Remarkables (1-3 days)
The Grand Traverse of the Remarkables is one of the best alpine outings in New Zealand and especially unique in that it can be accessed in a day trip from the comforts of Queenstown through the Remarkables ski field. Follow the exposed rocky ridge up and over the twin summits of Double Cone and onwards over the range’s highest point, Single Cone, looking down almost 2km vertically to Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu below, before descending past Lake Alta. Suitable for anyone with some hiking experience and a good head for heights.
If you are after more rock climbing, then the DB’eh Buttress provides 7 pitches of climbing up to NZ grade 17 heading directly to the summit of Double Cone. The best descent isn’t entirely straightforward as you have to follow the Grand Traverse up and over the summit of Single Cone providing a full alpine day out.
Chinaman’s Bluff (3 days)
The 300m Chinaman’s Bluff offers a range of multi-pitch rock climbs starting from grade 18. It sits high over the scenic Dart Valley in the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park and is approached in an hours trekking from the road end of the aptly named Paradise Road that heads out from the historic township of Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakitipu.
Matukituki Valley (1-3 days)
The Matukituki Valley is the gateway to Aspiring National Park and provides a number of crags and multi-pitch adventures with an unsurpassed view over the valley and up to the surrounding peaks.
Pacific Wall and Wye Creek (1-3 days)
Wye Creek is the premier cragging destination near Queenstown offering a range of grades of great rock with aspects for every season. Further up the valley offers more adventurous extended multi-pitch options. Pacific Wall offers similar adventure with a 2 hour walk-in.