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AN ACTION-PACKED HIKING ADVENTURE

To challenge yourself and earn the views.

For those who want to play outdoors all day in the dramatic scenery while happily marinating in exercise-induced endorphins, we’ve saved the most heart-pumping and rewarding missions for you. The Kiwi Classic packs a lot in without rushing and there are lots of options, including challenges to really push yourself. Your guides cook up plenty of Kiwi fare to fuel your adventures and make sure you have a comfortable bed to fall into each night. Fresh air, sunshine, and encouragement provided - walk away with a grin and a real sense of accomplishment.

Kiwi Classic HIGHLIGHTS

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Milford Sound Overnight

Wake up in iconic Milford Sound and kayak out into the morning mist before the tourists arrive.

“The aches are gone, but the memories are with me always.”

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Hike Most Days

Hike amongst all sorts of jaw-dropping scenery from lush rainforests and rugged coastal tracks to underneath hanging glaciers and up to hidden mountain lakes.

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Your Choice of Multi-Day Options

Challenge yourself on a multi-day backpacking trip up to Nelson Lakes or opt for kayaking Abel Tasman.

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Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Stay on a working sheep farm near Aoraki/Mount Cook to see the night sky sparkle in this Dark Sky Reserve like never before.

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Classic Kiwi Food

Enjoy local fare at our favourite cafés, pubs, and eateries as well as genuine home-cooked goodness by your guides!

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Routeburn Track

Hike part of the Routeburn Track for one of the best views of Fiordland National Park.

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Day 1

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Queenstown
Kayak Milford Sound

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Boat in Milford Sound
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Day 1 – Arrive, Kayak and Overnight Cruise on Milford Sound

Time for sunshine and fresh mountain air! After introductions, we'll head for Fiordland National Park, where spectacular glacier-carved granite cliffs rise vertically from the valley floor, and waterfalls run down through dense rainforest everywhere you turn. Then we hop aboard and cruise out on stunning Milford Sound. We'll anchor in a secluded bay and head out with specialist guides on kayaks, or in tenders, to meet the local wildlife. There's no better place to spend your first night with us. 

Journey into Fiordland National Park

We'll leave beautiful Queenstown on a spectacular journey, one of the most dramatic in terms of scenery, so we'll take our time soaking it all in with photo stops and short walks along the way to Milford Sound.

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Fiordland NP
Routeburn Track

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Te Anau
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Day 2 – Cruise Back and Hike Routeburn Track to Key Summit

Waking up in Milford Sound is such a treat! This morning we'll cruise back to the dock, enjoying the waterfalls, wildlife and awe-inspiring alpine scenery en route, with a pod of dolphins leading the way if we're lucky.  Once we arrive back at dock, we'll head off to explore Fiordland National Park on foot, with a hike up to Key Summit on the famed Routeburn Track to wake up the legs. Tonight you'll have time to explore the lakefront of Te Anau, where we'll spend the night. 

Milford Sound Boat Cruise

If you're an early riser, enjoy a cup of coffee on deck at dawn and absorb the tranquil vibe of this beautiful fiord, surrounded by the vertical rock faces of the mountains. For a more relaxed wake-up, we'll bring you a cuppa in bed to your cabin before breakfast is served in the saloon. Often a pod of dolphins find us and join our bow or stern wake, and it's wonderful to watch them play in the waves, coming up to the boat, arcing right out of the water sometimes - great fun! 

Hike Routeburn Track to Key Summit

Climbing steadily up through the dense beech forest, this walk on the world-famous Routeburn Track is well worth the effort. The view from the top is one of Fiordland's most iconic scenes - across the snow-capped Mount Christina, Mount Tutoko and the rest of the Darran Mountains – tranquil mountain tarns, jagged peaks, vertical granite cliffs and glacial blue rivers rushing to the Tasman Sea, which is clearly visible down the Hollyford Valley. 

Arrive Te Anau

After a good dose of fresh air, we’ll drive through to Te Anau (your guides will help with pronunciation) where we’ll rest up for the night. A lovely place for a relaxed stroll or a run along the shore of Lake Te Anau this evening.

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Day 3

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Biking near Queenstown
Dark Sky Reserve

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Ohau/Mt Cook/Lake Pukaki
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Day 3 – Bike near Queenstown & Wine Tasting Central Otago

Today we leave the rainforest of Fiordland and head for the arid high country lakes of Central Otago. Explore some of the best bits on two wheels outside of Queenstown and then picnic in quaint Old Cromwell before some wine tasting in Central Otago. We'll spend the next couple of nights in Ohau, part of the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve, recognized as one of the best spots in the world for stargazing.

Biking near Queenstown

The air in Queenstown practically exudes adrenaline and physical activity, and visitors and locals alike feed off this buzz. You’ll see people out running, riding their bikes, climbing mountains or paragliding from the hilltops – living in nature's playground has its advantages! One of these is the fantastic new purpose-built bike trails that wind their way around the Wakatipu Basin. We'll be fitted with bikes in Arrowtown, an old gold mining town with rich Chinese mining history, then ride following the Kawarau River out towards the Gibbston Valley vineyards and the world’s first commercial bungy bridge.

Wine Tasting Central Otago & High Country farm near Mount Cook

We'll carry on to quaint Old Cromwell for a picnic lunch and some wine tasting before we head into the Mackenzie Basin near Aoraki/Mt Cook, where we'll stay for the next couple of nights. Tonight you'll be staying on a working high-country station. 'Station' is Kiwi for ranch and high country means it's pretty tough farming country but incredibly scenic. It's in the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve, which means you only have to wander outside for some world-class stargazing.

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Aoraki/Mt Cook
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Ohau/Mt Cook/Lake Pukaki
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Day 4 – Your Choice in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Some of the best alpine hikes in New Zealand are here in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. It's home to not only its namesake, our highest and most sacred peak, but an impressive 19 peaks topping more than 3,000 meters. Your options today include a choice of hikes, exploring the village on your own or splurging on a glacier heli-hike tour or glacier boat tour.

These are the mountains where Edmund Hillary honed his mountaineering skills before he and Tenzing Norgay became the first pair to summit Mount Everest in 1953. Mt Cook, or Aoraki "the Cloud Piercer" as the Maori named it, stands proudly as our highest peak at 3724m (over 12,000 feet).

Day 4 Continued

Whichever option you choose, you won't be disappointed. After a full day of activities, we'll meet up and return to the Hermitage (our accommodation) for dinner and a chance to trade stories of the day. We're staying another night within one of the best Dark Sky Reserves in the world so tonight you have another chance to simply walk outside to enjoy some of the best stargazing anywhere.

Choice 1

Hike to Mueller Ridge (Challenge)

The most physically challenging option is a hike up to Mueller Hut via Mueller Ridge for spectacular alpine views normally reserved for serious mountaineers. It's a steady and steep climb on a well-built track (think: Stairmaster) but the views are worth every drop of sweat, even by South Island standards. 

Choice 2

Walk the Hooker Valley Track

This is one of the South Island's most popular trails in glacier country. When you look down from the impressive swing bridges down to the rushing river below that leads you all the way to an alpine lake complete with icebergs, you'll understand why. For flower lovers, the Hooker Valley is one of the best places to see Mount Cook lilies in season.

Choice 3

Free time around Mt Cook Village

Today is a great opportunity to explore on your own. Visit the museum and planetarium in the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, take some short walks or just soak in the views with a coffee and a book.

Day 4 Optional Add-ons

Below are some of the optional add-ons you can also enjoy:

Glacier heli hiking

Take a chopper and land high up on the Tasman, New Zealand's longest glacier, where you'll don crampons and explore the dramatic ice caves and clear blue ice with a specialist guide.

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Glacier lake boat tour

Jump aboard a Zodiac boat to set off across the iceberg-filled glacial lake for an up-close encounter with the Tasman Glacier’s terminal face.

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Day 5

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Tekapo, Geraldine
Kaikoura coastline

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Kaikoura
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Day 5 – Sightseeing & Explore Kaikoura Peninsula

Today's journey takes us all the way across the South Island, leaving the open spaces of the Mackenzie Country and the Alps through to farmlands in the green fertile plains of Canterbury and finally to Kaikoura on the East coast. We'll take our time to show you all of our favourite spots along the way for photos and short walks to stretch our legs. Overnight in the seaside settlement of Kaikoura. 

The scenery changes gradually but dramatically as we travel today and we'll see much more civilization as we go until we drop down through Burke's Pass towards the coast. 

Kaikoura Peninsula

Once we reach Christchurch, the South Island's biggest city, it's not far up the east coast to reach the small seaside town of Kaikoura. This is a stunning area just on the edge of a deep continental shelf, with towering inland and seaward Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the sea, running as deep as the mountains are high, on the other. The nutrient-rich water and startling geography create a mecca for marine life so keep an eye out for the whales, dolphins, fur seals and many more species that abound in these coastal waters.

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Swim with Dolphins
Maruia Falls

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Day 6 – Swim with Dolphins, Waterfalls

It's an unforgettable morning and a dream come true for wildlife lovers. You'll jump in bright and early to swim with Dusky dolphins and see how many different varieties of fish, seals and even whales we can spot in this special marine reserve. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch at Maruia Falls, waterfalls created by an earthquake in 1929, before we carry on north to Nelson, where we'll stay for the next couple of nights. 

Dolphin Swimming Kaikoura

The early bird catches the worm today! We’re up early enough to catch the sunrise out on the Pacific ocean and it's worth an early start today for the best chance of meeting some of the marine wildlife that calls this part of the world home. First up, we'll don wetsuits and swim with a pod of dolphins in their natural environment (providing the dolphins co-operate, which they almost always do). There are strict regulations in place to protect the dolphins and keep you safe in the water, which usually allows us to achieve our goal of safely swimming with the dolphins in a respectful manner. The small Dusky dolphins can be in pods of around 400 and are well-known for their acrobatics and interactive behaviour. The experience is a joyful one, whether you jump in for a swim or opt to watch from the boat. Our boats are well-equipped with swimming/snorkelling platforms and the tours are designed to be educational experiences that do not interfere with the natural behaviours and day-to-day lives of the dolphins. Enjoy every second as it’s always over too soon. Many people have told us this was the absolute highlight of their New Zealand trip.

Arrive Nelson

After an exciting morning, our travels take us to Nelson, the sunniest spot in New Zealand. With geography that captures everything from golden beaches and pristine waters to glistening forests and rugged mountains, it’s the perfect place to enjoy for a couple of days. The evening is free to explore on your own. 

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Day 7 – Explore Nelson on your own

We'll be staying within an easy walk into town and today is all yours to spend as you wish. Your guides can point you in the right direction if you want to take off for a hike or a bike ride. Nelson is a gorgeous wee town with a cool art scene and great beaches so you could give yourself a rest day and indulge in fine seafood, local wine and craft beer. Or if you'd like to keep the adventure level up, book a tour for canyoning, jetboating, skydiving or quad biking. One of the most popular options is a sea kayaking tour in nearby Abel Tasman National Park.

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Nelson
Multi-Day Hiking or Sea Kayaking

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Day 8 – Backpacking Nelson Lakes National Park OR Sea Kayaking Abel Tasman

New Zealand is full of outdoor enthusiasts who take to outdoor pursuits with gusto and never miss a chance to get out exploring. Choosing your adventure is all part of the fun, so we'll split up in Nelson for the next few days and leave the choice up to you. Either challenge yourself to complete a backpacking circuit in Nelson Lakes National Park or head off to Abel Tasman for a sea kayaking adventure.

Oh choices, choices...

Kiwis look forward to the weekend, when we can wake up and ponder which adventure we will take on that day. Will it be on water, foot, snow or bike? There are so many options, and in some places, it’s even possible to go surfing and skiing on the same day, which is really living the dream! Most of us have a garage full of ‘toys’ at the ready with various bikes, boats/kayaks and paddles, and at least a few pairs of well-worn hiking boots on standby, ready for the next adventure. The hardest part is narrowing down the options.

We'll split up in Nelson for our multi-day adventures – hikers will head to Nelson Lakes National Park and kayakers to Abel Tasman National Park. The hiking is in incredible backcountry and is best suited to those who are comfortable walking on rugged terrain. You'll be carrying a light pack while your guides carry the bulk of the gear. The sea kayaking is the gentler option but not without its challenges. You don’t need to be a technical expert for either and don't hesitate to talk to us if you're not sure which option is right for you.

Choice 1

Hiking Nelson Lakes National Park

The anticipation for the adventure ahead builds as we travel to our hiking start point in St Arnaud. Here we’ll load our packs onto our backs and begin the first day of the Angelus Circuit Hike with an 11km hike alongside the shore of Lake Rotoiti to Lakehead Hut. The path is well-marked and easy going and your guide will be sure to point out the local birds and other flora and fauna along the way. Look for eels in the water, some can grow up to a meter long and live to their 60s! Towards the end of the afternoon, you’ll come to the hut at the head of the lake, where we'll stay for the night. It's one of over 800 public backcountry huts dotted around the country and maintained by the NZ Department of Conservation. 

Overnight in a backcountry hut. 

Choice 2

Sea Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman is world famous for its golden beaches, towering granite cliffs and beautifully clear warm water – it's sea kayaking paradise, justly famous for its paddling, which suits beginners as well as more experienced. This is one area where it makes the best sense to camp out, so we can use some of the less well-known spots only accessible by kayak and have the park to ourselves. Your guides will take very good care of you, helping you get set up and get settled and then creating awesome food with local beers and wine at the end of the day.

The adventure begins with your sea kayak guides collecting you from our accommodation in Nelson to take you up to the paddling base in Motueka. They’ll get you all geared up and ready for the next few days of kayaking in one of the most spectacular areas in the country. You’ll travel through to Marahau and board a water taxi up to Awaroa, near the top of Abel Tasman National Park. Catching the water taxi one way means you don’t need to backtrack and can get the most out of your time here. Today you’ll explore the beautiful Shag Harbour and the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Keep your eyes out for playful New Zealand fur seals on your way to Mosquito Bay where you’ll set up camp for the night.

Tonight we camp at Mosquito Bay

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Day 9

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Backpacking
or Sea Kayaking

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Backcountry Huts or Camping
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Day 9 – Multi-Day Hiking or Sea Kayaking Continued

Today we continue with your choice of either backpacking the Angelus Circuit in Nelson Lakes National Park, or sea kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park. See below for more specific details.

Choice 1

Hiking Nelson Lakes

Life usually starts early in a New Zealand backcountry hut, with everyone keen to get the day's adventures underway. With the gorgeous views out of the windows, it’s easy to see why! We’ll have a good breakfast before setting off for Hukere Stream and the steady climb through beech forest to the alpine environment we will be calling home tonight. As we rise above the treeline, the moss-covered tangled forest gives way to expansive views down the valley and up to the ridgeline. Thundering waterfalls, rugged peaks and tiny alpine flowers line our track to the top where we are greeted by two large mountain lakes surrounded by a cauldron of rocky ridges.

Angelus Hut, the backcountry hut we'll call home tonight, is perfectly positioned next to the lakes with a lovely big deck to sit on and reflect on the day’s achievement. On a hot day, a quick dip in the lake is the perfect way to round out the day, followed by another great dinner whipped up by your guides.

Tonight we stay in Angelus Hut.

Choice 2

Sea Kayaking Abel Tasman

We'll continue South today, exploring the spectacular Tonga Arches (tides permitting) and then down to Bark Bay followed by a lazy drift up Falls River. Depending on the tides, we’ll also explore Bark Bay, Frenchman’s and Torrent Bay lagoons before heading further south to set up camp for our second night.

Tonight we camp on Observation Beach.

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Day 10

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Finish Multi-day Choices
West Coast Beach

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Punakaiki
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Day 10 – Finish Hiking or Kayaking Options, Regroup and Head to the West Coast

Having spent the last two nights apart, our two groups will reconnect and head across to Punakaiki on the rugged West Coast where we'll stay for the night. We'll catch up over a drink or two and enjoy a favourite Kiwi treat -- ‘fish and chips’ at the local tavern!

Choice 1

Hiking Nelson Lakes

Hopefully you've saved enough room on the camera for today! We’ll head out from Angelus Hut after breakfast for our final day of the Angelus Circuit, Robert's Ridge. It’s a short climb up onto the rocky ridgeline that we'll follow all the way to its descent back into St Arnaud. The horizon reaches all the way out towards Abel Tasman National Park to the north and the Tasman Sea to the west on a clear day. Lake Rotoiti continues to glisten below us and looks more and more inviting as we head down the hill and back to our starting point in St Arnaud, where there’s time for a quick dip in the lake if you’re keen. Once down, we’ll regroup with the sea kayakers and trade stories as we head through to Punakaiki on the West Coast for the night.

Tonight we stay in Punakaiki.

Choice 2

Sea Kayaking Abel Tasman

We'll finish our Abel Tasman kayaking trip with a morning paddle from Observation Beach through the Astrolabe Roadstead and back to Marahau. After disembarking from your trusty kayak, your guides will drive you south through to St Arnaud where we will all regroup with the hikers to trade stories of our adventures as we head through to Punakaiki on the West Coast for the night.

Tonight we stay in Punakaiki.

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Day 11

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Paparoa National Park
Hokitika

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Day 11 – Hike Paparoa National Park & Explore Hokitika

This morning we'll hike the Pororari River Walk deep into the rainforest and feel like you're walking right into Jurassic Park! Then visit the Pancake Rocks to watch the ocean surge dramatically through blowholes in the rock before heading south to explore Hokitika. For the next couple of nights we're staying in one of our favourite spots, the tiny beach settlement of Okarito.

Hike Paparoa National Park

The hike today is one like no other, set amongst dense temperate rainforest, not unlike the scenery in the movie Jurassic Park, with towering limestone cliffs, tannin-stained rivers and the sound of the crashing ocean in the background. We’ll hike deep into the forest where your guides will tell you about the interesting flora and fauna and maybe even give you some ‘bush tucker’ to taste if you’re game. We’ll pop back out at the ocean and spend some time checking out the fascinating Pancake Rocks, with their curious stacks and thundering blow holes before heading south to Hokitika.

Explore Hokitika

We’ll take the time to stop for a look around the quirky town of Hokitika, home of Pounamu (greenstone/jade) carving (an ancient Maori tradition) and also, when it's on, the Wild Foods Festival. Wild Foods festival-goers have the opportunity to try crocodile bites, chicken feet and grasshoppers amongst other scary sounding tastes, and the day ends with groups lighting bonfires along the beach as far as the eye can see. We’ll generally be sticking to more familiar fare on our visit, but you can branch out if you're feeling adventurous!

A short onward drive away from civilization and down a seemingly quiet lane, we’ll arrive at the tiny settlement of Okarito, where driftwood scatters the beach and a small number of people (less than 30) enjoy a simple and uncomplicated existence. Okarito is a little-known spot, a huge hit with visitors and somewhere we can never resist returning to.

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Kayak Okarito Lagoon
Explore Okarito

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Day 12 – Kayak Okarito Lagoon and Okarito Trig Walk

You can paddle out this morning in sea kayaks to soak in the tranquility on Okarito Lagoon. More than 70 bird species have been found here, including the rare Kotuku (White Heron), but you may be too busy catching the reflections of the snow-capped mountains on the water to notice. This afternoon it's up to you whether you'd like to relax with a book, stroll along the deserted beach, or join your guides for a hike up to the Okarito Trig for extraordinary views of the rugged coastline, mountains, rainforest and the lagoon.

Kayak Okarito Lagoon

Get into the Okarito pace of life today – it’s laid back, unrushed and simple. We’ll start this morning by taking to sea kayaks to discover the Okarito Lagoon just a short walk down the road. This quiet inlet of branching waterways is home to over 70 bird species, including white herons (Kotuku), royal spoonbills and pied stilts. You can quietly cruise the waterways and enjoy the rainforest surrounds and the backdrop of the Southern Alps in the distance.

Hike Okarito Trig

After lunch, you can take yourself down to the beach for some peace and quiet, walk the sands, make driftwood ornaments, or if you’re feeling more energetic, your guide will take you up to the Okarito Trig. This hike offers yet more amazing views of mountains, seas and the lagoon you got to know this morning. We’ll stay overnight again at Okarito and if we're lucky we can enjoy one of its famous sunsets, perhaps over a beach bonfire.

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Hike near Fox Glacier
Hike Lake Matheson

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Wanaka
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Day 13 – Hike near Fox Glacier & Lake Matheson

Mountains, beaches and glaciers, all in one wild day! We hike near Fox Glacier for impressive views of the terminal face emerging from the rainforest. Then capture the stunning reflections of Lake Matheson as we head into the vast beauty and open spaces of Central Otago. Overnight in Wanaka, a favourite lakeside holiday resort town for Kiwis. 

Fox Glacier

The West Coast road is a journey that was recently voted by Lonely Planet readers as one of the best coastal drives in the world. Rivers, rainforests and tumbling glaciers meet lonely beaches; and it’s easy to see why people are mesmerised by this barren place. We’ll travel this morning to the small township at the foot of Fox Glacier. Fox Glacier tumbles 13km from the Southern Alps ending in lush rainforest at just 300m above sea level on the West Coast. This is one of the most accessible glaciers anywhere so we have an easy hike today to learn about the geology and surrounding area and get dramatic views of the terminal face.    

West Coast Beaches

We’ll finish our journey down the coast with a couple of stops on isolated rocky beaches, where we often have the whole beach to ourselves. Keep your eyes out for Hector's dolphins (our smallest dolphin) dancing in the surf, and search for little pieces of greenstone on the beach. To finish our day, we’ll climb back over the Southern Alps via the Haast Pass to the beautiful relaxed mountain town of Wanaka where we’ll spend our last night together.

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Hike Rocky Mountain, Wanaka
Finish in Queenstown

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Day 14 – Hike in Wanaka & Finish in Queenstown

This morning we’ll hike to Diamond Lake then carry on with a steady climb to Rocky Mountain. Once we break through the tree line, we'll be rewarded with epic views over Lake Wanaka and Diamond Lake! What a way to end on a high note before returning to Wanaka for a last minute souvenir hunt. Then it’s a short trip back to Queenstown, where we say our goodbyes and complete our adventure.

Hike Diamond Lake

Today we’ll stretch our legs in the morning air with a hike to Diamond Lake, where we’ll be able to see out over the Southern Alps and Lake Wanaka, then carry on all the way to Rocky Mountain for even better views above the tree line. It’s a perfect end to your trip, w360-degreegree views of the whole area and Lake Wanaka, one of the largest lakes in New Zealand. If you’re not keen on a hike, there is plenty to explore in the township or take a short stroll along the lakefront and soak up the last of the fresh New Zealand mountain air before your trip home.

Finish in Queenstown

After lunch, we’ll drive over the short but spectacular Crown Range road and back into Queenstown, where we will drop you at the airport or your Queenstown accommodation. After your epic South Island adventure, you’ll leave us feeling like you’ve seen the very best of New Zealand and you’ll be ready to come back and show your friends around – now that you’re practically a local!

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Tour Price

14 Day South Island Tour – Queenstown to Queenstown US$47994799 + tax, per person (twin or double share)

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We do have shorter trip options and solo travellers don’t pay more, unless you’d like an upgrade to a private room. PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample of our current itinerary. Keep in mind we are constantly fine-tuning and improving our trips based on feedback from our guests and guides, availability, etc. So your trip will be at least this good, but we reserve the right to make slight alterations without notice to make it even better!

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