20621
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
Length
14 days
Starts at
4,199
Flights start at
1,550
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14 days
13 nights
30 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
In Flight
DAY
3
Arrival, Walk, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Geraldine
L,D
Geraldine Motels

Morning: Coach to Geraldine (1.5 hours)

Lunch: Lunch at cafe en route

Afternoon: Short walk in Talbot Forest (one hour). Orientation.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at restaurant.

DAY
4
Deer Farm Field Trip, Farm Walk
Geraldine
B,L,D
Geraldine Motels

Activity note: Farm walk over farm tracks and farmland uphill uneven ground (about two hours).

Breakfast: At local cafe.

Morning: Coach to Fairlie for Deer farm visit with field lecture. Experience a working deer farm.

Lunch: Packed Lunch in the Field

Afternoon: Enjoy an expert-led farm walk. After returning to Geraldine, visit The Giant Jersey. All of the knitwear produced at The Giant Jersey is made on hand-operated knitting machines. Enjoy a short talk on New Zealand wools.

Dinner: .Dinner at local restaurant

DAY
5
Fern Walk, Rangitata River Rafting, BBQ Meal
Geraldine
B,L,D
Geraldine Motels

Activity note: Walk 2.5-3 hours, 6-7 kilometers. Rafting 2.5 hours on the river. Instruction given. You will walk around any grade 5 rapids.

Breakfast: At local cafe

Morning: Coach to Peel Forest. Enjoy an expert-led fern walk (two hours).

Lunch: Lunch at rafting lodge.

Afternoon: Rafting with instruction by a world-class guide on the Rangitata river (four hours). Be in awe of the rugged mountain scenery surrounding you as you practice your paddling and safety drills on the initial calmer waters.

Dinner: BBQ meal at rafting lodge. Visit a local home and garden

DAY
6
Tekapo, Mount John Walk, Alpine Springs
Twizel
B,L,D
Mackenzie Country Inn

Activity note: Horse riding is a gentle trek for one hour. Mount John walk is downhill through Larch forest and then open tussock on well-formed track (about 45 mins over 2.5 kilometers).

Breakfast: At local cafe.

Morning: Coach to Peel forest for horse ride. Enjoy a one-hour expert-led gentle trek along the banks of the Rangitata river (option to take a scenic walk in place of the horse ride). Coach to Tekapo

Lunch: At cafe.

Afternoon: Walk down from Mount John Observatory through Larch forest and open tussock with mountain views at the head of the lake (45 mins). Soak in Alpine Springs hot pools. Coach to Twizel.

Dinner: Dinner at Hotel

DAY
7
Hooker Valley Walk, Mount Cook & Tasman Glacier Lake
Twizel
B,L,D
Mackenzie Country Inn

Activity note: Hooker Valley walk on well-formed track with gradual uphill for four hours over 12 kilometers. Tasman Glacier walk is one hour over 2.5 kilometers.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Coach to Mount Cook Village ( a tourist centre and base camp for the Mountain) and enjoy an expert-led walk in the Hooker Valley toward Aoraki/Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand (12,316 feet). The track crosses two swing bridges and follows the river to the source, the Hooker Glacier Terminal lake (the return is four hours over 12 kilometers).

Lunch: Packed lunch in the Field

Afternoon: Visit Department of Conservation to view exhibits of the National Park. Tasman Glacier Lake Walk. This track leads to a viewpoint of the glacial terminal lake. Icebergs can be seen floating in the lake (one hour).

Dinner: Dinner at Inn

DAY
8
Cycle Canals, Coach to Queenstown Maori Concert
Queenstown
B,L,D
Copthorne Hotel Queenstown Lakeview

Activity note: Cycle on hybrid/trail cycles for 2-3 hrs 14-28 km on flat paved canal road with one section on gravel road

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Cycle the Pukaki Ohau canal (14-28 kilometers). This canal is part of the most impressive hydro-power schemes in the southern hemisphere. The canal road follows the canal between lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau wth great views of the Southern Alps.

Lunch: Lunch at Omarama

Afternoon: Coach to Queenstown. At 6 p.m., enjoy a Maori concert at the Skyline at the top of the gondola.

Dinner: Dinner at pizza bar "The Cow."

DAY
9
Walk Gibbston River Trail & Winery Lunch
Queenstown
B,L
Copthorne Hotel Queenstown Lakeview

Activity note: River trail is a well-formed track undulating at first, then turning flat (2.5-3 hours over 8.5 kilometers).

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel

Morning: Walk Gibbston River Trail (2-3 hours over eight kilometers). The trail has spectacular views framed by the Kawarau River on one side and the Gibbston vineyards on the other side.

Lunch: Lunch at Gibbston Valley winery with winery exploration.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon. There are plenty of options: a gondola ride up and walk or luge down; walk in Botanic garden; walk up Queenstown Hill; sail on ferry TSS Earnslaw or other activities.

Dinner: Dinner own choice

DAY
10
Cycle a section of the Otago rail trail
Queenstown
B,L
Copthorne Hotel Queenstown Lakeview

Activity note: Cycle on hybrid/trail cycles on a firm, slightly gravel surface that is flat, ascends a gradual incline, then does an "S" bend and slowly descends into Omakau (30 kilometers) There is a viaduct and 2 tunnels (a head torch is required)

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Coach to Clyde. Cycle on Otago Rail trail from Auripo to Chatto Ceek (30 kilometers). The rail trail follows the old central Otago railway and passes over viaducts and bridges, through tunnels and past old railway stations and gold-mining towns. Watch for colorful lupin and smell the wild thyme.

Lunch: Lunch at Chatto Creek Tavern.

Afternoon: Cycle Chatto Creek to Alexander (13 km) or Clyde (25 kilometers,Both optional). Return by coach to Queenstown.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own.

DAY
11
Coach to Te Anau Walk a section of the Kepler track
Te Anau
B,L,D
Aden Motel

Activity note: Walk on a well-formed track through beech forest and cross a wetland (3-4 hours over 12 kilometers).

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Coach to Te Anau. Walk a section of the Kepler track, Rainbow Reach to Moturau Hut (3-4 hours over 12 kilometers). From the swing bridge, the track follows the Waiau river terrace, crosses a wetland and passes through beech forest. Moturau Hut is situated beside a beautiful beach with panoramic views of Lake Manapouri.

Lunch: Packed lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Return to Rainbow Reach.

Dinner: At local restaurant.

Evening: Optional boat trip to Te Anau. Glow Worm Caves at own cost.

DAY
12
Milford Sound
Te Anau
B,L
Aden Motel

Breakfast: At motel.

Morning: Coach to Milford Sound (two hours). Experience a boat cruise with commentary. Nestled within Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is the best-known of the glacier- cut fjords. From cloud-piercing cliffs and snow-capped mountains to rain forest and a number of ever-changing waterfalls, this is a region drenched in beauty. Mitre Peak is a commanding sight that welcomes you at the head of the fjord.

Lunch: On board boat.

Afternoon: Return by coach with short walks at the Chasm and Lake Gunn.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own.

DAY
13
Kayaking, Visit Department of Conservation & Bird Sanctuary
Te Anau
B,L,D
Aden Motel

Activity note: Sea kayaking on Lake Te Anau with instruction (4-5 hours).

Breakfast: At motel.

Morning: Expert-led Sea Kayaking on Lake Te Anau. The glacial Lake of Te Anau has clear, deep water, edged with sandy beaches, coves and cliffs, designed with islands, glaciated valleys, fed by waterfalls, cradled by classic Fiordland native bush and mountain scenery.

Lunch: Packed lunch in the field

Afternoon: Free time optional visit to department of conservation and endangered bird sanctuary Regroup for film on Fiordland, Shadowlands

Dinner: Farewell einner at local Restaurant.

DAY
14
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Short walk on farm.

Breakfast: At motel.

Morning: Coach to Queenstown. Visit working sheep farm.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Program ends 4:00pm at Queenstown Airport