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Duration
14 days
Cost
£4950
Arrival Airport
Christchurch (CHC)
Grade
river grade
Air Temp
21°C(70F)
Water Temp
17°C (63F)
Camping
2
Hotel
11

Overview


With so many great adventures on offer in New Zealand, we have chosen to select the premier adventures in the Southern Lakes region and showcase the best of the best. You’ll get to walk one of the iconic walks of the world, the Milford Track, staying in wonderful accommodation along the way and eating gourmet meals. We take a small boat trip on Milford Sound and a flight back to Queenstown over the mountains and lakes of the region. We ride Shotover Jet, take in a sheep farm and helicopter in to the spectacular Landsborough River, where we’ll raft the fun rapids and camp in comfy surroundings. You’ll even get a hot shower! We travel up the West Coast and finish up with the gorgeous rail journey over Arthurs Pass back to Christchurch. 14 days packed with hiking, rafting, beauty, friendly people, wonderful food and a million memories.

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Destination Map


What you will be up to


1

Arrival into Christchurch where your friendly guide will meet you and get you checked into your hotel. You’ll generally have time to explore this beautiful city before our dinner at one of the many local restaurants.

Included: Dinner

2

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll take a stunning drive across the Canterbury Plains to reach the foothills of the Southern Alps and the stunning lakes en route. We’ll stop at Lake Tekapo to take in the vistas and history before we make our way to our unique accommodation at Lake Pukaki overlooking Mt Cook, New Zealands highest mountain. Barbeque dinner in this stunning location.

Included: All meals

3

After a filling breakfast, we take the drive to Queenstown, past turquoise lakes and over beautiful passes. We take a ride on the exciting Shotover Jet, to get our thrill fix for the day! Back to the hotel and into town for a quick briefing on our hike, along with passing out some last minute gear such as backpacks. We’ll be on hand to help with any last minute questions.

Included: All meals

4

We’ll depart Queenstown for Te Anau where we have lunch. Early afternoon, we leave for Te Anau Downs where our boat departs for the start of the Milford Track at Glade Wharf. The 1 mile walk to Glade House is a perfect introduction to this gorgeous area and we sit down to a 3 course meal in stunning surroundings.

Included: All meals

5

After a sumptuous breakfast, it’s time to don our backpacks and walkthrough the spectacular ancient New Zealand woodlands. The track is wide and generally smooth today for the 10 mile hike to reach Pampolona Lodge.You can take the short deviation to Prairie Lake for a quick cool down before reaching the lodge.

Included: All meals

6

Today is the most challenging day of your hike. Our 9 mile trek takes us up over the spectacular McKinnon Pass where you can take in the amazing vistas. We descend into the Arthur Valley to our overnight stay at Quinton Lodge. We highly recommend taking the side hike to SutherlandFalls, the world’s fifth highest waterfall.

Included: All meals

7

After breakfast we’ll hike 13.5 miles to where we reach Milford Sound. It treats us to spectacular waterfalls along the way such as Mackay Falls and Giants Gate. We spend a wonderful night together at Mitre Peak Lodge, retelling tales from the past few days with our fellow hikers and guides.

Included: All meals

8

After breakfast at the lodge, we take to a small boat trip on Milford Sound. This spectacular fjord is full of surprises and there is no better way to explore than with a boat cruise. If the weather is kind, we will then take a spectacular flight back over the Southern Alps to Queenstown. The afternoon is yours to explore this town. Our evening sees us take the TSS Earnslaw over to Walter Peak Station where we enjoy a sumptuous buffet at the old homestead before returning back to Queenstown.

Included: All meals

9

After breakfast, we drive through the historic village of Arrowtown. We depart to meet our helicopter, that will fly us into the Landsborough River and the next part of our adventure. Once at camp, you can take a short hike with your guide before sitting down for a sumptuous 3 course meal.

Included: All meals

10

Awaken to the sound of New Zealand birdsong and the sound of the river, as we have hot freshly brewed coffee and a filling breakfast. After full and comprehensive safety and paddle instructions, we’ll paddle like a real team in time to tackle the fun Grade III and IV rapids on the Landsborough River.

Included: All meals

11

After a relaxed breakfast, we’ll get on the water for some fun rapids to conclude our river trip. We stop en route for some lunch before arriving back at our vehicle and driving up the scenic West Coast to Fox Glacier town. Here we’ll take a meal at the acclaimed Matheson Café.

Included: All meals

12

After breakfast, we’ll have some options to fill your morning. A hike, a skydive, a glacier flight, this small town has some pretty special activities.We’ll meet up and drive up to Franz Josef for lunch before continuing on to Hokitika where we get settled in to our oceanfront accommodation. Take a walk on the beach or just explore this iconic New Zealand town. Dinner at Fat Pipis followed by a short walk to see some glowworms. (Skydive and glacier flight not included)

Included: All meals

13

After breakfast we head into town to see how Greenstone is carved and you’ll get to explore the many craft shops here. We take the short drive to Greymouth where you’ll board your Scenic Rail train to Christchurch. Upon arrival, you’ll be collected and transferred to our hotel and we’ll enjoy dinner together, recounting tales of our past days together.

Included: All meals

14

After breakfast, we’ll run you back to the airport for your flight home.

Included: All meals

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Dates & Prices


DatesDuration
Monday 28 March 2022 - Sunday 10 April 202214 days£4950€5595$6995

If you would like advice about flight options, please call our UK or US office’s. Many airlines offer flights to Christchurch International Airport (CHC).  For UK travellers, have a look at skyscanner.net for your best flight options. Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines are great carriers. For USA based travellers, we suggest Exito Travel who can provide you with a competitive flight quote. Because of the distance involved, you might like to consider stopping off for a day or so on the way to break up the journey, if you have the time.
Our price and departure date information below does not include your international flights.

Please ensure you DO NOT book your flights until your trip is CONFIRMED to run by our office. Please check with us first.

In order to secure your place you can pay just your deposit now of £1000 per person. The final payment isn’t due until 120 days before your trip.

Please note that prices shown in Euros and USD are indicative only, as they fluctuate daily. The actual rate payable is always the GBP price.

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What you should bring


We find most of our clients have in their posession already what is needed for an adventure holiday. Bear in mind, your trip to New Zealand may involve many different types of weather from hot sunny days (expected) to cold rainy days and everything in between. Bear in mind as you will be flying internally in New Zealand, we recommend being under 20kg (32 lb) of check on baggage.

FOR TRAVELING AND GENERAL WEAR

  • Lightweight long trousers.
  • Lightweight Long Sleeved shirts.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Warm woollen hat
  • Polypropylene or capilene thermal quick drying layers (top and bottoms)
  • Light down jacket
  • Comfortable cross trainers or  light hiking boots for wearing around camp and on hikes.
  • Nice outfit or two for evening meals
  • Flip flops or jandals (this is the kiwi word for flip flops)
  • Good quality rainwear
  • Underwear.
  • Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
  • Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, personal items, biodegradable soap, shampoo and conditioner.
  • Insect repellant (NZ sandflies LOVE tourists)
  • Small pack towel.
  • Headlamp or head torch and spare batteries.
  • Any medication you may be taking.
  • Wide brimmed sunhat
  • Factor 50 sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses.
  • Travel adaptor plug for New Zealand

FOR HIKING

  • Walking boots or sturdy shoes. Broken in, preferably with ankle support. Please check your boot condition prior to coming to the pretrack briefing. Look especially at how well your sole is attached to the boot, to see if the glue is not drying out. Please also ensure that they are clean when coming through customs in New Zealand and adhere to all biosecurity notices at the airport. We do not sell walking boots/shoes in our retail outlet.
  • Thermal base layer (top and bottom). Fundamental clothing that can be worn either as a base layer or as a single layer.
  • Fleece or merino wool jacket. An ideal outer layer in cold weather.
    Long—sleeved top. Lightweight, warm and quick drying, this is an ideal layer to be worn on top of thermal base layer.
    T—shirt. Ideal for fine weather. Avoid cotton.
    Sunhat, warm hat, gloves. Be prepared for sun and cold.
    Shorts/walking trousers. Fast drying shorts, trousers or zip—off trousers (NOT JEANS),
    Three pairs of merino wool or thermal socks. Main consideration is warmth and comfort. o Sunscreen, insect repellent
    Water bottle or bladder (1 litre capacity)
    Camera

RIVER FASHION:

  • A pair of Chacos or Keens. Trainers are also okay. Wetsuits and booties will be provided
  • A pair of river shorts or swimming costume.
  • Polypropylene or capilene thermal quick drying layers (top and bottoms) This is in addition to the set stated above.
  • A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off.
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head – can be purchased from our Water Shop.
  • Nalgene or similar water bottle – can be purchased from our Water Shop.
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.

OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • Your favourite book or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Photographic or video equipment. On most expeditions we provide a waterproof case for these items. We recommend a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere. Bring a spare memory card and charging leads. Also bring spare batteries for your camera.
  • Waterproof GoPro for the “action”  shots.

PERSONAL SPENDING

  • The only money that you need to bring is for personal spending, souvenirs, personal items and alcoholic beverages if you drink. New Zealand offers widespread Credit Card and ATM facilities and for a small charge you can withdraw cash either from your account or Credit Card for convenience.
  • Your trip leader will take care of gratuities for suppliers and guides throughout your trip, which can be settled with him at the end of your trip.
  • Basically, we advise you to keep things as light as possible, without skimping on the necessities. It is great to bring back a load of goodies for everybody back at home.

Current COVID Travel Status To New Zealand


Travelling from the US

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No

Details: covid19.govt.nz 

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, all travelers entering New Zealand (except those from Australia, Antarctica, and most Pacific islands) are required to have a COVID-19 test taken and a negative result returned within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight. For more information visit: covid19.govt.nz/travel-and-the-border/ 

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Information regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists:

immigration.govt.nz 

Travelling from the UK

The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals.

From 11:59pm on 28 April 2021, travellers to New Zealand from very high risk countries are temporarily restricted to New Zealand citizens, their partners, dependent children, the parent of a dependent child who is a New Zealand citizen, and those with significant humanitarian reasons. All non-New Zealand citizens must hold a valid visa to enter New Zealand. Other travellers, including New Zealand residents, can enter only if they spend 14 days outside a very high risk country before their arrival here. Transit through a very high risk country is excluded from the 14-day requirement. See New Zealand Immigration’s (INZ) website for further details.

The following countries currently meet the threshold of being very high risk:

  • Brazil
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea

From 19 April 2021 travellers who have been in Australia for 14 days can travel by air to New Zealand without having to enter a managed isolation facility. See the New Zealand government COVID-19 website for details.

Travelling from elsewhere then contact us to find out the latest.

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