In partnership with Active Adventures, She Went Wild bring to you a week of hiking, biking and kayaking around New Zealand’s South Island
WHEN: October 20 - 26, 2019. We will meet at 6pm on the 20th and we will be back in time for flights heading out from midday onwards on the 26th
WHERE: Starting + ending in Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World!
Day 1: Arrive and Meet the Group. Flights from Australia to Queenstown typically arrive in the early afternoon, so this gives you time to get into Queenstown, have a wee wander around the town before meeting your guide at the hotel lobby at 6pm. Here you’ll meet the rest of your group over a welcome dinner and get a briefing from your guide about what adventures await you over the next few days! Stay: Queenstown
Day 2: Hike to Rob Roy Glacier. We start our adventure by traveling north from Queenstown to the Matukituki valley where we start our hike to the Rob Roy Glacier. It is a massive glacier clinging to the ever-steepening mountainside as it descends into the Rob Roy Valley occasionally dropping off in chunks off the cliffs opposite our lunch spot – spectacular and noisy! We then continue further into Mt Aspiring National Park to reach our home for the evening – a spacious mountain hut nestled in a valley in the middle of nowhere. The scenery is off the charts with Mt Aspiring rising 3033 metres into the blue! It’s amazing how far you’ll feel from civilisation after this relatively short walk. Tonight your guide will whip up dinner in the backcountry kitchen while you relax by the fire.
Stay: Aspiring Hut
Day 3: Hike out from Mt Aspiring, Bike Hawea River Trail. After enjoying a delicious healthy breakfast and admiring the views, we'll hike back to the trailhead. We then take a short drive to arrive at Lake Hawea, where you’ll be fitted with a 21-speed front-suspension mountain bike for a scenic ride along the Hawea River Trail. This gently undulating track follows the Hawea and Clutha Rivers through the rugged Central Otago landscape for 17 kilometres to the charming lakeside town of Wanaka. From Wanaka, it’s a short but dramatic journey over the Cardrona Saddle to Queenstown.
Day 4: Hike Ben Lomond. For those keen for an alpine hike, we’ll start nice and early to head up the Ben Lomond Track. To save our legs a little, we’ll take a short gondola ride up to Bob’s Peak, which is 450 metres above Queenstown. From there we’ll head out along the trail through alpine tussock-land towards the summit of Ben Lomond (1748m). It’s a challenging full day hike, but totally worth it - from this vantage point you’ll find yourself immersed in amazing views over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, which are themselves dwarfed by the surrounding mountains including Mt Aspiring.
Day 5: Hike Kepler Track. This morning we’ll travel south towards Fiordland National Park – the largest in New Zealand! Here we’ll embark on one of the ‘Great Walks’ on the Kepler track where we’ll follow the mighty Waiau river through podocarp beech forest and carpets of ferns and mosses from Lake Manapouri to Lake Te Anau. For those eager to hike a bit further today, they can continue along the lakeside trail to the town of Te Anau, known as ‘the gateway to Fiordland’: our home for the next few days.
Stay: Te Anau
Day 6: Sea Kayak Milford Sound and Hike Routeburn Track. Today we’ll have an early start to hit the road out to Milford Sound. The scenery in this area is so stunning that even the drive is spectacular! When we arrive in Milford Sound we’ll don wetsuits and head out onto the water in sea kayaks to get an up close view of the stunning Milford Sound. Gliding along the water surrounded by cheeky seals (and penguins if you’re lucky!) you’ll marvel at the immense size of the sea cliffs and understand why people call it the 8th wonder of the world! After a hearty lunch we’ll head back along the Milford road for a hike to Key Summit on the Routeburn track for amazing views of the Darran Mountains. Tonight, back in Te Anau we’ll have our last farewell dinner together to celebrate our amazing adventures.
Stay: Te Anau
Day 7: Return home. After the week of amazing adventures, today we travel back to Queenstown in time for flights departing after midday
WHY this trip and not others?
There are lots of tours out there but many are too soft on the activity-side; both in terms of quality and quantity! When we travel, we want to be out exploring as much as possible, challenging ourselves and immersing ourselves in as many landscapes as possible. This is a week JAM-PACKED with physical activities to get you out and amongst it, soaking up the incredible NZ scenery that we just don't get over here in Oz.
WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR? This trip is for the woman who is:
fit and in good enough shape to be hiking for a few hours every day for 5 consecutive days, as well as a bit of biking and a splash of kayaking;
adventurous and up for a physical challenge;
friendly, easygoing and keen on meeting likeminded women!
All meals, activities, transport during tour, twin-share + ensuite accommodation at locally owned lodges (except for the night in Aspiring Hut) and local guides
At the end of the trip, you can be dropped at either the centre of town or the airport
Airport transfers upon arrival as everyone will be landing at different times
Additional food + drinks
So how much will this cost?
The cost of this trip is AUD 3500 including taxes.
We require a non-refundable deposit of AUD 500 to secure your spot and this will of course go towards the full trip fare!
Full trip fare is due by July 20 2019 and can be settled as one lump-sum payment or an easy 3 x instalment plan!