Category Archives: Olivine Wilderness Area

Helicopter Tourism on Park Pass Glacier

Five Passes Trip 2009/2010 This was supposed to be the venture onto the Olivine Ice Plateau, as has every trip into this area over the last five years.  Each year I find a reason for not venturing beyond the safety of the well worn tracks and avoiding the Ice Plateau.  This time I abandon any…
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Five Pass Trip (Part 1 – Routeburn to Park Pass)

The 5 Pass Trip is without doubt one of the most enjoyable wilderness adventures it is possible to have in New Zealand.  The scenery is spectacular, the navigational possibilities are numerous, tramping groups are sparse and the likelihood of a memorable experience is high.  The area passed through is challenging but generally safe, as long…
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Olivine Ice Plateau – from the Plateau to Lake Nerine

We've spent four days reaching the spectacular Olivine Ice Plateau, situated deep in the Olivine Wilderness Area.  It is a trip favoured by tramping masochists with a penchant for remote places.  The only problem is that once you've reached the Plateau there aren't any quick escapes back to the road end.  Some groups convince themselves that three days of…
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