TE WAHIPOUNAMU

TE WAHIPOUNAMU
WORLD HERITAGE ADVENTURE

9 Days $4300 ex Queenstown

Accommodation

3 Nights Mountain Lodge
5 Nights Hotel Stay

Transportation

Mostly on foot
Transfers included

Included Meals

8 Breakfasts
6 Lunches
4 Dinners

Trip Grade

Category 3
High Heart Rate Holiday

Charity

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When travelling to New Zealand it is difficult to decide on what exactly one should do. There is so much on offer. Should I trek one of the more famous trails or maybe get remote and try something a little more off the beaten track? Should I try something new such as sea kayaking? Well, why not combine all of these into one incredible trip that will have you sea kayaking Doubtful Sound and trekking the Kepler and into the heart of Mt Aspiring terrain. We love this trip and there is good reason for it. We are sure you will love it too!

There are some trips that are beautiful because of the places you visit and there are others are beautiful because they flow so seamlessly from one aspect of the trip to the next. Our Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Adventure is a combination of both beautiful landscapes and beautiful design, created to ensure you have the best New Zealand experience possible.

Our trip starts in gorgeous Queenstown before heading to Te Anau for a day trek on the Kepler Track. From there we head to the rarely visited Doubtful Sound to sea kayak this incredible waterway and the possibility of seeing dolphins frolic nearby. Our second short trek is an overnight stay at Green Lake in a cosy mountain hut, which is just a taste of things to come.

The final few days will be spent deep in the World Heritage Fiordlands of New Zealand and in the shadow of the resplendent and picturesque Mt Aspiring. We will spend 2 nights at Mt Aspiring Hut exploring the area including a walk up to Cascade Saddle (wow) and Liverpool Hut (yes, another wow). This is sublime alpine landscapes at their best. All this before we head back to Queenstown for a celebration dinner.

This is master craftsmanship at its best, combining the best New Zealand has to offer, to places few know about that are simply jaw-dropping gorgeous. We cannot wait to show you this incredible adventure. Let’s go!

The Journey

Arrive Queenstown – Transfer to Hotel and then briefing and dinner in the evening. (D)

It’s a stunning drive south towards Te Anau. We begin our first hike of the trip as a day walk on the first section of the Kepler Track. Passing beneath towering limestone bluffs and through mountain and silver beech forests. From the tree line you will get tremendous views of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri. Return via the same track back down to the lake and our night’s accommodation at Distinction Hotel and Villas. (B,L)

It is an early start from our accommodation, after a short drive we travel across the beautiful Lake Manapouri by boat before climbing aboard a bus to drive over Wilmot Pass and into Deep Cove at the head of Doubtful Sound. Here we get into double sea kayaks and set off for 4 incredible hours of exploring this pristine, peaceful and hidden corner of the South Island. Three times longer than Milford Sound and with its with twisting arms and hidden coves, it has a surface area ten times larger. Along the way, we may see dolphins, NZ fur seals and the rare Fiordland Crested Penguins. We return by the same route to Te Anau and spend a second night at our accommodation. (B,L)

We prepare for our first overnight hike at the cabins this morning, before driving through to Lake Monowai and up to Borland Saddle. This road takes us deep into Fiordland National park. Beech forest aligns the track before we ascend onto the gentle tussock peaks of the Hunter Range, where we gradually climb to a pass near Mt Burns. From here we navigate along the tops, enjoying striking views of the granite peaks of Southern Fiordland across the dark colours of Green Lake. Tarns (small mountain lakes) are dotted along the route. Eventually, we drop down into beech forest from the tops and link up with the southern shore of Green Lake, which leads us to a cosy mountain hut. Feel free to take a dip in the frigid waters of the lake before settling down in front of the hut fire for the night. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. (B,L,D)

We wake up early this morning and enjoy the remote setting while having breakfast before we hike along the lake through beech forest and alpine meadows before arriving back at the road. If you still have some energy join the guide for a bush bash back up to the saddle to get the bus! After lunch, sit back this afternoon and enjoy the drive to Wanaka. (B,L)

This morning we re-pack our bags for our next hike into Mt Aspiring National park. We begin with a beautiful drive up the glacially carved Matukituki Valley. Our hike begins from Raspberry flat and it’s a relatively gentle hike into the large stone Aspiring Hut. After reaching the hut we can drop our packs and continue on our hike up towards the Cascade Saddle. This is a moderately challenging hike that will get the heart pumping and well worth the effort with super rewarding views! We push out through the bush line to get commanding views of Mt Aspiring. Tonight’s accommodation is at the Aspiring Hut which has 360-degree views of the stunning valley. (B,L,D)

Today’s hike, if there is still energy in the legs, takes us further up the Matukituki Valley to Peal Flat. From Pearl flat we start climbing the track to Liverpool Hut (1,100 m). It is a steep and often slippery climb to the bush line. Above the bush, the track initially leads across steep exposed shingle, rock and tussock terrain before bearing left up an easier tussock slope to reach a knoll overlooking the hut. Liverpool Hut is beautifully located in a small alpine basin on the north side of the hanging valley of Liverpool Stream. High above the Matukituki River West Branch, it has great views of Mount Aspiring, Mount Avalanche and Rob Roy Peak. We soak up the views here before carefully descending the way we came and returning for a second night in Aspiring Hut. (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we head back out the valley to the bus at Raspberry Flat. We stop for a celebratory drink and some lunch at the historic and charming Cardrona Hotel before continuing to Queenstown. (B)

It’s off to our next destination or home from here. (B)

Includes

  • Seven days guided trek with an experienced guide
  • Kayaking on Doubtful Sound
  • All accommodation including nights before and after the expedition in Queenstown
  • All breakfast, lunches and dinners as per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transfers

Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Personal souvenirs
  • Meals not outlined in the itinerary
  • International Flights
Daniel Murphy Guide New Zealand

This adventure has it all. The Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Southern Region is home to New Zealand’s tallest mountains, longest glaciers, wildest rivers, and most rugged coastlines. We will kayak Doubtful Sound and enjoy the tranquillity of this stunning mountain-ringed lake. If you’re lucky enough, dolphins and seals may pop by for a visit! We will switch off from the world, staying in cozy and remote mountain huts within the Mt Aspiring World Heritage region and you’ll get to taste part of the world-famous Kepler Track (an excuse to come back and visit another time)! See, I told you this trip has it all.

Daniel Murphy,
New Zealand Guide.

Your Guides and Safety

An excellent guide can make the difference between a trip of a lifetime and just an ordinary trip. Our handpicked professionals come from a range of backgrounds. Each has extensive outdoor and hiking experience and a passion for New Zealand’s wild and beautiful backcountry. The guide will ensure that your trip is truly inspiring, a huge amount of fun, and safe. All guides are trained in Mountain Safety First Aid.

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