} .TransferPage .blog-posts-new .blog-post ol li{ } Big Island Hikes is the #1 online guidebook for hiking on the Big Island of Hawai'i. .TransferPage .field.terms ol{ There’s plenty of time to relax and you can do as much (or as little!) It’s like the perfect road trip with friends, minus arguing over who has to drive! background: #fb8113 url(https://newzealandtrails.com/themes/nzt/images/right-white-arrow.png) no-repeat 97% center; Airfares to and from New Zealand. text-decoration: none; Breathe in the fresh Fiordland air with an afternoon walk along a pleasant section of the Kepler Track, one of New Zealand’s 10 Great Walks. .custom-cta-button.get-copy-btn { 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. } Or, browse photos of the hikes on this site. 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). #footer .footer-links ul li { 1800 459 511 .body-cta.blog-get-your-brochure{ } 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. This afternoon we’ll travel north a short distance to the seaside settlement of Kaikoura on the East Coast, where we’ll stay the night. background: #337077 url(https://newzealandtrails.com/themes/nzt/images/right-white-arrow.png) no-repeat 97% center; You can still experience the beautiful Arrowtown trail that the cyclists do except you can do it on foot! list-style: none; Designed to showcase the best of New Zealand without the need to rush, this is adventure travel at its finest. You’ll enjoy delicious home-cooked Kiwi fare to fortify you for the adventurous days of walking and hiking, and sleep soundly at night in fantastically located, very comfortable lodgings. } margin-left: -25px; As we walk, we’ll look out over 360-degree views across the impressive Mackenzie Basin flats and surrounding mountains and lakes. After a relaxed breakfast, the morning is yours to explore the city of Christchurch and its many delights. 7: Milford SoundTake in the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, with its towering granite cliffs and thundering waterfalls. 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. But the Big Island's Lake Waiau makes up for that scarcity with a breathtaking reservoir perched 13,000 feet above sea level. } margin-left: 1%; display: inline-block; counter-increment: indentme; 4: Franz Josef Glacier Hike through West Coast rainforest to see the terminal face of this spectacular glacier. By running one trip eastbound and the other westbound we are able to give every guest this exclusive experience. CAD$7799+tax .transfer-tcs ol li ol li>ol>li>ol>li:before { 8: The Routeburn TrackA day hike on one of New Zealand’s most magnificent walking trails. list-style: none; } Today you’ll have the choice of either biking or walking the Arrow River Bridges Trail. } } settings_tolerance=2000, } } If you’d rather have a more relaxed morning, there’s plenty to do in the town itself, from great coffee and boutique gift shops to a gentle amble along the beach and obligatory photo in front of Wanaka’s ‘giant hand’ sculpture. Mauna Kea - Saddle Road - Climb above the clouds to the highest point in Hawai'i, 13,796 feet above sea level. } counter-reset: roman; } We’ll then travel on to Franz Josef Glacier, which descends 12kms into temperate rainforest just 300m above sea level. The Masterpiece trip is our most flexible trip. #sidebar { } font-size: 30px; .third { content: counter(indentletters, lower-alpha); font-size: 14px; 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. /*padding-right: 20px;*/ } .TransferPage .field.terms li{ display: inline-block; Small Dusky dolphins are well-known for their aerobatic feats and interactive behaviour. Queenstown and the surrounding area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with many purpose-built tracks and trails ideal for hiking, biking or running. font-family:proxima-nova; float: right; 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. .new-banner .top-banner .bottom-txt p { Along the way, we’ll travel over the Lindis Pass and down into wide open valleys before catching our first glimpse of Aoraki/Mt Cook, ‘the cloud piercer’ as it’s known in Maori. .transfer-tcs ol li>ol>li>ol>li>ol>li { .body-cta { While it might sound like that’s a lot to pack into two weeks, careful planning and local knowledge mean that there’s no need to rush. We’ll kick the day off with a hike to Diamond Lake to appreciate the sweeping views out over the Southern Alps and Lake Wanaka, before carrying on up the Rocky Mountain trail. width: 98%; } | Privacy Policy. This was our first group tour, and it spoiled us for any others. @media only screen and (max-width:767px){ max-width: 247px !important; .transfer-tcs ol li:before { 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. 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. border-bottom: 3px solid #294b58; Rainforests, rivers and glaciers meet deserted beaches and crashing waves, making for a unique and sometimes stark coastline. } } We’ll make a stop in Peel Forest and venture into the heart of one of New Zealand's last remaining podocarp forests. .TransferPage .field.terms p, background: #348791 url(https://newzealandtrails.com/themes/nzt/images/right-white-arrow.png) no-repeat 97% center; Perfected over the years, our unique Masterpiece New Zealand adventure tour is a trip to remember. If you prefer to walk rather than cycle, we have an equally exciting alternative. font-size: 14px; 0800 920 2011. content: counter(roman, lower-roman); ". 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. Home to some of New Zealand’s best vineyards, the Marlborough region is famous for producing excellent wines savoured around the world. font-family: canada-type-gibson; -moz-border-radius: 10px; .transfer-tcs ol { **If your travel plans fall outside of these times please check with us before you book. Today is yours to enjoy as you wish. display: inline-block; Discover amazing street-art and innovative projects as the new urban heart of the city blends with the garden-like greenery of the old. margin-left: 2%; font-weight: 700; 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. } .TransferPage .field.terms ol li>ol>li>ol>li>ol{ We will sample some impeccable wines from this region, before carrying on towards Nelson and our accommodation for the next two nights. West CoastLake Mapourika & Franz Josef Glacier. The Masterpiece is an active tour with an enjoyable mix of walks, hike and activities. It’s a comfortable trip that appeals to guests who want to spend each day exploring with a chance to try something new. line-height: 24px; --> .custom-cta-button.get-copy-btn:active{ list-style: none; .third { #sidebar #SearchForm_SearchForm_Search { Big Island Hikes is an information resource for hiking and adventure travel on the Big Island of Hawai'i with a focus on authentic wilderness experiences. 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. Below are some of the optional add-ons you can also enjoy: Take a helicopter or ski plane up to land high on the Tasman, New Zealand’s longest glacier. wetsuits to swim with a pod of dolphins in their natural environment. Of course, this is dependent on whether the dolphins cooperate, but they usually do! } (Arguably one of the highest lake in the United States.) You’ll hike past the hut, across 12 Mile Creek and up to a ridge overlooking stunning views of Lake Dispute. border-bottom:3px solid #a96729; counter-increment: roman; "; .TransferPage .field.terms ol li>ol>li>ol>li>ol>li{ The Masterpiece is an all-encompassing New Zealand Adventure Tour created to replenish the mind and uplift the spirit. 5: Mt Aspiring National ParkA morning hike takes you to the summit of Rocky Mountain for breath-taking panoramas. } Overall, the trip exceeded our expectations in every possible respect. The Masterpiece New Zealand adventure tour encompasses the very best of New Zealand’s bucket list destinations, activities and experiences. display:inline-block; Less than an expedition, more than a retreat, the Masterpiece is the result. Native birdsong provides a soothing soundtrack to our walk and as we climb higher, views of the Darran Mountains and Hollyford Valley stretch out beneath us providing a fitting reward for our efforts. There’s no better way to quietly observe the birdlife in its natural habitat than by taking a peaceful paddle across the lake. .blog-posts-new .blog-post .transfer-tcs ol li{ } .lower { .TransferPage .field.terms ol li>ol>li>ol{ After waking up in Te Anau, it’s time for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, seeing Milford Sound! To make sure everybody gets what they want, we always have easier or more challenging options available so that you can choose how much or little activity you enjoy each day. Our FREE brochure has 36 pages of detailed itineraries, maps and behind-the-scenes tour info. We start with a picturesque paddle on the tranquil waters of Lake Mapourika, drinking in the views and discovering the birdlife. Excellent - is my summary. Mauna Kea is home to a lake named “Lake Waiau,” which is located at an elevation of 3,969 meters (13,022 feet). .new-banner .top-banner .top-titles h2 span { Whether you opt to get in the water or watch from the boat, it’s a joyful experience for all. } .BlogPost .fancybox-controls, .ArticlePage .fancybox-controls, ArticlePageWithSidebar .fancybox-controls { The Masterpiece trip offers you an all-round New Zealand experience so it’s no wonder that the variety and standard of accommodation on this trip is second to none. We are frequent travelers and we were just so impressed with the company’s attention to details and planning of this trip. USD$5799 margin-left: -32px; border-radius: 10px; 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. counter-reset: indentme; /* Update review font size on Trip pages */ We’ll share the views at the top and stop to visit Diamond Lake on the way back down. Our Masterpiece trip is very popular and we often run two trips departing on the same date, with no more than 14 guests on any one trip. display: inline-block; background:#ff9433 url(https://newzealandtrails.com/themes/nzt/images/right-white-arrow.png) no-repeat 97% center; +64 3 595 2080 background: #dbcece; .new-banner .top-banner .top-titles h2 span { content: counters(indentme, ".") color: #fff; After lunch you’ll have a chance to head out for one last stunning hike on the Mt Crichton Track, before saying our fond farewells at the airport or your accommodation. from the lobby of our joining hotel – Ramada Queenstown Central. vertical-align: text-top; .new-banner .left-testim .txt { } 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. 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. Be sure to sample an expertly made coffee from one of the many locally owned cafes in the area. } 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. .BlogPost #sidebar .custom-cta-button { Christchurch is undergoing an urban regeneration project but still retains a garden-like quality with much to see and do. An unsurpassed view of the Southern Alps makes for the perfect backdrop to our morning kayak. } .TransferPage .field.terms h4{ border: 1px solid #294b58; } } } Get outdoors with MSC. 6: The Kepler TrackAnother hidden gem, enjoy the views of glacial-carved valleys and deep blue lakes. .transfer-tcs ol li>ol>li:before{ .transfer-tcs ol li>ol>li>ol>li>ol>li:before { After our hike we’ll make our way towards Sumner, a small seaside village on the outskirts of Christchurch. vertical-align: text-top; Want to “do New Zealand” your way, with expert local guides to color: #000 !important; font-family: proxima-nova; padding-right: 20px; Most of our guests are happy to spend a relaxed day exploring Nelson, browsing the shops and galleries, strolling along the beach or reading a book – it’s a lovely place to re-energise yourself for the rest of your adventure. With its towering limestone cliffs and lush vegetation, this area feels like something straight out of Jurassic Park. Mauna Kea is home to Lake Waiau, the highest lake in the Pacific Basin. Abel Tasman is famous for its glorious coastline, where golden sand beaches meet clear blue seas. width: 98%; @media only screen and (max-width:1280px) and (min-width:760px) { On your final night of the trip, you’ll sleep soundly having spent the past 13 days exploring the best of the South Island. 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! } 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. line-height: 26px; We’ll take our time, stopping in some of our favourite spots along the way to stretch our legs and capture the glorious views. .wr-main-review .review .main-quote { This trip has been carefully crafted to give you exclusive access to New Zealand's best walks, activities, and accommodations. .twothird { Check out trip dates below using the date picker and keep an eye on availability to make sure you don’t miss out. From here it’s a short hop to Marlborough’s wine-growing region, where we sample some of the area’s produce. width: 65%; padding: 15px 45px 15px 15px; Today’s journey takes us from mountain to ocean as we head through the fertile plains of Canterbury towards the East Coast. font-size: 24px; @media only screen and (max-width:767px) { counter-increment: indentme; Plan your land based trip into the New Zealand outdoors. What is the accommodation like on the Masterpiece trip? background: #337077 url(https://newzealandtrails.com/themes/nzt/images/right-white-arrow.png) no-repeat 97% center; margin-left: -38px; } .transfer-tcs ol li ol li:before{ Hooker Valley Track, Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park. Nelson, “the sunniest place in NZ”, is famous for its arts scene, award-winning wines, craft beers and fruit orchards, with plenty to keep you entertained within walking distance. 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