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New Zealand Southern Wilderness Camping Adventure

Embark on a journey into some of New Zealand's finest scenic destinations, secluded in the great wilderness areas of the West Coast and mighty Southern Alps of the South Island. This is a camping and adventure tour for intrepid lovers of nature as well as those seeking a unique snapshot of our great outdoors.

Rafting, Kayaking and Hiking - Routeburn Track Hike, Landsborough Valley Rafting, Doubtful Sound Sea Kayaking and Lake McIvor Wilderness Hike.

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Itinerary

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Hiking the Brodrick Pass

Day one of the New Zealand Camping Adventure Tour starts with the drive from Queenstown to the head of Lake Ohau. Depending on conditions we 4WD for about 1.5 hours up the Hopkins Valley to the start of the hike. Enjoy stunning views as you hike to Forks Hut (about 3-4 hours) before climbing up the Huxley Valley to Brodrick Hut (about 3-4 hours). This is where the first night will be spent.

Accommodation Huxley Valley - 2 night

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Over the Main Divide

After breakfast you will embark on a climb over the Main Divide from the Brodrick Hut to a campsite not far from the Brodrick Pass, where our camp will be set up for the night. Take in the stunning views of Mt MacKenzie and Mt Strauchon – a beautiful spot to absorb your surroundings.

 

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MacKenzie Creek and flight into the Landsborough Valley

Following the MacKenzie Creek, day three is spent descending into the Landsborough Valley. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you hike from open alpine peaks into the native bush. A helicopter will meet you at Creswicke Flat at the bottom of the valley to ferry you to the first Landsborough camp, where you can relax and enjoy a well earnt and delicious three course meal prepared for you.

Accommodation Landsborough - 1 night

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Rafting the Landsborough

Begin with a leisurely cooked breakfast before preparing to leave camp for your first rafting adventure. A full safety briefing with information on river protocol will be given before you depart. Day two involves a 5 hour river trip ranging from action to the sedate, stopping to enjoy a deli-style picnic lunch above Hellfire Rapid before continuing down the river to Harpers Bluff, our second camp stop. There will be time to relax and take in the scenery, or go for a walk before dinner. After dinner explore the surrounds and maybe even discover a glow worm or two.

Accommodation Landsborough Valley: 1 night

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Purple Creek Waterfall and off to Queenstown

Another hearty breakfast will set you up for the day’s activities. Board your raft and head down river to Purple Creek for lunch and if conditions permit take a side hike to explore the waterfalls. After lunch a leisurely float to our take out point at Clarke Bluff, where we board the bus back to Queenstown arriving at approximately 7.00pm.

Accommodation Queenstown - 1 night

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Routeburn Overnight Hiking and Camping Adventure

A ‘real’ New Zealand experience.Camping out is to become one with nature. This private trip on a great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park starts with a gradual climb through a 130 million year old magical world of ferns, mosses, lichens and Beech forest. We dive off trail into the North branch where we make camp amongst the forest. There is plenty of time to explore further up towards the head of the valley before dinner.

Friendly, knowledgeable local guides ensure you have the time to enjoy the whole experience nature has provided. We’ve chosen this overnight experience for its natural history, scenic beauty, remote location and varied terrain.

Accommodation Routeburn Valley: 1 night

 

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Ancient Maori Trails

On our return the next day we explore the old forgotten paths of the Maori, as we travel along the old Greenstone trails, finding new enchantment around each corner, where native birds abound.

NB: Reasonable fitness, a well formed track that climbs into the valley as well as some off trail. Between 20-30km over 2 days. Dinner included.

Accommodation Queenstown - 1 night

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Te Anau

Te Anau is a township of tranquil beauty nestled on the shores of Lake Te Anau. It is located close to the main southern walking tracks such as the Hollyford, Routeburn and Greenstone Tracks, Kepler, being a circular track, starts and finishes in Te Anau and is one of the newest tracks in Fiordland. At the head of Lake Te Anau is Glade House - the starting point of the Milford Track which traverses 34 miles (55 kilometres) of the Fiordland National Park. Other activities based at Te Anau include flight seeing, fishing, kayaking, sailing and horse riding as well as a variety of trips on the lake itself. You can also visit the underground waterfall and glow-worm grotto of the Te Anau Caves. This mountainous region of unspoilt forests and lakes was the home of two of the more remote regions of the Lord of the Rings movies.

Accommodation Te Anau - 1 night

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DOUBTFUL SOUND WILDERNESS KAYAKING - THE SOUND OF SILENCE

Sometimes, a very special sound is the sound of no sound at all. Doubtful Sound is aptly called by locals 'the sound of silence,' and for good reason; this is a remote location, largely inaccessible and truly humbling by its sheer scale and majesty. Forge unforgettable memories with an overnight journey into an isolated wilderness, alive with mood, diverse elements of nature and a spiritual kind of serenity.

Day 1: Rising bright and fresh, you'll begin at 6:00 am and make tracks for Manapouri. Lake Manapouri is a magnificent body of water and, travelling by boat, you can soak up the early morning atmosphere on the 30km voyage across its azure waters. Arriving at the West Arm, we'll leave the boat there and set out westward over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove. Kayaks are the foundation for the next leg of our journey and on the way we’ll see the rare penguins nesting on Rolla Island. Lunch is served on a small beach on Hall Arm, before we strike out on our afternoon paddle to the head of the 'Arm,' and beautiful Mt Danae in the afternoon. Camp for tonight is sited on a small clearing amongst ancient podocarp forest that comes alive at night with haunting calls of the morepork and, if you're lucky, the kiwi - New Zealand's most iconic bird.

Accommodation Doubtful sound - 1 night

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Deep Cove and Elizabeth Island

Day 2: Only bird call softly contests the silence of the morning and we again reach for our paddles, tempted by the smooth water and local dolphin pods of Bottlenose dolphins. Gliding out across the sound, we wave goodbye to our little slice of paradise at Hall Arm and, if conditions are suitable, we can cut a circle around Elizabeth Island and check out Olphert Cove on our way to Malaspina Reach, a great spot for lunch. A tail wind often assists us in our return journey to Deep Cove - you can enjoy a good session working your paddle or if preferred, hoist a sail and ride the winds back to our landing point. Return to Te Anau in the evening, where you can indulge in a delicious hot meal before turning in for the night.

Accommodation Te Anau - 1 night

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LAKE MCIVOR Overnight HIKE

Day 1:

The adventure begins with a stunning flight across Lake Te Anau and the Murchison ranges before we land on Lake McIvor itself. This is weather dependant, there is the option to Helicopter instead for an additional $50. Once the group is unloaded and the plane has left us alone in this remote, pristine environment, we commence our walk along the lake edge, through the native forest containing clusters of 1000+ year old beech trees and moss gardens.
The terrain is flat and easy walking all the way to our picturesque lunch spot which is approximately 1.5 hours from where we started. Along the way your guide will point out the various flora and fauna that make this part of the world so special. After a delicious lunch we have a 2 hour walk through mainly Fiordland bush and alpine tussock following nothing but deer trails. This gives amazing opportunities to view deer in their own habitat. Our camping site is in a remote valley nestled on the shores of a pristine alpine lake surrounded by the Barrier Peaks. Here you can chose to swim in the lake or relax before we have a traditional kiwi bush tucker dinner.

After a scrumptious dinner we walk to an adjacent clearing approximately 20 minutes away in the hope of spotting a few deer and other wildlife including numerous native birds. On previous trips the exceptionally rare Takahe as well as Kiwis, Moreporks and Wekas have all been seen around our campsite area. This is one of the only places you will have the opportunity to go to see Kiwi’s in their natural habitat as they are so endangered and have very few predator free environments in which to live.

(Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation Lake Mclvor - 1 night

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LAKE MCIVOR Overnight HIKE

Day 2:

After a sound night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, we commence our descent through green, luscious, native bush, down towards Lake Te Anau. There are no marked tracks, it’s all deer trails following an underground river that has its’ source up at Lake McIvor. We break out of the bush and stop for lunch at a scenic waterfall overlooking the middle arm of Lake Te Anau and the Takahe reserve. After lunch we continue our descent, enjoying glimpses of the surrounding mountains and deep blue lake all the way down. We arrive on a small beach on the far side of Lake Te Anau at approx 4pm. From here we relax before taking the scenic boat ride back to Te Anau Township arriving back around 5.30pm

(Breakfast, Lunch)

Accommodation Te Anau - 1 night

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Queenstown

Sleep in and catch the noon shuttle to Queenstown for a well deserved relaxing day..OR...

Recommended Excursions in Queenstown:

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk Explore Historic Arrowtown Highest Bungy Jump
Wine Tasting Tour Central Otago Biking Skippers Canyon Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
TSS Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise Dart River Jetboat Safari Gibbston Valley Wine Trail
 

Haere rā and Bon Voyage!

We know you will love the New Zealand Camping Adventure Tour and our promise is to make your travels in New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

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