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Drop off Young Mouth

Drop off from our office in Makarora to the Young Mouth via Jetboat.

Start the Gillespie Pass track with dry feet! One-way drop off from Makarora (Wilkin River Jets Office) to Young Mouth – 1 person plus 1 pack. Min of 3 to make a trip.

Please check in 30 min before departure. Tickets are non-refundable (unless canceled by Wilkin River Jets due to weather/river conditions). Bookings Essential.

If you have under the min number we will work you in with a trip already going. Tickets are non-refundable.

One bag is included in the fare price – if you would like to carry an extra bag this will cost $25, or $50 for a pack raft. 



The Gillespie Circuit

To hike the Gillespie Circuit, we recommend you structure your trip as follows:

Useful Information

The Makarora DOC office is unmanned; you will need to research all your information on the weather, huts, and track online or at the Wanaka DOC office.

There are no services for supplies, equipment, or information on weather/maps in Makarora. For more information on the Gillespie Circuit please visit the DOC website.

There is an overnight carpark available opposite our Wilkin River Jets office in Makarora. Please bring $5 cash per vehicle with you and place it in the donation box in our office. All funds raised will be donated to the local community.

For Siberia Hut you will need to book online from December over the summer months. Young Hut cannot be booked in advance and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wilkin River Jets and Backcountry Helicopters are happy to help with local information, but we are not a DOC office. We can’t help with where to cross the rivers, how many people are in the huts, and track conditions. This is up to you and your trip planning to organise and the DOC office in Wanaka is the best resource. We will, however, help in any way we can for your transport needs.

Weather report links

Please be safe.

It is best to be prepared for your trip into the National Park, so please make sure you read through our frequently asked questions.

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