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New Zealand: The South Island

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 4-7 Miles Daily

New Zealand: The South Island

With its golden castaway beaches, dense manuka rainforest, emerald hills, tranquil river valleys, and windswept headlands, New Zealand is a land of astounding contrasts. Due to its geographical isolation, its evolution has been unique, leading to a singular ecosystem of flightless birds, distinctive trees, glowing insects, and strange ferns. In this unparalleled landscape, you’ll walk along colossal mountain glaciers, explore rushing gorges, and browse in quaint frontier towns. On the untamed West Coast, you’ll stroll through estuaries, bogs, and wetland forest on a track that passes remnants of the island’s past—an old log tramway and whitebaiters’ huts. Amble along sections of the Abel Tasman Coast Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, and discover the legacy of Maori settlers, who searched the island for precious pounamu—green nephrite jade. Tread through forests of shivering silver birches as you gaze up at snowcapped peaks. Throughout your journey, you’ll witness unforgettable vistas as you savor an extraordinary destination hidden in one of the most remote corners of the Earth.


Tour Highlights:
  • Savor the superior wines of central Otago with a local expert during a private tasting of the region’s acclaimed pinot noirs.
  • Follow the coast past an iconic lighthouse on your way to view an active breeding colony of fur seals in the wild.
  • Sit down to a dinner to remember as your guides host a delicious alfresco gourmet barbecue overlooking the spectacular Fox Glacier.
Flight + Tour Combo

13 days, 12 nights

FROM $7,598 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
Queenstown | 2 nights $298*
Queenstown | 2 nights $248

Tour Only

9 days, 8 nights

FROM $5,698 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Meet in Nelson

Meet your group in the historic city of Nelson before transferring to Abel Tasman National Park. Aboard a water taxi, enjoy dazzling views of the park’s beaches and coastal rainforest as you are whisked to the comfortable Awaroa Lodge.

Accommodation: Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park

This four-star wilderness lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a pristine setting within the national park. Contemporary design and comfort are combined with sustainable practices and local building products in guest rooms and throughout the grounds. The restaurant and café offer organic fare, much of it from the lodge’s organic garden, or sourced from nearby providers.

Day 2

Abel Tasman Track

Today’s walk encompasses lush coastal forest, towering tree ferns, stunning turquoise waters, and golden beaches ideal for swimming or picnicking. In the evening, venture out on an optional night hike, where you’ll listen for spotted owls and find the shimmering strands of dangling glowworms.

Accommodation: Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park

This four-star wilderness lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a pristine setting within the national park. Contemporary design and comfort are combined with sustainable practices and local building products in guest rooms and throughout the grounds. The restaurant and café offer organic fare, much of it from the lodge’s organic garden, or sourced from nearby providers.

Day 3

Paparoa National Park & Truman Track

Following a scenic drive through Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi national parks, you arrive on the wild West Coast. Today’s walk skirts coastal cliffs and beautiful beaches in Paparoa National Park on your way to a spectacular waterfall that plummets straight onto a rock-strewn beach.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

In a stunning ocean-side location, this sustainable resort complex is built among lush grounds just steps from the beach. Spacious suites are contemporary and comfortable and common spaces include an ocean-view restaurant, wide deck, and fireside lounge.

Day 4

Pancake Rocks & Pororari River Walk

Enjoy coastal views from the stratified limestone formations of Pancake Rocks before following the Pack Track along the Pororari River past huge boulders and deep pools. In the afternoon, a coastal path leads to a nursing colony of New Zealand fur seals.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

In a stunning ocean-side location, this sustainable resort complex is built among lush grounds just steps from the beach. Spacious suites are contemporary and comfortable and common spaces include an ocean-view restaurant, wide deck, and fireside lounge.

Day 5

Hokitika visit and Hari Hari coastal walk

After browsing for jade and crafts in Hokitika, a historic gold-rush town, enjoy one of the most scenic walkways on the West Coast while ambling along the coast through estuaries, bogs, and also a wetland forest on a track featuring remnants of an old log tramway and whitebaiters’ huts.

Accommodation: Te Weheka Inn, Fox Glacier

This boutique hotel located just minutes from the charming town of Fox Glacier offers spacious rooms and private balconies with views of the surrounding mountains. Common areas include a cozy fireside lounge with superb mountain views, a dining room, and a well-stocked guest library.

Day 6

Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk

Today, enjoy varied perspectives on Fox Glacier. The Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk takes you close to the terminal face and glacial moraine, and the Chalet Lookout Track affords broader views of the lower icefall.

Accommodation: Te Weheka Inn, Fox Glacier

This boutique hotel located just minutes from the charming town of Fox Glacier offers spacious rooms and private balconies with views of the surrounding mountains. Common areas include a cozy fireside lounge with superb mountain views, a dining room, and a well-stocked guest library.

Day 7

Monro Beach Walk & Haast Pass

Amble from Lake Moeraki to remote Munro Beach, where you’ll spot abundant birds and ancient trees, before transferring to Haast Pass for a walk through ferny, mossy forest to the Makarora River Gorge.

Accommodation: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka

This resort hotel is located on magnificent Lake Wanaka, with extensive lawns and gardens extending to the water’s edge against a backdrop of high peaks. Spacious guest rooms offer views from a patio or balcony. On-site facilities include tennis courts, sauna and spa, and putting green, as well as mountain bike or kayak rentals.

Day 8

Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park

Breathtaking mountain and valley panoramas greet you in Mount Aspiring National Park. Choose between a 1,200-foot ascent to Rob Roy Glacier or an easier walk through the pristine Matukituki Valley.

Accommodation: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka

This resort hotel is located on magnificent Lake Wanaka, with extensive lawns and gardens extending to the water’s edge against a backdrop of high peaks. Spacious guest rooms offer views from a patio or balcony. On-site facilities include tennis courts, sauna and spa, and putting green, as well as mountain bike or kayak rentals.

Day 9

The Southern Lakes District & Fisherman’s Track

Your final walk is along the Fisherman’s Track, a rolling, well-maintained trail that follows the Clutha River. Afterwards, you depart for the resort town of Queenstown for your independent travels or homeward journey.

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Day 1

Meet in Queenstown

Meet your group in Queenstown for a walk along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, enjoying stunning views of the region’s grassland and surrounding peaks.

Accommodation: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka

This resort hotel is located on magnificent Lake Wanaka, with extensive lawns and gardens extending to the water’s edge against a backdrop of high peaks. Spacious guest rooms offer views from a patio or balcony. On-site facilities include tennis courts, sauna and spa, and putting green, as well as mountain bike or kayak rentals.

Day 2

Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park

Breathtaking mountain and valley panoramas greet you in Mount Aspiring National Park. Choose between a 1,200-foot ascent to Rob Roy Glacier or an easier option follows the shores of Lake Wanaka.

Accommodation: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka

This resort hotel is located on magnificent Lake Wanaka, with extensive lawns and gardens extending to the water’s edge against a backdrop of high peaks. Spacious guest rooms offer views from a patio or balcony. On-site facilities include tennis courts, sauna and spa, and putting green, as well as mountain bike or kayak rentals.

Day 3

Diamond Lake and Rocky Mountain

Ascend to the summit of Rocky Mountain, enjoying sweeping views in every direction, including Diamond Lake below and the Southern Alps in the distance. A shorter option is available.  This afternoon, set off for New Zealand’s west coast, where you stay in a boutique hotel near Fox Glacier.

Accommodation: Te Weheka Inn, Fox Glacier

This boutique hotel located just minutes from the charming town of Fox Glacier offers spacious rooms and private balconies with views of the surrounding mountains. Common areas include a cozy fireside lounge with superb mountain views, a dining room, and a well-stocked guest library.

Day 4

Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk

Today, enjoy varied perspectives on the Fox Glacier region. The Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk takes you close to the terminal face and glacial moraine, while a loop around Lake Matheson affords views of Mt Cook and Tasman reflected in the clear water.

Accommodation: Te Weheka Inn, Fox Glacier

This boutique hotel located just minutes from the charming town of Fox Glacier offers spacious rooms and private balconies with views of the surrounding mountains. Common areas include a cozy fireside lounge with superb mountain views, a dining room, and a well-stocked guest library.

Day 5

Westland region: Hari Hari coastal walk and Hokitika visit

After this morning’s scenic coastal walk, browse for jade and crafts in Hokitika, a historic gold-rush town. Tonight, enjoy stunning sunset views at Punakaiki Resort.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

In a stunning ocean-side location, this sustainable resort complex is built among lush grounds just steps from the beach. Spacious suites are contemporary and comfortable and common spaces include an ocean-view restaurant, wide deck, and fireside lounge.

Day 6

West Coast: Pancake Rocks and Cape Foulwind

Minutes from your hotel, explore Pancake Rocks, a natural formation created by seawater sculpting the bedrock into fantastical shapes. Stretch your legs on the Inland Pack Track along the Porarari River. Afterwards, enjoy incredible coastal views and a visit to a fur seal colony.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

In a stunning ocean-side location, this sustainable resort complex is built among lush grounds just steps from the beach. Spacious suites are contemporary and comfortable and common spaces include an ocean-view restaurant, wide deck, and fireside lounge.

Day 7

Abel Tasman National Park

This morning, , enjoy a scenic drive through two national parks, then transfer by boat to your wilderness lodge in Abel Tasman National Park. En route, stop at the Totoronui Bay for a walk through coastal forest lush with towering tree ferns and manuka (tea tree).

Accommodation: Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park

This four-star wilderness lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a pristine setting within the national park. Contemporary design and comfort are combined with sustainable practices and local building products in guest rooms and throughout the grounds. The restaurant and café offer organic fare, much of it from the lodge’s organic garden, or sourced from nearby providers.

Day 8

Abel Tasman National Park

Today’s walk options follow open headlands beside stunning turquoise waters and golden beaches ideal for swimming or picnicking. A water taxi whisks you back to comfortable Awaroa Lodge.

Accommodation: Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park

This four-star wilderness lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a pristine setting within the national park. Contemporary design and comfort are combined with sustainable practices and local building products in guest rooms and throughout the grounds. The restaurant and café offer organic fare, much of it from the lodge’s organic garden, or sourced from nearby providers.

Day 9

Abel Tasman National Park

Enjoy an early morning stroll along the beach before transferring to historic Nelson, with a lunch at a favorite café along the way.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Nelson, New Zealand

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Arrival

Arrive in Nelson, New Zealand

After arriving at the Nelson Airport, enjoy a complimentary
shuttle transfer to the Rutherford Hotel, about 10 minutes
away. (After gathering your luggage, please follow the signs to
the Super Shuttle for your pre-paid transfer.) Please note that
your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m., however,
you may store your luggage at the reception desk while you
explore the city. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no
meals included).

Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson New Zealand

Located in a prime spot only minutes from Nelson’s landmark cathedral and shopping district, the Rutherford Hotel is a luxurious escape in the center of the city. With its complimentary in-room Wi-Fi, an excellent on-site Japanese Restaurant, a gym, and a secluded rooftop pool, you’ll love your stay here.

Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers New Zealand: The South Island tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) will meet you
at the Nelson Hotel at 10:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s)
will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for
walking.

Meet your group in the historic city of Nelson before transferring to Abel Tasman National Park. Aboard a water taxi, enjoy dazzling views of the park’s beaches and coastal rainforest as you are whisked to the comfortable Awaroa Lodge.

Accommodation: Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park

This four-star wilderness lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a pristine setting within the national park. Contemporary design and comfort are combined with sustainable practices and local building products in guest rooms and throughout the grounds. The restaurant and café offer organic fare, much of it from the lodge’s organic garden, or sourced from nearby providers.

Day 2

Abel Tasman Track

Today’s walk encompasses lush coastal forest, towering tree ferns, stunning turquoise waters, and golden beaches ideal for swimming or picnicking. In the evening, venture out on an optional night hike, where you’ll listen for spotted owls and find the shimmering strands of dangling glowworms.

Accommodation: Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park

This four-star wilderness lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a pristine setting within the national park. Contemporary design and comfort are combined with sustainable practices and local building products in guest rooms and throughout the grounds. The restaurant and café offer organic fare, much of it from the lodge’s organic garden, or sourced from nearby providers.

Day 3

Paparoa National Park & Truman Track

Following a scenic drive through Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi national parks, you arrive on the wild West Coast. Today’s walk skirts coastal cliffs and beautiful beaches in Paparoa National Park on your way to a spectacular waterfall that plummets straight onto a rock-strewn beach.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

In a stunning ocean-side location, this sustainable resort complex is built among lush grounds just steps from the beach. Spacious suites are contemporary and comfortable and common spaces include an ocean-view restaurant, wide deck, and fireside lounge.

Day 4

Pancake Rocks & Pororari River Walk

Enjoy coastal views from the stratified limestone formations of Pancake Rocks before following the Pack Track along the Pororari River past huge boulders and deep pools. In the afternoon, a coastal path leads to a nursing colony of New Zealand fur seals.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

In a stunning ocean-side location, this sustainable resort complex is built among lush grounds just steps from the beach. Spacious suites are contemporary and comfortable and common spaces include an ocean-view restaurant, wide deck, and fireside lounge.

Day 5

Hokitika visit and Hari Hari coastal walk

After browsing for jade and crafts in Hokitika, a historic gold-rush town, enjoy one of the most scenic walkways on the West Coast while ambling along the coast through estuaries, bogs, and also a wetland forest on a track featuring remnants of an old log tramway and whitebaiters’ huts.

Accommodation: Te Weheka Inn, Fox Glacier

This boutique hotel located just minutes from the charming town of Fox Glacier offers spacious rooms and private balconies with views of the surrounding mountains. Common areas include a cozy fireside lounge with superb mountain views, a dining room, and a well-stocked guest library.

Day 6

Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk

Today, enjoy varied perspectives on Fox Glacier. The Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk takes you close to the terminal face and glacial moraine, and the Chalet Lookout Track affords broader views of the lower icefall.

Accommodation: Te Weheka Inn, Fox Glacier

This boutique hotel located just minutes from the charming town of Fox Glacier offers spacious rooms and private balconies with views of the surrounding mountains. Common areas include a cozy fireside lounge with superb mountain views, a dining room, and a well-stocked guest library.

Day 7

Monro Beach Walk & Haast Pass

Amble from Lake Moeraki to remote Munro Beach, where you’ll spot abundant birds and ancient trees, before transferring to Haast Pass for a walk through ferny, mossy forest to the Makarora River Gorge.

Accommodation: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka

This resort hotel is located on magnificent Lake Wanaka, with extensive lawns and gardens extending to the water’s edge against a backdrop of high peaks. Spacious guest rooms offer views from a patio or balcony. On-site facilities include tennis courts, sauna and spa, and putting green, as well as mountain bike or kayak rentals.

Day 8

Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park

Breathtaking mountain and valley panoramas greet you in Mount Aspiring National Park. Choose between a 1,200-foot ascent to Rob Roy Glacier or an easier walk through the pristine Matukituki Valley.

Accommodation: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka

This resort hotel is located on magnificent Lake Wanaka, with extensive lawns and gardens extending to the water’s edge against a backdrop of high peaks. Spacious guest rooms offer views from a patio or balcony. On-site facilities include tennis courts, sauna and spa, and putting green, as well as mountain bike or kayak rentals.

Day 9

The Southern Lakes District & Fisherman’s Track

Your final walk is along the Fisherman’s Track, a rolling, well-maintained trail that follows the Clutha River. Afterwards, you depart for the resort town of Queenstown for your independent travels or homeward journey.

Post Night

Tour Departure from the Edgewater Hotel

After saying goodbye to your group settle into your post-tour
hotel, the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel. (Lunch and
dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel, Queenstown

With a central location along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, the
4-star Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is the perfect spot to
launch your exploration of Queenstown. Just steps away from
an array of shops and restaurants, the hotel offers a full fitness
center with Jacuzzi and a lovely restaurant offering fresh,
seasonal cuisine served al fresco in their rose garden.

Departure

This morning, after a complimentary breakfast, you transfer to
Queenstown Airport via the Airport Shuttle Service.

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Pre-Tour Extension: Queenstown

2 nights from $298*

  • Two nights at the Hotel St. Moritz in lake-view rooms†
  • Transfer from the airport to the Hotel St. Moritz
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in New Zealand with an additional two nights in Queenstown. Set in the heart of the Southern Alps, Queenstown is perfectly situated to springboard an outdoor adventure. As the birthplace of commercial bungee jumping, it creates opportunities to get your pulse pounding in spades. From mountain biking to white-water rafting to paragliding, you’ll find outfitters for whatever kind of activity you might want to enjoy. Of course, those with more sedate interests will find plenty to delight them too. Queenstown offers countless exceptional restaurants and excellent vineyards to satisfy foodies of all stripes. And no visit to South Island is complete without watching the sunset across Lake Wakatipu, painting the saw-toothed peaks of the Remarkables beyond.

Single Supplement: $298

*Pre-Trip available for 2017
†Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Post-Tour Extension: Queenstown*

2 nights from $248

  • Post Tour Extension available on our November 2016 Tour
  • Two nights at the Novotel Lakeside Queenstown Hotel*
  • Transfer from the hotel to the Queenstown airport
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in New Zealand with an additional two nights in Queenstown. Set in the heart of the Southern Alps, Queenstown is
perfectly situated to springboard an outdoor adventure. As the birthplace of commercial bungee jumping, it creates opportunities to get your pulse pounding in spades. From mountain biking to white-water rafting to paragliding, you’ll find outfitters for whatever kind of activity you might want to enjoy. Of course, those with more sedate interests will find plenty to delight them too. Queenstown offers countless exceptional restaurants and excellent vineyards to satisfy foodies of all stripes. And no visit to South Island is complete without watching the sunset across Lake Wakatipu, painting the saw-toothed peaks of the Remarkables
beyond.

Single Supplement: $148

*Post-Trip available for November 2016 Only
†Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Airport transfers
  • One night at the Hotel St. Moritz, Queenstown and 1 night at The Rutherford Hotel, Nelson*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 9-day/8-night New Zealand: The South Island guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Queenstown
2 nights from only $298*

Queenstown
2 nights from only $248

Learn More

Ready to take the next step?

Request A Reservation

OR Call 800.234.6900

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Queenstown, New Zealand

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Arrival

Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand

After arriving at Queenstown Airport, enjoy a complimentary shuttle transfer to the Hotel St. Moritz, about 15-20 minutes away. After gathering your luggage and exiting baggage claim, look for a representative holding a Country Walkers sign. The shuttle is provided by Super Shuttle. Please note that your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m., however, you may store your luggage at the reception desk while you explore the city. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz, Queenstown, New Zealand

Renowned as one of Queenstown’s finest accommodations, Hotel St Moritz enjoys an extraordinary setting, overlooking Lake Wakatipu in the heart of Queenstown. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape, it’s a wonderful base from which to enjoy the numerous activities Queenstown has to offer. With sophisticated interiors in a contemporary mountain-lodge style, this hotel features amenities like an outdoor hot tub, garden, and sauna. Lake-view rooms have been reserved. Dining at Lombardi, the on-site restaurant you’ll enjoy locally sourced food and wine from the Central Otago region.

Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers New Zealand: The South Island tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) will meet you at the Hotel St. Moritz at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Meet your group in Queenstown for a walk along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, enjoying stunning views of the region’s grassland and surrounding peaks.

Accommodation: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka

This resort hotel is located on magnificent Lake Wanaka, with extensive lawns and gardens extending to the water’s edge against a backdrop of high peaks. Spacious guest rooms offer views from a patio or balcony. On-site facilities include tennis courts, sauna and spa, and putting green, as well as mountain bike or kayak rentals.

Day 2

Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park

Breathtaking mountain and valley panoramas greet you in Mount Aspiring National Park. Choose between a 1,200-foot ascent to Rob Roy Glacier or an easier option follows the shores of Lake Wanaka.

Accommodation: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka

This resort hotel is located on magnificent Lake Wanaka, with extensive lawns and gardens extending to the water’s edge against a backdrop of high peaks. Spacious guest rooms offer views from a patio or balcony. On-site facilities include tennis courts, sauna and spa, and putting green, as well as mountain bike or kayak rentals.

Day 3

Diamond Lake and Rocky Mountain

Ascend to the summit of Rocky Mountain, enjoying sweeping views in every direction, including Diamond Lake below and the Southern Alps in the distance. A shorter option is available.  This afternoon, set off for New Zealand’s west coast, where you stay in a boutique hotel near Fox Glacier.

Accommodation: Te Weheka Inn, Fox Glacier

This boutique hotel located just minutes from the charming town of Fox Glacier offers spacious rooms and private balconies with views of the surrounding mountains. Common areas include a cozy fireside lounge with superb mountain views, a dining room, and a well-stocked guest library.

Day 4

Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk

Today, enjoy varied perspectives on the Fox Glacier region. The Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk takes you close to the terminal face and glacial moraine, while a loop around Lake Matheson affords views of Mt Cook and Tasman reflected in the clear water.

Accommodation: Te Weheka Inn, Fox Glacier

This boutique hotel located just minutes from the charming town of Fox Glacier offers spacious rooms and private balconies with views of the surrounding mountains. Common areas include a cozy fireside lounge with superb mountain views, a dining room, and a well-stocked guest library.

Day 5

Westland region: Hari Hari coastal walk and Hokitika visit

After this morning’s scenic coastal walk, browse for jade and crafts in Hokitika, a historic gold-rush town. Tonight, enjoy stunning sunset views at Punakaiki Resort.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

In a stunning ocean-side location, this sustainable resort complex is built among lush grounds just steps from the beach. Spacious suites are contemporary and comfortable and common spaces include an ocean-view restaurant, wide deck, and fireside lounge.

Day 6

West Coast: Pancake Rocks and Cape Foulwind

Minutes from your hotel, explore Pancake Rocks, a natural formation created by seawater sculpting the bedrock into fantastical shapes. Stretch your legs on the Inland Pack Track along the Porarari River. Afterwards, enjoy incredible coastal views and a visit to a fur seal colony.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

In a stunning ocean-side location, this sustainable resort complex is built among lush grounds just steps from the beach. Spacious suites are contemporary and comfortable and common spaces include an ocean-view restaurant, wide deck, and fireside lounge.

Day 7

Abel Tasman National Park

This morning, , enjoy a scenic drive through two national parks, then transfer by boat to your wilderness lodge in Abel Tasman National Park. En route, stop at the Totoronui Bay for a walk through coastal forest lush with towering tree ferns and manuka (tea tree).

Accommodation: Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park

This four-star wilderness lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a pristine setting within the national park. Contemporary design and comfort are combined with sustainable practices and local building products in guest rooms and throughout the grounds. The restaurant and café offer organic fare, much of it from the lodge’s organic garden, or sourced from nearby providers.

Day 8

Abel Tasman National Park

Today’s walk options follow open headlands beside stunning turquoise waters and golden beaches ideal for swimming or picnicking. A water taxi whisks you back to comfortable Awaroa Lodge.

Accommodation: Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park

This four-star wilderness lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a pristine setting within the national park. Contemporary design and comfort are combined with sustainable practices and local building products in guest rooms and throughout the grounds. The restaurant and café offer organic fare, much of it from the lodge’s organic garden, or sourced from nearby providers.

Day 9

Abel Tasman National Park

Enjoy an early morning stroll along the beach before transferring to historic Nelson, with a lunch at a favorite café along the way.

Post-Night

Tour Departure from the Awaroa Lodge

After saying goodbye to your group in Nelson, enjoy a complimentary shuttle transfer to The Rutherford Hotel for your post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson New Zealand

Located in a prime spot only minutes from Nelson’s landmark cathedral and shopping district, the Rutherford Hotel is a luxurious escape in the center of the city. With its complimentary in-room Wi-Fi, an excellent on-site Japanese Restaurant, a gym, and a secluded rooftop pool, you’ll love your stay here.

Departure

This morning, after a complimentary breakfast, you transfer to Nelson Airport via the Airport Shuttle Service.

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Pre-Tour Extension: Queenstown

2 nights from $298*

  • Two nights at the Hotel St. Moritz in lake-view rooms†
  • Transfer from the airport to the Hotel St. Moritz
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in New Zealand with an additional two nights in Queenstown. Set in the heart of the Southern Alps, Queenstown is perfectly situated to springboard an outdoor adventure. As the birthplace of commercial bungee jumping, it creates opportunities to get your pulse pounding in spades. From mountain biking to white-water rafting to paragliding, you’ll find outfitters for whatever kind of activity you might want to enjoy. Of course, those with more sedate interests will find plenty to delight them too. Queenstown offers countless exceptional restaurants and excellent vineyards to satisfy foodies of all stripes. And no visit to South Island is complete without watching the sunset across Lake Wakatipu, painting the saw-toothed peaks of the Remarkables beyond.

Single Supplement: $298

*Pre-Trip available for 2017
†Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Post-Tour Extension: Queenstown*

2 nights from $248

  • Post Tour Extension available on our November 2016 Tour
  • Two nights at the Novotel Lakeside Queenstown Hotel*
  • Transfer from the hotel to the Queenstown airport
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in New Zealand with an additional two nights in Queenstown. Set in the heart of the Southern Alps, Queenstown is
perfectly situated to springboard an outdoor adventure. As the birthplace of commercial bungee jumping, it creates opportunities to get your pulse pounding in spades. From mountain biking to white-water rafting to paragliding, you’ll find outfitters for whatever kind of activity you might want to enjoy. Of course, those with more sedate interests will find plenty to delight them too. Queenstown offers countless exceptional restaurants and excellent vineyards to satisfy foodies of all stripes. And no visit to South Island is complete without watching the sunset across Lake Wakatipu, painting the saw-toothed peaks of the Remarkables
beyond.

Single Supplement: $148

*Post-Trip available for November 2016 Only
†Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Airport transfers
  • One night at the Hotel St. Moritz, Queenstown and 1 night at The Rutherford Hotel, Nelson*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 9-day/8-night New Zealand: The South Island guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Queenstown
2 nights from only $298*

Queenstown
2 nights from only $248

Learn More

Ready to take the next step?

Request A Reservation

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Dates & Prices

November 2016 departure available!
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2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jan 6 - Jan 14 $5,698 $998
Feb 3 - Feb 11 $5,698 $998
Mar 3 - Mar 11 $5,698 $998
Nov 10 - Nov 18 $5,698 $998

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2017 Dates LOS ANGELES Change Departure Airport
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Single Supplement
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Jan 3 - Jan 15 $7,698
$1,248
Jan 31 - Feb 12 $7,698 $1,248
Feb 28 - Mar 12 $7,698 $1,248
Nov 7 - Nov 19 $7,598 $1,248

Private Adventure

Make this Tour a Private Adventure

You can transform this itinerary into an exclusive experience for you and your fellow guests. Enjoy all the same walks and inclusions as on our traditional tours, in the company of the same expert guides. Simply gather your friends, choose your preferred departure date, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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2017 Dates Number of Travelers
6 - 11 12 - 18 Single Supplement
Jan 1 - Apr 1$6,498$5,698$998
2016 Dates Number of Travelers
6 - 11 12 - 18 Single Supplement
Oct 1 - Dec 31$6,148$1,148

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Peter Bersani
Peter Bersani

Peter Bersani is originally from Boston, but has made his home in New Zealand for more than 25 years. An avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and skiing, he loves leading visitors on the many hiking trails of the South Island. Also a trained chef and winemaker, he is eager to introduce the excellent products of his adopted country to others, from craft beers to contemporary New Zealand art.

Tom Ives
Tom Ives

Having spent his whole life on South Island, Tom Ives is a passionate outdoorsman and naturalist. With roots in both Nelson and Central Otago, he grew up enjoying tramping adventures and ski trips with his family and went on to become an avid white-water kayaker and rock climber. Tom majored in botany at Otago University, where he spent many days exploring the rugged coastline of the East Coast. From there, he became a guide on the spectacular Hollyford Track and aboard a boat leading ecological tours of Fiordland and Stewart Island. Tom’s affinity with the outdoors and extensive knowledge of South Island’s flora and fauna make him a fantastic ambassador for his native country.

Brenda George
Brenda George

Raised on a sheep and cattle farm on New Zealand’s South Island, Brenda George began her guiding career working as a trekking guide on the Routeburn Track while attending Lincoln University. Following graduation, Brenda moved to the alpine town of Wanaka working on ski patrol at Treble Cone Ski Resort in winter and as a trekking guide during the summer. Brenda has been guiding for Country Walkers for more than 10 years and loves to show off her favorite places on the South Island.

Madeleine Bellcroft
Madeleine Bellcroft

Madeleine Bellcroft or “Maddy” is a woman of many talents and interests, having worked in the areas of culinary arts, conservation, and outdoor education before becoming a guide in her native New Zealand. She enjoys yoga, rock climbing, skiing, and kayaking and has endless stories to share as she has skied in Antarctica, taught English in Nepal, flown a helicopter, and cooked dinner for King of Malaysia!

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