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Dennistoun Pass Hiking

Main Divide Crossing, Southern Alps, South Island, New Zealand

This is a genuine hiking expedition where we cross from one side of the South Island to the other, while traversing some of the most captivating, remote and spectacular New Zealand scenery on the way.

Our trip starts in the heart of the High Country at Mesopotamia Station. Over the next three to five days we travel over Dennistoun Pass and down into the steep West Coast valleys in the headwaters of the Perth River (Grade 4/5).

A Typical Journey Over the Dennistoun Pass Consists of:

Day 1: Travel to St Winifred Hut by a combination of four wheel driving and hiking.

Day 2: Traverse Dennistoun Pass to Bettison Stream campsite on the West Coast. The views from the top of Dennistoun Pass across the Southern Alps are magnificent.

Day 3 option: The first option provides the thrill of a heli-pickup, before being dropped off at the put-in and rafting out, finishing near Whataroa on the West Coast.

Day 3 option: Alternatively, extend the hiking journey by a day, camp at Scone Hut and then raft out the next day.


  • Fully guided: $2400
  • Fly in and self guided: please enquire

General info

  • Ability: Like many of our more rugged, New Zealand alpine adventures, this trip is weather dependent. You need to have a high standard of fitness, and be prepared to physically and mentally challenge yourself. Days are long and weather often extreme.
    For whitewater rafting sections of the trip a good standard of fitness and confidence in water is required; and a minimum age may apply.
  • Accommodation & Getting There: We can arrange all your transport and accommodation requirements.
  • Departure Dates: December to the beginning of April.

Enjoy Hiking and river rafting trips in New Zealand’s South Islandwith Hidden Valleys.