While in Wanaka, my son took us up to another of his work areas: the Mt Aspiring National Park. He knows the area well, in the summer he guides clients up to Mt Aspiring. The public road goes up the Matukituki Valley as far as a car park, but a small payment to the landowners allowed us to use the private road, all the way up to the hut. If I was younger it would have been a good walk in, perhaps 3 hours, but as it was it took about one and a half hours in his 4WD.
Near the car park, a track dives off to the north over a swing bridge and up a rather icy track to the Rob Roy glacier.
Radio New Zealand is currently running a series covering Simon Morton’s attempt to climb Mt Aspiring (Tititea). We are following it with interest as my son accompanied the team as a second guide. He works as a professional guide for the internationally respected guiding company Adventure Consultants. At the time he had a client cancel and this was a good chance to keep up his fitness (!). You can listen to the first episode here (do a search on the Radio NZ site for ‘Aspiring’ and you’ll find the remainder).