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New Zealand - Timeless Tramping - Walking Holiday

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Region: Asia Pacific // Dates: 24 February - 13 March 2018 (17 nights)
New Zealand - Timeless Tramping Walking Holiday

Join us for an 18 day journey through the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island. Snow-covered peaks tower above tranquil lakes, waterfalls tumble from misty heights and walking tracks meander through moss-draped beech forests. From Christchurch we travel directly to Aoraki National Park for walks and an informative boat tour on the terminal lake of Tasman Glacier. Travelling via Dunedin, an overnight stay gives us access to the birdlife of the Otago Peninsula. This is home to the world’s only mainland albatross breeding colony. On the scenic south east coast, we have two days to explore the dense temperate rainforest of Catlins Forest Park. On Stewart Island, we walk to the wilderness of Maori Beach and visit nearby Ulva Island, a predator-free sanctuary for birds. From Te Anau, there’s the opportunity to visit the Fiordland wilderness that provides habitats for Bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and the Fiordland crested penguin. Near Lake Wanaka, Mt Aspiring National Park is unveiled on the Rob Roy Alpine Walk. Crossing Haast Pass to the coast, our destination is Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of the 2.7 million hectare South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Our last port of call before we return to Christchurch is Hokitika, renowned for its greenstone and spectacular sunsets.

Overview

Join us for an 18 day journey through the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island. Snow-covered peaks tower above tranquil lakes, waterfalls tumble from misty heights and walking tracks meander through moss-draped beech forests. From Christchurch we travel directly to Aoraki National Park for walks and an informative boat tour on the terminal lake of Tasman Glacier. Travelling via Dunedin, an overnight stay gives us access to the birdlife of the Otago Peninsula. This is home to the world’s only mainland albatross breeding colony. On the scenic south east coast, we have two days to explore the dense temperate rainforest of Catlins Forest Park. On Stewart Island, we walk to the wilderness of Maori Beach and visit nearby Ulva Island, a predator-free sanctuary for birds. From Te Anau, there’s the opportunity to visit the Fiordland wilderness that provides habitats for Bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and the Fiordland crested penguin. Near Lake Wanaka, Mt Aspiring National Park is unveiled on the Rob Roy Alpine Walk. Crossing Haast Pass to the coast, our destination is Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of the 2.7 million hectare South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Our last port of call before we return to Christchurch is Hokitika, renowned for its greenstone and spectacular sunsets.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Walks & a boat excursion at Aoraki National Park - Tasman Glacier
  • Visit Otago Peninsula, famous for albatross & penguin viewing
  • Forest & coastal walks in the Catlins, on the rugged south east coast
  • Stay on Stewart Island for bushwalks & visit nearby Ulva Island
  • Optional hike on the Routeburn track from Te Anau
  • Enjoy the alpine beauty of Fiordland National Park
  • Explore the alpine zones of Mt Aspiring National Park on the Rob Roy Alpine Walk
  • Canoe on beautiful Lake Moeraki
  • Walk with a Maori guide at Hokitika

Details

Details:

24 February - 13 March 2018 (17 nights)

Twin share/person (ex Christchurch)
Advanced Early Bird: A$7,380 until 25/08/2017
Early Bird: A$7,580 until 27/10/2017
Regular: A$7,880
Single Supplement: A$1,580
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: 10 guests

Accommodation:
3-4 star hotels & lodges with private facilities (1 night shared)

Special Interest:
Birding, Wildlife, Botanical, History

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 5 - 10km per walking day with some longer options . 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 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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