Adventure in Paradise


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    Surrounded by the Humboldt and Richardson Mountains, Glenorchy is the perfect base for 5 days exploring some lesser known hiking trails.

    Spend 4 nights at Camp Glenorchy, New Zealand’s only net-zero energy accommodatio and the perfect base from which to navigate to some favourite spots, in the company of expert local guides.

    Itinerary

    Remember, the activity distances and elevations that you see on the detailed itinerary are flexible with shorter and longer options usually available. Get in touch if you’d like to chat about these alternatives.

    DAY 1 – Hike Mt Crichton Loop Track, arrive Glenorchy
    For the first day of your trip we’ll meet you in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Once we’re all together, and your guides have done their introductions, we’ll head off for our first chance to see a quintessential New Zealand backcountry hut, as we hike the Mt Crichton Loop Track. The trail passes by some breath-taking viewpoints of Lakes Wakatipu and Dispute, a stunning waterfall, and the historic, stone-built Sam Summers Hut. We’ll have lunch today alfresco, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, before 30 minutes of arguably the most beautiful drive in the world, along the lakeshore to Glenorchy, our base for the next four nights. Our accommodation, Camp Glenorchy, is a feat of sustainable engineering, and is a net-zero energy business. Our hosts will take us behind the scenes and give us insights into the finer details and innovations of the development project, you’ll be inspired! To finish the day we’ll sit down together to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the talented chefs of Camp Glenorchy before retiring to our cosy cabins for a good night’s rest. (L, D)

    DAY 2 – Hike Lake Sylvan or helicopter flight to Milford Sound, afternoon tea at Kinloch
    This morning we’ll head out for a hike on the Lake Sylvan Track. Our journey takes us towards the famous Routeburn Valley, crossing the Rees and Dart rivers along the way. For our hike today we’re exploring the Dart River Valley. It’s an enchanting walk, amongst native beech forest. Keep an eye out for brown trout, and local birdlife along the trail. Parts of the forest in this area are regenerating following logging, and artefacts of the now defunct practices can be seen along the route.

    Optional: Milford Sound scenic heli flight.  Alternatively, this morning, you can take a jaw-dropping helicopter flight from Glenorchy over the mountain tops to Milford Sound, the jewel in the crown of Fiordland National Park. The flight includes a snow/glacier landing (conditions permitting), and the most incredible views down on what Rudyard Kipling referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.

    This afternoon we’ll head back toward Lake Wakatipu to the small community of Kinloch, a resting place for early Maori who would make their hazardous journey from the west coast to the Head of Lake Wakatipu in search of the unique grey-green greenstone, or pounamu. We’ll enjoy afternoon tea with views of the Richardson Mountain Range and Mount Earnslaw looming in the background. This evening we’ll enjoy another delicious dinner and relax in the Humboldt Room. (B, L, D)

    DAY 3 – Hike the world famous Routeburn Track
    Today we’re ticking off a true bucket list hike – a section of the Routeburn Track. After a delicious hearty breakfast in the Homestead Building, we’ll take the scenic 40-minute drive to the trailhead. Crossing over swing bridges spanning the Routeburn River and winding our way through beech forest, the track passes by Sugarloaf Stream and Bridal Veil Falls. Our motivation today is the stunning views that await us when we reach the Routeburn Falls Hut – across to alpine meadows, the Humboldt Mountains and the Routeburn Falls cascade. We’ll re-energise with a delicious picnic lunch, top up our water bottles with some of the freshest water in the world, and wind our way back through the forest. On the way back to our accommodation we’ll stop by the quaint Mrs Woolly’s General Store, for a home-made fresh gelato sundae. For dinner tonight, it’s a classic barbecue of locally sourced meats and tasty fresh salads. (B, L, D)

    DAY 4 – Kayak Lake Wakatipu and bike through Paradise
    This morning we’re exploring the beauty of ‘the head of the lake’ – Glenorchy. This time we’re doing it with paddle in hand, on sturdy double kayaks. You can do as much or as little paddling as you like this morning, and conditions mean it is suitable for all ability levels. Take some time to reflect, and just listen to the splash of your paddle as you float on Lake Wakatipu. Once we’re back on dry land we’ll eat a tasty lunch, to fuel us for our afternoon bike ride at a place that’s really called Paradise! Our ride takes us along a series of quiet country roads – you’ll be able to take your time, listening to the birdsong, and imagine yourself as an extra in movies like Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Wolverine, The Lovely Bones, and Narnia, which were all filmed in the area. Keep an eye out for the namesake of the area, the paradise duck, which is most often spotted as a mating pair. The bus will meet you in Paradise, and we’ll head back together to Camp Glenorchy for our final farewell dinner, another delicious meal prepared by the chefs at Camp Glenorchy. (B, L, D)

    DAY 5 – Hike Bob’s Cove to 12-mile Delta, Return to Queenstown, depart for home
    After a final and memorable breakfast at Camp Glenorchy we’ll head back along the scenic Glenorchy-Queenstown road. We’ll stop off along the way and head for a hike at 12-Mile Delta, a location for Lord of the Rings’ Ithilien Camp. This one is an A to B track through native beech forest, passing by some historic lime kilns dating back to the 1800s. We’ll drop you at a central Queenstown hotel, or at the airport if you’re heading home. You’ll leave invigorated, fuelled by your experiences in the great outdoors, and no doubt with new friends you met along the way. (B)

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