Queenstown Adventure Challenge

Queenstown Adventure Challenge

7 days: Queenstown – Queenstown
An action packed week to challenge the body and experience stunning scenery.
This week of adventure will get you out into remote areas of New Zealands South Island, hiking, biking and kayaking your way through the mountains and fjords through spectacular scenery. With overnight hiking into a backcountry hut, mountains ascents, glaciers, and riding in the remote high country, this is a side of New Zealand only few get the chance to expereince.

General Trip Information

Accommodation: On this trip your clients will stay in a basic back country hut for one night, and a lodge while in Te Anau. While in Queenstown they’ll be in comfortable hotel accommodation.

Rooming is based on two people sharing a room with one or two beds, as required. Ifsomeone is travelling by themselves and would like to be guaranteed their own room for the duration of the trip, a single supplement rate will apply. Transportation: Since New Zealand isn’t quite small enough to simply walk everywhere and still see all the highlights in a limited amount of time, we travel in fuel efficient 20-seat Toyota Coasters and our guides make the journey enjoyable. They’ll introduce your guests to some local tunes as well as provide interesting commentary, and we pass the time spent on the road in a fun, social way, with New Zealand’s ever-changing scenery providing a feast for the eyes. Our focus, as always, is getting guests out of the vehicle and into the scenery.

Outdoor Experience: Our trips allow your clients to make the most of the New Zealand backcountry, whether they’re relatively new to hiking or a seasoned trekker. Our highly trained and experienced guides will be at their side, safely guiding into magnificent places that you wouldn’t get to on your own. The challenges are there, and all we ask is that your guests be energetic and in reasonable shape and we guarantee they’ll have an incredible time.

We hold all relevant government licenses and permits, have an impeccable safety record and are certified by Outdoors Mark, New Zealand’s leading outdoor safety auditors. So, with all the research, logistics, safety and hospitality taken care of, your clients can focus on the most important thing – having a great time!

Included

The fare includes just about everything, specifically:

All guiding services. We have two guides per trip, a lead guide/driver and a co-guide/chef.

Comfortable accommodation for the entire period you are with us. We can also organise pre and post-trip accommodation, if needed.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner on most days, as indicated, with many delicious meals prepared by your guides, who are adept at catering for all dietary requirements. In places like Queenstown there’s a wide variety of restaurants and we’ve found people prefer to check out the options on their own. Alcohol is not included, although we do spring a few drinks here and there!

All activities described in the itineraries including hiking, kayaking, and biking.

All transportation from trip start to end.

The highest level of service from our guides and from our experienced team behind the scenes. We’re always here for you and we always go the extra mile!

Not Included

The trip fare doesn’t include flights before or after your trip, or 15% NZ government tax. This is your all-inclusive vacation and there are no hidden costs. Guests will have a few meals and drinks to cover, and they may feel like tipping the guides at the end of a fabulous trip, though they won’t need to pull out their wallet every few minutes on an Active Adventures trip!

Overview

7 days: Queenstown – Queenstown
An action packed week to challenge the body and experience stunning scenery.
This week of adventure will get you out into remote areas of New Zealands South Island, hiking, biking and kayaking your way through the mountains and fjords through spectacular scenery. With overnight hiking into a backcountry hut, mountains ascents, glaciers, and riding in the remote high country, this is a side of New Zealand only few get the chance to expereince.

Day 01

Arrive in Queenstown, meet the guides over a welcome dinner
Flights from Australia usually arrive into Queenstown in the afternoon, so once settled into your accommodation you can take an hour or two to find your feet and explore the town before meeting your guides in the hotel lobby at 5pm. From here they will take you to a welcome dinner to meet the group and give you a briefing of what to expect in the next week of adventure!
! ACCOMMODATION: Crowne Plaza, Queenstown (Dinner)

Day 02

MT COOK Hike to Rob Roy Glacier, hike to Mt Aspiring Hut
We start this morning by travelling over the Crowne Range to the outskirts of Mount Aspiring National Park, where you’ll pass towns, lakes, tussock country and finish in deep native beech forest. From here we take a steep hike up alongside Rob Roy stream to the base of the hanging valley with dramatic views of the Rob Roy glacier towering from above. Afterwards we’ll head back down to the main Matukituki valley and along to Mount Aspiring hut for the evening. You’ll need to carry all your gear and sleeping bag with you, and once there the guides will cook a hearty meal over the fire with a backdrop of Mount Aspiring.
Hike to Rob Roy viewpoint: 6km return, +/-380m, 3 hours;
Hike to Mt Aspiring Hut: 8.8km, +120m, 3 hours

ACCOMMODATION: Aspiring backcountry hut (All meals)

Day 03

Hike out of Aspiring, Hike Rocky Mountain
4km / 2 hours hiking

After waking up in the depths of a national park, we’ll hike back out the way we came alongside the Matukituki river. After lunch we’ll then head closer towards Lake Wanaka to hike to the summit fo Rocky Mountain. This is a great track with unsurpassed views from the top (775m) over Lake Wanaka and Glendhu Bay. After our hike we’ll transport our tired bodies back over the Crowne range to Queenstown.
Hike from Mt Aspiring Hut: 8.8km, -120m, 2.5 hours; Hike Rocky
Mountain: 7km, +375/-375m 2-3 hours

ACCOMMODATION: Crowne Plaza, Queenstown (All meals)

Day 04

Hike Ben Lomond
20km / 7 hours hiking

Today is the hiking highlight, where we head to the top of Ben Lomond mountain, which towers over Queenstown. We’ll first take the gondola up to Bobs Peak to begin our hike, which steeply ascends up and up and up! The rewards are certainly worth the sweat though, because at the summit (1748m) you’ll feel on top of the world, with 360 degree views, and the potential for some snow and the odd cheeky alpine Kea hanging about. But remember, what goes up must come down, as we descend back down 1400m to Queenstown, so leave some energy in the tank for the way back!
12km, +978m/-1400m, 5-6 hours

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“The Ben Lomond hike is one of my favourites – so much that I try to do it several times a year! Nothing compares to the feeling of reaching the top and seeing those epic views after the challenging hike up. Sometimes it feels like the top is never going to get closer, but when you’re there, you’re on top of the world!”
Active Adventures New Zealand Travel Specialist, Miriam

Day 05

Boat across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station, ride
Mavora Lakes

We get a bit of history in our day as we start by taking the TSS Earnslaw, a historic steam boat across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak station. This is the starting point for our epic ride today up to Mavora Lakes. From Walter Peak station we ease into the ride with a gentle 10km alongside the lake and past some other high country stations, before turning inland and the flowing Von River. You’ll feel truly remote while biking along this backcountry trail among towering mountains, abandoned shepherd huts and tussock slopes. Halfway along theres a few uphill sections so be sure to have a hearty breakfast! We’ll stop for lunch along the way, and in the afternoon we’ll finish the ride into the beautiful Mavora lakes, where those who are brave enough can cool off with a refreshing dip! Afterwards we’ll travel into the town of Te Anau for the evening.
48-m, 55k+451/-115m, 4-5 hours
ACCOMMODATION: Te Anau (All meals)

Day 06

Sea kayak Milford Sound, hike Routeburn Track to Key
Summit, farewell dinner

Today we have an early start to hit the road out to Milford Sound. The scenery in this area is so stunning that even the drive out there is spectacular! When we arrive in Milford Sound, we’ll don wetsuits and head out onto the water in sea kayaks to get an up close view of the fjord. Gliding alond the water surrounded by cheeky seals (and the odd penguin if you’re lucky) you’ll be awed by the immense size of the towering sea cliffs. After lunch we’ll head back along the Milford Road to the famous Routeburn track where we’ll hike to a viewpoint called Key Summit for amazing views of the Darran mountains. Tonight, back in Te Anau we’ll have a final dinner to celebrate the week of challenges and adventures. Kayaking for about 3 hours; Routeburn: 4.4km, +380/-380m, 3 hours
ACCOMMODATION: Tanglewood Lodge, Queen Charlotte Sound
(All meals)

Day 07

Return to Queenstown, fly home
After breakfast, we travel back from Te Anau to Queenstown this morning in time for flights back to Australia in the afternoon. (Breakfast)

Breathtaking
I went to this trip with some idea on how beautiful NZ would be and it just took my breath away. I love the scenery and sometimes the stark isolation. I could just look for miles and miles and all I see is the beauty of creation. I am also amazed how the people zealously preserve their culture and the environment. I was bone tired at the end of everyday with all the hikes that we did but it was worth it.”
Dahlia McKinney, Alabama, US, April 2019

“If our set departure dates are not convenient for you, you may choose Private departures by selecting your own convenient tour date. These types of departure are best suited to couples, families, charity and small groups of friends. Customised itineraries are available as per your travel need.“

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“If our set departure dates are not convenient for you, you may choose Private departures by selecting your own convenient tour date. These types of departure are best suited to couples, families, charity and small groups of friends. Customised itineraries are available as per your travel need.“

  • Hike to Rob Roy Glacier
  • Hike overnight in Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Summit the peaks of Rocky Mountain and Ben Lomond
  • Boat accross Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak station to start an epic bike ride through high country to Mavora Lakes
  • Hike Routeburn Track
  • Sea Kayak Milford Sound
  • Experience Queenstown
  • Trip Start: On the first day of the trip you’ll meet your guides at the lobby of the Crowne Plaza hotel at 5pm.
  • Trip End:: On the last day of the trip we can drop you off at the Queenstown Airport in time for flights after midday, or anywhere in central Queenstown.

Recommended Flights

  • Arrival : If you’re flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving into Queenstown before 4pm.
  • Departure : Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Queenstown in the afternoon. If you are considering alternative flight times, please check with us.
  • Fitness: This is one of our more adventurous trips, and is designed to be challenging and achievable. We want you to feel tired at the end of each day, but to be stoked that you did it. Hikes are between 3-6 hours long and there’s a long biking day and kayaking interspersed too. We recommend that you do training prior to this trip to enjoy it.

For more information on accommodation and what’s included in the trip fare, see ‘General Trip Information’ on the last page.