Christchurch, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand
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Primary Activities: Hiking
Other Activities:Wildlife, history, national parks
From the mountains to the sea, New Zealand’s entire South Island feels
like one big national park—no wonder Kiwis celebrate any opportunity to
“have a go” at outdoor adventure! We discover firsthand the natural beauty
that inspires them as we swim among wild dolphins at Kaikoura, scramble
on the towering ice formations of Fox Glacier, hike through glades of nikau
palms at Paparoa, and savor the wonder of world-famed Milford Sound on a
spectacular overnight cruise. Outdoor adventure abounds, yet our journey also
reveals the unique culture, friendly Kiwi character, and unhurried pace of this
nature-blessed land. At the end of our odyssey, we offer an optional hike on
the Hollyford Track, a journey through one of New Zealand’s most stunning
What the Trip is Like:
This trip is rated Level 2+, Easy to Moderate. This is a trip for people who enjoy hiking. In general you can set your own pace while hiking, and there is no need to keep up with the fastest walkers. Although you carry only a daypack, there are some steep ascents and descents and some sections that cross rough or rocky trails. On one or two occasions, our hiking routes cross an estuary or small stream and you will likely get your shoes wet (bring some Tevas or shoes appropriate for walking through water). For your own enjoyment, we recommend that you make a special effort to be in good physical condition for the trip. Daily walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.
Our vehicle touring is over good roads in a comfortable bus. The trip is designed to make the most of our time exploring the diverse landscapes of the South Island. We stay in a range of delightful accommodations along the way, including a charming bed-and-breakfast, a luxurious lodge accessible only by water taxi, and private cabins on a wonderful Milford Sound cruise boat.
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