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An adventurous backcountry snowshoeing trip in the Remarkables mountain range.
The Queenstown Backcountry Snowshoeing trip takes you into the Remarkables backcountry. This terrain is normally only visited by backcountry skiers and mountaineers in the winter season, but with the use of snow shoes you can easily travel across deep snow and through mountain  terrain.

From backcountry areas we visit you will have mind blowing views of the mountains of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. On a clear day it is possible to get views of Mt Aspiring, Mt Cook, and the Fiordland mountains.

The Queenstown Backcountry Snowshoeing trip is a great first backcountry experience. You will be inspired when you see the terrain the climbers and skiers visit in the winter season.

This is an exciting and rewarding half day of alpine travel. You will need a medium level of fitness and be confident at moving on uneven terrain where no trail exists. Your guide will lead the trip from the front breaking trail through the soft pristine backcountry powder snow. All of our guides are specialist professional mountain guides that normally guide high alpine peaks so you will be in safe hands. Our guides will assist you and inform you about mountaineering and skiing in the backcountry and high glaciated mountains.



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. We put our snow shoes on and then travel up and through the Remarkables ski field and then into the backcountry. As part of the journey we will visit Lake Alta and then climb up to Wye pass so we can look into the Doolans and wye Creek backcountry areas.

You can expect to be  back in Queenstown by 1:30pm.


1 to 8 people
Half day
From $285
June to October



  • Guide fees
  • Snow shoes
  • Walking poles
  • 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. No previous snowshoeing experience is required.
What to bring
  • Hiking/walking boots
  • Small water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Appropriate clothing for the day – fleece, wool, polypropylene, wet weather jacket & pants, warm hat
  • Gloves
  • 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