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Experience the stunning variety of the South Island with Women Want Adventure on our exclusive combination adventure week!. Enjoy the serenity of beautiful mountain ranges, crystal clear lakes and calm fiords while hiking and kayaking your way around National Parks of the south.
Hike Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park for awe-inspiring views of New Zealand s tallest mountain, followed by a night in the adventure capital Queenstown. Kayak beneath massive sea cliffs in Milford Sound while watching out for basking seals and leaping dolphins, then finish off with a overnight hike in Fiordland National Park.
This amazing trip starts in Christchurch and finishes in the adventure capital of New Zealand - Queenstown. It is suitable for women looking to try something new, challenge themselves and connect with like-minded adventure women.
Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Grade: D - Overnight hikes, some uneven terrain, you need to be reasonably fit and enthusiastic
Accommodation: Glentanner Park Centre, Backcountry Hut, Multishare Cabins, Pinewood Lodge
Included: All accommodation and meals itemised in itinerary, Milford Sound Kayaking
Extras: Pre night and post night accommodation, some itemised meals
Departures: April 5th 11th April
Price: AU $3109.00pp (10 women on the trip) + GST
Day 1 (5 April 18), Christchurch to Mt Cook
4 km/2 hours hiking
We will meet you at your central accommodation at 9.00am. It s a stunning drive south via Lake Tekapo, famous for its bright turquoise waters and the quaint Church of the Good Shepherd, perched daintily by the lake. Relish the jaw-dropping views of Aoraki/Mt Cook at the far end of Lake Pukaki before continuing on to Aoraki / Mt Cook. Arrive at Mount Cook Village. In the afternoon hike up to the Red Tarns. Tonight s accommodation is at the Glentanner Park Centre at the foot of New Zealand s tallest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook (3754 metres).
Accommodation: Glentanner. Includes lunch and dinner
Day 2 Mt Cook
8 km/5 hours hiking
We set off this morning with day packs to hike up to Sealy Tarns and Mueller Hut. There are impressive views across the Hooker and Mueller glaciers to the Mount Sefton icefall and Aoraki/Mount Cook. On this walk you can see the forces of nature at work huge moraines deposited over thousands of years by glaciers, and more recently avalanches and rocks that tumble down distant mountain faces.
The more ambitious hikers can walk up the Hooker Valley enjoying another view of the Mueller and Hooker Glaciers on the way. After the hikes there is time to relax or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. This is a great place to be inspired by the courageous stories of pioneering mountaineers and to learn about the park s natural history. If you are lucky you will see the summit of Aoraki/Mount Cook turn from white to pink as it catches the last of the sun s rays.
Accommodation: Glentanner. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3 Mt Cook - Queenstown
Activities in Queenstown
Spend the morning driving down through the Mackenzie Country crossing Lindis Pass and into Central Otago High Country. This area is home to some of New Zealand s largest sheep stations, which measure tens of thousands of acres. It is renowned for high quality fine wool production, thanks to the hardy merino sheep which graze these mountainous areas. Arrive in Queenstown where you ll spend the next 24 hours embracing the activities and stunning scenery at your leisure. Our guide will happily offer advice on the many options available to you. Queenstown is a stunning spot and a playground for outdoor activity; you ll be spoilt for choice in how to occupy your time here.
Accommodation: Pinewood Lodge. Includes breakfast and lunch. Dinner at groups own cost
Day 4 Queenstown - Hollyford Valley
This is a free morning to perhaps get your adrenalin pumping if you didn t yesterday or you can sit back with a really good coffee and just embrace the beautiful surrounds. After lunch, you meet up with our guide again and head off through typical New Zealand farm scenes, before stopping on the shore of Lake Te Anau, the largest body of fresh water in Australasia. Here we gain our first views of Fiordland National Park, New Zealand s largest National Park, and the fifth largest in the world. Continue to our accommodation for the night, the rustic and eccentric Gunn s Camp.
Accommodation: Gunns Camp. Includes breakfast and dinner. Lunch at groups own cost
Day 5 Hollyford - Milford Sound - Monowai
4 hours kayaking then 6 km/3 hours hiking
This morning we leave early and drive to one of New Zealand s most famous destinations, Milford Sound. Here you have the option of being guided around the Sound (even though its really a fiord!) in sea kayaks, the most tranquil and natural way possible to experience this World Heritage Site. Floating just above the surface, feel at one with nature as you marvel at the size and majesty of the surrounding peaks. Penguins, seals and dolphins are often spotted in the fiord, and may play near groups as they paddle.
After lunch we hike up to Key Summit, the final section of the famous Routeburn Track. On the summit soak up the views of the Darran Mountains and Hollyford Valley to the west. We return to the van after about three hours and then drive to our accommodation for the night. Enroute we will stop at Te Anau for a local evening meal
Accommodation: Monowai. Includes breakfast, lunch. Dinner at groups own cost (Te Anau)
Day 6 Monowai - Green Lake Hut
12 km/7 hour hiking
We prepare for the overnight hike at Monowai this morning, before taking the drive up to Borland Saddle. Beech forest lines the track as we ascend onto the gentle tussock peaks of the Hunter Range. 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.
Accommodation: Green Lake Hut. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 7 Green Lake - Queenstown
7 km/3 hours hiking
Take it easy this morning and enjoy this remote setting before we hike back to the road through beech forest and areas of alpine tussock. Then sit back this afternoon and enjoy the drive and re tell stories from an action-packed week in the South Island. Arrive Queenstown late afternoon.
Includes breakfast and lunch
Emergency first aid kit
Plates, cutlery, mugs, pots, etc.
Backpack liner (plastic bag)
BONUS - Sleeping Bags/Backpacks WWA to let us know numbers required
Backpack (at least 60 litres capacity)
Sleeping bag (3 season)
Drink bottle 1 litre
Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
Insect repellent (sandflies like foreign blood)
Personal toiletries, medication and first aid
Walking Poles (optional)
Clothing - one set for walking, one set for evenings
Walking clothes: New Zealand s weather is changeable and we can experience extremely cold weather at any time of year, especially in the mountains. Our huts/camps vary in altitude from sea level to over 1000 metres. It is necessary to have warm clothing. Jeans are not suitable for hiking.
Raincoat (goretex or similar)
Hiking boots (or hiking shoes)
Spare lightweight shoes or sandals
Shorts or lightweight trousers (preferably quick-dry)
Short-sleeved shirt x 2 (quick-dry, polypropylene or wool)
Warm fleece/wool jersey (not cotton) x 2
Socks (we suggest 3 pairs)
Togs (swimming costume for the keen!)
Thermal tops and bottoms and warm hat
Towel (lightweight travel towels are great)
Spare clothing: Comfortable clothes for non hiking days. Spare clothing can be left in the secure trailer when we are away on the hikes, so don t worry about the extra weight ensure you have enough warm items. Note: there are only limited opportunities to do laundry during a tour, so quick drying clothing is an advantage. Weather can change rapidly in the locations we hike so layers of clothing is ideal.
We hope you can join us!
Please contact our Team with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Monique on 0403918346
How old do I need to be to attend this trip?
Women Want Adventure Trips are for women only and over the age of 18 years.
What is the weather like in April in NZ?
Mid 12-16 during the day and cold at night. It can snow this time of year.
What if I get sick while on the trip?
If you are not feeling well on one of the walking days. You are able to stay in the accomodation, shuttle or a base we set for out. If in emergency, we have a satellite phone, to either call an ambulance or helicopter.
What is the best flight to catch to arrive on the first day? Upon booking, we will send you suggested flights to catch into Christchurch on the 4th April. You can arrive earlier or stay later. We are not picking the group up from the airport, instead, a central location in Christchurch.
I have a gluten free diet, do you cater for me? You are required to inform us of your dietary requirements prior to departure. We will then be able to cater for you.
What is the average age of women attending? Women in their 30-60's
What kind of food will we be eating? We are staying in huts and accomodation. It will be very simple foods. High protein & carbohydrates. Oats and hot beans for breakfast, fruit and bars for snacks, wraps for lunch and stir-fry's for dinner. We will also be going out and will choose the best location on the night.
Can I bring my own snacks? Yes. We will stop via the shops to pick up supplies if you prefer your own.
Are our Guides male or female? Female Guides only.
I don't have hiking boots. do I have to get some? We highly recommend purchasing hiking boots. The terrain is uneven and we want you to support your feet.
Is there hot showers at the hut? You will get to shower every 1-2 days. Otherwise there are rivers to have a shower in.
How many ladies will be on the trip with me? 10 ladies + your female Guides.
Is there transport pick up from Christchurch Airport on the 5th? Yes. We can arrange to collect you from the airport if your flight is early. We will let you know what flights to catch if you are arriving on the 5th, otherwise we will collect you from a central location in Christchurch if you flew in the day prior to the 5th.
What if I book and then I can't attend? Please read our Terms and Conditions upon booking and notify us in writing as soon as possible. Cancellation fees will apply.
Who can I contact who is organising this event for additional questions? Please make sure you read carefully the itinerary and FAQ. You can contact Trip Leader Monique Farmer via email at email@example.com.
* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.