Sage and Soul

Brodrick Pass and Landsborough River Adventure with Cam McLeay - Deposit

Sale price Price $500.00 Regular price

Tax included.

A note from Cam

”As part of the celebrations for my 60th year, you are invited to join a special breathtaking adventure crossing the Southern Alps. I’m planning to hike from Lake Ohau into the pristine Landsborough valley, then swap hiking boots & pack for wetsuit & raft, for an exhilarating ride downstream to the West Coast.  

The prospect of sharing this adventure to celebrate our significant milestones is extra special. Thirty years ago, some of you spent a week rafting the Zambezi to celebrate that year’s birthdays; and here’s a chance for more. Flocks of kea might replace troops of baboons, and croc or hippo visits after dark are highly unlikely.

The first part of the challenge is a rugged two-day hike over the Brodrick Pass following mountain streams, with large sections off trail. We will ascend through stunning snow-capped terrain, overlooking the glaciated valleys North of Lake Ohau, before sleeping on a high. Our descent into the Landsborough is initially characterised by big boulders, then enchanted beech forest, and sandflies (you should expect to be targeted if you have spent most of your working life a suit and office).

Our rafts/wetsuits will arrive by chopper and hiking boots/packs will depart in the same way. The Landsborough river is legendary NZ rafting; exciting but not too intimidating. The class three/four rapids are much smaller than the Zambezi, but will be challenging enough in a big snow melt. Our little 5/6 person rafts will carry all of our supplies, and bounce their way down this mountain highway.

You won’t need any hiking or rafting experience, but will need a reasonable level of fitness. There’s plenty of time for most of you to get into adventure shape. Places are limited and it’s first-in, first-rewarded in this respect. I really hope you step up to experience some real magic and an adventure that you will never forget."

Itinerary, November 2022

25th Nov:   Arrive in Queenstown (late morning) and transfer to Twizel for the night

26th Nov:  Four-wheel drive transfer up the Hopkins valley to Monument Hut. Hike through beech forest to the alpine highlands to overnight at Brodrick (up to 8-hours)

27th Nov:  Descend steeply into the spectacular Landsborough valley to overnight at Cresswick flat hut (8 - 12 hours)

28th Nov:  Bounce downstream in rafts and kayaks to Harper’s Bluff where we will camp overnight.

29th Nov:  Board our rafts for an exciting few hours of rafting to Clark’s Bluff on the Haast Pass highway. Transfer by vehicle back to Wanaka for the night.

30th Nov:  Vehicle transfer from Wanaka to Queenstown for flights home (late morning).

Your investment; $3,300 ex Queenstown ($500 deposit)


What’s included;

  • vehicle transfers ex Queenstown airport
  • all accommodation (shared)
  • four-wheel drive transport to the Brodrick pass trail head 
  • all meals while in the mountains (kiwi bush tucker)
  • world-class guides (some are a bit weathered)
  • all rafting equipment including wetsuits and pfds

 

What’s not included;

  • flights to/from Queenstown (please book fully refundable flexible ones)
  • meals whilst in Ohau/Twizel or Wanaka
  • soft beds and pillows while in the mountains
  • personal equipment (I will send out a detailed list to those who confirm)
  • items of a personal nature (including meds)

For more information contact Cam McLeay 0212229363 or cam.mcleay@pm.me