- Trip Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
- Dates: 20th - 26th March 2019
- 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
- Day 1: Arrive to Queenstown at Pinewood Lodge Accommodation
- Day 2: Depart Queenstown: Head to Key Summit Track
- Day 3: Kayaking in Milford Sound + Lake Marian
- Day 4: Overnight Hike to Green Lake Hut or camp (weather depending)
- Day 5: Hike Out Of Green Lake Hut, Drive to Wanaka
- Day 6: Overnight Hike Mt Aspiring National Park Wanaka
- Day 7: Hike Out from Mt Aspiring Hut Via Rob Roy Glacier - Drive Back To Queenstown For Trip Departure
Our women's New Zealand Trip starts and finishes in Queenstown - the adventure capital of New Zealand.
We begin our first hike in the world heritage area of Fiordland National Park with a stunning hike on The Key Summit Track. Enjoy the serenity of beautiful mountain ranges and waterfalls as you kayak in Milord Sound and hike around Lake Marian. After a night in the alpine Green Lake Hut, we head into Mt Aspiring National Park for another overnight trek in one of the most majestic places, passing by Rob Roy Glacier. This is a special combined hiking and kayaking trip.
- 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
- 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.
We will meet in Queenstown at the Pinewood Lodge accommodation. Its best to arrive in the afternoon. Check in time at Pinewood is from 2pm onwards. Transport from the airport is not included (approx $23 for an airport shuttle). Pinewood is a shared, self-contained unit with a kitchen, bathroom block and living area, sleeping up to 12 women. Check in time is after 1pm. As a group, we will meet and greet at the lodge. Depending on your arrival time, the group has options to walk with Women Want Adventure Leader and stretch the legs on an afternoon hike up The Queenstown Hill 2.5 hours walking with spectacular views of the Remarkable Mountain Range or take the Gondola as a group and have a wine! We head out for dinner in Queenstown. We are collected from Pinewood Lodge the following day at 7am.
Accommodation: Pinewood Lodge Queenstown
Meals: Dinner at groups own cost
Hiking: The Queenstown Hill Walk 2.5 hours return // 4 km. Some steep hill sections (we take it slow). This hike is optional and you may choose to wander around the town, take a ride on the Gondola or have a wine!
Wake up early (6am). We will be collected from our accommodation at 7.00am after a self made breakfast at our accommodation. It's a stunning drive south towards our hike to Key Summit and down Pass Creek into the Hollyford (4-5) hours walking. 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: Key Summit Track (4-5 hours loop)
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 into Lake Marian. This is a stunning alpine lade in a beautiful hanging valley - 3 hours return hike.
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: Lake Marian Hike 3 hours return // 4km
Graded: Easy - moderate.
Accommodation: Monowai cabins. Ladies will have their own bed and cabin. 2x ladies will need to share.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + snacks
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 ascend onto the gentle tussock peaks of the Hunter Range, where we gradually climb to Mt Burns. From here we navigate along the tops, 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 drop down into beech forest from the tops and link up with the southern shore of Green Lake, which leads us to a cosy mountain hut. 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 5.5 hours // 10km or 3 hours // 5km. We have two options for the group. The 3 hours hike is much easier and with two leaders we can split the group to make sure you feel comfortable. The Summit Trail over the tops trail is much harder but worth the view!
Shuttle time: 45 minutes
Accommodation: Green Lake Hut (or camp).
Meals: Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner + 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 (the easier section). 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 - 5km // 3 hours
Graded: Easy- moderate. The trail has uneven surfaces, roots and is wet. This makes it a moderate experience.
Shuttle time: 5 hours
Accommodation: Wanaka Altamont Lodge (twin share)
Meals: Includes breakfast and lunch, dinner at groups own cost (Wanaka)
This morning we have a little sleep in after the long drive and re-pack our bags for another hike to an alpine hut Mt Aspiring Hut. After making our lunches and stocking up on snacks, we leave our accommodation at 11am for the start of the Mt Aspiring Walk. Tonights accommodation is at the Mt Aspiring Hut which has 360 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 4 hours // 6km
Shuttle Time: 50 minutes to the start of the trail
Accommodation: Mt Aspiring National Park Hut
Meals: Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks
Depart from Mt Aspiring Hut and walk back on the return trail via Rob Roy Glacier where we stop for lunch and incredible views of the glacier before returning to the shuttle. We then get prepared for the journey back to Queenstown, laughing, singing and looking forward to a nice hot shower back at the groups individual accommodation. We meet up again (optional) for a farewell dinner our in Queenstown.
Hiking: Hike out from Aspiring Hut 4 hours // 6km via Rob Roy Glacier
Shuttle Time: 3 hours Wanaka To Queenstown
Accommodation: Groups own cost. We will drop you at a central location in Queenstown. Ladies are to make their way to their accommodation. Everything is very close and in walking distance.
Meals: Includes breakfast, Lunch and farewell dinner
- 6 nights accommodation
- 6 breakfasts, 6 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,
- Group emergency satellite communication/navigation
- 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
- Travel Insurance
- Airport transfers to Pinewood Lodge
- Items of personal nature – Alcohol, coffee purchases etc
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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