So you've heard the impressive string of adjectives that have been used in proliferation to describe the wilderness that blankets New Zealand's Te Wāhipounamu world heritage region: picturesque, grandiose, breathtaking, etc. Although the Fiordlands National Park tends to get more attention from international visitors due to the relative accessibility of some of its activities, glacial peaks, river-strewn valleys, and uniquely majestic rock formations make Mount Aspiring National Park a destination well worth your next adventure.
One of the least developed and most isolated of New Zealand's national parks, the area is named for its most prominent peak, Mount Aspiring, which towers 3,033 meters (9,951 feet) above the ground. Hardened, experienced climbers will meet the challenge here, while there are an exceptional number of shorter walks that start just off of paved routes around the park. The two most popular tramping tracks are the Rees-Dart Track and the Routeburn Track; the former crosses incredible terrain that includes the Dart Glacier and numerous rivers that are near impassable come winter-time and the latter has been touted as one of New Zealand's most beautiful natural experiences (see the Rockburn Chasm via jet boat if you've got just a day to spend in the park).
There are a few towns that provide quick entrance to the park, the most salient of which is Glenorchy, yet another town with a gorgeous lake and mountain backdrop. It is famously known as the setting of Lord of the Rings locations like Lothlorien, Isengard, and more. Get the full complement of information from the included websites.
Note:The drive from Queenstown up Lake Wakatipu to the park is an incredible taste of what Mount Aspiring is going to offer; it may either pump you up for the upcoming hike and/or satiate your desire to see the scenery that New Zealand is known for. Either way, it's a must.