An adventurous overnight hike in the Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie High Country


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<b>Private land:</b> Access to the Cass Valley and Falcon's Nest Hut is by permission from Glenmore Station: Falcon's Nest Hut hut is privately owned and was built by Glenmore Station.

From Tin Hut at 950m elevation, climb 100m up steep tussock slopes to gain a moraine terrace, then follow the rocky river bed of Tin Hut Stream until it broadens into more gentle river flats and alpine meadows by Falcon's Nest at 1460m. Falcon’s Nest Hut is a popular destination in the winter for ski-touring and split-boarding.

It is equally rewarding in the summer and a great option for an overnight hike in the Lake Tekapo region or as part of a multi-day hut-to-hut trek. Relax with a hot (or cold!) beverage beside the wood stove as your guide prepares a tasty dinner.

Listen to your guide tell a local Mackenzie legend as you watch the stars come out.

The Mackenzie region is renown for its star-gazing and is part of the International Dark Sky Reserve.

With no other light sources for many miles, these will be some of the clearest skies you’ll ever experience! 4-5 hours hiking in tussocky alpine terrain, boulder-hopping along an alpine stream. 4WD access to Tin Hut can be cut-off by high river levels, snow or flooding. <b>Guided hike:</b> enjoy the full experience (including a 4WD adventure) with the knowledge and skills of our IFMGA / NZMGA qualified alpine trekking guides on our Lake Tekapo Hut to Hut Trek