Ultimate South Island Hike, Bike & Kayak Adventure 14D13N

From A$7,999.00 Per Person, Twin Share

At a Glance

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 ...

Trip Highlights

  • Walk several of New Zealand’s Great Walks including Routeburn Track and Kelper Track
  • Explore the World Heritage Listed majestic Milford Sounds by sea and land
  • Traverse Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain
  • Get a taste cycling a section of renowned Alps to Ocean Trail, New Zealand’s longest cycle track
  • See dolphins, penguins and seals in their natural habitat along the West Coast
  • Tantalise your tastebuds in a wine tasting experience at the award-winning Marlborough region
  • Climb mountain summits to marvel at spectacular Roy’s Peak, Mount Aspiring and Lake Wanaka
  • Hike or heli-hike the Franz Josef Glacier and explore its glaciated landscape
  • Uncover the Adventure Capital of Queenstown at your own pace
  • Cosy up at the end of each day in handpicked picturesque accommodations including a working sheep farm
  • Immerse in a backcountry trek staying at picturesque mountain huts or luxury lodge
  • Traverse rugged coastlines, lush beech rainforests, impressive rock formations and blowholes

What's Included

  • 13 nights’ accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Specified meals- 12 x breakfast, 13 x lunch, 11 x dinner
  • All activities specified including kayak, bike and helmet hire
  • Tour transportation vehicle
  • Water and snacks on the trails
  • Two experienced adventure guides/driver
  • All transport to and from Christchurch

Itinerary

DAY 1 KAIKOURA: HIKE COASTAL CLIFFTOPS AND MEET SEALIONS
Kaikoura Lodgings
Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2 WINE TASTING AT MALBOROUGH | AFTERNOON OPTION A: HIKE ANGELUS CIRCUIT | OPTION B: HIKE ROTOITI CIRCUIT
Lakehead Hut (OPTION A) or St Arnaud Lodgings (OPTION B)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 OPTION A: CONQUER TOP OF ANGELUS CIRCUIT | OPTION B: TRAVERSE WATERFALLS AT ROTOITI CIRCUIT
Angelus Hut (OPTION A) or St Arnaud Lodgings (OPTION B)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 OPTION A: END ANGELUS CIRCUIT | OPTION B: END ROTOITI CIRCUIT | AFTERNOON: EXPLORE WEST COAST
Punakaiki West Coast Lodgings
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 PUNAKAIKI: MARVEL AT ROCK FORMATIONS, BLOWHOLES AND RAINFORESTS
Rainforest Retreat
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 OKARITO: KAYAK AND HIKE A COASTAL PARADISE
Rainforest Retreat
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 FRANZ JOSEF: DISCOVER THE GLORIOUS GLACIER COUNTRY
Makarora Lodgings
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 MAKARORA: CLIMB A MOUNTAIN SUMMIT
Crowne Plaza Hotel 
Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 9 QUEENSTOWN: EXPLORE THE ADVENTURE CAPITAL AT YOUR OWN PACE
Crowne Plaza Hotel
None
DAY 10 ROUTEBURN TRACK: HIKE A GREAT WALK OF NEW ZEALAND
Milford Lodge Chalets
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11 MILFORD SOUND: EXPLORE AN ‘EIGTH WONDER’ ON LAND AND SEA
Lake Manapouri Inn
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12 MACKENZIE COUNTRY: BIKE THE RENOWNED ALPS TO OCEAN TRAIL
Braemer Station
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 13 AORKAI MT COOK NATIONAL PARK: HIKE AMONGST GLACIERS
Braemer Station
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 14 FAREWELL SOUTH ISLAND
None
Breakfast, Lunch

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How To Get There

- The departure and finish point is Christchurch

- Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Christchurch

Weather & Climate

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.

Important Notes

- 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.

Other Information

Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

Payment Detail
All 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 Supplement
All 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 insurance

Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

Liability
The 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 Policy
Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

Changes to Itineraries
Local 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 Prices
While 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 Limits
You 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 Operator
The 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.

Evacuations
In 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 Insurance
In 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.

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