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Bike, Hike, and Yak I

January 10 - January 24, 2016
15 days, 14 nights


Maximum 8 Travellers per Trip
Kiwi Tour Guide

If you love seeing the scenery from the saddle of a bike, while hiking up to an alpine meadow, or while gliding along in a kayak, then sign up now! Designed for those who like to be active, this trip requires an average fitness level to enjoy all it has to offer. Given many excursions are on water, a basic level of water confidence is required also.

Day 1: Auckland - Whangamata

  • Visit Pine Forest and White Sand Beach
  • Kayak/SUP Coramandel Coast

Day 2: Whangamata – Karangaheke Gorge - Rotorua

  • Bike Hauraki Rail Trail
  • Hike Mining Tunnels
  • Visit Geothermal Area
  • Experience Maori Cultural Performance
  • Enjoy Traditional Maori Hangi Dinner

Day 3: Rotorua - Blenheim

  • Fly to South Island
  • Bike Vineyards for Wine Tastings

Day 4: Blenheim

  • Tour Iconic Merino Sheep Farm
  • Kayak Wairau Lagoon

Day 5: Blenheim – Abel Tasman National Park

  • Swim Pelorus River (where Hobbits escaped Orcs!)
  • Visit Galleries, Shops of Quaint Mapua Wharf
  • Hike Abel Tasman National Park

Day 6: Abel Tasman National Park

  • Full Day Kayak or Kayak/Hike Abel Tasman National Park

Day 7: Abel Tasman National Park - Punakaiki

  • Black Water Raft through Glowworm Caves (option of Walking Tour)

Day 8: Punakaiki – Arthur’s Pass - Mt. Potts Station

  • Visit Pancake Rocks
  • Hike Alpine Trail
  • Stay at High Country Station (Farm)

Day 9: Mt. Potts Station

  • Bike or Hike High Country Station

Day 10: Mt. Potts - Wanaka

  • Picnic Lakeside
  • Bike Alps2Ocean Lakeside Trail

Day 11: Wanaka

  • Hike Rob Roy Glacier Trail

Day 12: Wanaka – Queenstown – Te Anau

  • Free Day - See Optional Enhancements Below

Day 13: Te Anau – Doubtful Sound

  • Cruise Overnight in Doubtful Sound Wilderness

Day 14: Doubtful Sound - Queenstown

  • Ride Gondola to Scenic Lookout
  • Dine Lakeside for Final Dinner

Day 15: Haere Ra – Farewell

  • Bid Final Farewells
  • Shop for Last Minute Souvenirs

Activities Included:

  • Bike Ride and Tunnel Walk – Karangaheke Gorge
  • Bike Ride and Wine Tastings at Vineyards - Blenheim
  • Hike - Abel Tasman National Park
  • Alpine Hike – Arthur’s Pass
  • High Country Station Hike or Mountain Biking
  • Bike Alps2Ocean Trail - Twizel Area
  • Gondola Ride to Scenic Lookout - Queenstown

7 Experiences Led by Local Experts:

  • Afternoon Coastal Kayak - Whangamata
  • Maori Cultural Performance and Hangi - Rotorua
  • Full Day Tour of Sheep Farm and Coastal Lagoon Kayak - Blenheim
  • Full Day Kayak or Kayak and Hike – Abel Tasman National Park
  • Afternoon Black Water Rafting (or Cave Walking) – Charleston
  • Full Day Rob Roy Glacier Hike – Wanaka
  • Overnight Cruise – Doubtful Sound

Admissions:

  • Geothermal Area - Rotorua

Internal Flights:

  • Rotorua to Blenheim

Meals:

  • 13 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 dinners

Price: NZ$6,895 based on double occupancy/twin share

If you’re travelling alone, we’ll partner you up with another same-sex roommate. There is no option of single occupancy on this trip – see note below about accommodation

Accommodation: A mix of 3-4 star lodges, cabins, B&Bs and motels.

Note: Because we will stay in some small independently owned B&Bs, there is no possibility of a single room option. B&Bs and hosted lodges allow you time with the locals, living in their home and learning about their lives. Rooms within B&Bs can vary, and therefore you will at some stage be in a room that will be different than your trip mates. If you think this will pose a problem for you, this may not be the trip for you.

Also – the cruise in Doubtful Sound provides a shared gender specfic bathroom situation for all guests. We feel our choice of company, with their extraordinary crew, makes this worthwhile for one night.

Enhance Your Experience:

  • High Country Station
    • White Water Rafting
    • Heli-Biking
    • Horse Wagon Ride
    • Scenic Flight or Helicopter Ride
  • Queenstown Free Day
    • Scenic Flight or Helicopter Ride
    • Biking
    • Wine Tour
    • Bungy-Jumping
    • Spa Visit
    • ...the list is endless!

Is this trip right for you?

If you:

  • love active holidays with opportunities for either hiking, biking, or kayaking almost every day
  • enjoy stepping beyond your comfort zone with a unique activity like black water rafting
  • want to be outside in nature daily
  • enjoy being unplugged
  • want to support locally owned and operated businesses
  • value participating in activities that give back to the environment
  • and love to share all these experiences with other LGBT or LGBT friendly travellers

...then this trip is for you!

For a more detailed itinerary, Get in Touch!

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