Exploring New Zealand

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Exploring New Zealand with Adventures in Good Company

New Zealand is world-famous as a paradise for those who love the outdoors. The South Island is divided by a mountain range, the Southern Alps, which are responsible for the islands’ unique climate zones, including high alpine and glaciers, lush rainforest, beech forests, and plains. On this adventure, you’ll explore the mountains in Mount Cook National Park and Nelson Lakes National Park, hike the rainforests and coastlines of the West Coast, get up close to glaciers in Franz Josef, cycle the Alps to Ocean trail, paddle the Okarito Lagoon, cruise around Milford Sound, and so much more. Along the way, experience New Zealand’s unique culture and wildlife in a mix of famous and lesser-known places on the South Island.

Biking, Hiking & Kayaking

This trip is designed for women in very good physical condition who enjoy hiking and other activities and want to explore New Zealand. Hiking is generally 3 – 7 hours on dirt trails, rocky paths, and occasionally uneven footing. Please note that Day 3 includes an optional hike with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain and is more typical for trips that are rated 4. The biking and kayaking are suitable for novices. A rating of 3 requires aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, jogging, cross-country skiing or stair stepping for 30 – 45 minutes at least 3 – 4 times a week. For this trip you should be working out at the upper end of these ranges.

Maximum group size: 14

Highlights

  • Experiencing the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand on foot, bike, and kayak
  • Hiking in Lake Nelson National Park on one of New Zealand’s most beautiful trails with spectacular views
  • Biking along the Alps to Ocean Trail
  • Cruise Milford Sound
  • Hiking in Mount Cook National Park
  • Stay in Queenstown and explore the beautiful town

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