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A palette of dramatic scenes, New Zealand’s South Island hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience! After all, it is the most beautiful country on the planet. Join Us And See Why!

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  • Activity Level Moderate
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  • Group Size Medium Group
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New Zealand Bespoke.

A palette of dramatic scenes, New Zealand’s South Island hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience! After all, it is the most beautiful country on the planet. Join Us And See Why!

Showcasing the best of nature’s assets where towering alps meet peaceful sounds and rugged coastlines merge with sweeping plains. Let’s not forget the backbone of the island – the most down-to-earth locals you’ll ever meet.

The South Island is a land of contrast and one of the most diverse regions of natural beauty on the planet, with a rugged and unspoilt landscape, and a diversity of outdoor activities that is unparalleled. Get off the beaten track on this outdoor adventure that takes us to explore glaciers, lakes, wild coastlines and stunning beaches. There are opportunities for swimming with dolphins or seals, whale watching (seasonal), and the adrenaline rush of Queenstown, the adventure capital of the World – with all its great activities on offer, including bungy jumping and jet-boating. The lakes of the Mackenzie region, the forest-fringed beaches of Nelson, Fox Glacier and Abel Tasman National Park are all highlights on this action packed tour.

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  1. Day 1 Arrive in New Zealand

    Pick up from Christchurch airport and transfer to accommodation at the Airport Delta Motel. No activity.

  2. Day 2 Christchurch – Geraldine (136km, 2.5hrs)

    Head across the Canterbury plains with great views of the Southern Alps. Travel through lush south Canterbury farm land with a great cycle into Geraldine. Stay at the Scenic Route Motor Lodge at Geraldine.
    Confirmed Activity: Cycle ride

  3. Day 3 Geraldine – Rangitata – Lake Tekapo (20 + 140km, 2.5hrs)

    Travel by bus to Rangitata and start the morning by white water rafting on the mighty Rangitata River. For those not wanting to raft, you can choose morning cycle rides or walks in Peel Forest.After a picnic lunch you travel through Geraldine and Mackenzie Basin with views of the Main Divide. Arrive at the amazing Lake Tekapo and view the historic church with great hike and cycle options. At night enjoy the amazing hot pools and have the chance to visit New Zealand’s premier astronomical research observatory.
    Confirmed Activity: White water rafting, cycle and hike

  4. Day 4 Lake Tekapo – Queenstown (375km, 5hrs)

    Start the morning with an amazing lake side drive to Aoraki National Park. Here you can enjoy a great 3 hours hike around the basin of Mt Cook viewing the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s longest glacier. From here we head to the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown! Tonight we will enjoy a group dinner and get a taste of the famous Queenstown night life. Accommodation at Shotover Lodge.
    Confirmed Activity: Cycling & Walk

    Optional Activity to book in advance:
    GLACIER SEA KAYAKING – MUELLER GLACIER LAKE

  5. Day 5 Queenstown

    Relax or choose from optional activities

    Enjoy one of many Queenstown activities on offer. Test yourself with an adrenalin pumping bungy, canyon swing, skydive, paraglide to name a few! Or enjoy a more relaxed horse trek, sail or gondola ride – this place has it all, as well as spectacular views. Great cycles and walks in alpine areas. – Free day for optional activities (see chart available below)

  6. Day 6 Queenstown

    Today we travel one of the world’s most scenic routes into the Milford Sound! Boat cruise to enjoy the fiord and all its beauty up close with possible wildlife viewing of Dolphins, Seals and the rear Fiordland Crested Penguins. Arrive back into Queenstown for the last night to enjoy the Southern Hemisphere’s premier Four Seasons Lake and alpine resort.
    Confirmed Activity: Boat cruise

  7. Day 7 Queenstown – Makarora (140km, 2.5hrs)

    A relaxed start to the day then we head to the beautiful lake side town of Wanaka. First we test our minds at the intriguing Puzzle World then we stretch our legs with a great two hour hike taking in the wonderful views of central Otago. From here we continue on to Makarora Wilderness Camp with a great cycle ride option.
    Confirmed Activity: Hike, Cycle, Puzzle World

  8. Day 8 Makarora – Fox Glacier (200km, 3.5hrs)

    A relaxed morning followed by a jet boat ride into the Mt Aspiring National Park. Bus or cycle over the dramatic Haast Pass with spectacular views of the Southern Alps. Short walks through rainforest, past waterfalls and pools to the wild West Coast. Picnic lunch then head to Glacier country accommodation at Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier with a chance to explore this unique town.
    Confirmed Activity: Jet Boating, Cycling, Walks

  9. Day 9 Fox Glacier – Okarito (52km, 1.5hrs)

    Spend the morning taking in the wonderful scenery before an optional guided walk on the spectacular glacier. Those keen can learn to ice climb. Walk around Lake Matherson. Head up the coast to camp at Okarito beach. Relax next to the fire with breathtaking views of the Southern Alps. Accommodation at Okarito Beach House.
    Confirmed Activity: Glacier hike, Ice climb, walk

  10. Day 10 Okarito – Punakaiki (215km, 3.5hrs)

    Magnificent early morning walk with a chance to spot a Kiwi in the wild. Visit Bushmans Museum, then onto Hokitika and its famous Greenstone factories. Coastal walk through native forest and cycle. Travel to the Paparoa National Park home to Punakaiki and the famous Pancake Rocks! Catch the sun set then explore the Punakaiki cavern for glowworms. Night at Punakaiki Resort.
    Confirmed Activity: Cycling, Walks

  11. Day 11 Punakaiki – Abel Tasman (300km, 4.5hrs)

    Relax or choose from optional activities:
    Start the morning with a horse trek through the Punakaiki Valley and along the beach to pancake Rocks.. Travel through the beautiful scenery of the Buller Gorge to one of NZ’s most stunning spots – the Abel Tasman region. Optional skydive, hang glide or fly an aerobatic plane. Cycle the golden bays to Marahau, where we stay for two nights with the Abel Tasman National Park on our doorstep. Stay tonight at Abel Tasman Stables in Marahau.
    Included Activity: Horse Trek on the West Coast
    Optional Activity (choose your own): Cycling, Hang gliding, Microlight flight, Skydive, Fly aerobatic plane

  12. Day 12 Abel Tasman

    Walk the beautiful coastal track unguided at your own pace then Marine Reserve kayak tour. Spend the day paddling through the Tonga Island Marine reserve, past the lagoons and golden sands and into Anchorage where you will be transferred by water taxi back to Marahau.
    Confirmed Activity: Cycling, Walks, Kayaking, water taxi

  13. Day 13 Abel Tasman – Kaikoura (320km, 5hrs)

    Travel by bus to Nelson with a coastal cycle option on Tasman’s Great Taste Trial. Travel through the Marlborough wine region with a visit to Brancott Estate winery and a chance to taste the world famous wines. Travel the Pacific coast to Kaikoura, cycle stunning coastal route where close encounters with fur seals and a myriad of sea birds are common. Sea kayak and a spectacular evening peninsula walk. Stay at Aspen Court Motel. Optional Whale Watch for those interested.
    Confirmed Activity: Cycling, Walks, Wine tour, Sea Kayak ; Optional Activity : Whale watch

  14. Day 14 Kaikoura – Christchurch (200km, 2.5hrs)

    Early morning Dolphin swim or Seal swim or a chance to explore Kaikoura. Head through Canterbury region and be dropped off at Christchurch airport for flight home.
    Confirmed Activity: Dolphin viewing. Optional upgrade to Swim with the Dolphins

  15. Day 15 Arrival at Home Destination

    Arrive home

Responsible Travel

We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the Himalaya comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. The “Leave No Trace” philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.
In wilderness, commercial agreements between service provider and client require a depth of understanding that is more than what is routinely attached to similar agreements elsewhere. In the outdoors, we have to balance pursuit of stated objective and risk. We try to overcome risk and deliver the objective promised in the agreement between client and service provider. But that does not mean that we ignore risk altogether to chase an objective. We wish you to be informed on what makes a trip safe for you and everyone else.

Please take a few minutes to read the following:

The nature of wilderness
By definition wilderness implies remoteness. It means that response to any accident or mishap takes time. Timely intervention is a life saver. Working back from this, it becomes imperative that any commercial adventure in wilderness be conservative in terms of the risk it courts. Yet adventure means there will be risk. The way out is to manage the risk involved in such a fashion that a safe experience is provided. There are a few things that the client can do.

Prepare in advance
Commercial expeditions entail strain even if others are carrying your load and doing the team’s work. Prior physical conditioning – particularly of the cardiovascular sort contributing to improved endurance – helps. Please invest time and effort for that before embarking on the trip. It will help you in the field.

Be honest, speak up
We encourage clients to be honest about how they are feeling on expedition days; voice any personal difficulties they may be experiencing. This helps the team make relevant decisions for clients’ well being, something crucial when venturing into altitude. Not all of us are meant for altitude. If your physiology rebels, there is nothing to be ashamed of it. Speak up. Make sure that your disclosures about self are not biased by an objective you are feverishly trying to achieve like getting to the summit of a peak or crossing a high pass at any cost. Don’t let summit fever and similar instances of extreme personal ambition, consume you. It puts you and your support team at risk. Stay with the team’s assessment of risk. Go with the resultant decisions. If you think you have a point to make by all means do so. We will hear you out. But risk assessment and decisions, will be by the team leaders as the onus of a safe expedition primarily rests with them.

Let the leaders work
You may be familiar with rivers, mountains and altitude. We don’t wish to question that. But there are reasons why many of us choose to go as clients. One of them is that our primary vocation is something else, while those working in the mountains as guides have chosen to make that their primary vocation or at the very least, dedicate time to it. More than us, they are in the mountains. They are alive to it. That’s why we entrust our passage to them. So, please let them work free of interference. Please don’t influence their judgement. Your expedition needs their best work and best judgement. In any expedition, leadership style will vary with the risk being tackled in a given situation. There will be times when we can travel easy in a very consultative fashion. There will be times when that is not advisable and a more directive style may be adopted by your guides. Please comply.

Be open to alternatives
We can set up the best safety systems possible, checking and double checking to make sure that nothing is left to chance. But we don’t control or totally overcome variables like weather and terrain / river conditions. They impact expedition’s progress. If team leaders review / alter plan citing concerns on any front, we request that it be respected and not viewed as money’s worth denied even if it dims prospects for achieving an expedition’s original goal. Such challenges are frequent in the outdoors. Seasoned trekkers and climbers, when they realize that a particular objective does not seem achievable on a given trip, learn to be happy with other pursuits to compensate – like staying camped and enjoying the mountain environment or attempting more doable hikes from wherever they are. We request you to stay aware of these possibilities. Be open to them. Decades ago when exploration and first ascents were happening in the Himalaya, the explorers / mountaineers / hikers devoted months to their work. Committed outdoorsmen still do. They wait out unfavourable circumstances by having a lot of time and patience. Time is what the modern world does not have even as the mountains remain the same, posing the same challenges; the same risk, the same unpredictable circumstances. An exceptionally lucky circumstance may deliver success. But luck isn’t commonplace. We should be mentally prepared for the above mentioned alternatives.

Be safe
If you don’t achieve your objective it isn’t the end of the world. Be patient, another chance will emerge. There is a simple reminder, climbers often tell their colleagues leaving for a summit: “ the mountain will always be there; make sure you are there.’’
In other words – be safe.

Activity Level
Our expedition trips are designed for energetic and flexible people who have the spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Previous experience in the outdoors and camping helps, though is not a must. These trips are participatory in nature, and everyone is expected to pitch in, set up and break down their own tent, clean their own dishes. Look up our trip grading before you sign up.

Grading of Trips
We have graded our trips in four different categories and you should choose one that suits you the most. Grading of each trip has been done keeping in mind a lot of factors like the trip duration, the altitude, the terrain, the no. of hours of activity everyday, temperatures and conditions encountered, and the level of fitness needed. Any kind of exercise which gets you fitter before this trip is advisable, as it will enable you to enjoy the region more.

  • Easy : Most of our camp based trips, with easy activities, that are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding whitewater trips with easy support and myriad options.
  • Moderate : Active trips involving hiking over reasonable terrain, within vehicular access, upto elevations less than 4000 meters, or trips with long walking days, multiple rafting days, wilderness camping. Includes more demanding whitewater trips with Class III rapids.
  • Demanding : Hiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.
  • Challenging : Our most demanding trips include climbing at high elevations in excess of 5000 meters, in remote and extreme conditions with no access to roads; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips, and demanding whitewater trips with Class IV-V rapids.

The Next Step
Ready to go? Email us at info@aquaterra.in to book your place and we will guide you through the booking process. Please sign and scan/email us your booking form and inform us about the status of your payments at the time of confirming the trip (Booking form and Payment details below).

Why travel with Aquaterra Adventures?
We are a pioneer in active adventure travel, and run the most number of rivers in India, having opened them up over the past several years. We set the standard and have a strong reputation for excellence. We have a lot to live up to and we ensure we provide the safest, quality trips for our guests.

References
Should you wish to contact any of our past guests for a trip reference, write to us.

Services provided
In remote regions, we often use local suppliers who provide services that may include vehicles for transportation, equipment, logistical support, hotels, guest houses etc. We do not own or operate these independent services or suppliers. We work with them as they share our commitment to service and quality.

Exclusions & Cancellations

Booking conditions: All bookings are subject to availability of space on a Departure. We book on a 100% advance. All payments by wire transfer, cash or cheque/draft in favor of “Aquaterra Adventures (I) Pvt. Ltd.”

Tips & Gratuities: Our recommendation is a minimum 5-10% of your trip cost for tips to be distributed amongst the team that makes your adventure safe and successful. This includes drivers, guides, cook, kitchen team, porters and horsemen. Of course, this remains a personal choice.

Cancellations

If it becomes necessary to cancel your tour, you must notify Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd. immediately in writing. Once we receive your notice, cancellation will take effect. Please note that the following charges will apply on cancellation:

  • if cancellation takes place more than 45 days prior to departure, your full deposit
  • will be returned except a processing charge of Rs. 5000 or US$ 77 ; (60 days for Brahmaputra trip)
  • if cancellation takes place between 45 and 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the
  • tour price will be forfeited (between 60 and 30 days for Brahmaputra trip); and
  • if cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour price will be forfeited.

Some trips attract a minimum processing charge – please check.

The tour price is quoted as a package. No partial refunds or credit will be given for services not used. We recommend that you obtain travel insurance upon booking.