Tramping – that’s Kiwi for “taking long walks” – is a beloved pastime in this corner of the world. Join us for a walking tour of New Zealand’s South Island and discover scenic mountain landscapes, secluded coastal beaches, and delectable local cuisine. Breathe in fresh alpine air as you trek the verdant hills of Nelson Lakes National Park. Follow in the footsteps of the nation’s earliest settlers, traversing ridgeline trails with views of lush, forested islands. Delight in hiking one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” and absorb the dramatic coastal beauty of Abel Tasman National Park. At the end of the day, unwind in the natural beauty that surrounds your comfortable accommodations. On this tramping adventure through New Zealand, you’ll create memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Alpine Lodge enjoys a pristine natural setting close to the northern shores of Lake Rotoiti. The property with its frontier style took its inspiration from the surrounding mountains. Rooms feature natural woods and large windows that look out into the open forest. This family-owned property is operated by the founder’s daughter and her husband, Alexandra and Leighton. Their restaurant proudly serves fresh, local cuisine with personable service.
Chateau on the Park
The Chateau on the Park is a resort-style hotel tucked between Hagley Park and the beautiful historic home and gardens of Mona Vale, just minutes from the center of Christchurch. Nestled in 5 acres of beautiful and tranquil gardens, the 193-room Chateau on the Park offers a unique escape, seemingly a world away from city life.
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.
Conveniently located amidst the rustic landscape of Portage Bay, this boutique casual accommodation offers guaranteed ocean view rooms with stunning views of Marlborough Sounds. Rooms are intentionally designed without TVs or WiFi connections, so you have the opportunity to unplug and rediscover nature. And with a private water taxi dock readily available for your use, invigorating activities are right outside your door.
Select Braemar Lodge
Ideally located close to the village yet enveloped in its own pocket of peace and tranquility, Select Braemar Lodge & Spa offers outstanding views across the valley toward the mountains and alpine forests. Each of its 24 open-plan suites—the largest in Hanmer Springs—features floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony. Some suites offer a private outdoor hot tub. During your stay, you might indulge in the services of Spa Braemar, from traditional and therapeutic body treatments to premium beauty therapies.
2020 Pre-Tour Extension - Queenstown
3 Nights From $698
per person, double occupancy
Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.
Flying from the US to New Zealand requires crossing the International Date Line, so this day is “lost.”
After arriving at Queenstown Airport, enjoy a complimentary shuttle transfer to the Heritage Hotel, 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 SuperShuttle. 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).
Numerous possibilities await you today. Nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps, Queenstown is perfectly situated as a springboard for outdoor adventure. As the birth place of commercial bungee jumping, it creates opportunities to get your pulse pounding as either spectator or participant. Your hotel can help you arrange many outdoor activities such as mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or paragliding, to name a few. Whichever you choose be sure to visit one of Queenstown’s exceptional restaurants this evening, with enough variety to satisfy foodies of all types.
After breakfast, the day is yours to discover more of this spectacular city. Venture into the breathtaking Milford Sound, or relax on a pleasant cruise of Lake Wakatipu. Take an excursion to visit one of Queenstown’s excellent vineyards. Sip wine while enjoying the view across Lake Wakatipu, as the setting sun paints the saw-toothed peaks of The Remarkables.
After an early breakfast a complimentary transfer from your Queenstown hotel to the Queenstown Airport is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. for your flight to Christchurch. A representative from SuperShuttle will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and assist with your transfer.
Upon arrival at Christchurch Airport mid-day, gather your luggage and exit baggage claim to look for a representative holding a Country Walkers sign. Enjoy a complimentary shuttle transfer to the Chateau on the Park, about 15-20 minutes away. The shuttle is provided by SuperShuttle. 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. Meals are on your own.
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|One extra night in Christchurch|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
After spending her youth exploring the far corners of the globe, with travel to 90 countries and 6 continents, Sarah Inglewood returned to New Zealand to work as an emergency responder and as part of the police search and rescue team. After spending time working in outdoor education, her passion for the outdoors inspired a move to guiding, where she loves sharing adventures in her beautiful homeland.
Mark Brinsden is an avid adventurer and outdoor enthusiast. He has a diverse background having worked in financial markets and bioscience but it is in tourism where his passion lies. A proud ambassador for all things Kiwi, he enjoys nothing more than sharing the wonders of his home country with fellow travelers and visitors from the world over.
From a traditional Kiwi upbringing in Northland, New Zealand, Julia Thorne’s life and vocation have segued through worlds of journalism and editorial photography, to property development, artwork, and eclectic roles in the adventure travel sector. Julia’s undying passion for Aotearoa and sharing its natural treasures and culture with visitors eventually led her to her current adventure-guiding guests around her beloved native country.
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