A secluded space in stunning Fiordland
Keen to leave civilization behind and explore a local gem in Fiordland? Join me on this overnight Adventure to Green Lake and have those world-class views all to yourself.
We’ll hike through native bush with the sight of rugged and intense mountain ranges either side of us until reaching the hut next to the lake. A perfect basecamp for aspiring photographers! Sunset and sunrise are magical around here and we also don’t want to miss golden hour when the remaining sun drenches the magnificent peaks around us.
If Fiordland is a region you want to embrace (which you should), then it’s worth asking yourself why you wouldn’t want to spend a night in it?
- Hike to a remote backcountry lake
- A cosy hut with stargazing opportunities and wildlife spotting
– The stars down here have zero light pollution, meaning you can see right into the galaxy that drapes over us.
- Beautiful lake views, tussocks, mountains – all the best things the South has to offer.
Green Lake was created by the largest known above-sea-level landslide on earth around 12,000 years ago. A whole 27 cubic kilometres fell off the side of the Hunter Mountains – It was so dramatic, the dust and sound would have been felt as far north as Wellington.
I'm a friendly Kiwi who loves getting outside, smelling the mountain air and taking photos. I grew up on a sheep farm in the deep south and have been tramping (hiking for those non-Kiwis) since a young age. I love introducing new people to tramping, and helping visitors explore our beautiful country. I love introducing new people to tramping and helping visitors explore the beautiful country of Aotearoa (New Zealand). I make sure that everyone in my party is prepared, comfortable and having a great time on any tramp that I lead. Stops for photos and eating chocolate are very much encouraged! I also love chatting about all topics New Zealand and outdoors, as well as learning from visitors. If you choose to come on one of my trips you'll have a fun, safe and friendly time. Can't wait to meet you!
- Fluent in French
- Basic knowledge in Te Reo and Spanish
- Comprehensive First Aid Certificate
A Photographer’s getaway hidden in native bush
We’ll start the track from the Lake Monowai campsite, which has some pretty neat scenery in itself. A gentle walk through native bush allows us to warm up before we tackle the steeper climb up a saddle sitting at 974m below Mt Cuthbert.
From here, we’ll glimpse the first view of Green Lake. Time for some snacks – taking photos and eating chocolate is very much encouraged.
Once we’ve descended, the track follows the lakeshore and we’ll reach the hut around mid-afternoon. We’ll claim the best bunk beds or pitch our tent and spend the rest of the day exploring the area. Don’t miss a look at the star-filled sky at night, while we’re having a traditional backcountry dinner in front of the fire!
We’ll retrace our steps the following day and can take our time to enjoy the scenery and snap some last photos. Trips like these prove that there’s so much more to NZ than the usual popular sights! Plus, you can have a good yarn with local hikers if we come across them.
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!
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
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.
If you prefer a bit of privacy and don’t mind the cold, we can camp next to the hut or closer to the lakeshore to really embrace nature. This is great for photographers or animal lovers who want to check out the surroundings at all hours of the night!Free
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.
Can I swim in the lake?
Definitely, although it will be extremely cold! Like, ice, ice cold. Remember to bring your togs and a towel if you feel up for it. There’s a short boardwalk that leads to the lake from the hut and we can get the fire on to warm up afterwards.
Dipping sore muscles and bones into ice-cold water like this can make you feel incredible. There is something almost ancient and beautiful about the water here.
Is this good for young kids?
It’s a popular track for families and not too steep. How old are your kids? Tell me a bit more about them and we can figure out what they would enjoy.
Could you teach me more about photography?
For sure! Although I’m not a professional, I have learnt a lot of handy tricks over the years and run my own hiking blog. Green Lake is great to test your skills and capture the sunset or sunrise over the lake. Just bring your camera, good attitude and we’ll chase those photo opportunities!
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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