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Experience the stunning variety of the South Island with Women Want Adventure on our exclusive combination adventure week of hiking and finishing with an easy bike ride.
Start the trip in the world heritage area of Fiordland National Park with a climb to Luxmore Peak on the Kepler Track. Then head deeper into the park and stay the night in a remote backcountry hut. Enjoy the serenity of beautiful mountain ranges and crystal-clear lakes. After a night in the alpine resort town of Wanaka we head into Mt Aspiring National Park for a challenging multiday hike that will guarantee adventure and challenge! Conclude your trip with some superb mountain biking in the Queenstown region.
This amazing women s only trip starts and finishes in Queenstown - the adventure capital of New Zealand.
Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Grade: D - Overnight hikes, some uneven terrain, you need to be reasonably fit and enthusiastic
Start and finish: Queenstown
Accommodation: Backcountry Hut, Multishare Cabins, Pinewood Lodge
Included: All accommodation and meals itemised in itinerary, Queenstown Bike Riding
Extras: Meals for dinner for days 1, 3 and 7 at groups on cost.
Price: AU $3349.00pp (10 women on the trip) GST inclusive
Deposit: $400 (non refundable)
Flights: Not inlcuded
Day 1 (23rd Nov 18), Arrive to Queenstown
We will meet in Queenstown at the Pinewood Lodge accommodation. Transport from the airport is not included in the total trip price. This is shared, self contained unit with a kitchen, bathroom block and living area. Check in time is after 1pm. As a group, we will meet and greet and go out for dinner in Queenstown together. Dinner is optional and not included in the total trip price. We will be collected from Pinewood Lodge (our central location) the following day in the morning.
Accommodation: Pinewood Lodge Queenstown
Day 2 (24 Nov 18), Queenstown to Monowai Cabins
7-10 hours hiking
We will be collected from our accommodation at 7.00am. It s a stunning drive south towards Te Anau. We begin our first hike of the trip to Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track, a challenging climb passing beneath towering limestone bluffs and through mountain and silver beech forests. From the tree line you will get tremendous views of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri. Te Anau basin is on one side, and the Murchison and Kepler Mountains on the other. From the tree line it s another 45 minutes to the Luxmore Hut, which sits at 1085 meters above sea level. For the keen hikers an extra 30 minutes climbing will get you to the summit of Luxmore Peak. Return via the same track back down to the lake. Tonight s accommodation is at Monowai.
Accommodation: Monowai Cabins. Includes lunch and dinner
Day 3 (25th Nov 18 - Monowai to Green Lake Hut (or camp)
7 hours hiking
We prepare for our first overnight hike at the cabins this morning, 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.
Accommodation: Green Lake Hut (or camp). Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4 (26th Nov 18 - Green Lake Hut (or camp) Wanaka
3 hours hiking
Take it easy this morning and enjoy this remote setting 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.
Accommodation: Wanaka Top 10. Includes breakfast and lunch, dinner at groups own cost (Wanaka)
Day 5 (27th Nov 18 - Wanaka Mt Aspiring National Park
7-8 hours hiking
Head off to Makarora and then begin our hike in the spectacular Mt Aspiring National Park, on the Gillespie Pass Hike. Discover spectacular mountain scenery, alpine vegetation and river valleys filled with silver beech. We can start todays hike further up the road from the Blue Pools area so a jetboat is not required. Hike up the Young Valley to Young Hut.
Accommodation: Young Hut. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 6 (28th Nov 18 - Mt Aspiring National Park)
7-8 hours hiking
Depart from Young Hut and hike up the valley which leads (rather abruptly) to the impressive 1490m Gillespies Pass. From here the view is bound to impress the ice carved peak of Mount Alba dominates the skyline. Descend via Gillespie s stream to the Siberia valley and hut.
Accommodation: Siberia Hut. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 7 (29th Nov 18 - Mt Aspiring National Park Queenstown)
4 hours hiking
Head down the valley - sidling above the Siberia River. We gain spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and waterfalls of the lower Siberia Valley. A jet boat picks us up at the confluence of the Siberia and Wilkin Valleys and carries us on a thrilling 45 minute journey downstream to Makarora. Head back to Queenstown where our Hiking New Zealand guide departs and the guided portion of this trip is finished.
Accommodation: Pinewood Lodge. Includes breakfast and lunch. (Dinner at groups on cost out in Queenstown)
Day 8 (30th Nov 18 - Queenstown Mountain Biking)
Full day bike ride
A shuttle will collect you from Pinewood Lodge to ride the best parts of the Queenstown Trail one of New Zealand s most popular Great Rides . Ride alongside awe-inspiring alpine vistas, crystal clear lakes, stunning river gorges and hidden ruins. Includes a two-way shuttle, bike hire, helmet, water, packed lunch and maps and instructions. We can add on a wine tasting here at completion of the ride for $15 per person, something we discuss as a group once the 10 places are filled). Please advise if you would like this option.
Includes a packed lunch. Breakfast at groups own cost (there is a kitchen at our accommodation).
Note * We can keep our bags at Pinewood for our return from bike riding. Some ladies choose to stay longer in Queenstown and will be to book their accommodation separately. When booking return flights, please make sure you book for the following day.
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) We can hire one to you for free.
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 Novemeber in NZ?
Mid 12-20 during the day and cold at night. It can still get cold 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.
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- late 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.
How many ladies will be on the trip with me? 10 ladies + your female Guides.
Is there transport pick up from Queenstown Airport on the 23rd? Transport is not included from the airport.
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.
Is there a Facebook Female group for this trip? Yes. All our trips include a friendly private Facebook group to connect women before they leave.
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.