Designed to take in the best of New Zealand’s South Island, this 17 day journey reveals tranquil lakes, glaciers, moss-draped Gondwana forests and the dramatic alpine peaks of Te Wāhipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. We meet with local naturalists, Maori guides and passionate locals to learn the secrets of this mythical realm. From Christchurch, we enjoy short walks at Castle Hill and Arthurs Pass en route to Hokitika, renowned for its greenstone. In Westland Tai Poutini National Park, there are short lookout walks at Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, while Lake Matheson reflects the nearby alps. From our base at Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge, we join naturalist guides for half day walks in the rainforest and to the seacoast, searching for Hector’s dolphins and fur seals. Crossing Haast Pass to Lake Wanaka, the forests and glaciers of Mt Aspiring National Park feature on the 10km Rob Roy Track. After exploring historic gold mining Arrowtown, we continue to Te Anau. Here, we visit the Fiordland wilderness and have the chance to walk a short section of the famous Routeburn Track. Staying on Stewart Island / Rakiura, we visit nearby Ulva Island, a predator free sanctuary for rare native birds and plants. This far south, we have the chance to view spectacular sunrises, sunsets and possibly, the Aurora Australis. Our walks continue through the temperate rainforest of Catlins Forest Park on the scenic south east coast. Travelling via Dunedin, we come to the Otago Peninsula, known for an abundance of marine wildlife including the Royal albatross, Yellow Eyed penguin and New Zealand Sea Lion. Before returning to Christchurch we spend time in Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park exploring Haupapa / Tasman Glacier, the longest in New Zealand.