Sam Summers Mining Hut Hike


Half day


8am to 12:30pm, 1pm to 5:30pm or on request


Hotel transfers and private guide


Morning or afternoon tea


September to May (depending on snow levels and weather)


2 to 4 hour hike



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Walk in the footsteps of gold mining pioneers and adventure through iconic high country

Begin your journey with a beautiful scenic drive along Glenorchy Road. Renowned as “one of the most beautiful drives in the world”, the road hugs the turquoise shores of Lake Wakatipu as it winds through valleys and around mountain peaks.

Start your hike from the trailhead with a gentle climb through pristine native beech and Manuka forest. Keep an eye out for historic gold mining relics as your local guide explains the rich history and folklore of the trail.

Keep an eye out for spectacular waterfalls and an ‘ear out’ for the thunderous roar of raging water in the canyon below, as we listen for the distinctive songs of our native birds – tui, kererū (wood pigeon) and bellbirds.

Discover hidden water races and old tailings, and take a peek into a 24 metre-long, 10 metre-high tail race tunnel that was hand-built during the gold mining era.

Explore Sam Summers hut, an original gold miner's home built from local schist rock and tin. Let your imagination wander as you picture the hard life of Sam Summers, a prospector who lived here for over a decade.

Up on the ridge line we enjoy picturesque views across Lake Wakatipu and Lake Dispute before crossing over 12 Mile Creek on our return to Queenstown.

Our local guides love being able to tailor each tour to suit your interests, tastes and abilities. Contact us to learn more about this experience, an authentic mix of nature and New Zealand history.

Sam Summers hut
Sam Summers hut
Sam Summers
Sam Summers

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