New Zealand
Active New Zealand: Hike, Bike and Paddle the South Island
New Zealand is stunning. Come explore this outdoor-adventurer’s paradise as you raft the Rangitata River, bike scenic trails and hike mountains familiar from the “Lord of the Rings.”
Program No. 20621RJ
14 days
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At a Glance

For outdoor enthusiasts who live for snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine coastlines and immaculate bike paths through stunning landscapes, New Zealand’s South Island is the ultimate destination. In the shadow of the stunning Southern Alps, hike through valleys you might recognize from the “Lord of the Rings” films. Bike through New Zealand’s renowned wine-growing country and stop at a vineyard for lunch. Experience the glacier-carved beauty of Fiordland National Park by kayak and on foot.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking up to eight miles on mixed, sometimes hilly terrain, biking up to 25 miles on mostly flat terrain, river rafting and sea kayaking.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy an exhilarating day of expert-led rafting on the pristine Rangitata River.
  • Bike the Otago Rail Trail, a well-maintained gravel path through rocky gorges and past small villages.
  • Absorb the incredible beauty of the Milford Sound fjord on a boat excursion.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Colin Kim Jordan
Colin and Kim Jordan are former dairy farmers who now jointly run a Hill Country deer Farm near the South Canterbury town of Fairlie. Colin has an agricultural science degree from Lincoln University, and Kim has a business management degree from the same university. They are both former rugby players who now coach rugby teams, which they fit in around raising their three young children. In their free time, the Jordan family enjoys hiking, skiing and hunting.
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