Professionally shot, mastered and shared.

$350

Donate a trap

This may not be for you, but many are surprised that only one $45 trap can save up to 1,000 native birds in its lifetime. If you want to be part of New Zealand conservations efforts on a personal level then donate this trap. Your name and special Visitor number will be written on it so that we can record your traps contribution to saving our native wildlife. If time allows, you’ll even get to sign and set the trap you donate.

$45

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.

$45

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.

$15

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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.

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Greenstone Caples Route Otago New Zealand

Hiker Paradise: Greenstone & Caples

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No. of Adventurers Price Per Person Total Cost
1 $1065 NZD $1065 NZD
2 $680 NZD $1360 NZD
3 $599 NZD $1797 NZD
4 $540 NZD $2160 NZD

Prices are excluding GST and will be calculated at checkout.

Duration

4 days
3 nights

Distance

60km
Altitude An icon depicting the altitude of this adventure. 945m

Difficulty

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Map of Otago
Who's taking me on this adventure?

Shaun

I have been going into the hills since the age of 5, following in my father’s footsteps. I was captured by the beauty of the Southern Alps and moved here 30 years ago. Since then I have spent all my spare moments climbing, hunting and hiking in New Zealand's Southern Alps. I want to share with you some of what I feel is the finest walking in the world. I am a local and passionate about the mountains I love so much. I want to share my knowledge and help impart to others a rich personal experience by showing what it feels like to walk amongst the wild places of New Zealand. The Southern Alps are a unique wilderness that deserves an introduction in words, but a good bushman will know that often words fall away. Silenced by the grandeur and majesty of the land we walk upon, and the land will speak directly to you. Now your own story in this land starts as we walk these special places. [embed]https://youtu.be/T87RBizWDYM[/embed]

Experience

  • Shaun's ship was hit by an Exocet anti-ship missile in the Persian Gulf in January 1986. He was one of 7 from his crew of 25 to survive uninjured
  • Firearm familiarisation
  • Bushcraft survival
  • Hunting and trapping, tracking skills general bush-craft
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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

  • 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

  • Tent

    Tent

Extras

There are add-on extras for this tour. These are the little things that’ll either make your Adventure easier to organise or more rugged - your choice. You can add these during the booking process.

  • Book a Lensman

    Book this Adventure’s Lensman to come out with you and capture the experience through ridiculously stunning images. Leave your camera at home and enjoy the experience while someone else captures those moment of you, your family/mates and the views. Professionally shot, mastered and shared.

    + $350 NZD

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.

  • Where are we staying?

    We can either stay in the serviced backcountry huts along the way or camp out next to them. The huts have basic facilities like bunk beds, fireplaces, drop-down toilets, cooking benches and water tanks.

  • How steep are the climbs?

    While the section to McKellar saddle is a bit of a climb, the track is mostly easy-going over valley flats and through sheltered beech forest. The distance is the main reason why it’s classed as intermediate. It’s a great introduction to multi-day hiking and makes for a relaxing getaway.

  • What kind of clothing should I wear?

    It can get a bit cold on top of the McKellar saddle, so I recommend bringing a rain jacket and some warm layers of breathable clothing. Have a look at our minimum requirements for this trip if you’re unsure what else to bring.

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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