Fitzgerald Copland Crossing

Copland Pass & Fitzgerald Pass Crossing


Join our guided trip on one of the finest crossing of the Southern Alps from East to West. From the Hooker Valley and Mount Cook to the rainforest of the West Coast. Stand on the Main Divide, the West Coast in reach and walk along the wild Copland river.


Copland Pass

The Copland Pass Crossing (2150 metres/7050 feet) is an alpine trek from Mt Cook Village to the west coast of New Zealand’s south Island. This is a famous trek in New Zealand and was the traditional tramping route from Mount Cook to the west coast. This crossing route is a bit more challenging than the Fitzgerald pass.


Fitzgerald Pass or Copland Pass Guided Trip Itinerary:

Day one Meet at 8am at Lake Tekapo for introductions, trip briefing, and gear check. From there we Travel to Mount Cook Village. Walk up the Hooker Valley to our bivy site at around 1700m. (6-8 hours from Lake Tekapo)

Day two Crossing the Main Divide and descending to Douglas Rock Hut. This is where we part company and you continue to Welcome Flats on day three.

Day three The Guide returns to the bivy site and camp overnight with any gear you might have borrowed. You are on your way to Welcome Flats Hut (4 hours) and enjoy a soak in the natural hot springs.

Day four The guide returns to Lake Tekapo and you follow the Copland Valley and reach the West Coast after 7 hours.

Fitness prerequisites: A descent level of physical fitness and stamina is required.  Crampon skills from a previous beginner mountaineering course or mountaineering trips are essential

Previous experience: Crampon skills from a previous beginner mountaineering course or mountaineering trips are essential.

Maximum number of participants: Up to two participants per guide.

Bad weather itinerary: In the event of bad weather (or any other unforeseen events) that requires a change of course location, additional costs   (eg. transport) may be incurred. Any alteration to the schedule and/or costs will be  discussed with participants before being finalised.

Program Details: Our Guided Ascents are run on demand from October to April, please refer to the course pages for pricing. Or contact us if you would like more information or to book a course.

Course prices: prices in NZD

  • $1700 for 2pp
  • $3400 for 1pp

Included In Fee

  • All Guides fees & expenses
  • Hut fees (bed)
  • Hire of technical gear (harness, crampons, helmet  and ice axe)
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks
  • Transport from Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook Village

Not Included In Fee:

  • Accommodation/flights before & after course
  • Personal clothing/equipment (we can give you a list of recommended items to bring)
  • Mountaineering boots (bring your own or we will assist you to buy a pair wholesale through our company at the start of the course)

Accommodation: During the course we will be staying at the Douglas Rock Hut and Welcome Flats hut. Your fee covers overnight stay in bunk style dormitory. Please contact us for further information or to make a booking.