Unspoiled rotten

Our Wild at Heart tour features walking and hiking in New Zealand’s wild places by day and enjoying boutique lodgings at night. Off-the-beaten track locations immerse you in some of the country’s most exquisite, unspoiled scenery. Activities include a full-day hike on the world famous Routeburn or Milford tracks. This may well be our new favourite trip.

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Single supplement from: NZ$5,630
Price based on double occupancy. Single supplement is a surcharge for single occupancy.

Summary
Length15 days | 14 nights
DestinationChristchurch to Queenstown
LodgingPremier

Classic Stays
Modern, well-appointed properties that provide a comfortable, convenient base from which to explore. Perfect for the region, they’re typically within easy access to cafes and other amenities.

Premier Stays
Quality lodgings in superb settings, from stylish lakeside lodges to restful alpine retreats. Note that in a few cases, Classic Stays are used on a trip classified overall as Premier to allow access to stunning, remote locations where Premier Stays are not available.

Luxe Stays
Exclusive, indulgent hideaways with exceptional facilities and service. The best in New Zealand (and perhaps the world). Note that in a few cases, Premier Stays are used on a trip classified overall as Luxe to allow access to stunning, remote locations where Luxe Stays are not available.

Special Stays
Some tours feature overnight cruises and multiple-day hikes, with stays in private lodges or Department of Conservation huts, for special wilderness experiences.

FitnessActive

Easygoing
You’re comfortable on tracks with gently undulating terrain and can move comfortably and freely. Suitable for families with young children. Note, activity add-ons may change rating.

Moderate
You enjoy walking/light hiking, can handle a hill or two, and appreciate life-affirming soft adventures that dip a toe outside your comfort zone.

Active
You’ve got a bit of Kiwi in you and are ready to hit the hills and push yourself a little. Some of these trips include multi-day hikes that get you further into the wild. It’s not all Bear Grylls, though. You’re happy to enjoy a rewarding glass of pinot at day’s end.

This is an overall guide. Our trips include a range of activities across the spectrum. Request a Detailed Itinerary for more details on fitness levels needed for individual activities.

StyleSmall Group

Small Group
Scheduled, guided adventures with just the right number of like-minded travellers to share in the laughs and make new friends.

Private
Guided, professionally crafted trips with your own group and your choice of travel dates.

Self Drive
Self-guided, stress-free road trips with all the elements sorted for you. Our professionally crafted itineraries and booking team, your dates and travel companions.

Bespoke
Guided or self-guided, this is your personal New Zealand dream made manifest. A fully customized experience based on your passions, finessed with our professional planning.

Interests
Walking & Hiking,

Trip Departures

2018
2019
MAKE IT PRIVATE

Want to make this itinerary exclusive to your own group? Request As a Private Trip and we can advise pricing based on your dates and the number of travellers in your group.

Daily Brief

Click on the orange icons to read about lodging along the way (not available on mobile). C=Classic, P=Premier, L=Luxe, S=Special Stays. Note accommodation may vary based on departure date. For hotel links and more information, Request a Detailed Itinerary above.
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Step off the plane in Christchurch and into the tender care of your guide. Depending on your arrival time, rest at your boutique hotel or head out and explore the gardens, museums and art installations of this inspiring city in the throes of an innovative rebuild. Gather this evening to toast your impending adventure.

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Board the renowned TranzAlpine train and ride into the scenic Southern Alps. Arrive at the tiny alpine settlement of Arthur’s Pass and enjoy short hikes before travelling to your luxury lodge. The lodge, sited on its own 4,000-acre high-country sheep station and nature reserve, is a wonderful base from which to explore.

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Your lodge lies between the Arthur’s Pass National Park and the Craigieburn Forest Park and is surrounded by native beech forest and tussock grassland. Guided activities and a network of mountain, forest, river, and farm walks make for a wonderful day of immersion in high-country ecology and wildlife.

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Continue over the Southern Alps and descend to the wild West Coast region. Upon reaching the coast, it's a short drive along stunning shoreline to your accommodation for the next two nights on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. The afternoon allows you time to explore the area's features, including the intriguing Pancake Rocks.

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This part of the South Island is honeycombed with intricate limestone cave systems. The morning gives us the opportunity to explore one of these systems on a scenic caving tour to view its delicate formations and glow-worm constellations. For those wanting to get wet and wild, a cave rafting alternative is available. Rest back at your lodging overlooking the Tasman Sea.

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This morning, it's a spectacular drive down to Glacier Country. In the alpine village of Fox, embark on a heli-hike onto the glacier. A scenic helicopter flight carries you over three icefalls to land on a remote, exceptionally beautiful part of the Fox Glacier. Outfitted with crampons, explore ice caves, arches and pinnacles, following ice steps cut by your guide.

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Start with an early morning gentle kayak trip on Lake Mapourika, winding your way through pristine native forest as you watch for herons, grebes, kingfishers, bellbirds and other species that visit here. Upon our return, take a self-guided mountain bike ride on an easy trail beneath a thick canopy of old-growth forest. End the day with a walk around Lake Matheson, a peaceful kettle lake created by retreating glaciers long ago.

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It's a stunning drive over the Haast Pass on your way to Wanaka. Dense rainforests give way to the stark mountains of the Mt Aspiring National Park as you enter the Otago region, New Zealand’s Outback. Take in its full glory with a scenic helicopter flight, walk, and jet boat experience amongst ice carved mountains, glaciers and river valleys as you head deep into the Siberia Valley wilderness. Upon your return, continue to Wanaka to settle into your retreat.

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Wanaka is an outdoor playground with a wide range of activities available to make the most of the region. The day is free for you to pick and choose optional activities as you wish. The detailed itinerary offers recommendations and pricing, including wine trails, fly fishing, 4WD safaris and hiking. Pick-up and drop-off service is provided from the lodge. Alternatively, enjoy the lodge and its setting.

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Depart Wanaka for an excursion to spectacular Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park. It’s a scenic cruise across Lake Manapouri and a coach crossing over Wilmot Pass to Doubtful. At the fiord, board your vessel for a nature cruise and overnight stay in this wilderness arena. Very few see Doubtful Sound in this way and it allows you maximum time to absorb its overwhelming beauty.

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This morning, wake up as a rare witness to a Fiordland dawn. After a hearty breakfast, there’s time for further cruising before returning to Deep Cove and retracing your steps to Manapouri. Rejoin your guide in Te Anau and settle into your luxury lodge on the edge of the largest lake in the South Island.

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Hiking opportunities abound here and today we have included a day hike on your choice of either the Milford or Routeburn Track, two of New Zealand’s finest Great Walks. Alternatively, upgrade to a heli-hike on the Kepler Track, a third spectacular Great Walk. Any choice promises to be an unforgettable wilderness experience.

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Travel through rolling countryside to Queenstown, stopping for lunch in Arrowtown, a picturesque hamlet steeped in gold mining history. Consider a cycling option along the scenic Arrow River gorge, finishing at Gibbston winery and cheesery. Settle into your luxury lakeside lodge this afternoon and soak up the views as you enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapes.

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Spend the day honouring your adventurous spirit in a town where anything seems possible. The day is free for you to pick and choose whatever optional activities you desire, from horse trekking, jetboating, and bungy jumping, to more leisurely pursuits such as walking and wine trails. Our Detailed Itinerary suggests some favourites. Gather tonight for your farewell dinner to celebrate our trip and the friendships you’ve made.

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What an adventure! Depending on your flight schedule today, you’ll have time to stroll the lakefront or squeeze in that bungy jump before travelling home or to your next destination.

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Trip Inclusions

While Black Sheep prides itself on the intangibles that make our Small Group trips so special, our packages are known for being stuffed with features. Check out what’s included in your Black Sheep adventure below.

Accomodation

All accommodation during your tour

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Activities

TranzAlpine train to Arthur's Pass
High country farm tour
Arthur’s Pass nature guiding
Cave rafting or scenic cave tour
Glacier heli-hike
Glacier cycle hire
Lake Mapourika kayak
Siberia Valley wilderness adventure
Doubtful Sound overnight cruise
Guided Milford or Routeburn Track day hike
Additional walks, bird watching, the inevitable cricket lesson, and more

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Meals

All breakfasts
7 lunches
10 dinners with NZ wine sampling
Onboard snacks & beverages

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Transport

Tour vehicle with professional driver/guide
TranzAlpine train to Arthur’s Pass
Airport transfers within tour dates
All baggage transport within tour

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Support

Services of a doting Black Sheep guide
Background support from Black Sheep HQ
Flight assistance available

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Gear & Amenities

Stainless steel water bottle & holder
NZ map & travel journal
Use of walking sticks, neck pillows, onboard library, and more
A few surprises

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Wild at Heart
Guided
Small Group

A TRULY WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. RATING 10/10.

DECLAN BLACK, ASHBOURNE, IRELAND