Experience the breathtakingly beautiful South Island of New Zealand. Renowned for its rugged mountains, pristine lakes, and lush forests, South Island is home to some of New Zealand’s highest peaks, including the iconic Aoraki/Mount Cook; glaciers such as Franz Josef and Fox Glacier; and fjords like Milford Sound, renowned for its awe-inspiring beauty.
Meet your guide and the women who will be joining you for this unforgettable adventure, get to know one another, and discuss the exciting days ahead. We are committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your unique way.
Welcome to New Zealand!
Milford Sound, formed by a process of glaciation over millions of years, has been called the eighth Wonder of the World. The mouth of the fiord is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 3,900 feet on either side. Board a helicopter for a spectacular and dramatic flight to Martins Bay before enjoying a delicious lunch in a safari-style tent. After lunch, walk through the dense coastal forest, rich with bird songs. Return via jet boat to Martins Bay for a hot shower, before enjoying a delicious three-course dinner.
Fiordland and Aspiring National Parks
The Hollyford Track, which runs in a south-north direction, is a largely flat walking track that follows the Hollyford River. Board a jet boat for a captivating scenic ride up Lake McKerrow to the Hollyford River. As you travel up the river the mountains rise dramatically until you reach the Pyke River confluence. Begin your 18km walk heading up the Hollyford Valley. Shadowing the Hollyford River and beneath the gaze of the peaks of the mighty Southern Alps, you will retrace footsteps of early Māori explorers. The track undulates gently through native beech forest and beside tumbling waterfalls.
In Aspiring National Park, you’ll hike up the majestic Matukituki Valley before turning towards the Rob Roy Glacier. This gorgeous trail meanders through virgin beech forest and then emerges into a splendid alpine basin below the fractured ice of the glacier.
Take a short walk-through glacial moraine and board a custom-built boat for a unique spin around the lake. This dynamic environment is dotted with icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Hike up to Sealy Tarns and enjoy the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Sefton, Mueller Glacier and the Hooker Valley to Aoraki/Mt Cook. If you’re feeling energetic, join the guide for an extended ascent beyond the tarns to the crest of Mueller Ridge for even wider views of this spectacular alpine landscape.
Bike, Hike and Paddle in Abel Tasman National Park
Bike through a patchwork of rural and coastal landscapes with spectacular views down to the coastline. A short ride on the ferry brings you to Rabbit Island where the trail continues. You will then cycle through to Seifried winery, where there is the opportunity to taste and buy some local wines. Then take part in the unique experience of paddling a waka (double-hulled outrigger canoe) off the beach at Kaiteriteri into the sparkling blue waters of the national park for sunrise. After a karakia (blessing) you will learn the etiquette (tikanga) associated with waka before becoming familiar with the boat and embarking on an unforgettable journey with our local host. After the waka experience and the Poroaki (finishing off ceremony), take a water taxi further into the park for a hike on the famous Abel Tasman Coastal Track from Bark Bay to the Falls River suspension bridge.
Your trip concludes in Nelson where, at your special farewell dinner, you will toast to new friendships and to the sensory journey that brought you deep into the heart of this mesmerizing, extraordinary land.
- Enjoy an unforgettable blend of natural splendor, hiking, cultural immersion, and adventure.
- Hike up the majestic Matukituki Valley, meandering through virgin beech forest and emerging into a splendid alpine basin.
- Stroll around the enchanting limestone outcrops of Castle Hill, an important meeting place for early Māori people.
- Cycle part of the Great Taste Trail, stopping to sample some local wines.
- Try paddling a waka off the beach at Kaiteriteri and learn traditional harakeke weaving skills with local women.