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Highly recommended. We booked this private walk from the UK on friends' advice. It's a walk over varied terrain, some 4wd track and then river crossings and gorge. Well set out, good waymarking, and you are rewarded with great views. The shepherds huts are equipped, and Jo carries your pack from hut to hut - so you can take proper food and wine. She looks after you really well, UHF radios to keep in touch and check the weather, and the treats are very welcome.
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My wife and I had a wonderful 4 day walk on Four Peaks High Country Track. I would consider it to be an easy walk in that you are walking on 4WD farm tracks and well marked stock tracks. You are not scrambling over tricky terrain or rock climbing. However you do need a reasonable level of fitness as you climb up over several passes during the trip. It is so nice to have your packs transported through to the next hut rather than carry them. We took advantage of this by having several bottles of wine and no freeze-dried food packed away. We had just our small day packs but make sure you take rain coats and extra layers of clothing with you as we had snow on one of the passes in early January! The weather can change dramatically in just a few minutes.
We were very well looked after by Jo and Steve. Lovely treats along the way were perfect, hand radios to call in each evening and in the mornings to make sure we were well and with weather forecasts was great for peace of mind.
The huts were the old musterers huts, still used for mustering, but extended and made more comfortable or us. New hot showers and flush toilets out the back but built to be in keeping with the huts.
We thoroughly enjoyed our walk, the scenery was stunning and the whole experience fantastic!
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AMAZING experience I had walking with my mum on the Four Peaks track. I felt very connected to nature, always felt safe, beautiful scenery and cute, cosy huts to greet us a long the route. Thank you so much to our host Jo who made everything so easy....and for all of the treats along the way ;) oh and if you are up for it I recommend taking a dip in the river right by the hut at sunset...couldn't ask for a better end to a day full of personal achievements!
Great variety of terrain, alpine plants, panoramic views, topped off with lovingly restored historic huts, even flush toilets and hot showers to wind up the day. Jo's attention to detail is impressive - from unexpected treats to safety measures such as providing walking groups with a walkie talkie radio to check in each evening. Enjoyed the set-ups for al fresco cooking and dining. Can thoroughly recommend.
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I have been tramping on numerous NZ private tracks over the past 15 years. Unfortunately this track was very disappointing and does not meet expected standards for this type of tramping experience. The markers were extremely poor and often very confusing. The instruction booklet and map were not clear so this was no help either. It did not appear that the owners had maintained or checked these in many years. The open air 'kitchens' at each hut were quote substandard with cracked crockery and even covered in bird droppings at one stop. Pillows were lumpy - not expensive to renew these surely. Overall cleanliness of the huts needed real attention. For the price we paid per person (equivalent to the cost of a good motel) we would expect a much better standard of facilities and track maintenance. At the last hut the toilet was about 20 metres away up a very narrow, uneven track, far too dangerous to negotiate in the dark or after rain. No handrails even. We appreciated the little treats each day....but for the price and in comparison to other tracks this one is in dire need of a major upgrade in all respects.
Four Peaks High Country Track responds:
Hi 'Jack' thank you for your feedback. We had about 2 weeks this year where the Welcome swallows were flying in and out of the kitchen facility of one of the Huts, & causing nuisance, but we have since erected a tarpaulin cover to prevent it happening next season. Sorry you found some chipped crockery, we do check it at the beginning of each season and replace where necessary. The odd chipped mug is no less than what the early-days shepherds would have drunk their whiskey & hot milk out of!
The point of interest of our walking track is experiencing authentic musterer's huts that were used in those early pioneering farming days, so they are genuinely rustic, but very comfortable. The original toilets were long-drops which were smelly and much further away, so the flush ones we have replaced them with, must be better? Our website does clearly outline the type of experience we offer. We're sorry that you didn't enjoy our Track, but there are lots of other walking experiences available in this beautiful country of ours, that have the degree of luxury, lodge-style accommodation, that you were expecting.
Our price has to cover the cost of vehicle upkeep for the tracks we have to negotiate to shift the packs. It's not like most walking tracks that have tarseal or maintained gravel roads for access. This is the high country, it's isolated and big, and beautiful, but obviously it doesn't suit everyone! We are always endeavouring to improve the experience we offer so we do value everyones feedback - thank you.
This walk was great we saw chamois, deer and sign of wild pig and had 2 falcon perched on rocks close by pretty amazing. We did the wee detour up Devils Peak what an amazing view. Just loved it, after a decent walk you get hot showers wow! not to mention flush toilets. Jo & Steve have set up an amazing experience absolutely worth doing.
I am from Canada but we spend about four months a year in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. We are always up for a new tramping adventure and so when we were invited along on this tramp we said yes. What a really neat experience! Yes, you do need a certain level of fitness but the views, the accommodation, the extra little treats put out by Jo, the hot showers at the end of the day, were worth every bit of exertion we put forth. Sometimes we felt like true musters with the sheep going on up the hills ahead of us! Being of farming background it was very interesting to see how things are done in New Zealand and also the running of such a large station. I would highly recommend this walk to anyone!
Such a wonderful walk - we were so well looked after and just the isolation is what we loved.