We stay at the Aspinall Family's old Mt Aspiring Station Homestead, donated to Dunstan High School and converted into a comfortable Lodge (sleeps 40), with all necessary facilities, (about one hour past Wanaka).
While there we are completely self-sufficient, and you can participate in whatever activity you wish, our leaders attempt to organise activities that will suit all levels of fitness. You can also just relax and have an easy time.
The Centre is situated beside the famous Matukituki River, among a superb mountain area, close to the Mt Aspiring National Park. We do day tramps up the East and West Branches of the Matukituki, climb up to the Rob Roy Glacier, Aspiring Hut, Glacier Burn, Rock of Ages Bivvy and return to the comfortable Lodge each night. As on our other trips, we all help with the cooking etc, and the meals are just wonderful, because on this trip we can take in lots of fresh food. (We don’t have to carry it in, in our packs). It is a ideal place for a wonderful holiday.
It is truly a beautiful area, with quite an aura of history, and we feel privileged that we can use this place for our groups. Access to the Centre is across the Matukituki River, usually by tractor and trailer. If river levels are normal our gear is carted in for us, but if the river is high, you will have to carry it over the foot bridge for about three kilometres. We ask you to put all your gear in a full size tramping pack, in case you do have to carry it. (NO suitcases!) Bring a small day pack to carry your lunch, clothes etc on our day excursions. Our bus leaves from the Leviathan Hotel, Dunedin at 8am. We can pick people up at Dunedin Airport (8.15 am) and Wanaka (1pm). We return to Dunedin 4.30 to 5 pm if river levels are normal, (take out flight insurance). Trip dates are on Programme Page, and costs on Booking site.