Park Trek walking holidays, Australia
Email info@parktrek.com.au | Call us on (03) 5639 2615
Duration: 10 days
Location: Ex Christchurch
Price: From $3695
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Sunset in New ZealandWe have partnered with Adventurous Women to bring you a walking tour that is an enticing blend of adventure, culture and hiking exploration, an ideal way to experience New Zealand’s rugged Southern Alps.  Snowcapped peaks, tumbling glaciers, turquoise lakes and golden hills form the backdrop to our Adventurous Women 10-day active adventure in New Zealand.

The hiking component of our tour is rated as Moderate and will be enjoyed by anyone who is in good, physical condition and is comfortable hiking between 2 – 5 hours a day on a variety of terrain.

Trip highlights

  • Experience some of New Zealand’s finest ‘tramping’
  • Hike the Hooker Valley Trail – Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, arguably one of NZ’s best day walks
  • Hike the Routeburn Track ‘NZ Great Walk’ to Key Summit and enjoy sweeping panoramic views
  • Stargaze in the world’s largest Dark Sky Reserve
  • Explore Fox Glacier and stroll around the Glacier formed, Lake Matheson
  • Experience the rugged wilderness of the Southern Alps
  • Stunning Haast Pass and Blue Pools
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • The Adventure Capital, Queenstown

 

Tour dates

  • May 16th, 2018 – May 25th, 2018

 

Tour inclusions

  • Twin Share occupancy accommodation in comfortable lodgings – (Solo travellers wishing to twin share – we buddy you up with another lady from the group at each different location)
  • All breakfasts for duration of tour
  • Comfortable private coach transport for the duration of the tour
  • Individual arrival and departure transfer/meet and greet service at Christchurch Airport
  • National park entrance fees and permits
  • Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Guided hikes
  • Experienced and knowledgeable local driver/guide
  • Experienced and knowledgeable Adventurous Women tour manager/guide.

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

Welcome to NZ!  You’ll  be met on arrival at Christchurch airport by an Adventurous Women representative and transferred to your hotel.  If you have time to explore the city, there are many options available.

Set against the majestic alps to ocean backdrop, Christchurch ‘The Garden City’ is a mix of urban regeneration, creativity and innovation, with stunning gardens and parks, the serene Avon River, restaurants and bars, street art and vibrant retail areas, all the while staying true to its heritage, offering a traditional English feel.

At 5.30pm Join with the Adventurous Women Tour Manager and fellow travellers in the Hotel Lobby.  Once introductions have been made, it’s off to a nearby restaurant to get to know each other and enjoy our first dinner together.

Accommodation: Ibis Hotel

Day 2
Christchurch to Fox Glacier

This morning we travel through the vast Canterbury Plains and into the foothills of the Southern Alps. Weather permitting, we’ll stop in at Castle Rock and explore the limestone formations.

As we travel up the main divide we’ll stop at Arthurs Pass for lunch and take a short walk to Devil’s Punchbowl Falls. Arthurs Pass is the highest and most spectacular pass in the Southern Alps.

From Arthurs Pass we continue over the main divide, travel via Hokitika Gorge to the world famous Fox Glacier.   Just on dusk,  if you’re looking for a relaxing walk, we recommend the Minnehaha Walk, the trailhead is right next to our accommodation.   It’s a short loop walk (about 20 minutes return) following a stream through the rainforest. Glow worms inhabit the roots of fallen and hollow trees and line the banks along the stream.  These are a delight to see ….like stars in the sky and can easily be spotted during your walk.

Accommodation Bella Vista Fox Glacier

Day 3
Fox Glacier

This morning we take a short drive to Lake Matheson, near Fox Glacier where nature has combined exactly the right ingredients to create truly stunning reflections of New Zealand’s highest peaks – Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Mount Tasman. After capturing the beauty of the sun rising over the lake, mirroring the mountains, it’s time to stretch the legs.  We’ll hike the 2.6 loop trail around the lake to get the appetite up, then enjoy breakfast at Lake Matheson Cafe.  There is an option to do a 40-minute short walk, or just sit at the Cafe and soak in the views.

The remainder of the day is free for you to explore.  We highly recommend that you take the opportunity to join a Guided Heli Hike onto Fox Glacier, (additional cost), a once in a lifetime opportunity!!

Accommodation Bella Vista Fox Glacier

Day 4
Fox Glacier to Queenstown

After breakfast this morning prepare to be dazzled, as we take one of the most spectacular natural drives in the world. Travelling along the rugged coastline, we hit the Haast Pass where ancient rainforests, icy blue glaciers and booming waterfalls collide to create a stunning kaleidoscope of natural scenery.  It’s here we break to enjoy a stunning short walk to Blue Pools … nestled among mature beech and podocarp forest, these pools of deep clear water flowing into the Makarora River offer a moment of tranquillity.

Continuing through Haast, we follow the shores of Lake Wanaka and Hawea, through the Kawarau Gorge and onto Queenstown – New Zealand’s own adventure capital.

Accommodation Bella Vista Queenstown

Day 5 Queenstown

We have purposely left today as a day of leisure for you to explore Queenstown your own way, enjoying activities that suit you.  We’ll regroup once again later in the day for dinner.

There are many great walks, maybe cycle around the wineries – endless choices. Jet Boating, Lord of the Rings tour, Bungy Jumping or the Skyline Gondola.

Accommodation Bella Vista Queenstown

Day 6
Queenstown/Glenorchy/Queenstown

After breakfast, we head off to nearby Glenorchy, where there are many different walking options (including the chance to explore a section of the Routeburn Track, one of NZ’s ‘Great Walks’.)

If you’re looking for a horse riding experience, then perhaps you’ll choose to book a ride through High Country Horses, the only company taking you to locations filmed in The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, learn the history while surrounded by Mt Aspiring National Park, one of three world heritage parks in New Zealand.  Fantastic ride for novice riders through to experienced and it can be done in the time frame we have in Glenorchy.

Your Adventurous Women Tour Manager will assist with booking the Horse Trail Ride and provide details on the walking options.  We will be spending a total of approximately 4 hours in Glenorchy, before being transferred back to Queenstown where we have more free time to explore.

Accommodation Bella Vista Queenstown

Day 7
Queenstown/Milford/Te Anau

After breakfast, we hit the road.  Driving around the shores of Lake Wakatipu through Kingston and the lush fertile farmlands of Southland and onto Te Anau – before starting The Milford Highway. We travel through to The Divide where break our journey embark on a 3-hour return hike to Key Summit, along the Routeburn Track, one of NZ’s ‘Great Walks’.  Breathtaking, in all senses of the word, many say Key Summit is arguably the best day walk in Fiordland.

On completion of our hike, we’ll travel through to Milford Sound, where we’ll board our vessel to enjoy a leisurely Nature Cruise on the sound to the Tasman Sea.  Time to kick back, relax and take in the magnificent scenery.  We then drive back to Te Anau for the evening.

Accommodation Explorer Motel, Te Anau

Day 8 Te Anau to Mt Cook

After an early breakfast, If you would like to experience another of NZ’s Great Walks, why not take the Kepler Water Taxi to Bord Bay or Dock Bay and walk back to Te Anau along the Kepler Track. If the water taxi is not available, then catch a shuttle bus to the beginning of the track and hike north or south along the Kepler.

Your Driver/Guide or your Adventurous Women Tour Manager will be able to assist with your walk choices to ensure they fit in with the allocated time available before we head off to Mt Cook.

Mid-morning we’ll begin our travel through Lindis Pass to Mt Cook National Park. If time permits and weather co-operates there is the option to do a scenic flight by helicopter or fixed wing on arrival at Mt Cook ( not included in cost).

Hiking opportunities abound in this region, plenty of short hikes surrounding the village, however, if you’re up for it and weather permits, our Adventurous Women Tour Manager will accompany you on a 3 hour hike along the spectacular Hooker Valley Track – A beautiful walk to be enjoyed at the end of the day, finishing after sunset, just on twilight.

Accommodation Hermitage Hotel

Day 9
Mt Cook to Christchurch

This morning should you wish, take a visit New Zealand’s Tasman Glacier terminal lake for a fascinating glacial encounter. Cruise the rapidly growing terminal lake taking in spectacular mountain views and scenery.  Icebergs of every shape and size periodically tear away from the glacier allowing you to touch and taste the 300-500-year-old glacial crystals.

This is a very unique opportunity and needs to be pre-booked as it is so popular – we will help with your booking. There is a morning departure which fits in with our schedule.

Accommodation Ibis Hotel

Day 10
Depart Christchurch

All good things must come to an end, after breakfast today transfers to Christchurch airport will be provided for your homeward journey unless you’ve elected to stay another day or two to explore.

More details about the tour.

What’s not included:

  • Airfares to New Zealand
  • Lunch and dinner for duration of the tour
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, laundry fees, internet fees and other items of a personal nature.

Please consider as you sign up

Airline tickets – Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate.

Travel insurance – To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

Cancellation Policy – Please Read to ensure you’re aware of the fees, should you need to cancel your trip with us.

A non-refundable deposit of $400 is required at time of booking to secure your place.  Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure date.

Single supplement – If you would like your own room for the duration of the tour, you will need to request on booking and make payment of a single supplement with your final payment.  Single supplement for this tour is $650.

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