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Women's New Zealand Hiking & Kayaking Trip // 19th March 2020

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Summary

  • Trip Duration: 8 days, 7 nights 
  • Dates: 19th - 26th March 2020
  • Start and finish Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Trekking with a full pack
  • Accommodation: Backcountry Huts, Multi-share Cabins, Pinewood Lodge
  • Included: All accommodation and meals itemised in itinerary
  • Group size: 10 women maximum + 2 female leaders Monique Farmer and Sarah Akins

ITINERARY SUMMARY:

  • Day 1: Arrive to Queenstown at Pinewood Lodge Accommodation 2pm and Pre dinner welcome 6.30pm
  • Day 2: Hike Ben Lomond Trail (full day)
  • Day 3: Depart Queenstown: Head to Lake Marian Hike
  • Day 4: Kayaking in Milford Sound + Key Summit Track Hike
  • Day 5: Overnight Hike to Green Lake Hut or camp (weather depending)
  • Day 6: Hike out Of Green Lake Hut, Drive to Wanaka
  • Day 7: Overnight Hike Mt Aspiring National Park Wanaka
  • Day 8: Hike Out from Mt Aspiring Hut Via Rob Roy Glacier - Drive Back To Queenstown for trip Departure and farewell dinner

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Details

Our women's New Zealand Trip starts and finishes in Queenstown - the adventure capital of New Zealand.

We begin our first hike out of Queenstown up the famous Ben Lomond Trail. It's a steady climb to the summit of 1736m and well worth the 360 views of Queenstown and the Remarkable mountain ranges. The follow days we enjoy the world heritage area of Fiordland National Park with a stunning hike to Lake Marian. It's an early start the following day to experience the serenity of beautiful mountain ranges and waterfalls as you kayak in Milord Sound and hike the Key Summit Track in the afternoon.

It's then time we prepare for our overnight hike to alpine Green Lake Hut! A night in the middle of the wilderness. It doesn't stop there. We hike out from Green Lake Hut and drive to Wanaka to prepare for the following overnight hike in Mt Aspiring National Park, one of the most majestic places, passing by Rob Roy Glacier. This is a special combined hiking and kayaking trip. A fully packed and planned trip by our Team to make the most of your time in New Zealand. 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:  

  • 2 overnight alpine hut experiences
  • Adventure with a group of like-minded women
  • Kayaking in Milford Sound
  • Enjoy delicious and healthy meals
  • Key Summit Track day hike
  • Ben Lomond Summit Hike
  • Mt Aspiring National Rob Roy Glacier
  • Travel with experienced and professional female leaders

* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

Itinerary

We will meet in Queenstown at the Pinewood Lodge accommodation at from 2pm onwards. Monique will be waiting to greet you. Transport from the airport is not included. There is a bus or taxi options. Pinewood is a shared, self-contained unit with a kitchen, bathroom block and living area. As a group, we will meet and greet at the lodge. We head out for dinner in Queenstown at 6.30pm. After dinner, we come home to prepare our lunches for an early start to hike Ben Lomond the following day. Accommodation: Pinewood Lodge Queenstown Meals: Welcome dinner included
Today we start early with leader Monique to hike the 11km return Bon Lomond Hike (8 hours). It's a steep climb to the summit but well worth the views of Queenstown. On the way back down, we catch the Gondola back into town before resting our legs at Pinewood Lodge. Accommodation: Pinewood Lodge Grade: Moderate to hard (steep hill and uneven rocks) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hiking snacks
Wake up early (6am). We will be collected from our accommodation at 7.00am to meet our New Zealand leader Sarah. It's a stunning drive south towards the Hollyford Valley. It's a fabulous hike with plenty of scenery, adventure and beyond tourist tracks to make you feel like your in the wilderness. In the afternoon, we take the stunning drive into Mildford Sound for our nights accommodation at the cute "Gunns Camp" cabins by river. Hiking: Lake Marian (8km - 4 hours return hike) Graded: Moderate. Some steep sections when walking up the hill and some uneven surfaces Accommodation: Gunns Camp in Mildford Sound. Shared accommodation Meals: Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner + hiking snacks
We wake up early (5.15am) for breakfast then drive further into Mildford Sound to meet our guides for kayaking at 7.15am. This is the best way to experience the majestic waterfalls, cute little seals and wildlife in the area. You don't need any previous kayaking experience. You will be in a double kayak with another lady. After your kayaking experience we set out hiking the Key Summit Track with views of Lake Marian from the previous day. After a busy day adventuring we drive to Monowai Cabins. These are our favourite on the trip! At night, we prepare for our overnight hiking adventure to Green Lake for the next day. Make lunches are re sort our bags. Kayaking: 4 hours (easy. You don't need any previous experience and we provide you with thermals + gear) Hiking: Key Summit Track (3 hours return // 8km) Graded: Easy - moderate. Accommodation: Monowai cabins. Ladies will have their own bed and cabin. 2x ladies will need to share. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, hiking snacks Dinner: At groups own cost in town at Teanu
We prepare for our first overnight hike at the cabins this morning, making lunches and finalising our bags, before taking the short drive up to Borland Saddle. Beech forest aligns the track before we meet the tussock. We navigate through the tussock, enjoying striking views of the granite peaks of southern Fiordland across the dark colours of Green Lake. Tarns (small mountain lakes) are dotted along the route and wild deer are prominent in the area. Eventually we reach the Green Lake hut, which leads us to a cosy mountain nights in the wilderness. Feel free to take a dip in the frigid waters of the lake before settling down in front of the hut fire for the night. Question: What is an alpine hut? Answer: An alpine hut is operated by the Department of Conservation in New Zealand. They are shared by the public and for Green Lake, it is one room for up to 15 people to sleep. It is best to bring ear plugs with you. These huts are absolutely amazing and Green Lake is heated by a fire. *Note: Your boots WILL get wet on the hike. We are off the beaten tracks and walk through tussock areas. God hiking boots and merino socks must be worn. *Note: The weather can change in New Zealand rapidly. If there is snowfall in November we may not be able to drive to the start of this hike and will make immediate alternations for other hikes in the area. Hiking: Green Lake Hut Walk 3 hours // 6km Accommodation: Green Lake Hut (or camp) Meals: Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner + hiking snacks
We wake up early this morning and enjoy this remote setting while having breakfast before we hike back to the road following along the lake then through beech forest and areas of alpine tussock. Then sit back this afternoon and enjoy the drive to Wanaka. Arrive Wanaka late afternoon for dinner in town at groups on cost. Hiking: Hike out from Green Lake Hut - 6km // 3 hours Graded: Easy- moderate. The trail has uneven surfaces, roots and is wet. This makes it a moderate experience. Shuttle time: 5 hours to Wanka (have a nice sleep!) Accommodation: Wanaka Altamont Lodge (twin share) Meals: Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and hiking snacks
This morning we re-pack our bags for another hike to an alpine hut. Mt Aspiring Hut via Rob Roy Glacier. After making our lunches and stocking up on snacks, we leave our accommodation for the start of the Mt Aspiring Walk. We enjoy a steep side trail up to the glacier for our lunch stop. Tonights accommodation is at the Mt Aspiring Hut which has 360 degree views of the stunning valley. Its a flat walk into the hut with waterfalls and mountains soaring above either side. Hiking: Mt Aspiring National Park- 6 hours // 18km, via Rob Roy Glacier Graded: Moderate Shuttle Time: 50 minutes to the start of the trail Accommodation: Mt Aspiring National Park Hut Meals: Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks
Early departure from Mt Aspiring Hut and walk back on the return trail before arriving at the shuttle. We then get prepared for the journey back to Queenstown, laughing, singing and reminiscing about our hikes. Hiking: Hike out from Aspiring Hut - 3 hours // 9km Graded: Moderate Shuttle Time: 3 hours Accommodation: Groups own cost and arrangement. We will drop at one central point in Queenstown. Ladies to make their own way to their accommodation in Queenstown from this central point.

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • All kayaking equipment for Milford Sound
  • All delicious snacks on the trail
  • 2 experienced professional female leaders
  • All national park permits and camping fees
  • All catering equipment including cutlery, cups, plates,
    bowls
  • Group emergency satellite communication/navigation
    equipment
  • Group wilderness first aid equipment and supplies
  • This is a small group off-track trek, for experienced
    hikers with a maximum of 10 women
  • Gear hire: Backpacks $50 - you will need a pack between 60-65L
EXCLUDED:
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers to Pinewood Lodge
  • Items of personal nature – Alcohol, coffee purchases etc 
  • Last nights dinner in Queenstown

Grading

Grading: Moderate

Moderate Hikes - Overnight hikes, some uneven terrain, you need to be reasonably fit and enthusiastic. Suitable for women who walk 2-3 times per week (regular walkers). Hikes can between 3- 6 hours on some days. Ben Lomond hike is steep in sections. 

Reviews

Tamara Ferrier 17/07/2018
    5 / 5 rating

Thank you for an adventure of a lifetime!

I think it will be the only time I ever slept in a mountain hut or hiked in freezing conditions. I did it myself and I'm so proud of it. I had so many highlights but the purpose of this journey was to challenge my pace to slow down in life and meet new people. I certainly accomplished both.
Deb Dark 29/03/2019
    5 / 5 rating

Deb Testimonial

Thank you to Monique and Sarah for a wonderful hiking week in New Zealand. Excellently organised itinerary, great food and really lovely people. Can�t wait to join you again for another adventure.
Marion Parker 10/04/2019
    5 / 5 rating

Marion Parker Testimonial

What happens when you throw 7 strangers on a bus, lead by one super supportive aussie and a pocket rocket kiwi. The trip of a lifetime! What an adventure my first womenwantadventure trip was. It certainly won't be my last. ⛰️❤️
Amy Bisson 17/07/2018
    5 / 5 rating

I felt STRONG and INSPIRED!

I've had such a great time. On the last day, as I somehow felt inspired to sing and dance my way out of Mt Aspiring National Park, I felt STRONG and INSPIRED! I want more of this and the fun we all shared. Whoops, too many "inspired" but that's honestly how I feel. I also loved the farewell dinner and how it was so nice to see us together like friends who had known each other for a lifetime. I'll be back!
Deb Dark 10/04/2019
    5 / 5 rating

Best time in New Zealand!

Thank you to Monique and Sarah for a wonderful hiking week in New Zealand. Excellently organised itinerary, great food and really lovely people. Can�t wait to join you again for another adventure.
Krystal Heldon 19/07/2018
    5 / 5 rating

I can't wait to come along to another adventure!

To be in a beautiful place, while supported by wonderful women is an experience I'll never forget! I can't wait to come along to another adventure! I'm leaving Queenstown with a smile on my face, with wonderful memories.

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