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An adventurous climb to the summit of Remarkables Tower with incredible exposure & views from the summit.

The Remarkable’s Tower Climb takes you to the summit of the Remarkables Tower. From the summit you will have mind blowing views as you look 2000m down the west face of the Remarkables. On a clear day it is possible to get views of Mt Aspiring, Mt Cook, and the Fiordland mountains.

The Remarkable’s Tower Climb is a great first mountaineering experience. This trip is easier than a full day of mountaineering and climbing but harder and more adventurous than hiking or trekking on a trail. Your guide will use a rope to protect you on the very upper part of the scramble to the summit.

This is an exciting and rewarding day of mixed hiking terrain moving across rocks and scree with some exposed climbing  terrain near the summit. You will need a good level of fitness and be confident at moving on uneven terrain where no trail exists.

In the summer season this is a scramble up a ridge-line across rock and scree. In the winter season the Remarkables are covered in snow and ice axe, crampons, and snow shoes can be required for the climb. In the winter this is a great trip to learn some mountaineering skills.

The Remarkables area is well known for it’s mirror flat glacial tarns, golden tussock hills, schist outcrops and bluffs, streams and waterfalls, unique flora and fauna, and spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu. Single and Double Cone the highest mountains in the Remarkables range dominate the landscape towering above the glacial valley.

The birds found in the alpine environment of the Remarkable’s and the Doolan’s include New Zealand falcon and the Kea, the worlds only alpine parrot, which can be seen year round. The prominent vegetation is snow tussock but the area also includes a wide variety of other special plant species including small alpine flowers that cover the Remarkables area in the spring and summer seasons.



Remarkables Mountain Range.


Your guide will pick you up at 8.30am from your accomodaton in Queenstown.


Approximately 5 hours.


If we cannot operate the trip because of bad weather we will operate the trip on the next good weather day.


From Queenstown it is a 45 minute drive to the top of the Remarkables ski area road. From here the adventure starts as we head by foot into the Remarkables backcountry. 

Cairns mark the path of our journey through the alpine wetlands as we climb up to a glacial cirque and Lake Alta. From Lake Alta we climb to a ridgeline leading to the summit of the Remarkables Tower.

You can expect to be on the summit just before lunchtime and back in Queenstown by 3:00pm.


1 to 4 people
5 - 6 hours
From $300
All year



  • Guide fees
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment


  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Food and snacks 


Experience required

The minimum requirement is that you have an intermediate level of fitness and you are comfortable walking uphill on uneven terrain.

What to bring
  • Hiking/walking boots
  • Small water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Appropriate clothing for the day – fleece, wool, polypropylene, wet weather jacket & pants
  • Small hiking pack
  • Snacks & food for the day
  • 1 litre of water
Clothing & equipment

Hiking in the New Zealand mountains requires that you have high quality equipment and clothing due to the extremes of weather we experience. Please ensure you look carefully at our equipment checklist. At the start of the trip your guide will go through your equipment and make sure that you have everything that you need for the trip. 

It is important that you keep as close as possible to the equipment checklist. The focus is on ensuring that you have the equipment you need, but also on keeping your pack as light as possible.

Guide to participant ratios

Our Remarkables Mountain Hike trips are privately guided. The maximum guide to participant ratio for your private group can be up to 6 participants per guide.

Scrambling on the Remarkables
Hiking in the Remarkables backcountry Queenstown
View of Lake Alta Remarkables
Single and Double Cone Remarkables Queenstown