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HomeNew Zealand 2017
 

Los Amigos Club Trip

 

October 15-28, 2017

 
Tentative Schedule:  Flying out of San Antonio/Houston on Oct 15.  Arrive in Auckland/Queenstown on Oct. 17.
Leaving Auckland on Oct. 28 and arrive in Houston/San Antonio on Oct. 28.

  

$5250* USD person double occupancy
 
Airfare not included
Includes most meals, excursions, guides, and ground transportation.
 
$600/pp initial Trip Deposit will be made to Los Amigos.
All subsequent transactions will be between the trip participants
and the Tour Operator.
 
Important Note:  All monies, including deposits, are non-refundable with this tour operator.  
It is VERY important for you to buy Trip Insurance for this trip!
 
Optional 2-day Post-Trip extension in Auckland/Rotorua
$575 USD Per Person Double Occupancy

Trip Leader: "Hopper" Glenn Strother

 

 




12 days: Queenstown – Christchurch - Auckland/Hobbiton

This laid back adventure for the Los Amigos Ski Club is the ultimate Kiwi experience where you’ll walk, kayak, fly and jet boat in some of New Zealand’s most iconic wilderness as well as relax in New Zealand’s premier resort town.
 
Tour Program Overview:

Explore Queenstown • Sea kayak Milford Sound • Walk Queenstown Hill • Hike Mt Aspiring National Park • Hike to Rob Roy Glacier • Wine Tour • Earnslaw Lake Cruise • Exeperience Hollyford Valley & Key Summit • Hike Aoraki Mt Cook.

Transportation: 
Airfare is not included. Baggage fees not included.
 

Day 1: Arrive, explore Arrowtown & Wakatipu Basin
Your trip starts in Queenstown, a small lakeside town set among the mountains of the South Island. We’ll meet you there and head to Arrowtown to check out the remnants of the 18th century gold mining community on the banks of the mineral rich Arrow river. There’s time later to settle in and explore Queenstown - the adventure capital of New Zealand.
 
ACCOMMODATION: Queenstown Hotel
(Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 2 - Cruise Lake Wakatipu & Wine Tour

This morning we’ll we’ll take a trip aboard the historic Steamship TSS Earnslaw - one of the town’s iconic experiences. Much more than a lake cruise, this is a trip back in time, a vantage point for some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, and an opportunity to experience a working sheep station. As the Queenstown and Otago region is world famous for it’s wine growing, and specialising in Pinot Noir, we’ll then head to one of Queenstowns premier wineries for a full tour of the vinyard, and of course to sample the goods!

ACCOMMODATION: Queenstown Hotel
(All meals)

Day 3 - Hike to Rob Roy Glacier & return to Queenstown

This morning we’ll take a short drive through spectacular Crown Range to the quiet town of Wanaka. We’ll set off on foot into the Matukituki Valley and into an area of spectacular alpine scenery, snowfields, glaciers, sheer rock cliffs and waterfalls. The highlight of the day is looking onto the incredible Rob Roy Glacier spilling down into the valley. After walking out, we’ll head back to Queenstown for dinner and perhaps a well-earned drink at the local pub.

ACCOMMODATION: Queenstown Hotel
(All meals)

Day 4 - Walk Sam Summers or free time in Queenstown

This morning we’ll walk a short trail through stunning beech forest to Sam Summers hut, providing a fascinating glimpse of life as a gold prospector. This area was mined off and on between the 1860s and the 1930s. Relics include a large sluiced canyon and a “tail race” tunnel. In the early days of the gold rush, water was used as a tool to blast gravel off the cliffs. The gold-bearing gravel was then washed through a tail race tunnel. The tunnel you’ll see on this walk is spectacular - 24 metres long, a metre wide and 10 metres high. If you prefer to relax in Queenstownm the morning is yours to explore town!

ACCOMMODATION: Queenstown Hotel
(Breakfast)
 
Day 5: Journey to Milford Sound, hike Key Summit
 
This morning, we set off for our largest and perhaps most spectacular national park, Fiordland. We’ll hike part of the Routeburn Track for unsurpassed views of the Hollyford Valley, as well as Lake Marian and Mt Christina. We’ll take a short drive through the Homer Tunnel and emerge at the top of a spectacular glacier-carved valley for a memorable descent to the shore of Milford Sound. Rudyard Kipling rated this fiord as the eighth natural wonder of the world and it is truly breathtaking, with steep granite walls plunging over a thousand metres to the Tasman Sea and waterfalls cascading into deep inky water.

ACCOMMODATION: Milford Lodge (All meals)
 
Day 6: Sea kayak Milford Sound

 

Most people see Milford Sound from the deck of a ship but we’ve got a better way – gliding along in sea kayaks, causing very little disruption and providing us with an excellent chance of meeting friendly fur seals and dolphins that are sometimes in the area. We have an early start for this awesome trip, run by specialist kayak guides, and the paddling here is equally suitable for beginners and experts. After kayaking, we’ll spend more time exploring the Fiordland wilderness on foot and check out some of its endemic flora and fauna like the kea (Nestor notabilis), New Zealand’s notoriously cheeky and intelligent alpine parrot and the kotukutuku (Fuchsia excorticate), the world’s largest fuchsia. Then we head back to Queenstown for the evening.


ACCOMMODATION: Queenstown Hotel

(All meals)

 
Day 7: Jetboat ride on the Kawerau River, free time in Queenstown
 
 The rest of the day is yours to take in Queenstown and all it has to offer. Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand (if not the world!) and all the comforts of civilisation are packed into this tiny resort town: restaurants galore, sidewalk cafés, stylish lounge bars, day spas, and boutiques. You’ll also find incredible optional activities here including horse trekking, a gondola, kayaking, fishing, winery tours, hang gliding, mountain biking, bungy jumping, and skydiving. Or you can just soak up the atmosphere or lounge about reading a book. Your guides will happily share their favourite haunts and point you in the right direction for your free day today.

ACCOMMODATION: Queenstown Hotel
(Breakfast)
 
Day 8: Jetboat ride on the Kawerau River, journey through Lindis Pass
 
This morning we’ll take a jetboat ride on one of New Zealands most spectacular river gorges - the might Kawerau. Dropping into the williow lined Kawarau River there’s time and space for lots of 360 degree Hamilton spins before we’ll head through the confluence of two rivers and into the narrow braids of the Shotover River. The adventure continues as your driver races up the shallow channels at speeds of up to 50mph in water often less than 2in deep. Later we’ll head north through the tussock country of Lindis Pass to the Mount Cook region. We’ll follow the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook village, set in the heart of a dramatic alpine landscape.

ACCOMMODATION: Mt Cook Lodgings, Mt Cook (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
Day 9: Hike Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

Mt Cook, named Aoraki or ‘cloud piercer’ by South Island Maori, is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Directly beneath the mountain, we have a stunning and little-known day walk to an impressive hike up to a glacial lake (complete with icebergs!) at the base of the Hooker Glacier. It’s a sight to behold! Later, we’ll return to Mt Cook village for our final dinner in the South Island.

ACCOMMODATION: Mt Cook Lodgings, Mt Cook
(All meals)
 
Day 10: Christchurch/Auckland
 
TBD

ACCOMMODATION:  Crowne Plaza, Auckland
 
     
 
Day 11: Day trip to Hobbiton movie set, or explore Auckland City.Pass
 
If you’re keen to check out the iconic Lod of the Rings movie set, you’ll be picked up from your accommodation early this morning and take a drive through the rolling green hills of the Waikato region, to the town of Matamata. From here you’ll head to the Hobbiton for a full tour of the set. You’ll return to Auckland later in the afternoon.

ACCOMMODATION: Auckland Hotel (Breakfast)
 
Day 12: Free time in Auckland City, depart. 
 
There’s time to check out Auckland city before leaving for the airport and heading home.
(Breakfast)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

*Price quoted is per person, ground only, double occupancy. Single supplements extra. Does not include airfare or meals other than specified. All details of this trip, including final costs, are subject to change. DISCLAIMER: Los Amigos is a non-profit organization and our trips are run entirely by volunteer members. Please understand that travel is more complicated today than ever before. Weather factors, airline industry changes, fuel costs, acts of God, business mergers, health epidemics, security threats, and other factors are all outside of our Club's control and may impact this trip itinerary and final costs. Please contact your trip leader for detailed information on our limited refund policy. We encourage everyone signing up for this trip (or any Los Amigos trip) to purchase Travel Insurance.  Los Amigos is not responsible for any loss, injuries or illness incurred on any trip.