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New Zealand - Southern Wilderness & Coastal Gems - Walking Holiday

Region: Asia Pacific // Dates: 10 - 26 February 2020
New Zealand - Southern Wilderness & Coastal Gems Walking Holiday

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.

Overview

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.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Search for greenstone treasures & walk the spectacular gorge at Hokitika
  • Spend time with a conservation biologist at Lake Moeraki
  • Hike from beech forests to glacial lookouts in Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Enjoy the alpine & watery beauty of Fiordland National Park
  • Take an optional hike on the Routeburn track from Te Anau
  • Explore the trails of Diamond Lake Conservation Area near Lake Wanaka
  • Stay on Stewart Island & visit the Ulva Island bird sanctuary
  • Ramble on forest & coastal walks in the Catlins
  • Visit Otago Peninsula, famous for albatross & penguin viewing
  • Take short walks & a Tasman Lake cruise at Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park

Details

Details:

10 - 26 February 2020 ( 16 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Christchurch)
Advanced Early Bird: A$8,950 until 30/09/2019 
Regular:  A$9,450 
Single Supplement: A$1,460
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 8 guests

Accommodation:
3-4 star hotel/lodge accommodation with three nights shared facilities (Stewart Island)

Special Interest:
Birding, Wildlife, Botanical, History

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 3-15km per walking day with some longer options (moderate options due to rugged terrain, some ascent/descent). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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Leader

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  • Barry Davies

    Twice-named ‘Eco Guide of the Year’ by Ecotourism Australia, Barry Davies is one of the most experienced nature tour leaders within Australia and New Zealand, with a particular passion for birds and wildlife. Since 2008 Barry has been a naturalist and lecturer aboard an expedition vessel visiting islands from Fiji to Papua New Guinea and has lead tours in Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Australia and New Zealand. His work background, previously as naturalist guide and activities manager at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, coupled with independent guiding explorations with his own specialist touring company, Gondwana Guides, provide him with considerable cumulative knowledge of the ecological and biological nature of all regions within Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Rim.

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