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The Complete Southern Hiking Adventure (Premium)

The hikes on this 8 day tour range up to 4 hours per day, taking in diverse scenery from coastal rainforests to alpine terrain. At the end of your day you will appreciate the handpicked accommodation all with ensuite. Most meals are also included.

Abel Tasman National Park, Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, Wild West Coast Wanderings, Hike up to Sealey Tarns Mt. Cook, Beautiful Lake Wanaka, Adventure in Queenstown, Hiking Under Rob Roy Glacier, Cape Foulwind Seal Colony, Hiking at Arthur’s Pass.

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Itinerary

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1
Nelson – Abel Tasman National Park 11.7km (7.5 mi) /4 hours hiking

After pickup at your hotel you will travel to Kaiteriteri beach where your water taxi will transport you into the  Abel Tasman National Park. You will be dropped off at Anchorage and start your hike Northbound into the park, the lovely clear fresh waters of Cleopatra's Pool may tempt you to take a dip or continue on to the amazing estuary at Bark Bay where we will meet the water taxi for a return journey to Kaiteriteri. You will return to Nelson for the evening.

(Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation Nelson - 2 nights

2
Nelson – Punakaiki 6km (3.13 mi) /3 hour hiking

Our first stop is for a cuppa prepared on natural flames which have been burning since the 1920's, our access provided by entry to a privately owned working deer farm. The drive resumes, following the Buller river out to the coast, we take a gentle stroll out to Cape Foulwind which is home to a New Zealand fur seal colony. Dining tonight as the sunsets at Punakaiki. 

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation Punakaiki - 2 nights

3
Punakaiki 11km (6.15 mi) /4 hours hiking

Today hike the Pack Track from Punakaiki to Pororari. The scenery is striking with beautiful clear ools, limestons canyons and the canopy of lush nikaus pervading the rainforest. After lunch we head out for some coastal hiking, the blowholes at  Pancake Rocks and blowholes complete this trip. 

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

4
Punakaiki – Christchurch 4km (2.9 mi) /2 hours hiking

Today we cross the Southern divide - this cleverly engineered section of the New Zealand highway network amongst the most stunning rides in New Zealand. The hiking at Arthur’s Pass breaks our journey up, heading down to the village on a well-formed walking track. The limestone outcrops of Kura Tawhiti (Castle Hill) are other worldly, with the Dalai Lama on his visit to the area in 2002, giving it a special spiritual currency.  We reach  Christchurch mid afternoon, with time to explore city rejuvenating after the devasting 2011 earthquakes.

Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 night

5
Christchurch – Aoraki/Mt Cook 2km (1.4 mi) /1 hour hiking

A relaxed morning before heading west across the Canterbury plains to the shores of  Lake Tekapo, famous for its stunning turquoise waters and the quaint Church of the Good Shepherd. Hike up through wilding conifers and tussock grasslands to the summit of Mt John, all within striking distance of the distinctive Southern Alps; tawny-brown drylands, braided riverbeds and startling glacial lakes extend to the horizon. Arrive at Aoraki/Mount Cook in the late afternoon.

(Lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation  Mt. Cook - 2 nights

6
Mt Cook 5-8km (3.2-4.2 mi)/4 hours hiking

Hike up to Sealey Tarns and enjoy the awesome views of Mt Sefton, Mueller Glacier and across the Hooker Valley to Aoraki/Mount Cook. If you’re feeling energetic, join the guide for a further climb from the tarns up to the crest of Mueller Ridge for even wider views of this magnificent alpine landscape. Those not wanting to climb to Sealey or Mueller can take the flatter option and walk up the Hooker Valley (unguided), enjoying close up views of the Mueller and Hooker Glaciers on the way.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

7
Wanaka – Queenstown 10km (6.38 mi) /4 hours hiking

Travel up the Tasman Valley towards the longest glacier in New Zealand, the Tasman Glacier. Take a short walk through the glacial moraine and board a custom-built boat for a unique spin around the terminal lake. Like most glaciers in the world the Tasman Glacier is retreating and the terminal lake increases in size every year. This dynamic environment is dotted with icebergs of all shapes and sizes from the collapsing terminal wall of the glacier. Our drive to Wanaka follows the Mackenzie country south before climbing over the tussock lands of the Lindis Pass into the southern lakes district. Wanaka is a lovely holiday town on the lake-side.

(Breakfast and Lunch)

Accommodation Wanaka - 1 night 

8
Rob Roy Glacier | Queenstown

A beautiful drive alongside Lake Wanaka leads us to Aspiring National Park. We hike up the Matukituki Valley beneath some fine peaks before turning up the Rob Roy side stream and climbing abruptly to the bushline. This gorgeous trail through virgin beech forest emerges into a splendid alpine basin below the bulking mass of the Rob Roy Glacier. Watch water tumble off the glacier’s snout as you relax and enjoy lunch. Keep an eye out for cheeky kea (alpine parrot). You probably won’t need to look too hard as these curious birds normally call in when food is around (although it’s important to never offer them any titbits and upset their natural foraging behaviour)! After the hike grab a drink and unwind on the lawn of the famous old drover’s hotel at Cardrona, before we drive over the Crown Range and into the lively scene of Queenstown. Your tour finishes here, in the late afternoon.

(Breakfast and Lunch)