Gibbston Valley Half-Day Canyoning Adventure from Queenstown
- Duration: 4 hours
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Sarah our guide was great. We only normally walk on a flat terrain so this was more difficult for us but Sarah did walk to our speed. We walked the Mount Crichton loop, Sarah was informative pointing out tree types, the different birds and telling us about the local area history. Once we reached the top the view of the lake and surrounding hills was just beautiful. Sarah provided us with a lunch of a coronation chicken roll, cookies, chocolate and fresh fruit along with a couple of cups of coffee. Once reenergised we made our way back to the van and we were dropped off in Queenstown. We had a great time, Sarah was a good conversationalist with a good sense of humour.
The whole travel was stress free with amazing views all throughout the journey. The blue colour of lake pukaki is incredible, however the mount cook and other mountain ranges around made it perfect, as well as the short walk to hooker track that offers heaps of spots where you can relax and appreciate the glacier with the sound falling ice from afar. I bet everyone who visited wants to go back, including myself. Plus the tour guide is cheeky and friendly who knows what to say and also considerative to grant request like when we stop at the side of the road just down the mount cook village for photos.
Definitely a must-do for people who enjoy walking/hiking in nature. On a sunny day, in particular, the views you get are just breathtaking. The bus is quite small and some of the roads can be quite windy, however, so people who are tall, have back pains etc., might find the ride uncomfortable. Also, there are 3 swing bridges at Mt. Cook--they are safe of course, but my friend who is a bit afraid of heights had some trouble crossing them. Our guide Callum was organised, helpful and full of energy. Overall, a great trip.
Our original flight was cancelled due to weather so we didn't have time for the hiking portion of our trip. The difference was refunded. We were moved to a later scenic flight was very enjoyable and offered wonderful views of the mountains. The pilot, Peter, was informative and had a lot of experience flying the route. The cruise offered great views in the sound and they did a good job of commentating on what were seeing. Overall, it was an excellent experience.
Our day trip to Aoraki was easily the best day of our entire stay in Queenstown. Our guide Kreig’s commentary was informative and interesting and because we were a small group, it seemed more intimate. There were lots of stops on the way there and back for photo ops, the landscape of course was stunning so it was great that we were given multiple opportunities to stop and take it all in.