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Remarkables without a car?

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Remarkables without a car?

Is it possible to go to Remarkables without a car? We will be there in Queenstown for 3 days in the first week of Jan and plan to spend one day sightseeing at Queenstown and one day to Milford Sound and wanted to go to Remarkables the third day to enjoy the beauty, though we wont be doing any skiing there. Any other suggestions to visit close by without a car, which has a lot of natural beauty?

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1. Re: Remarkables without a car?

January is our summer, so the ski fields are closed. Without a car you won't get up the Remarks, unless you do a LOTR sightseeing tour with someone like Nomad Safari's.

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2. Re: Remarkables without a car?

You can join a tour to hike to Alta Lake at the top of the Remarkables. alpineadventures.co.nz/lake-alta-remarkables/

Jan is summer so no skiing :)

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3. Re: Remarkables without a car?

As above, and you're correct, you won't be skiing as the ski season runs mid June to mid Oct.

You'll need to self drive, tour as suggested - or you could do a heli flight. The heli pilots do a mountain landing at any one of 100 or so possible spots - though you can request the landing to be up the Remarks (weather permitting!).

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4. Re: Remarkables without a car?

WLnz, how hard is the hike that you suggested. It sounds very interesting. We are moderately fit and not in any great shape. Will we be able to hike? Is the hike ok for people with vertigo and height issues?

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5. Re: Remarkables without a car?

Philange, I will definitely look into Nomad Safari's tours. Thanks!

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6. Re: Remarkables without a car?

Thanks pineapplesensei for your inputs.

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7. Re: Remarkables without a car?

I don't believe the hike is overly difficult - best ask the tour guides, they will give a very honest answer. It is rated 'moderate' on their site alpineadventures.co.nz/lake-alta-remarkables/

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I have walked up to the lake one Easter - it was long before the Remarkables became a ski resort and there was no road. We walked up from Queenstown - it took us 1.5 days up (we carried tents) and as it was early autumn we expected to swim in the lake at the top. However the lake was covered in about 1 metre (3 feet) of frozen snow!

View from the top was stunning - but as it was covered on snow we didn't have to scramble over rocks or anything. Photos on the tour website make it look different from how I remember it from the mid 1970's.

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motorcamps.com/content/remarkables-road

The track to Lake Alta is described in the above as a 200m ascent and a 30-minute walk from the ski lodge. From experience of other walks by this author, he usually underestimates and 30-minutes would take us closer to 40 or 45.

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9. Re: Remarkables without a car?

Thanks WLnz and deSchenke, a 45 minute hike should be fine, will try to find youtube videos of the hike to give us an idea about how the hike would be. I think we will definitely do either the hike or the Nomad Safari tour and leaning more towards the hike. Great inputs, thanks!

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