New Zealand Multi-sport Adventure

11 Days from $6,250

Discover wild New Zealand!

Trek through National Parks, sea kayak in the Tonga Island Marine Reserve, white water raft the Buller River, explore numerous glaciers while all along, marveling at the diversity New Zealand has to offer!

New Zealand Multi-sport Adventure

See why New Zealand is quipped the ‘adventure capital of the world’ this December!  Join us on a journey of trekking through National Parks, kayaking in Marine Reserves, white water rafting in a class III-IV river to the ocean and explore multiple glaciers.

At the end of the day, you will be warmly welcomed to each exclusive lodge where you can relax and enjoy the world class New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

Itinerary Snapshot

Day 1: Arrive to Nelson, New Zealand.  Meet and greet with group followed by welcome dinner.
Day 2: Hiking Abel Tasman National Park and check into Awaroa Lodge
Day 3: Sea kayak Tonga Island Marine Reserve, trek the Abel Tasman Track
Day 4: Buller River white water rafting and drive along the wild West Coast to Punakaiki Resort
Day 5: Explore Punakaiki and Paparoa National Park
Day 6: Hike through rainforest with an ascent to a lookout with 360* views of the true diversity that New Zealand offers (think: ocean, mountains and everything in between)
Day 10: Drive through Queenstown, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to check out the small town of Glenorchy
Day 11: After breakfast, depart from Queenstown…or extend your trip!

Day 1: Nelson, New Zealand
Airport pick ups available all day

Arrive in Nelson, a sunny hub of artists and craftspeople on the northern shores of the South Island. The Rutherford Hotel is located on the edge of downtown so you can conveniently discover this vibrant town.

4pm: meet your guides and your fellow group members at the hotel reception for an orientation before our welcome dinner.

Rutherford Hotel, Nelson (D)

Day 2: Hiking Abel Tasman National Park
Travel to Kaiteriteri and catch a water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park. Set out on the Abel Tasman Coast Track, declared one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” by the Department of Conservation. Hike along a well formed trail and gold sand beaches to arrive at our wilderness lodge on the edge of Awaroa Bay.
Hike in Abel Tasman: Medlands to Awaroa: 5.5 miles, 3.5 to 4 hours

Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park (B,L,D)

Day 3: Kayaking Abel Tasman National Park
Spend the day exploring the spectacular Tonga Island Marine Reserve by sea kayak. Paddle into inlets and intimate coves, keeping an eye out for dolphins, fur seals, and little blue penguins. From our take-out point on the beach at Onetahuti, hike the Abel Tasman Track back to our lodge. (1 mile hiking, 1 hour; 4–5 miles paddling, 4–5 hours)

Awaroa Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4: Buller River Rafting and wild West Coast
We take a morning water taxi out of the National Park to Kaiteriteri. Back in the vehicle we drive to the town of Murchison before following the Buller River out to the West Coast. We stop on the way for a class III-IV rafting trip to experience exhilarating whitewater as the Buller River surges through the Buller Gorge. On arrival at the wild West Coast we take a scenic drive to our beachfront hotel.

Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki (B,L,D)

Day 5: Hike Paparoa National Park
We spend the day around Punakaiki exploring Paparoa National Park. The limestone formations in Park make this area geologically unique compared to the other areas we visit on the trip. The three hikes we do today offer different perspectives, beginning with the Inland Pack Track and Pororari River Gorge. This hike takes us through lush native NZ forest and along a dramatic river gorge with towering limestone cliffs. The Truman Track is a short hike that winds its way through the bush to a cliff overlooking the Tasman Sea, showcasing some impressive native tress on the way. A stroll around Dolomite Point gives dramatic views of the Pancake Rocks formation.

A scenic coastal drive brings us to the frontier town of Hokitika. After checking into our accommodation we have the option of exploring artisan stores around the town. We’re also free to take a relaxing stroll along the wild beach adjacent to our accommodation.
(6 miles hiking, 2.5 to 3 hours)

Beachfront Hotel, Hokitika (B,L,D)

Day 6: Okarito
We continue south to the seaside hamlet of Okarito. We hike through lush rainforest on a trail above the ocean before ascending up to the lookout. With 360 degree views of the area we gain a true appreciation of the incredible diversity of the area: to the west we have views of the wild coastline, while turning east the glaciated Southern Alps tower dramatically above the rainforest. On a clear day we’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Mt Cook (known as Mt Aoraki in Māori – New Zealand’s highest peak) with Mt Tasman on its flank. A short drive takes us in to the Glacier region where we end the day with a hike in the valley below Franz Josef Glacier.
With a free night tonight you can choose your own dining option in Franz Josef. Your guides will advise the best restaurant for you.
(5 miles hiking, 2.5 hours)

Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier (B,L)

Day 7: Franz Josef Glacier
Set out on a hike this morning with our guides to explore the Franz Josef area on foot. Weather permitting perhaps choose to book an optional heli-hike on the glacier, or a scenic helicopter ride for aerial views of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and NZ’s highest mountains: Mt Cook and Mt Tasman (additional cost for each option). This afternoon, relax at a café, or enjoy the glacier hot pools. (3-4 miles hiking, 2–3 hours)

Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B,D)

Day 8: Wilderness adventure in World Heritage Area and Mount Aspiring National Park
We head south along the Coast to the settlement of Haast, where we bid farewell to the West Coast by turning inland to follow the Haast River to Haast Pass. Once over the Pass we arrive at Makarora, where we’ll stop for our next adventure. Boarding a helicopter, we enjoy a spectacular flight that takes us deep into Mount Aspiring National Park, and into the heart of the 2.7 million hectare South West New Zealand World Heritage Area (translated into Maori as Te Wahipounamu: the place of greenstone jade).

Once the helicopter disappears from the skies above we have ample time to enjoy this incredibly remote and beautiful area. We hike alongside and above the Siberia and Wilkin Rivers through beechforest before meeting our jet boat for an exhilarating ride back to Makarora.

Back in the vehicle we soon enter the Southern Lakes District, an area where deep blue bodies of water are surrounded by large snow capped mountains. Following the shores of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea, we arrive at the idyllic town of Wanaka, nestled on the shores of the Lake Wanaka.

Driving time: 4:15 hours (179 miles); Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Oakridge Resort, Wanaka (B,L,D)

Day 9: Hike to the spectacular Rob Roy Glacier
The drive up the Matukituki Valley in to Mount Aspiring National Park is awe-inspiring. On this spectacular trek we’ll hike up a narrow glacial valley, taking in views of tumbling rivers, towering snowfields, and lofty mountain peaks. We’ll travel through forest to a dramatic alpine cirque with fabulous views of the Rob Roy Glacier towering overhead. After lunch, we’ll return to the trailhead for a drive back back to Wanaka. Tonight we’ll have our farewell dinner.
Driving time: 2:30 hours (62 miles); Hiking time: 4-5 hours (8 miles) with 1,530′ elevation gain/loss

Oakridge Resort (B,L,D)

Day 10: Queenstown and Glenorchy
We begin the day by driving from Wanaka to Queenstown. We continue on a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the small town of Glenorchy at the head of the Lake. You’ll soon realize why so many feature films and TV commercials have been filmed in the area – the scenery is simply stunning. We’ll stop and hike on some trails along the way (2 to 4 hours of hiking).

If you prefer to take the day off from this excursion, Queenstown has many activities you can book as an optional extra: ranging from relaxed to thrilling experiences – visit Destination Queenstown’s website for more info on making your booking: http://www.queenstownnz.co.nz/
Please note: you will not arrive in Queenstown until 1030am. This means the earliest you can book an optional activity is 11am.

Returning to Queenstown, we’ll have our farewell dinner this evening.

Scenic Suites Queenstown (B,L,D)

Day 11: Depart Queenstown
After a relaxed breakfast you have the morning free to explore Queenstown before heading out to the airport. From Queenstown you’ll fly back to Auckland and connect with your homeward-bound flights.

Or choose to stay on a bit to enjoy one of these great options:
Option 1: Queenstown is a lovely place to spend some time. It’s an incredibly scenic town located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with spectacular mountain views. In addition to the scenery, it is renowned as the adventure capital of the world due to the many adventurous activities on offer. We highly recommend spending a few extra days here after the trip.
Option 2: Extend your trip by one day and fly down to Milford Sound on day 11. Arriving in Milford Sound you take a scenic boat cruise before flying back to Queenstown. This is a half day activity and is recommended as the best way to visit this spectacular area. Depart Queenstown on day 12 (requires an extra night in Queenstown on night 11).
Option 3: Explore more of New Zealand on our Routeburn Track or Milford Track extensions (3 or 5 day guided hikes staying in wilderness lodges).

Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park

Punakaiki Resort, wild West Coast

Te Waonui Forest Retreat, wild West Coast (somewhat inland)

Oakridge Resort, New Zealand’s Southern Alps

Scenic Suites Queenstown, Queenstown

 

Departure Dates:

December 5-15, 2016

Trip Length: 11 Days
Trip Price:

$6,250 per person, based on double occupancy

$1,050 – single supplement

Arrive in Nelson, New Zealand and depart Queenstown, New Zealand.

Please note: a minimum of 8 people are needed to register in order to run this trip.  Bio Bio Expeditions will contact you when we have reached the minimum amount of people so that you may proceed to book your airfare.

Deposit: $600

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