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Uncover the purest landscapes of South Island on this exhilarating 14 days adventure. Hike, bike and kayak into New Zealand’s natural beauty journeying through legendary icons Milford Sounds, Aoraki Mount Cook, Queenstown, Nelson Lake National Park, Franz Josef Glacier, the Alps to Ocean Trail and walking New Zealand's Great Walks including Routeburn and Kelper Track.
Departing from Christchurch, hit the road and immerse the splendour of majestic snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes and mighty glaciers that define the natural wonderland of South Island. From drinking in unforgettable wildlife encounters to drinking in world class wineries to glacial valleys and star-filled skies, South Island will keep you on your feet of bucket list adventures in all its forms. Lace up your hiking boots in Mount Cook and Nelson Lakes National Parks, giving a ...
Departing from Christchurch, hit the road and immerse the splendour of majestic snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes and mighty glaciers that define the natural wonderland of South Island. From drinking in unforgettable wildlife encounters to drinking in world class wineries to glacial valleys and star-filled skies, South Island will keep you on your feet of bucket list adventures in all its forms. Lace up your hiking boots in Mount Cook and Nelson Lakes National Parks, giving a glimpse of high mountain peaks across icy blue water of Lake Pukaki before trekking great walks of Routeburn and Hooker Valley Tracks. Kayak the majestic Milford Sounds, hike mighty glaciers descending through the rainforest into the sea at Franz Josef Glacier and cycle the renowned Alps to Ocean Trail. Filled with surprises at every turn, it will ignite your imagination. Discover the Adventure Capital of Queenstown to your heart’s desire and at your own pace. Hike mountain summits and stay in mountain huts absorbing New Zealand’s backcountry wilderness in all its glory. Along the way, find your connection with the Māori culture with ample opportunity of up-close moments with wildlife including seals, native birds and if you’re lucky dolphins, penguins and a migrating whale.
Unwind each adventure filled day in carefully handpicked accommodations from lodges, chalets, mountain huts and hotels. Each stay embraces the quiet sanctuaries of New Zealand’s most stunning settings. This adventure includes 13 night’s accommodations with meals included as specified. You will be supported by two guides posing unrivalled passion as they bring the trails to life, ensuring you are well fuelled and hydrated.
An authentic escape keeping you connected with nature while exploring South Island’s treasures where some are legendary and others a well-kept secret. Embark on a true kiwi adventure of a lifetime leaving you inspired and wanting more!
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Hiking: Approx. 0.5-1 hour walking
Your incredible journey to New Zealand’s natural wonderland begins at Christchurch. Meet your guides and journey via Gore Bay for a picnic lunch and exploration of the rugged coast with its fresh air. Continue to the beautiful seaside town of Kaikoura.
Be greeted to a relaxing and gentle hike to the scenic peninsula. Breathe in the fresh crisp air as you traverse weathered limestone cliffs, giving staggering views of steep mountains that are snowcapped in winter. Along the way, gain insight into its rich history, geology, flora and fauna that make the area unique. Kaikoura's special jewel is marine mammal encounters. Marvel at the sight of seal colonies bathing amongst the rocks amidst the rugged coastline or spy on big seabirds such as the albatross. If you're lucky a pod of dolphins playing or a migrating whale out in sea.
You’ll stay at cosy lodgings nestled into the picturesque Kaikoura Peninsula. Unwind to the sounds and sights of nature in your modern and stylishly appointed rooms overlooking the sea and mountains.
Your adventure picks up as you hit the road north through rugged coastal ranges to the sunny town of Blenheim, situated in the heart of wine-growing Marlborough region. A perfect place to enjoy its world-famous wines. Tantalise your tastebuds with a wine tasing experience at the picturesque Forrest Estate Winery. While here, be sure to sample a glass of their iconic sauvignon blanc. Enjoy a picnic lunch basking under the sun before setting out to the array of activities ahead.
You are spoilt for choice this afternoon with two options to create your desired adventure for the next three days.
OPTION A AFTERNOON: NELSON LAKES COMFORT HIKING
Approx. 11 kilometers (6.8 miles), 3-4 hours, elevation +/- 20 meters (65 feet)
Journey to the charming village of Saint Arnaud, nestled on the edge of Nelson Lakes National Park. Be greeted to your fist taste of authentic wilderness country of breathtaking mountain views and marvellous solitude. You’ll hike the relatively gentle trail through the forest alongside Lake Rotoiti to Lakehead Hut and jetty. From here, we’ll board a water taxi to take us back to St Arnaud, where you’ll stay for the next couple of nights.
OPTION B AFTERNOON: NELSON LAKES BACKCOUNTRY HIKING
Journey to the charming village of Saint Arnaud, nestled on the edge of Nelson Lakes National Park. Be greeted to your fist taste of authentic wilderness country of breathtaking mountain views and marvellous solitude. The park straddles the upper Southern Alps, an area composed of beech forests, big lakes and even bigger mountains. Marvel at pristine lakes and towering mountains before calling into Lakehead Hut, a small mountain cabin and your home for the night. The guides are pretty tough and they’ll carry the lion’s share of the load. All you’ll be carrying is a backpack with your sleeping bag, a few spare clothes, and a share of our food. To protect this beautiful and fragile environment, we always keep our group sizes small and our exact route flexible. Unwind to New Zealand’s peaceful wilderness in a basic, simple and casual communal living with basic comforts of toilet, bunks, mattresses and water supply shared by other hikers. Enjoy the tranquility surrounded by alpine flowers dotting the terrain, soothe your soul to the sounds of the lake and revel at the lush valleys.
OPTION A: TRAVERSE WATERFALLS AT ROTOITI CIRCUIT
Hiking: Approx. 14 kilometers (8.7 miles), 4-5 hours, elevation +/- 90 meters (295 feet)
Embark on another relaxed morning out on the water taxi for a pristine cruise to the other side of the lake for a gentle lakeside stroll to Coldwater Hut, where the jewel is the majestic Whisky Falls.
Journey through beech forests, stride mountain streams and marvel at trickling waterfalls before breathtaking views opening up to the pristine shorelines of Lake Rotoiti and surrounding alpine vistas. Traverse a picturesque pier for the ultimate alpine New Zealand scene where on a clam and clear day the reflections of the mountains make for a magical scene. A small uphill track leads you to the cascading and thunderous roar of Whisky Falls, towering at 40 metres high, gushing into smaller falls and rapids below with moss covered rocks. A majestic and thrilling sight! Enjoy a picnic lunch amongst the peaceful sanctuary of the lakeshore before looping back to St Arnaud for the evening.
OPTION B: CONQUER TOP OF ANGELUS CIRCUIT
Hiking: Approx. 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), 6-8 hours, elevation + 1,050 meters (3,445 feet)
Your hike culminates on the Angeles Circuit towards Angelus Hut where sceneries will leave you in awe at every turn.
Take the challenge on a scenic yet most rewarding hike climbing the Angelus Hut, with an elevation gain of 1000 metres. Traverse quaint beech forests, open grasslands, mosey by streams, cross swingbridges towards alpine ridgelines. Marvel at moss-covered rocks, spectacular cascades and tumbling rockpools before being perched high atop with jaw dropping mountain views and the stunning alpine lake. Feel conquered and on top of the world as you ponder the beauty and isolation of such a hidden gem of New Zealand. In winter the scene becomes more dramatic and majestic covered in snow peaked mountains.
You’ll stay at the picturesque setting of Angelus Hut located on the shore of the wonderful alpine lake. Cosy into well insulated wood burning stove for heating with basic comforts of toilet, bunks, mattresses and water supply shared by other hikers.
OPTION A: CONQUER THE END OF ROTOITI CIRCUIT
Hiking: Up to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), elevation up to 400 meters (1,312 feet)
Lace up those hiking boots for another relaxing hike on the gentle tracks towards Roberts Ridge.
Meander amongst the beautiful peninsula of pristine alpine landscapes and traverse beech forests before moseying up to Mt Robert. An unrelenting easy climb, giving ample opportunities to stop and admire the spectacular views of the lake below with large scree slopes descending to the lakeshore. Back on the tracks scramble the barren Robert Ridges, boasting dramatic views of the mighty Tasman Bay and spectacular mountain peaks from afar.
OPTION B: CONQUER THE END OF ANGELUS CIRCUIT
Hiking: Approx. 11 kilometers (6.8 miles), 4-6 hours, elevation + 70 meters (230 feet) / - 840 meters (2,755 feet)
Wake up on top of the world and soak in an unforgettable moment of Lake Angelus in all its alpine splendor surrounded by brilliant glacial mountains! Back on the tracks scramble the barren Robert Ridges, boasting dramatic views of the mighty Tasman Bay and spectacular mountain peaks from afar. Descend into lush beech forests, beautiful tarns, alpine meadows and magnificent alpine skylines before capping it off on the shores of the serene Lake Rotoiti.
AFTERNOON (FOR BOTH OPTIONS): EXPLORE WEST COAST
Back in Saint Arnaud, reunite with the rest of your comrades in a convivial affair celebrating adventures and sharing stories together over a picturesque picnic lunch. Next, journey on to the West Coast. Be captivated by the dramatic and rugged coastline stretching 600 kilometres before an intimate welcome to the small seaside village of Punakaiki, famous for its pancake rocks and blowholes.
You’ll stay at tranquil lodges amidst lush native rainforest overlooking the magnificent Tasman Sea. Relax in self-contained rooms with private bathrooms as you listen to the birds chirping from the deck. Soak in a breathtaking west coast sunset before indulging in a hearty dinner together sharing stories from your adventures thus far.
Hiking: Approx. 6 kilometers (4 miles), 2-3 hours, elevation +/- 130 meters (425 feet)
This morning set out to explore the hidden treasures of Paproa National Park as you follow the footsteps of gold miners who established the trail centuries ago. Hike a section of the great Inland Pack Track through temperate rainforests, lush green ferns, spectacular limestone canyons, traverse swingbridges, zig zag along trickling creeks and gushing riverbeds.
Up and down stairways traverse rock faces, natural limestones bridges and surge pools that will leave you in awe at every step. Gaze in wonder as you reach the iconic Pancake Rocks and blowholes, where columns of water shoot skyward from rock resembling giant stacks of pancakes. Marvel at nature’s creation of 30 million years in the making boasting at its ultimate during high tide. While here, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins playing close to shore.
Travel along the scenic coastline to the charming historic ‘Cool Little Town’ of Hokitika. Step back in time on the town’s historic walk and learn about gold miners, pounamu hunters and shipwrecks before calling into local art galleries and pounamu-carving workshops. Your journey culminates in the World Heritage Listed Glacier Country, home to the formidable Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.
You’ll stay at a peaceful and secluded rainforest retreat set amongst lush native bush. Relax in modern and cosy styled cottages, unwind in the spa pool and sauna or simply relish in the tranquil bush setting.
Hiking: Approx. 4.2 kilometers (2.6 miles), 1-2 hours, elevation +/- 120 meters (394 feet)
Kayaking: Approx. 2-4 hours
Start your morning with a splash to the beach coast of Okarito. Glide on your sea kayaks beneath a backdrop of snowcapped peaks and across a picturesque lagoon. A wildlife and bird watchers paradise, keep your eyes peeled for white heron and royal spoonbill as you paddle through peaceful waterways. A serene start to your morning!
Back on dry land at Franz Josef, delve deeper into its tropical rainforest with a hike into its natural wonderland. For those wanting a more relaxed and pampering experience, soothe in the hot tub tucked in lush rainforest and absorb a haven of natural tranquility.
Tonight, indulge in a traditional kiwi roast dinner that will leave your tastebuds tingling.
Alex Knob Hike: Up to 8 kilometers (5 miles), 5-6 hours, elevation +/- 1,100 meters (3,610 feet)
Immerse in a glacier wonderland, spend the day exploring the brilliant Franz Josef and Fox Glacier region.
Embark to the terminal face of a glacier and witness its descent down the mountain into the rainforest traversing sub-alpine scrub to picturesque alpine meadows. Conquer the climb to the summits of Alex Knob or Roberts Point, both equally as stunning, boasting their own unique staggering views over impressive glaciers, mountain peaks, seascapes, sheer rock walks and waterfalls.
Typical to be inaccessible during winter, you’ll opt for a beautiful and tranquil walk that can be taken around the edge of Lake Matheson, the mirror lake. On a clear day, breathtaking reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman unfolds in the water’s crystalline surface. Wander through quaint native forests and over swing bridges to the natural wonders of pure glacial water of the pristine Blue Pools, unveiling spectacular views up the river gorge.
OPTIONAL EXTRA - Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike
The sky is the limit! For an additional cost, immerse on an outrageously unforgettable heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier itself! Hike on ice, a must do bucket list while here! Take flight on a turbine helicopter as you glide the highest peaks of Southern Alps and land on the glacier at 1300 metres. Led by glacier guides, enter into an ethereally winter wonderland, trekking through grand ice formations, marvelling at crevasses, seracs and mystical tunnels. The constant movement of the glaciers means every day is different, no two trip is the same, a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Journey to the peaceful and picturesque setting of Makarora, a small quaint village bordering the World Heritage Listed Mt Aspiring National Park. A dreamland of snowcapped mountains, enjoy cosy rooms with ensuite bathrooms in a secluded retreat boasting magnificent mountain and river views. Retire with a glass of wine out on the deck as you absorb the serenity of it all.
Hiking: Approx. 7 kilometers (4.5 miles), 2-3 hours, elevation +/- 375 meters (1,230 feet)
This morning take challenge climbing the Rocky Mountain Circuit, a view that will leave you breathless.
Journey through ice age glaciers, lush native forests and picturesque shrubland. A steep but relatively easy track, meander glorious switchbacks and marvel at many spectacular lookouts along the way. Perched high atop the summit, you’ll be rewarded with jaw droppingly sweeping panoramic views of Mt Aspiring, Roy's Peak and the beautiful surrounding Lake Wanaka. Surrounded by pristine beauty of the Southern Alps, enjoy lunch before a beautiful scenic drive on the highest main road in New Zealand, meandering through the opulent Cardrona Valley and into Queenstown. Known as the Adventure Capital of the world, Queenstown is Southern Hemisphere’s premier four-season mountain and lake destination.
Indulge in local delights at the onsite restaurant and bar while soaking up the views. Or simply escape with a glass of the locally renowned Central Otago Pinot Noir out on deck in the comfort of your own company.
Today, do as much or as little as you please.It's a free day to spend in Queenstown. Surrounded by towering mountains, positioned on the edge of a lake, Queenstown is a hub for adventure, thrumming with adrenaline and omnipresent sense of fun. With a smorgasbord of outdoor activities, it is home of the ultimate adventure bucket list!
For the adrenaline junkies go bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, hang gliding, kayaking, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting immersing into Queenstown’s natural beauty in all its glory. Renowned for its cycling destination, embark on scenic backcountry trail, road ride to heli-biking and the Southern Hemisphere's only gondola accessed downhill mountain biking. Venture further afield and the drama of Central Otago landscape unfolds around you. Lord of the Rings fans are in for a treat, where many Middle-Earth locations are found here.
For a more relaxed adventure, embark on the array of mellow experiences. Immerse in leisurely scenic walking and hiking trails, pamper for a day spa, treat on boutique shopping and tantalise the tastebuds on exquisite food and wine tastings. Or, simply soak up the atmosphere at stylish cafes and bars by the lakeside or lounge about reading a book.
Your guides are at your disposal to help you explore this pristine and ethereally beautiful location.
Hiking: Approx. 9.5 kilometers (6 miles), 2-3 hours, elevation +/-50 meters (165 feet)
Delve deeper into the fiordland’s wilderness on foot. Immerse a section of the famous Kelper Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Journey an awe-inspiring panoramic track showcasing the best features of Fiordland through moss draped beech forest, tussock high country, huge mountain ranges, arcading waterfalls, prolific birdlife, stunning glacier-carved valleys, luxuriant river flats and limestone formations. Traverse the terraces of them sparkling Waiau River Terrace and look out for yellow-crowned parakeet along the river.
You’ll stay on the edge of beautiful Lake Manapouri. Absorb the scenery and indulge in a delicious country local fare. Retire in cosy small studio ensuites, sip on drinks at the bar or unwind to a game of pool all while soaking in lakeside views.
Hiking: Approx. 3.4 kilometers (2 miles), 3-4 hours, elevation +/- 380 meters (1,246 feet)
Today is another day to be blown away! An early yet peaceful solitude start to your day, takes you into the serene calm waters of this ‘eighth wonder’ up close. Glide along on double sea kayaks amongst the fiordlands land-before-time landscapes giving unforgettable moments to uncover the spectacular fiords at sea level. Immerse in tranquility as you paddle untouched waterways and lakes. If you’re lucky, you might get up close and personal with friendly dolphins, fur seals and fiordland crested penguins that call this region home.
Then walk part of the renowned Routeburn Track, another New Zealand’s great walk. Enter the magnificent World Heritage Listed, Fiordland National Park, famous for its soaring mountain peaks, huge valleys, cascading waterfalls and jewel-like lakes. Begin the great walk with a gradual ascent through enchanting forests of lush ferns, mosses, lichens and beech. Explore the forgotten paths of the Māori as you travel along their old greenstone (Pounamu) trails, finding enchantment around every corner. You’ll be teased with unsurpassed panoramic views of high peaks, alpine ponds, pristine forest and small waterfalls with pristine scenes of iconic Lake Marian and Mt Cristina. A birdlife paradise, keep your eyes peeled for native and migratory birds including robins, fantails, bellbirds and if you're lucky the cheeky kea (the world’s only alpine parrot).
Biking: Approx. 24 kilometers (15 miles), 2 hours
Begin your day with a beautiful scenic drive through the alpine paradise of tussock-covered mountains of Lindis Pass and into the quaint township of Twizel. Here, you’ll be fitted onto bikes as you take your first gentle ride, peddling a section on the world-famous Alps to Ocean Trail.
Enjoy a quiet and stunning well-groomed trail following the shores of Lake Pukaki. Be captivated by unparalleled views above the picturesque vivid cobalt blue water of Lake Pukaki towards the towering Aoraki Mt Cook. An iconic view of New Zealand and one that will certainly leave you breathless! Marvel at an array of native flora including the brilliant yellow kowhai flowers and collide with the endemic Tui birds. Enjoy a peaceful scenic ride moseying on sealed road traversing dry grasslands that are a characteristic of the Mackenzie landscape. Cruise the quiet country Braemar road traversing some rough terrain and creek crossings. Along the way marvel at views of Aoraki Mt Cook unfolding above snow washed peaks bringing you to Braemer Station, your home for the next few nights.
You’ll stay at the serene Braemer Station, a 5000 hectare working sheep farm, set amidst the breathtaking vistas of the Southern Alps, Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki. Experience authentic backcountry and rural lifestyle in cosy rustic farm cottages with a mix of comfortable single or queen beds and shared bathrooms. Absorb the uninterrupted stunning vistas of the hilltop and its surrounds with no light for miles around. Truly remote, marvel at the clearest of skies dotted with a canopy of sparking stars like nothing you've ever seen.
We use a variety of accommodation for stays in this region.
Mueller Ridge Hike: 7.2 kilometers (4.4 miles), 5-6 hours, elevation +/- 975 meters (3,200 feet)
Hooker Glacier Hike: 9 kilometers (5.6 miles), 3-4 hours, elevation +/- 100 meters (328 feet)
Today conquer the challenging hike at 1800 metres on the breathtaking Sealy Range. It boasts a staggering 360-degree panorama grasping glaciers, ice cliffs, vertical rock faces in the shadows of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki Mt Cook.
Begin with a gentle walk before moseying steeply up to Sealy Tarns. Traverse tussock alpine plains and large rock fields before reaching the skyline ridge with ever-improving alpine views. A glimpse of the magnificent journey to come. Here, enjoy magnificent views of the Mueller Glacier sweeping down the valley past hanging glaciers and the stunning ice shelf of Mount Sefton. Be captivated as you come up close and grasp its enormity. Scramble over boulders and perched high atop the summit be rewarded with majestically sweeping views of the Hooker Valley and surrounding mighty peaks including the iconic Aoraki Mt Cook.
True to its alpine climate and notorious for sudden weather shifts, alternatively an easier and relaxed hike journeys through the Hooker Valley meandering amongst the pristine Hooker River before reaching a striking glacier lake. On a clear day, marvel at magnificent views of Aoraki/Mount Cook. Traverse swingbridges and collide with picturesque icebergs, glaciers and majestic mountains that will have you in awe at every turn.
Unwind back at the station capping off a magical day and a final night absorbing the colours of the sun set amongst the majestic mountain peaks over a celebratory dinner together. A perfect time to reflect on an incredible journey. We use a variety of accommodation for stays in this region.
Indulge in a hearty breakfast amongst your final moments soaking the serenity of New Zealand’s majestic alpine wilderness.
All good things come to an end. Feeling relaxed, inspired and invigorated, journey back to Christchurch in time for afternoon flights. Leave with unforgettable memories that will make you wanting to come back for more.
NOTE: This itinerary is provided as an example only – prevailing conditions and local arrangements may cause variation.
Please contact us for group bookings and private departures.
The departure and finish point is Christchurch.
On the Day 1 morning of the trip, the tour has two pick-up locations: Rydges Latimer Square Hotel at 10:30am or the Christchurch airport (CHC) in front of the Help Desk (near door 7) at 11am. You are welcome to book your pre-trip stay in Christchurch in Christchurch and make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.
The trip ends with a drop-off at either the Christchurch Airport (CHC) in time for flights below or anywhere in Central Christchurch around 3pm.
Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Christchurch.
New Zealand’s maritime climate makes November to April the most ideal months for travelling to the country.
The South Island’s temperature during summer ranges from 1030 ºC, with a pleasant 40 50% humidity. However, the country’s mountainous terrain and position in the path of the ‘Roaring 40s’ means its weather changes frequently, sometimes unexpectedly. Higher altitudes are always considerably cooler, and snowfall is not uncommon, even in summer. Ergo, you should ensure you have a good waterproof jacket and warm clothing.
- Arrival: If you’re flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving in Christchurch before 10am Monday. A pick up from the Merivale Manor in Christchurch at 10.30am or at Christchurch airport (CHC) in front of the Help Desk (near door 7) at 11am.
- Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Christchurch after 4pm Sunday. If you’re considering alternative flight times please check with us. A drop off anywhere in central Christchurch can also be arranged around 3pm.
- Single Supplement: With accommodation, the trip fares are based on a twin-share basis rate, which means we will match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room. If there is no one suitable, there is no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own room, you can opt to pay the additional single supplement fee.
Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.Payment DetailAll pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.Single SupplementAll accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.General Cancellation Policies- Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee- Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited- No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption- We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurancePlease Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.LiabilityThe participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.Child PolicyPlease consult travel consultant on age limit.Changes to ItinerariesLocal conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.Changes in PricesWhile we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age LimitsYou need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.Cancellation by The Tour OperatorThe walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.Force Majeure'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.EvacuationsIn rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.Travel InsuranceIn view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.