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New Zealand: Wild West Coast

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  • Experience the singular beauty of the West Coast on a one-of-a-kind journey designed by our seasoned local guide
  • Come face-to-face with shimmering walls of ice on a half-day hike at Fox Glacier and a day hike in Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Take an exhilarating rafting trip through Buller Gorge, paddle unspoiled Okarito Lagoon, and go sea kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Hike for two days on the iconic Queen Charlotte Track, with a stay at legendary Furneaux Lodge
  • Explore the remote and beautiful Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area by jetboat, wilderness hike, and scenic helicopter flight!

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With its many glorious rivers, fjords, mountains, lakes, and glaciers, the South Island’s rugged West Coast is an active traveler’s dream. Our itinerary is specifically designed to let you experience the myriad of adventures this region has to offer, but at a pace that lets you fully enjoy your surroundings. Your one-of-a-kind journey begins in Blenheim, on the South Island, where you’ll enjoy a day in the Marlborough wine country. You’ll take a hike at Fox Glacier, explore the remote Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area by jetboat and scenic helicopter flight, hike the famous Queen Charlotte Track, go white-water rafting in Buller Gorge, picnic below  dramatic Rob Roy Glacier, and kayak on unspoiled Okarito Lagoon. But you’ll also have the chance to unwind at exclusive lodges and out-of-the-way hamlets, taste world-class sauvignon blanc and pinot noir wines, and encounter rare Fiordland crested penguins. Experience the singular beauty and true essence of the West Coast, as only our expert, local guide can show it to you.
 

Day 1: Welcome to Wine Country, Blenheim

Our New Zealand adventure begins in Blenheim, in the heart of Malborough's renowned wine country. A Mountain Travel Sobek representative will meet you outside the arrival area of the airport in the morning and transfer you directly to our first winery. The region, famous for its excellent sauvignon blancs, currently has 23,600 hectares of land planted with grapes, primarily located within the Wairau Valley and smaller, slightly cooler Awatere Valley.

Today we will get to see behind the scenes with a tour through wineries and a selection of special tastings along the way. After a morning of stunning wines it's time to sit down and relax with lunch at one of the winery restaurants. Enjoy fresh local produce and local wines in a delightful setting.

We will then return to the hotel before heading out for a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Day 2: The Start of the Queen Charlotte Track

After arriving in Picton and taking a stroll around town, we'll board our boat and set sail across Queen Charlotte Sound towards Ships Cove. From here we'll begin our hike on the Queen Charlotte Track, which takes us through lush coastal forest preserve of tree ferns, nikau palms, and other plants until we reach tonight's accommodation, Furneaux Lodge. The lodge looks out over the calm, clear water of the bay, and is embraced by 800 hectares of virgin native forest, unchanged since Captain Cook's first visit to the inlet in 1769. Part of the beauty of this historic destination is the isolation—no roads lead to Furneaux Lodge.     

Driving time: 30 mins (18 miles); Hiking time: 4-5 hours (9 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Furneaux Lodge

Day 3: Queen Charlotte Track

After a good breakfast, we'll walk to Punga Cove to take in some great views of the Marlborough Sound before taking a boat ride around Queen Charlotte Sound and back to Picton. The Punga Loop section of the track generally follows the coastline around Endeavour Inlet, much of which consists of regenerating native bush, with a predominance of manuka, kanuka and five finger.

Once back in Picton, we'll board our vehicle and begin our journey to Nelson. Situated at the top north-west of the South Island, it is the sunniest region in New Zealand. Nelson's diverse geography captures everything from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. Spend the late afternoon exploring Nelson before a delicious dinner.

Driving time: 2 hours; Hiking  time: 3-4 hours (7 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Mercure Monaco Resort

Day 4: Abel Tasman National Park

Today we have an early morning start as we drive to the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park for a day of sea kayaking. Once there we board a water taxi and head towards the northern beach of Onetahuti.

From there we paddle to Tonga Island and its flourishing seal colony. Enjoy the beauty of these sleek black mammals in their natural environment. Tides permitting, we can explore the spectacular Tonga Arches, enchanting Shag Harbour, or head south to Bark Bay followed by a lazy drift on Falls River. We'll find a dreamlike golden sand beach—the perfect spot for our picnic lunch. As the sea breeze builds, we'll sail back to the anchorage to be met by the water taxi, which will take us back to Marahau before we return to Nelson for the evening.

Driving time: 2.5 hours (80miles); Paddling time: 4-5 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Mercure Monaco Resort

Day 5: Rafting on the Buller River

Leaving Nelson we head west along the Wairau Valley to the town of Murchison. After donning our wetsuits we drive to the put in for our class III-IV raft trip through the Buller Gorge. We experience exhilarating Class III-IV whitewater rafting as the Buller River surges through the confines of granite gorges with lush beech forest above. The relaxing pools provide time to take in the rugged West Coast scenery through which we travel.

Back in our vehicle, we follow the river towards the West Coast. If we have time we'll explore the rugged coastline of Cape Foulwind. The coastline stretches for 500 miles, but you’ll never have to worry about crowds—only 40,000 people live in the entire region!

If time allows, we'll take a 1.5 hour coastal walk from Cape Foulwind south to Tauranga Bay, passing along the edge of an escarpment, undulating grazing pasture, a sandy beach, and granite bluffs. The walk offers panoramic views of the cape and the rugged coastline, and a side track leads to the Cape Foulwind lighthouse.

Driving time: 3 hours (142 miles); Hiking time 1.5  hours (2 miles); Rafting time: 2 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Punakaiki Resort

Day 6: Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks & Blowholes

Continuing south, we follow the coastline with impressive coastal views of the Tasman Sea on the ocean side, and spectacular mountain views of the Southern Alps inland. Stopping at Punakaiki, we take a stroll around the limestone formations known as the Pancake Rocks before continuing on to the town of Hokitika. Turning East, we head inland to the foothills of the Southern Alps and take a stroll through the spectacular Hokitika River gorge.

Returning to Hokitika, to check into our accommodations, we have the option of exploring artisan stores around the town, many of which include carvings of jade (known locally as greenstone) sourced locally from the remote, steep rivers that drain the Southern Alps. You’re also free to take a relaxing stroll along the wild beach adjacent to the accommodation.

Driving time: 2.5 hours (90 miles); Hiking time: 3-4 hours (4 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Westhaven Motel

Day 7: Explore Okarito Lagoon by Kayak and Foot

Back on the coast road we continue south to the seaside hamlet of Okarito. Kayaks offer a wonderful way to explore the Okarito Lagoon, allowing us to enjoy the flora, fauna and scenic grandeur of New Zealand's largest unmodified coastal wetland, covering more than 3240 hectares of shallow open water. The lagoon is well known for its outstanding avifauna (over 70 species of birds have been recorded here), and is a common feeding ground for kotuku (white heron) and royal spoonbill, both of which breed in the nearby Waitangiroto Nature Reserve.

Back on dry land, we put on our hiking shoes for the afternoon and take a beautiful walk through lush rainforest on a trail above the ocean. This hike gives you a true appreciation of the incredible diversity of the area. To the west you have views of the wild coastline, while turning east the glaciated Southern Alps tower dramatically above the rainforest. On a clear day you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Mount Cook (known as Aoraki in Maori), New Zealand’s highest peak, with Mount Tasman on its flank.

Driving time: 2.5 hours (85 miles); Paddling time: 2-3 hours; Hiking time: 3 hours (6 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Westhaven Motel

Day 8: Hike on Fox Glacier

After breakfast we take a 3-hour glacier hike on famous Fox Glacier. At 8 miles, Fox Glacier is the longest of the awe-inspiring glaciers of New Zealand's West Coast. Our guide leads us on a walk beside the river bed to the glacier terminus, from which you will walk uphill for around 30 minutes to reach the edge of the ice. At this point you are outfitted with instep crampons specially designed for these ice conditions, and you follow the ice steps cut by the guides. The route takes you onto the ice amongst crevasses and ice ridges and leads you onto the middle of the glacier for spectacular views of the icefall and lower glacier.

We then drive south, stopping for a walk around Lake Matheson. At Lake Matheson, nature has combined exactly the right ingredients to create truly stunning reflections of New Zealand's highest peaks, Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Mount Tasman.

Driving time: 25 minutes (15 miles); Glacier Hiking: 3 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Day 9: Wilderness adventure in New Zealand World Heritage Area and Mount Aspiring National Park

Leaving glacier country, we bid the West Coast farewell and head inland following the Haast River before climbing up to Haast Pass. After crossing the divide we arrive at Makarora, where we’ll stop for our next adventure. Boarding a helicopter, we enjoy a spectacular flight that take us deep into Mount Aspiring National Park, and into the heart of the 2.7 million hectare South West New Zealand World Heritage Area (translated into Maori as Te Wahipounamu: the place of greenstone jade).

Once the helicopter disappears from the skies above we have ample time to enjoy this incredibly remote and beautiful area. We hike alongside the Wilkin River through lush rainforest before meeting our jet boat for an exhilarating ride back to Makarora.

Back in the vehicle we soon enter the Southern Lakes District, an area where deep blue bodies of water are surrounded by large snow capped mountains. Following the shores of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea, we arrive at the idyllic town of Wanaka, nestled on the shores of the Lake Wanaka.

Driving time: 4 hours (163 miles); Hiking time: 3-4 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Oakridge Resort

Day 10: Hike to the spectacular Rob Roy Glacier

The drive up the Matukituki Valley to Mount Aspiring National Park is awe-inspiring. We’ll hike up Mount Aspiring National Park’s Matukituki Valley to the Rob Roy Glacier. On this spectacular trek—one of the best day hikes on the South Island—you’ll discover why Kiwi filmmaker Peter Jackson chose this region as the setting for The Lord of the Rings. Hiking up a narrow glacial valley, we’ll take in views of tumbling rivers, towering snowfields, and lofty mountain peaks. We’ll travel through forest to a dramatic alpine cirque with fabulous views of the Rob Roy Glacier towering overhead. After lunch, we’ll return to the trailhead for a drive back into Wanaka.

Driving time: 1 hour (62 miles); Hiking time: 4-6 hours (12 miles) with 1,312' elevation gain/loss

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accomodation:Oakridge Resort

Day 11: Depart Queenstown

We journey to Queenstown where we’ll have a relaxed breakfast, and one last opportunity to look around the town before heading out to the airport. From Queenstown you'll fly back to Auckland and connect with your homeward-bound flights. Or choose to stay on a bit to enjoy one of these great options:

Option 1: Queenstown is a lovely place to spend some time. It’s an incredibly scenic town located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with spectacular mountain views. In addition to the scenery, it is renowned as the adventure capital of the world due to the many adventurous activities on offer. We highly recommend spending a few extra days here after the trip and are happy to help you organize accommodation and activities that appeal to you.

Option 2: Continue your New Zealand adventure with the our Southern Beauty trip, a 7-day exploration of the Queenstown area with a 3-day wilderness hike into the Hollyford Valley. If you choose this option you will have a full day on Day 11 of this trip to participate in your choice of activities in Queenstown before starting your next adventure.

  • Breakfast

Dec 02 - 12, 2015

Jan 06 - 16, 2016

Feb 03 - 13, 2016

Mar 02 - 12, 2016

pricing

2015/2016 Prices

$6,295 (10-16 members)
$6,895 (4-9 members)

$1,200 single supplement

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Furneaux Lodge — Queen Charlotte Sound

Nestled at the foot of Mount Furneaux, in the outer reaches of the Queen Charlotte Sound, Furneaux Lodge has the most picturesque scenery in the Marlborough Sounds region. Built in the early 1900s, the lodge is surrounded by virgin forest and its Hikers Cabins are secluded private bunk rooms hidden among the trees. The Hikers Cabins have shared bathrooms.

Marlborough Vintners Hotel — Blenheim

Surrounded by vineyards in the heart of sauvignon blanc country, Marlborough Vintners Hotel in Blenheim is your cuisine and wine destination when traveling to Marlborough. This boutique vineyard accommodation and restaurant is set in six tranquil acres, and each suite is complete with top amenities, including king-size beds, toweling robes, a spacious bathroom with handmade natural amenities from a local supplier, DVD player, TV, a great range of complimentary DVDs for loan, private patio, and a small kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities. High-speed wireless broadband access is also available.

Mercure Monaco Resort — Nelson

The Mercure Monaco Resort offers a superior standard of accommodation, and views of colorful cottage gardens, Nelson's mountain range and the Waimea Inlet. Its 20 elegantly furnished boutique rooms include queen-size beds, en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee facilities, Sky TV, telephone, writing desk and high-speed internet. Each room varies in style and size. The spacious lounge lobby is just the place to relax at the end of the day with a fine wine or local lager.

Oakridge Resort — Wanaka

Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka is a 4-star hotel set in a stunning mountain landscape offering majestic views overlooking the Southern Alps. The resort features heated rock pools, seven hot tubs, a gymnasium, sauna, day spa, and restaurant to provide guests with a unique and relaxing experience.

Punakaiki Resort — Punakaiki

Situated on New Zealand's wild west coast, 30 minutes north of Greymouth and 300m south of the famous Pancakes Rocks and Blowholes, the Punakaiki Resort is surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and is only a stone's throw from the beach. Its spacious, modern studio units all have en-suite bathrooms and either an ocean or garden view.

Westhaven Motel — Fox Glacier

The Westhaven is a new and modern property, centrally located in the Fox Glacier township. Epitomizing luxurious, stylish, contemporary accommodation, it provides a high level of service and its comfortable rooms are fitted out to a very high standard. It's flowing with touches are ideal for the discerning traveler.

  • Experience the singular beauty of the West Coast on a one-of-a-kind journey designed by our seasoned local guide
  • Come face-to-face with shimmering walls of ice on a half-day hike at Fox Glacier and a day hike in Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Take an exhilarating rafting trip through Buller Gorge, paddle unspoiled Okarito Lagoon, and go sea kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Hike for two days on the iconic Queen Charlotte Track, with a stay at legendary Furneaux Lodge
  • Explore the remote and beautiful Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area by jetboat, wilderness hike, and scenic helicopter flight!

new zealand gallery

With its many glorious rivers, fjords, mountains, lakes, and glaciers, the South Island’s rugged West Coast is an active traveler’s dream. Our itinerary is specifically designed to let you experience the myriad of adventures this region has to offer, but at a pace that lets you fully enjoy your surroundings. Your one-of-a-kind journey begins in Blenheim, on the South Island, where you’ll enjoy a day in the Marlborough wine country. You’ll take a hike at Fox Glacier, explore the remote Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area by jetboat and scenic helicopter flight, hike the famous Queen Charlotte Track, go white-water rafting in Buller Gorge, picnic below  dramatic Rob Roy Glacier, and kayak on unspoiled Okarito Lagoon. But you’ll also have the chance to unwind at exclusive lodges and out-of-the-way hamlets, taste world-class sauvignon blanc and pinot noir wines, and encounter rare Fiordland crested penguins. Experience the singular beauty and true essence of the West Coast, as only our expert, local guide can show it to you.
 

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Wine Country, Blenheim

Our New Zealand adventure begins in Blenheim, in the heart of Malborough's renowned wine country. A Mountain Travel Sobek representative will meet you outside the arrival area of the airport in the morning and transfer you directly to our first winery. The region, famous for its excellent sauvignon blancs, currently has 23,600 hectares of land planted with grapes, primarily located within the Wairau Valley and smaller, slightly cooler Awatere Valley.

Today we will get to see behind the scenes with a tour through wineries and a selection of special tastings along the way. After a morning of stunning wines it's time to sit down and relax with lunch at one of the winery restaurants. Enjoy fresh local produce and local wines in a delightful setting.

We will then return to the hotel before heading out for a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Day 2: The Start of the Queen Charlotte Track

After arriving in Picton and taking a stroll around town, we'll board our boat and set sail across Queen Charlotte Sound towards Ships Cove. From here we'll begin our hike on the Queen Charlotte Track, which takes us through lush coastal forest preserve of tree ferns, nikau palms, and other plants until we reach tonight's accommodation, Furneaux Lodge. The lodge looks out over the calm, clear water of the bay, and is embraced by 800 hectares of virgin native forest, unchanged since Captain Cook's first visit to the inlet in 1769. Part of the beauty of this historic destination is the isolation—no roads lead to Furneaux Lodge.     

Driving time: 30 mins (18 miles); Hiking time: 4-5 hours (9 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Furneaux Lodge

Day 3: Queen Charlotte Track

After a good breakfast, we'll walk to Punga Cove to take in some great views of the Marlborough Sound before taking a boat ride around Queen Charlotte Sound and back to Picton. The Punga Loop section of the track generally follows the coastline around Endeavour Inlet, much of which consists of regenerating native bush, with a predominance of manuka, kanuka and five finger.

Once back in Picton, we'll board our vehicle and begin our journey to Nelson. Situated at the top north-west of the South Island, it is the sunniest region in New Zealand. Nelson's diverse geography captures everything from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. Spend the late afternoon exploring Nelson before a delicious dinner.

Driving time: 2 hours; Hiking  time: 3-4 hours (7 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Mercure Monaco Resort

Day 4: Abel Tasman National Park

Today we have an early morning start as we drive to the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park for a day of sea kayaking. Once there we board a water taxi and head towards the northern beach of Onetahuti.

From there we paddle to Tonga Island and its flourishing seal colony. Enjoy the beauty of these sleek black mammals in their natural environment. Tides permitting, we can explore the spectacular Tonga Arches, enchanting Shag Harbour, or head south to Bark Bay followed by a lazy drift on Falls River. We'll find a dreamlike golden sand beach—the perfect spot for our picnic lunch. As the sea breeze builds, we'll sail back to the anchorage to be met by the water taxi, which will take us back to Marahau before we return to Nelson for the evening.

Driving time: 2.5 hours (80miles); Paddling time: 4-5 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Mercure Monaco Resort

Day 5: Rafting on the Buller River

Leaving Nelson we head west along the Wairau Valley to the town of Murchison. After donning our wetsuits we drive to the put in for our class III-IV raft trip through the Buller Gorge. We experience exhilarating Class III-IV whitewater rafting as the Buller River surges through the confines of granite gorges with lush beech forest above. The relaxing pools provide time to take in the rugged West Coast scenery through which we travel.

Back in our vehicle, we follow the river towards the West Coast. If we have time we'll explore the rugged coastline of Cape Foulwind. The coastline stretches for 500 miles, but you’ll never have to worry about crowds—only 40,000 people live in the entire region!

If time allows, we'll take a 1.5 hour coastal walk from Cape Foulwind south to Tauranga Bay, passing along the edge of an escarpment, undulating grazing pasture, a sandy beach, and granite bluffs. The walk offers panoramic views of the cape and the rugged coastline, and a side track leads to the Cape Foulwind lighthouse.

Driving time: 3 hours (142 miles); Hiking time 1.5  hours (2 miles); Rafting time: 2 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Punakaiki Resort

Day 6: Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks & Blowholes

Continuing south, we follow the coastline with impressive coastal views of the Tasman Sea on the ocean side, and spectacular mountain views of the Southern Alps inland. Stopping at Punakaiki, we take a stroll around the limestone formations known as the Pancake Rocks before continuing on to the town of Hokitika. Turning East, we head inland to the foothills of the Southern Alps and take a stroll through the spectacular Hokitika River gorge.

Returning to Hokitika, to check into our accommodations, we have the option of exploring artisan stores around the town, many of which include carvings of jade (known locally as greenstone) sourced locally from the remote, steep rivers that drain the Southern Alps. You’re also free to take a relaxing stroll along the wild beach adjacent to the accommodation.

Driving time: 2.5 hours (90 miles); Hiking time: 3-4 hours (4 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Westhaven Motel

Day 7: Explore Okarito Lagoon by Kayak and Foot

Back on the coast road we continue south to the seaside hamlet of Okarito. Kayaks offer a wonderful way to explore the Okarito Lagoon, allowing us to enjoy the flora, fauna and scenic grandeur of New Zealand's largest unmodified coastal wetland, covering more than 3240 hectares of shallow open water. The lagoon is well known for its outstanding avifauna (over 70 species of birds have been recorded here), and is a common feeding ground for kotuku (white heron) and royal spoonbill, both of which breed in the nearby Waitangiroto Nature Reserve.

Back on dry land, we put on our hiking shoes for the afternoon and take a beautiful walk through lush rainforest on a trail above the ocean. This hike gives you a true appreciation of the incredible diversity of the area. To the west you have views of the wild coastline, while turning east the glaciated Southern Alps tower dramatically above the rainforest. On a clear day you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Mount Cook (known as Aoraki in Maori), New Zealand’s highest peak, with Mount Tasman on its flank.

Driving time: 2.5 hours (85 miles); Paddling time: 2-3 hours; Hiking time: 3 hours (6 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Westhaven Motel

Day 8: Hike on Fox Glacier

After breakfast we take a 3-hour glacier hike on famous Fox Glacier. At 8 miles, Fox Glacier is the longest of the awe-inspiring glaciers of New Zealand's West Coast. Our guide leads us on a walk beside the river bed to the glacier terminus, from which you will walk uphill for around 30 minutes to reach the edge of the ice. At this point you are outfitted with instep crampons specially designed for these ice conditions, and you follow the ice steps cut by the guides. The route takes you onto the ice amongst crevasses and ice ridges and leads you onto the middle of the glacier for spectacular views of the icefall and lower glacier.

We then drive south, stopping for a walk around Lake Matheson. At Lake Matheson, nature has combined exactly the right ingredients to create truly stunning reflections of New Zealand's highest peaks, Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Mount Tasman.

Driving time: 25 minutes (15 miles); Glacier Hiking: 3 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Day 9: Wilderness adventure in New Zealand World Heritage Area and Mount Aspiring National Park

Leaving glacier country, we bid the West Coast farewell and head inland following the Haast River before climbing up to Haast Pass. After crossing the divide we arrive at Makarora, where we’ll stop for our next adventure. Boarding a helicopter, we enjoy a spectacular flight that take us deep into Mount Aspiring National Park, and into the heart of the 2.7 million hectare South West New Zealand World Heritage Area (translated into Maori as Te Wahipounamu: the place of greenstone jade).

Once the helicopter disappears from the skies above we have ample time to enjoy this incredibly remote and beautiful area. We hike alongside the Wilkin River through lush rainforest before meeting our jet boat for an exhilarating ride back to Makarora.

Back in the vehicle we soon enter the Southern Lakes District, an area where deep blue bodies of water are surrounded by large snow capped mountains. Following the shores of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea, we arrive at the idyllic town of Wanaka, nestled on the shores of the Lake Wanaka.

Driving time: 4 hours (163 miles); Hiking time: 3-4 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Oakridge Resort

Day 10: Hike to the spectacular Rob Roy Glacier

The drive up the Matukituki Valley to Mount Aspiring National Park is awe-inspiring. We’ll hike up Mount Aspiring National Park’s Matukituki Valley to the Rob Roy Glacier. On this spectacular trek—one of the best day hikes on the South Island—you’ll discover why Kiwi filmmaker Peter Jackson chose this region as the setting for The Lord of the Rings. Hiking up a narrow glacial valley, we’ll take in views of tumbling rivers, towering snowfields, and lofty mountain peaks. We’ll travel through forest to a dramatic alpine cirque with fabulous views of the Rob Roy Glacier towering overhead. After lunch, we’ll return to the trailhead for a drive back into Wanaka.

Driving time: 1 hour (62 miles); Hiking time: 4-6 hours (12 miles) with 1,312' elevation gain/loss

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accomodation:Oakridge Resort

Day 11: Depart Queenstown

We journey to Queenstown where we’ll have a relaxed breakfast, and one last opportunity to look around the town before heading out to the airport. From Queenstown you'll fly back to Auckland and connect with your homeward-bound flights. Or choose to stay on a bit to enjoy one of these great options:

Option 1: Queenstown is a lovely place to spend some time. It’s an incredibly scenic town located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with spectacular mountain views. In addition to the scenery, it is renowned as the adventure capital of the world due to the many adventurous activities on offer. We highly recommend spending a few extra days here after the trip and are happy to help you organize accommodation and activities that appeal to you.

Option 2: Continue your New Zealand adventure with the our Southern Beauty trip, a 7-day exploration of the Queenstown area with a 3-day wilderness hike into the Hollyford Valley. If you choose this option you will have a full day on Day 11 of this trip to participate in your choice of activities in Queenstown before starting your next adventure.

  • Breakfast

Furneaux Lodge — Queen Charlotte Sound

Nestled at the foot of Mount Furneaux, in the outer reaches of the Queen Charlotte Sound, Furneaux Lodge has the most picturesque scenery in the Marlborough Sounds region. Built in the early 1900s, the lodge is surrounded by virgin forest and its Hikers Cabins are secluded private bunk rooms hidden among the trees. The Hikers Cabins have shared bathrooms.

Marlborough Vintners Hotel — Blenheim

Surrounded by vineyards in the heart of sauvignon blanc country, Marlborough Vintners Hotel in Blenheim is your cuisine and wine destination when traveling to Marlborough. This boutique vineyard accommodation and restaurant is set in six tranquil acres, and each suite is complete with top amenities, including king-size beds, toweling robes, a spacious bathroom with handmade natural amenities from a local supplier, DVD player, TV, a great range of complimentary DVDs for loan, private patio, and a small kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities. High-speed wireless broadband access is also available.

Mercure Monaco Resort — Nelson

The Mercure Monaco Resort offers a superior standard of accommodation, and views of colorful cottage gardens, Nelson's mountain range and the Waimea Inlet. Its 20 elegantly furnished boutique rooms include queen-size beds, en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee facilities, Sky TV, telephone, writing desk and high-speed internet. Each room varies in style and size. The spacious lounge lobby is just the place to relax at the end of the day with a fine wine or local lager.

Oakridge Resort — Wanaka

Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka is a 4-star hotel set in a stunning mountain landscape offering majestic views overlooking the Southern Alps. The resort features heated rock pools, seven hot tubs, a gymnasium, sauna, day spa, and restaurant to provide guests with a unique and relaxing experience.

Punakaiki Resort — Punakaiki

Situated on New Zealand's wild west coast, 30 minutes north of Greymouth and 300m south of the famous Pancakes Rocks and Blowholes, the Punakaiki Resort is surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and is only a stone's throw from the beach. Its spacious, modern studio units all have en-suite bathrooms and either an ocean or garden view.

Westhaven Motel — Fox Glacier

The Westhaven is a new and modern property, centrally located in the Fox Glacier township. Epitomizing luxurious, stylish, contemporary accommodation, it provides a high level of service and its comfortable rooms are fitted out to a very high standard. It's flowing with touches are ideal for the discerning traveler.

Dates and Pricing

Dec 02 - 12, 2015

Jan 06 - 16, 2016

Feb 03 - 13, 2016

Mar 02 - 12, 2016

pricing

2015/2016 Prices

$6,295 (10-16 members)
$6,895 (4-9 members)

$1,200 single supplement

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