Sam Summers Mining Hut Hike


Half day


8am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 5:30pm (can be 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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Wow!!! What an outstanding day

We have fallen in love with Queenstown after this tour. Lee is so knowledgeable and passionate about the area and adding his passion for gold mining and vast historical knowledge of the area we had an unbelievable personal Queenstown experience. We drove down into Skippers canyon and were surprised with a delicious morning tea at the school house. This was followed by panning for gold at deep creek and a stone skimming competition. Both Lee and Paul were so amazing with our young children (both pre school) that this was their highlight (as well as ours) of the trip. Highly recommend Alpine Luxury Tours to anyone. AMAZING........

Incredible Service and Great People

We spent a week in Queenstown using Lee and Alpine Luxury Tours to book several outings: two hikes (one on the famous Routeburn trail) one helicopter day trip to Milford sound with lunch, and an afternoon of wine tasting. Lee was friendly, professional and accessible at every stage of the trip, particularly as weather changes called for flexibility in our itinerary with the helicopter tour and also to change a planned hike on a particularly rainy day to a driving tour of Wanaka. On the walking days we were guided by the delightful and knowledgeable Lisa who shared so much about the flora, fauna, history, culture and adventure sports in the Queenstown area. Lee personally guided us on the wine tour and his deep local relationships and great knowledge of the region and local wines made for a fun, informative, and indulgent afternoon. The heli tour to Milford Sound with Craig was a highlight - memorable views and a picnic lunch in an unbelievably scenic spot - waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, a delicious wine and sandwiches — we didn’t want to leave. Highly recommend choosing Alpine luxury tours.

Milford Sound Private Tour 10 Pax

Excellent!!! The communication with Lee on this booking for 10 of us was prompt and informative. Our driver/guide, Rob who drove us to Milford Sound is a very good driver. On top of that his knowledge of the region is amazing. Alpine Adventures even managed to book us a last minute scenic flight back to Queenstown for half of us. I highly recommend Lee and his amazing team.

CindyBeezeebee, Malaysia
Amazing heli picnic surprise

The private picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls was really the icing on the cake of a surprise holiday to Queenstown for my wife and 2 young girls (4 & 2yo). Such an amazing experience. All the staff were so friendly, helpful and professional. Our pilot Craig was outstanding, talking to us throughout the flight, pointing out areas of interest, managing everything including my 2 young children with ease. After a magical glacial flyby we landed at Earnslaw Burn where the kids had such a fun time skipping rocks in the water. Craig setup a wonderful picnic for us and unobtrusively made himself scarce whilst we enjoyed and soaked up the scenery. Words cannot describe the majestic beauty of this place and whilst all the photos you will take will be stunning even they cannot do it true justice. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Sim Turner Sydney, Australia