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Mount Aspiring National Park, Queenstown Overview

This place is a wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. Mt. Aspiring National Park is home to species of native birds, moths, butterflies, and other various species of wildlife.

Mount Aspiring National Park is a hiker's paradise and a must for hunters, fishermen and mountaineers. It was established in 1964 nearby Wanaka, New Zealand. New Zealand's 10th national park covers an area of 3562 sq. kms.

Mt. Aspiring national park, popular for tramping, walking and mountaineering is a part of Te WaiPounamu which is the World Heritage area of southwest New Zealand. Haast River is the park's northern boundary and Fiordland park is its southern boundary. The extensive vegetation and expansive farmlands with mountains, form an imposing backdrop to complete the picturesque view of the national park.

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Information on Hikes

Mount Aspiring National Park is a natural beauty that is also famous for its trekking routes. This national park hosts some beautiful and adventurous walks around its premises.

The Blue Pools- This includes a trek to the blue pools which is a pretty easy approach for the kids to enjoy the summers with refreshing natural swimming pool lying in between the two swing bridges amidst the native beech forest.

Rob Roy Glacier- Hiking to the beautiful Rob Roy glacier is also a wonderful option. The trek to this undoubtedly beautiful destination is approximately 4-5 hours long that includes the return trip as well. It is a trek with difficulty level hanging from easy-moderate which offers some spectacular views decorated with a 600 ft high waterfall to enchant your soul with freshness.

The National park offers many more natural trails like the ones that lead to Routeburn, Greenstone, Wilkin valley etc. Mount Aspiring  National Park is full of short walk destinations.

Accommodation

There are several options available for accommodation in and nearby Mount Aspiring National park. Camping, hut stays, lodges and cottages all are available extensively at a very reasonable price. Some of the best customer rated operations are French Ridge hut, which is located at an incredible hike of 18 km of Raspberry Creek Carpark. Other includes Liverpool hut that too is a wonderful trek with a beautiful end destination.

If one doesn't want to spend much on accommodation, then there are various options available as well Heartland Hotel Haast, Bold Peak Lodge, Kinloag lodge are the favourite that offers a delightful stay ranging from NZD 61 to NZD 76.

Places to Visit

Mount Aspiring National Park is a hut of small walk destinations. Few of them are:-
  • Aspiring hut - it is a beautiful destination which can be touched through the gorgeous trail along the river flats of the West Matukituki Valley which is surrounded by huge mountains glaciers. It is an absolute fun destination for family trips and also for the ones who are new to the Kiwi backcountry hut.
  • Mt. Brewster track- it is a steep like that paves its way through a river crossing and then also includes a walk through the lush green forests. The end destination is a gorgeous snow-capped mountain with an iconic red hut that can accommodate around 12 people.
  • Siberia valley- it is altogether an enchanting experience to witness the natural beauty of Siberia valley that can be accused of Makarora either by jet boat, helicopter or on foot. It also offers a 20 bunk Siberia Hut that acts as a basecamp for longer walks.

Wildlife

The national parks host a huge area of 355,543 hectares which makes it the 3rd largest National Park of New Zealand. The exotic wildlife of the National park features 59 bird species which has been rewarded as 45 native & 14 introduced species. The park has approximately 400 species of moths & butterflies. The National Park is an emerald treasure with an iconic gem like wildlife to explore.

How To Reach Mount Aspiring National Park


Mount Aspiring National Park is located in the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand, lying towards the North of Fiordland National Park, based in Otago and the Westland region.

Wanaka is the nearest city from the National Park.

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