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The Masterpiece is an all-encompassing New Zealand Adventure Tour created to replenish the mind and uplift the spirit. .TransferPage .field.terms ol li>ol>li>ol>li{ } If not, we hope to see you again soon in the Land of the Long White Cloud. content: counter(roman, lower-roman); text-decoration:none; } After a morning of exploring the trails, you can rest your legs as we travel out of the region and towards New Zealand’s highest peak standing tall at 3,724m (over 12,000 feet). margin-left: -32px; The town is also surrounded by forests which you can hike, mountain bike, quad bike or horse ride through. display:inline-block; display: inline-block; padding: 15px 45px 15px 15px; } } Take a look at our list of the Best Hikes on the Big Island. Get close enough to feel the spray on your face as the thundering torrents cascade down the vertical rock faces – it’s an exhilarating experience. You’ll meet friendly hosts and stay in the kinds of places you’ll remember forever. list-style: none; help? #sidebar #SearchForm_SearchForm_Search { 0800 920 2011. After a tasty lunch, we’ll make our way to the Kepler Track for our second walk of the day, and our first glimpse of Fiordland National Park. The Mt Crichton Track is a scenic loop walk to Sam Summers Hut, where you’ll get an interesting glimpse into life as an early gold prospector. From here it’s a short hop to Marlborough’s wine-growing region, where we sample some of the area’s produce. letter-spacing: 2px; display: inline-block; No detail is too small to escape our attention, and we’ve thought of everything with our Masterpiece adventure trip, right down to the tasty snacks on the bus and the tunes we play as we travel from one incredible place to the next. What's not included on my Masterpiece tour? You’ll have time to appreciate Milford’s undeniable grandeur as we cruise to the mouth of the fiord leading out into the wild Tasman Sea. font-size: 30px; display:inline-block; text-decoration: none; color: #fff; height: 0px; margin-left: 0%; from the lobby of our joining hotel – Ramada Queenstown Central. Or visit our general FAQ page here for more answers! margin: 0 0 10px; .new-banner .top-banner .top-titles h2 span { The nutrient-rich water and startling topography has created a unique mecca for an abundance of marine life. The hikes on this site are also available by Big Island Districts on the drop-down menus above. Less than an expedition, more than a retreat, the Masterpiece is the result. All rights reserved. } } After our hike, we’ll check out the famous and much photographed Church of the Good Shepherd, as well as Tekapo’s statue to the working dog, commissioned in 1968 by local farmers to pay tribute to the role these intelligent canines played in working the land. margin-left: -38px; What is the accommodation like on the Masterpiece trip? } Plan for a safe trip. Copyright © 2020, BigIslandHikes.com. For a less strenuous option that doesn't compromise on spectacular views, the Tasman Glacier View Track is one of our favourites. This is not a guiding service. Many of our guests have told us this is one of the highlights of their New Zealand adventure tour. Ever. We’ll begin the day with a short climb up Mount John for panoramic views of the beautifully desolate Mackenzie Country and across the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo. margin-left: -38px; Today we’ll wake up in the idyllic little town of Wanaka and after tucking into breakfast with a view, we’ll hit the trail for a hike up Rock Peak. margin-top: 0px; margin-left: -25px; Mount Ruapehu (/ ˈ r uː ə ˌ p eɪ h uː /; Māori: [ˈɾʉaˌpɛhʉ]) is an active stratovolcano at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand.It is 23 kilometres (14 mi) northeast of Ohakune and 23 km (14 mi) southwest of the southern shore of Lake Taupo, within Tongariro National Park.The North Island's major ski resorts and only glaciers are on its slopes. vertical-align: text-top; .TransferPage .field.terms ol li:before{ Known fondly as the ‘stairmaster’ or the ‘stairway to heaven’, you’ll pull yourself up exactly 1,882 steps to Sealy Tarns where the views out over the Mueller and Hooker Lakes are out of this world. This route is one seriously rewarding leg workout. Be sure to sample an expertly made coffee from one of the many locally owned cafes in the area. 8: The Routeburn TrackA day hike on one of New Zealand’s most magnificent walking trails. font-weight:700; The first four regions are based on smaller regions in Japan, Unova and Alola are based on parts of … This trip has been carefully crafted to give you exclusive access to New Zealand's best walks, activities, and accommodations. Or, if you're a keen runner, you might like to participate in the Molesworth Run, an 84km race held in mid-November every year. We are frequent travelers and we were just so impressed with the company’s attention to details and planning of this trip. Or if you’d prefer something a little more active, we can help you book a tour to explore Abel Tasman National Park on foot or by kayak. Just north of Christchurch lies the small coastal town of Kaikoura. } .custom-cta-button { content: counter(indentletters, lower-alpha); } You might also want to check out another form of artwork on the beach, where creative locals have built impressive driftwood sculptures for all to enjoy. From Picton, we water taxi across the glorious Queen Charlotte Sound to our accommodation for the night. } } With its towering limestone cliffs and lush vegetation, this area feels like something straight out of Jurassic Park. color:#fff; This afternoon we'll finish our adventure in Queenstown, and it’s time to say goodbye to your guides, travel companions and new-found friends as we drop you at the airport or your accommodation. #special-sidebar .body-cta { width: 38px; line-height: 36px; #guts { border-bottom:3px solid #a96729; } library_tolerance=2500, The camp gives a pretty good answer though, saying the town makes a great base for exploring wider North Canterbury or for some genuine R&R. There’s plenty of time to relax and you can do as much (or as little!) .wr-main-review .review .main-quote { font-family: proxima-nova; Excellent - is my summary. | Privacy Policy. We’ll share the views at the top and stop to visit Diamond Lake on the way back down. Welcome to Big Island Hikes! } } .transfer-tcs ol li ol li>ol>li>ol>li:before { Plan your land based trip into the New Zealand outdoors. display: block; .transfer-tcs ol li>ol>li:before{ FREE PHONE: +64 3 595 20801800 459 511 1-877-796-04160800 920 2011, © Copyright The Real New Zealand Limited 2021. .transfer-tcs ol li>ol>li>ol>li { display: inline-block; We’ll hike the Porarari Loop Track this morning through Paparoa National Park, a visually rich area made up of dense sub-tropical forest and limestone cliff gorges. font-family: museo-slab; } Airfares to and from New Zealand. West CoastLake Mapourika & Franz Josef Glacier. padding-left: 38px; Want to “do New Zealand” your way, with expert local guides to Small Dusky dolphins are well-known for their aerobatic feats and interactive behaviour. Or you can brave the rapids and have a go at white water rafting and jet boating in the Waiau Gorge. background: #fb8113 url(https://newzealandtrails.com/themes/nzt/images/right-white-arrow.png) no-repeat 97% center; width: 65%; The tour is an educational experience that is designed not to interfere with the natural behaviour, routines or habitat of the dolphins. -moz-border-radius:10px; } Today we’ll make our way to the rugged West Coast, taking our time to stop and appreciate the journey, including a picturesque hike along the coast to Tauranga Bay seal colony. Designed to showcase the best of New Zealand without the need to rush, this is adventure travel at its finest. } .TransferPage .field.terms h4{ counter-reset: indentletters; Okay, Hawaii isn't exactly rife with lakes. /* Update font size on homepage review */ .body-cta.blog-get-your-brochure{ font-size:20px; color: #fff; Take your time and enjoy the journey as you hike, bike and paddle in and around the South Island’s most beautiful locations. width: 48%; @media only screen and (min-width:1271px) { max-width: 247px !important; } @media only screen and (max-width:1280px) and (min-width:760px) { top: 30px; width: 98%; On the last morning of the trip, we'll make our way back to Queenstown, marvelling at the incredible views en route. Whether the sun’s shining brightly or the sky’s clouded over, the beauty of Milford Sound never disappoints. color: #fff; If you’re joining us to explore the North Island on our Sweet North trip, we’ll ensure a smooth transition for you. margin-left: -38px; You’ll hike past the hut, across 12 Mile Creek and up to a ridge overlooking stunning views of Lake Dispute. Christchurch is undergoing an urban regeneration project but still retains a garden-like quality with much to see and do. Whichever option you decide on, you won’t be disappointed. But the Big Island's Lake Waiau makes up for that scarcity with a breathtaking reservoir perched 13,000 feet above sea level. KÄ«lauea Iki - Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park - This is a great short hike that travels through a pit crater near erupting KÄ«lauea Caldera. Our accommodation tonight is in the seaside village of Buller Bay. font-weight: 700; Take in the Tasman Sea in all its glory, pounding on the cliffs below as you make your way to the Tauranga Bay seal colony, well known for its seal pup rookery. Mueller Lake, Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park. If you are in for a hike at high altitude, you can also make a short excursion to the highest lake in the state at 1,3020 ft: Lake Waiau. At an altitude of 3,969 m (13,022 ft), it lies within the PuÊ»u Waiau cinder cone and is the only alpine lake in Hawaii. .transfer-tcs ol li>ol>li>ol>li>ol{ **If your travel plans fall outside of these times please check with us before you book. We’ll follow the Kawarau River along a wide trail, riding past homesteads, meadows and mountains out towards the famous Gibbston Valley vineyards and the world’s first commercial bungy bridge. The early start is well worth it today for the best chance at meeting some of the local wildlife that calls this area home. I couldn't believe how accommodating, knowledgeable, professional, friendly and safety-conscious the guides were. This morning we’ll make the steady climb up Mount John though forest and tussock to the observatory at the top. counter-reset: indentletters; margin: 30px 0px; margin-top: 0px; .TransferPage .field.terms ol li>ol>li>ol>li>ol{ } .custom-cta-button.get-copy-btn:active{ All trailheads on this site can be accessed with a passenger car, and almost all of the hikes are completely free. } Then spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the delightful township of Wanaka - take a stroll along the foreshore or even head out for a self-guided bike ride on the lakeside trail – the choice is yours. This makes it the highest lake in the entire Pacific Ocean area. There is nothing exclusive here. Today is yours to enjoy as you wish. After spending the morning cruising on the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, we’ll head off to discover a gem on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, the Routeburn. } #footer .footer-links .col li:last-child a { font-weight: 700; The unusual limestone formations, overlaid with soft mud and clay, have been forged over millions of years by the immense pressure of the sea, wind and rain, creating the pancake effect we see today. The best way to navigate this site is probably by using the map below. margin-left: -38px; content: counters(indentme, ".") The lake is very small and shallow, with a surface area of 0.73 ha (1.80 acres) and a depth of 3 m (10 ft). padding:15px 45px 15px 15px; 3: Queen Charlotte SoundPaddle the deep-green waters and observe the scenery and wildlife. vertical-align: text-top; The city of Christchurch is a lovely spot with a mix of green parks and state-of-the-art architecture. We’ve planned the best routes to hike and we know the best time to visit all the hot spots, so you won’t be sharing the views with too many others. .new-banner .top-banner .top-titles h2 span { One of the very best New Zealand tours and a sure-fire way to ensure that you make the most of this once in a lifetime vacation. CAD$7799+tax Barbara & Bruce Jentleson (Masterpiece, February 20). } It’s been so well perfected over the years – it’s so special that it’s the New Zealand we share with friends! } .transfer-tcs ol li:before { It’s like the perfect road trip with friends, minus arguing over who has to drive! We will sample some impeccable wines from this region, before carrying on towards Nelson and our accommodation for the next two nights. (Arguably one of the highest lake in the United States.) font-size: 20px; It’s one of our most accessible glaciers, so we’re able to get close enough for a great view of the terminal face. max-width: 800px !important; settings_tolerance=2000, It is one of very few lakes in the state of HawaiÊ»i. Today’s an unforgettable day and a dream come true for wildlife lovers. .transfer-tcs ol li>ol>li>ol{ display: inline-block; .TransferPage .blog-posts-new .blog-post ol li{ Sunsets on the West Coast are incredibly special and tonight you’ll see just why. font-weight: 700; This afternoon we will travel south down the coast, over the Haast Pass and into the vast beauty and open spaces of Central Otago. padding-top: 26px; Following the Waiau River, it meanders through beech forest and wetlands before emerging at a spectacular viewpoint on the shores of Lake Manapouri.After a full day of spectacular views, we'll head to Te Anau - the gateway to the fiords - in preparation for our journey into Milford Sound tomorrow. @media only screen and (max-width:767px) { } If you prefer to walk rather than cycle, we have an equally exciting alternative. counter-reset: roman; as you’d like throughout the trip. #sidebar a.arrow-btn{ .TransferPage .field.terms ol li>ol>li>ol>li>ol>li{ An area of incredible natural beauty, this National Park is home to many iconic mountain vistas, including that of our highest peak Aoraki/Mt Cook. "; max-width: 50%; There are strict regulations in place to protect and respect the dolphins and to keep you safe in the water. } Today we’ll hike a fantastic track through Paparoa National Park, as well as checking out the blowholes and limestone formations of the Pancake Rocks. list-style: none; We’ll learn a little about the geology and history of the area as we take in the scenery. padding-left: 32px; counter-increment: indentme; .custom-cta-button.get-copy-btn:hover, Today is a great opportunity to explore on your own if you’d like. After long careers in New Zealand adventure travel, we created this adventure trip as the one we would most want our friends to do if they were coming to visit us. The remote but spectacular wild West Coast is where we will stop for a delicious picnic lunch, before heading out on a coastal walk. We’ll make a stop in Peel Forest and venture into the heart of one of New Zealand's last remaining podocarp forests. ". For the next couple of nights, we’ll stay in Nelson, a colourful beachside town and comfortable resting point. Boasting views normally reserved for serious mountaineers, our hikes today take us into the heart of the National Park and provide jaw-dropping vistas for our efforts. If you are feeling energetic you can join your guides for a morning hike over the Bridle Path for incredible views over Christchurch and Lyttleton Harbour. margin-left: -25px; } } content: counter(indentletters, lower-alpha); } } width: 98%; counter-increment: indentme; Along the way, you’ll stay in very comfortable lodging and enjoy a delightful mix of home-cooked Kiwi fare and restaurant dining. border:1px solid #ff9433; You also have the option to explore the Mount Cook village at your leisure or splurge on a heli-hike or glacier boat tour. display: inline-block; .twothird { margin-left: 1%; content: counter(roman, lower-roman); The lake is very small and only has a surface of about 0.73 hectares (1.80 acres) and very shallow as well with a maximum depth of just 3 meters (10 feet). } Mauna Kea is home to Lake Waiau, the highest lake in the Pacific Basin. After a sound night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, it’s time to set foot on the trails this morning. color: #fff; USD$5799 This area was mined back in the 1800s and relics of that time still remain, including a large sluiced canyon and a "tail race" tunnel. } Get outdoors with MSC. padding-left: 32px; line-height: 1.1em; Your driver will pick you up from the stunning Southern Discoveries swing bridge and drive you to the Kawarau bungy bridge to regroup with the rest of the team. To experience the best of both North and South over 19 days, pair this trip with our Sweet North tour. .transfer-tcs ol li>ol>li>ol>li>ol>li:before { The Avon River weaves its way through a city in the process of regeneration with plenty to see including the colourful Spanish Mission architecture of New Regent Street, curious cardboard cathedral and lush botanical gardens. Aoraki/Mt Cook National ParkMultiple Choice. This afternoon we’ll head deeper in Fiordland’s wilderness for a heart-pumping hike on the world famous Routeburn Track up to Key Summit. } line-height: 24px; Lake Mapourika is home to an abundance of native birdlife, including some rare species such as the Kōtuku, or white heron. counter-increment: roman; As we walk, we’ll look out over 360-degree views across the impressive Mackenzie Basin flats and surrounding mountains and lakes. Hop aboard a Zodiac boat and set off across the iceberg-filled lake for an up-close encounter with the Tasman Glacier’s terminal face. This was our first group tour, and it spoiled us for any others. After a nourishing breakfast at the lodge, we’ll take to the water again in our kayaks and paddle back to Picton, exploring some hidden coves and bays along the way. Then we drop in on Pounamu (greenstone/jade) carvers at work in the town of Hokitika. Queen Charlotte SoundKayak & wine tasting. #special-sidebar { var account_id=297000, padding-right: 20px; .new-banner .left-testim .txt { Pick up informationWe can pick you up on the first day of your trip in Queenstown at: Drop off informationWe can drop you off on the last day of your trip in Queenstown at: When booking your flights, please make sure you: Arrive on day one no later than 8.00am International 8.30am DomesticDepart on the final day no earlier than 6.00pm International 5.00pm Domestic. } background: #348791 url(https://newzealandtrails.com/themes/nzt/images/right-white-arrow.png) no-repeat 97% center; /* Update review font size on Trip pages */ background: #337077 url(https://newzealandtrails.com/themes/nzt/images/right-white-arrow.png) no-repeat 97% center; You’ll also have the chance to check out an interesting geographical phenomenon in the town of Punakaiki – the curious looking but aptly named Pancake Rocks. .BlogPost #sidebar .custom-cta-button:hover { counter-increment: indentletters; vertical-align:baseline border: 1px solid #294b58; font-size: 14px; .new-banner .top-banner .top-titles h2 span { By running one trip eastbound and the other westbound we are able to give every guest this exclusive experience. This is the web's #1 source for hiking on the Big Island of Hawai'i. An unsurpassed view of the Southern Alps makes for the perfect backdrop to our morning kayak. Perfected over the years, our unique Masterpiece New Zealand adventure tour is a trip to remember. Today’s journey takes us from mountain to ocean as we head through the fertile plains of Canterbury towards the East Coast. /* Specific CSS for the Trip Transfer T&Cs Page */ This playlist contains a range of videos to help you 'Get Outdoors' and #MakeItHomeNZ. With our small groups of no more than 14 people and 2 guides, we offer you plenty of options and flexibility. #footer .footer-links ul li { An adventure you won't forget. } .blog-posts-new .blog-post .transfer-tcs ol li{ text-decoration: none; After meeting your guides and fellow travellers, we’ll head out for a dose of fresh mountain air on either a scenic bike ride or walk – the perfect antidote to any residual jetlag you’re feeling! .custom-cta-button.get-copy-btn { The published itinerary is the eastbound trip, though it doesn't matter which direction you go as both trips start and finish in Queenstown and the itineraries are identical, they just run in opposite directions. If for any reason you would like to be on a particular departure direction then just let us know. In the company of an experienced guide, you’ll don crampons to explore the striking ice caves of this frozen wonderland. background:#ff9433 url(https://newzealandtrails.com/themes/nzt/images/right-white-arrow.png) no-repeat 97% center; text-transform:uppercase; } Lake Waiau is located on Mauna Kea, more than 13.000 ft above sea level. width: 33%; /*padding-right: 20px;*/ letter-spacing:2px; use_existing_jquery=false, font-family: "Times New Roman", serif; } ". If our friends were coming to New Zealand, this is what we would do. All Rights Reserved. border: 1px solid #294b58; This morning's hike will take us to the summit of Rock Peak, where you will be rewarded with sweeping 360 degree views of the Wakatipu Basin, Crown Range, the Remarkables, and the Gibbston Valley. Set amongst a landscape of native plants and abundant birdlife, with views of the glistening bay, you’ll enjoy an excellent meal and the chance to truly relax in this remote but well-equipped location. We’ll get fitted out with bikes before taking to the trail on two wheels. } .TransferPage .field.terms ol li>ol>li>ol>li>ol>li:before{ After a full day of activities, we’ll meet up and return to our accommodation for a flavoursome home-cooked meal and a chance to trade stories from the day or do some more stargazing. Users of the website may print or download any content for personal use, but no one may reproduce this content (whether text or photographs) for any purpose in print or online without explicit permission from BigIslandHikes.com. .transfer-tcs ol { padding-right: 20px; Located a short distance from the famed Mauna Kea Observatories, it's a prime spot for stargazing by night. font-size:30px text-transform: uppercase; What time does the Masterpiece trip start and finish? .twothird { list-style: none; Today you’ll have the choice of either biking or walking the Arrow River Bridges Trail. font-size:50px .third { } var _vwo_code=(function(){ Airfares between the North and South Island of New Zealand if you are joining our Sweet North trip.Airport transfers.Travel insurance.Visas.Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages with lunch and dinner. ". PuÊ»ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Puakō Petroglyph Archaeological District, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, PuÊ»uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Kaʻū Desert - Mauna Iki Trail from Hilina Pali Road. This area is a UNESCO International Dark Sky Reserve, which means all you need do is step outside and look up for some world-class star-gazing this evening. .new-banner .top-banner .top-titles h2 span { .TransferPage .field.terms, Overall, the trip exceeded our expectations in every possible respect. We’ll regroup this evening for a delicious meal together in a local eatery. padding-left: 38px; Take some short walks around the area or just enjoy the views with a coffee and a good book. list-style: none; } As our most flexible itinerary, there’s something to suit everyone. It’s the most challenging option today and involves a steep but steady climb on a well-formed track. Rainforests, rivers and glaciers meet deserted beaches and crashing waves, making for a unique and sometimes stark coastline. } line-height:24px We’ll take our time, stopping in some of our favourite spots along the way to stretch our legs and capture the glorious views. An experienced New Zealand Trails Guide to guide you on your tour.All meals except dinner the night you arrive in Nelson and breakfast, lunch and dinner on your free day in Nelson when guests like to explore the outstanding local restaurants and cafés.Activities, hikes and guides as shown in the itinerary.Accommodation as indicated in your final itinerary. padding: 20px; Click here to go to a handy page with a summary of the distances and approximate times for every walk and activity on our Masterpiece trip! Check out trip dates below using the date picker and keep an eye on availability to make sure you don’t miss out. list-style: none; It’s a steady climb and one that will no doubt get your heart pumping, but with each passing step, the scenery just gets better and better, making it all worth it at the top. There are over 350 local craftspeople and artists creating Maori, traditional and contemporary art in the area, so it’s also a chance to discover what inspires New Zealanders creatively. After a relaxed breakfast, the morning is yours to explore the city of Christchurch and its many delights. vertical-align: text-top; @media only screen and (min-width:768px) { This morning we’ll paddle back to Picton, providing another opportunity to view the local wildlife. 1: Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park A day hiking amongst towering peaks, tumbling glaciers and alpine flora. Queenstown and the surrounding area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with many purpose-built tracks and trails ideal for hiking, biking or running. We’ve collected some of the questions we get asked most often and answered them below. After our hike we’ll make our way towards Sumner, a small seaside village on the outskirts of Christchurch. } @media only screen and (max-width:760px){ Tonight, if we’re lucky we’ll catch an impressive sunset over the ocean as we enjoy a delicious and quintessentially Kiwi dinner of fish and chips on the beach. 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