One of the finest half day guided trekking excursions on the South Island is only 20 minutes driving from the little alpine town of Wanaka. Cruise along the lake up into the Matukituki valley until you reach the car park of Rocky Mountain and Diamond Lake conservation area. While on this walk, get to know some native fauna and flora, learn about edible plants and berries and which ones to avoid!
stunning views over lake Wanaka/Matukituki river
walking up through native bush
looking back towards Wanaka
Part of the Southern Alps, Mt Aspiring far right
enjoying a moment on the summit, 775 m
learn about NZ fauna & flora, here edible coprosma berries
This morning Iris headed off with one other friend to do some personal trekking in the Greenstone/Caples/Steeple creek area. The weather is perfect for 3 days, which is how long they expect to be out there.
Guided trekking , hiking or walks with Iris is the perfect way to enjoy time whilist staying in the Wanaka area. When Iris gets back from this personal trek, she’ll catch her breath as she has a person arriving for some guided trekking over a couple of days.
You can look forward to some photos of flora, fauna and classic Southern Alps landscapes in a few days.
Come and enjoy the wealth of local knowledge trekking guide Iris knows
Manuka, one of the fine smelling native plants of NZ
The purple Bladderwort is found along the lake edge in Wanaka
Native plant of NZ, Matagouri or Wild Irishman
Come on a guided trekking trip, hiking or guided walk with us and you can see right now :
Panakenake and orchid flowers are appearing, ground covering daisies and the amazing vegetable sheep; dark, like wine colored pittosporum flowers have come and gone, also the fragrant Matagari or Wild Irishmen with the amazing thorns shows flowering buds.
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Rhododendron flowering amongst beautiful lime stone formations
Guy and Iris climbing lime stone slabs near Diablerets
Trolls and buttercups, left Trollieus europaeus, right a Ranunculus buttercup
While Gary is on ice and snow higher up, Iris is roaming the local hills, rock climbing, mountain biking, sticking her nose into flowers and having a good time on via ferratas:
Via Ferrata at Plan Praz, Leysin
Zoe and Guy, training session between the rain
Guy and Zoe, finishing off the via ferrata in Leysin