NEW: Welcome Rock Trails Guided Walks - Garston - Southland


Opened in December 2014, Welcome Rock Trails offers half and full day guided walks on a stunning trail on private land.

 

Welcome Rock Trails is owned and operated by Tom and Katie O'Brien. Tom's family have owned the farm since the early 1900's.


This trail is a single track, cross country mountain bike/hiking trail. Hand-built on one of NZ’s longest historic water races (water races were channels cut across a hillside bringing water from streams to places where gold was mined). We have called this trail ‘The Roaring Lion Trail’ as it follows the historic Roaring Lion water race. The gradient of the trail is only 5%, making it pleasant walking!

At Welcome Rock Trails you will find a truly unique Southern pioneering adventure from a historical and ecological perspective.

The guided walks take place on uncrowded private trail. The vast open spaces & stunning views and remote & native high country setting will impress and provides a unique experience.


Guided hiking packages


1 – Night Package
GLAMPING PACKAGE
Guided Overnight Hiking trip with a night in Glamping Tent
 
(self-drive or transport available from Queenstown or Te Anau)
 
(Guided Biking is also available)
 
Glamping at Welcome Rock Trails offers an overnight trip with a difference, this is a unique luxury camping experience. Close to nature with all the functional benefits of a hotel and the nostalgia of a campsite. This is glamorous camping “glamping” in a spacious yurt style Lotus Belle Tent.
A comfortable bathroom is provided.
 
Day 1:
•    Transport option: 12 noon - Your guide will collect you from your accommodation and take you to the start of the trail.
•    Self-drive option: 1pm - Meet your guide at the Historic Southland Ski Hut, Nevis Road, Garston.
•    You will be guided to the glamping tent walking approximately 12kms.
•    A snack is provided for you during your walk.
•    Your guide will leave you for the evening
•    Guest to cook their own Dinner – Dinner Barbecue Pack included
 
Day 2:
•    Cook your own Breakfast Barbecue pack.
•    9am - Your guide will meet you at your glamping tent.
•    You will be guided along the remainder of the trail back to the Historic Southland Ski Hut walking approximately 15kms.
•    Lunch is provided for you during your walk
•    Self-drive: 1pm approximately - Your guide will leave you at your car at the Historic Southland Ski Hut.
•    Transport Option: 2pm approximately - You will be transported back to your accommodation.
 
What to bring
Comfortable walking boots / shoes, a warm and waterproof jacket and trousers or shorts, warm clothing including a hat and gloves, sunscreen, energy snacks, water bottle, camera, day pack and walking poles if required. Anything required for an overnight stay in the high country.
 
Trip Information
•      Package available:  1 October – 31 March annually
•      Two paying adults
•      Trip Duration: 2 half days / 1 night
•      Departs Queenstown Day 1: 12 noon
•      Arrive back in Queenstown/Te Anau Day 2: 2pm approx
•      Fully guided walk during the day
•      Baggage transported to your accommodation (if required must be pre booked)
•      Guests alone during the evening/night
•      Return transport from Queenstown or Te Anau if required
•      Lunch on day 2
•      BBQ Pack evening meal (guests to cook themselves)
•      Light BBQ Breakfast Pack (guests to cook themselves)
•      Good level of fitness required
•      Gentle gradients
•    Not suitable for children


Full day guided Hiking trip from Queenstown
 
(self-drive or transport available from Queenstown or Te Anau)
 
(Guided Biking is also available)
A day out of Queenstown with our experienced, local guide will enlighten those with a keen sense of adventure, culture, place and preservation.
You will be collected from Queenstown at 7am and be transported to the settlement of Garston (traveling south along Lake Wakatipu) and up to the start of the trail (Historic Ski Hut Nevis Road, Garston). You will then embark on your journey along the hand built, single track trail. Arriving back in Queenstown at approximately 7pm.
 
What to bring
Comfortable walking boots / shoes, a warm and waterproof jacket and trousers or shorts, warm clothing including a hat and gloves, sunscreen, energy snacks, water bottle, camera, day pack and walking poles if required.
 
Trip Information
•      Package available:  1 October – 31 March annually     
•      Minimum 2 paying adults / maximum 6 paying adults
•      Trip Duration: allow 12 hours
•      Departs Queenstown: 7am
•      Arrive back in Queenstown/Te Anau approximately: 7pm
•      Fully guided walk
•      Return transport from Queenstown (if required)
•      Includes lunch (sandwich and snack). Please advise if your clients have any dietary requirements.
•      Good level of fitness required
•      Gentle gradients
•      Not suitable for children


1 – Night Package
MUD HUT PACKAGE
Guided Overnight Hiking trip with a night in the Mud Hut
 
(self-drive or transport available from Queenstown or Te Anau)
 
(Guided Biking is also available)
Enjoy an overnight experience in the Mud Hut. Our experienced local guide will escort you while engaging in native plants, animals and man-made remnants of the gold mining era.
 
Enjoy two half days walking and an evening to yourselves at the Mud Hut and even soak in the outdoor bath during the evening.
 
Day 1:
•    Transport option: 12 noon - Your guide will collect you from your accommodation and take you to the start of the trail.
•    Self-drive option: 1pm - Meet your guide at the Historic Southland Ski Hut, Nevis Road, Garston.
•    You will be guided to the Mud Hut walking approximately 10kms.
•    A snack is provided for you during your walk.
•    Your guide will leave you for the evening
•    Guest to cook their own Dinner – Dinner Barbecue Pack included
 
Day 2:
•    Cook your own Breakfast Barbecue pack.
•    9am - Your guide will be back to meet you at the Mud Hut
•    You will be guided along the remainder of the trail back to the Historic Southland Ski Hut walking approximately 17kms.
•    Lunch is provided for you during your walk.
•    Self-drive: 1pm approximately - Your guide will leave you at your car at the Historic Southland Ski Hut.
•    Transport Option: 2pm approximately - You will be transported back to your accommodation.
 
What to bring
Comfortable walking boots / shoes, a warm and waterproof jacket and trousers or shorts, warm clothing including a hat and gloves, sunscreen, energy snacks, water bottle, camera, day pack and walking poles if required. Anything required for an overnight stay in the high country.
 
Trip Information
•      Package available:  1 October – 31 March annually
•      Minimum 2 paying adults / maximum 4 paying adults
•      Trip Duration: 2 half days / 1 night
•      Departs Queenstown Day 1: 12 noon
•      Arrive back in Queenstown/Te Anau Day 2: 2pm approx
•      Fully guided walk during the day
•      Guests alone during the evening/night
•      Sleeping bags provided
•      Baggage transported to your accommodation (if required must be pre booked)
•      Return transport from Queenstown/Te Anau (if required)
•      Lunch on Day 2
•      BBQ Pack evening meal (guests to cook themselves)
•      Light BBQ Breakfast Pack (guests to cook themselves)
•      Good level of fitness required
•      Gentle gradients
•      Not suitable for children


Contact Details:


Welcome Rock Trails
Tom & Katie O’Brien
PO Box 45, Garston
Southland 9749
New Zealand
trails@welcomerock.co.nz
www.welcomerock.co.nz

Phone: + 64 27 239 2628


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