NEW ZEALAND KIWI ADVENTURE
By Lawrence Murray from Perth, Australia - Queenstown from Bob's Peak, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37661081
October 24-November 2, 2018
10 fun-filled days and 9 nights
$4,450 (land package only)
$500 deposit gets you a spot. This deposit, and all payments,
are non-refundable, but they are transferable to anyone filling your spot.
50% due 4/15/18
Balance due 8/15/18
Trip insurance is highly recommended. See below for a vendor of trip insurance many of us have used in the past.
Air not included but we'll be looking for specials for those wishing to fly as a group. Air is estimated at roughly $2,000-$2,500.
NOTE: The absolute most we can take on this trip is 28 people. There is no way to add more because these are small group tours which we will be doing in two groups of 14. If this is your trip, get signed up today!
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This laid back adventure for the Lone Star Skiers is the ultimate Kiwi experience where you’ll walk, kayak, and jet boat in some of New Zealand’s most iconic wilderness as well as relax in New Zealand’s premier resort town.
Explore Queenstown • Sea kayak Milford Sound • Hike Key Summit • Hike Mt Aspiring National Park • Hike to Rob Roy Glacier • Wine Tour • Earnslaw Lake Cruise • Explore Arrowtown & Wakatipu Basin • Hike Aoraki Mt Cook
Check out the itinerary below!
For information on our Auckland/Rotorua pre-trip, click the button below. The price for the pre-trip is currently estimated at $1,341.00. We will have confirmed pricing later in 2017. Price includes hotels, transfers and tours. Does not include flight to Queenstown.
Pre Trip Itinerary
NOTE: All the walks are on wide open trails, without any big drops of anything scary. They are also, for the most part – flat walks. As an example, the Hooker Valley walk in Mt. Cook National Park is on a flat boardwalk and wide trail, leading to a glacial lake and takes 2 hours. We really encourage people to take as long as they want on the walks because there's loads of time, and you will REALLY want to stop and take photos. The longest walk is 3-4 hours and is 6 miles in total of gradual elevation (Rob Roy hike on day 3), and you have the option to go as far as you like, not do it at all (as is the case with any activity on the trip), opt to stay in Queenstown, or explore Wanaka. We will be doing some "walk abouts" here locally to get us ready for this trip! Fun before the fun begins!
DAY 1 - Arrive, explore Arrowtown & Wakatipu Basin
Your trip starts in Queenstown, a small lakeside town set among the mountains of the South Island. We’ll meet you there and head to Arrowtown to check out the remnants of the 18th century gold mining community on the banks of the mineral rich Arrow river. There’s time later to settle in and explore Queenstown - the adventure capital of New Zealand.
ACCOMMODATION: Queenstown Hotel (Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 2 - Cruise Lake Wakatipu & Wine Tour
This morning we’ll we’ll take a trip aboard the historic Steamship TSS Earnslaw - one of the town’s iconic experiences. Much more than a lake cruise, this is a trip back in time, a vantage point for some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, and an opportunity to experience a working sheep station. As the Queenstown and Otago region is world famous for it’s wine growing, and specializing in Pinot Noir, we’ll then head to one of Queenstown's premier wineries for a full tour of the vineyard, and of course to sample the goods!
ACCOMMODATION: Queenstown Hotel ( All meals)
DAY 3 - Hike to Rob Roy Glacier & return to Queenstown
This morning we’ll take a short drive through spectacular Crown Range to the quiet town of Wanaka. We’ll set off on foot into the Matukituki Valley and into an area of spectacular alpine scenery, snowfields, glaciers, sheer rock cliffs and waterfalls. The highlight of the day is looking onto the incredible Rob Roy Glacier spilling down into the valley. After walking out, we’ll head back to Queenstown for dinner and perhaps a well-earned drink at the local pub.
ACCOMMODATION: Queenstown Hotel (All meals)
DAY 4 - Walk Sam Summers or free time in Queenstown
This morning we’ll walk a short trail through stunning beech forest to Sam Summers hut, providing a fascinating glimpse of life as a gold prospector. This area was mined off and on between the 1860s and the 1930s. Relics include a large sluiced canyon and a “tail race” tunnel. In the early days of the gold rush, water was used as a tool to blast gravel off the cliffs. The gold-bearing gravel was then washed through a tail race tunnel. The tunnel you’ll see on this walk is spectacular - 24 metres long, a metre wide and 10 metres high. If you prefer to relax in Queenstown, the morning is yours to explore town!
ACCOMMODATION: Queenstown Hotel (Breakfast)
DAY 5 - Journey to Milford Sound, Hike Key Summit.
This morning, we set off for our largest and perhaps most spectacular national park, Fiordland. We’ll hike part of the Routeburn Track for unsurpassed views of the Hollyford Valley, as well as Lake Marian and Mt Christina. We’ll take a short drive through the Homer Tunnel and emerge at the top of a spectacular glacier-carved valley for a memorable descent to the shore of Milford Sound. Rudyard Kipling rated this fiord as the eighth natural wonder of the world and it is truly breathtaking, with steep granite walls plunging over a thousand metres to the Tasman Sea and waterfalls cascading into deep inky water.
ACCOMMODATION: Milford Lodge (All meals)
DAY 6 - Sea kayak Milford Sound
Most people see Milford Sound from the deck of a ship but we’ve got a better way – gliding along in sea kayaks, causing very little disruption and providing us with an excellent chance of meeting friendly fur seals and dolphins that are sometimes in the area. We have an early start for this awesome trip, run by specialist kayak guides, and the paddling here is equally suitable for beginners and experts. After kayaking, we’ll spend more time exploring the Fiordland wilderness on foot and check out some of its endemic flora and fauna like the kea (Nestor notabilis), New Zealand’s notoriously cheeky and intelligent alpine parrot and the kotukutuku (Fuchsia excorticate), the world’s largest fuchsia. Then we head back to Queenstown for the evening.
Note: Kayaking is on flat, calm water in the Sound. Even if you have never kayaked before, you can do this. Expert guides will be with us to show us how it's done.
ACCOMMODATION: Queenstown Hotel (All meals)
DAY 7 - Free time in Queenstown
Today is yours to take in Queenstown and all it has to offer. Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand (if not the world!) and all the comforts of civilization are packed into this tiny resort town: restaurants galore, sidewalk cafés, stylish lounge bars, day spas, and boutiques. You’ll also find incredible optional activities here including horse trekking, a gondola, kayaking, fishing, winery tours, hang gliding, mountain biking, bungy jumping, and skydiving. Or you can just soak up the atmosphere or lounge about reading a book. Your guides will happily share their favorite haunts and point you in the right direction for your free day today.
ACCOMMODATION: Queenstown Hotel (Breakfast)
DAY 8 - Jetboat ride on the Kawerau River, journey through Lindis Pass
This morning we’ll take a jetboat ride on one of New Zealands most spectacular river gorges - the might Kawerau. Dropping into the williow lined Kawarau River there’s time and space for lots of 360 degree Hamilton spins before we’ll head through the confluence of two rivers and into the narrow braids of the Shotover River. The adventure continues as your driver races up the shallow channels at speeds of up to 50 mph in water often less than 2 in. deep. Later we’ll head north through the tussock country of Lindis Pass to the Mount Cook region. We’ll follow the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook village, set in the heart of a dramatic alpine landscape.
ACCOMMODATION: Mt Cook Lodgings, Mt Cook (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 9 - Hike Aoraki Mt Cook National Park
Mt Cook, named Aoraki or ‘cloud piercer’ by South Island Maori, is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Directly beneath the mountain, we have a stunning and little-known day walk to an impressive hike up to a glacial lake (complete with icebergs!) at the base of the Hooker Glacier. It’s a sight to behold! Later, we’ll return to Mt Cook village for our final dinner in the South Island.
ACCOMMODATION: Mt Cook Lodgings, Mt Cook (All meals)
DAY 10 - Depart
Today is the last day of your adventure in New Zealand's most spectacular region. We’ll head to the Christchurch airport for your flight back to Auckland and on to Dallas or Australia if you are doing the post trip. This will have been a very exhilarating week, and you’ll be relaxed and refreshed! (Breakfast)
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