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New Zealand Walking & Hiking

New Zealand, Australia and Pacific

from $3,998* per person 10 Days December
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 20 people max
  • Christchurch, new zealand
  • Active & Adventure trips
After New Zealand, the bar will be forever raised. Other coastlines will seem less striking. Even mountains will pale in comparison. Glaciers... who sees glaciers at home? Start at the South Pacific, journey up to the Southern Alps, down to the Tasman Sea, then back up again. It's impossible to choose the most spectacular view. The most incredible moment. The blowholes at Punakaiki? Franz Josef Glacier, surrounded by rain forest? The view from the top of Rocky Mountain? Your ten days in New Zealand will be the benchmark. And your next vacation will have big shoes to fill.

    Tramp through the unmatchable South Island - it's a Kiwi tradition!
    Alpine tundra in the a.m. and oceanside trails in the p.m.
    Visit a working Merino sheep station
    Explore two glaciers, Franz Josef and Fox
    Opt to discover dramatic Milford Sound by scenic flight or cruise

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New Zealand, Australia and Pacific

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Days 1-2 Tramp through the spectacularly beautiful South Island - it's a Kiwi tradition! Hike Godley Head out to Taylor's Mistake for views of Lyttleton Harbor and the South Pacific Ascend through beech forests and past alpine lakes to a sheep station hut once used by shepherds during the days of high-country sheep farming.

Days 3-5 Alpine tundra in the a.m. and oceanside trails in the p.m.  Traverse high country wetland to the dramatic 429-foot Devil's Punchbowl Falls Watch water explode sky-ward through blowholes at Punakaiki Pancake Rocks by the Tasman Sea A jungle trek along (and across!) the Porari River reveals native tree ferns and nikau palms ? Check out the hand-carved greenstone jewelry in the gold-rush town of Hokitika.

Days 5-7 Explore two glaciers, Franz Josef and Fox  Lake Matheson reveals the famous reflections of Mounts Tasman and Cook Swap rain forest for pounding surf at Munro Beach and search for pounamu, the native jade Canoe with a naturalist on Lake Moeraki or go hiking or swimming.

Days 8-10 Hike to the top of Rocky Mountain for incredible views of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding peaks Experience dramatic Milford Sound, New Zealand's most famous fjord, on an optional excursion Breathtaking 360-degree vistas greet you atop Mount Iron, an impressive glacial rock formation.

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