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Women's New Zealand Hiking Trip // 23rd-30th November 2018

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*Please complete the registration form and our team will be in contact with you to secure your position by paying a deposit. Trips fill quickly and we can only take maxium 10 women.

Experience the stunning variety of the South Island with Women Want Adventure through a week of hiking mountains in New Zealand.

Start the trip in the world heritage area of Fiordland National Park with a climb to Luxmore Peak on the Kepler Track. Then head deeper into the park and stay the night in a remote backcountry hut. Enjoy the serenity of beautiful mountain ranges and crystal-clear lakes. After a night in the alpine resort town of Wanaka we head into Mt Aspiring National Park for a challenging multiday hike that will guarantee adventure.

This amazing women’s only trip starts and finishes in Queenstown - the adventure capital of New Zealand.



DETAILS:

Length: 7 days, 6 nights

Grade: D - Overnight hikes, some uneven terrain, you need to be fit and enthusiastic. It's important that if you book this trip, you get walking 2-3 times per week.

Start and finish: Queenstown

Accommodation: Backcountry Hut, Multishare Cabins, Pinewood Lodge. You will be sharing with other women in National Park Huts and Cabin Style accomdation.

Included: All accommodation and meals itemised in itinerary

Extras: Meals for dinner for days 1, 3 and 7 at groups on cost.

Price: AU $3299.00pp (10 women on the trip) GST inclusive

Deposit: $400 (non refundable)

Flights: Not inlcuded



Day 1 (23rd Nov 18), Arrive to Queenstown

We will meet in Queenstown at the Pinewood Lodge accommodation. Transport from the airport is not included in the total trip price. This is shared, self contained unit with a kitchen, bathroom block and living area. Check in time is after 1pm. As a group, we will meet and greet and go out for dinner in Queenstown together. Dinner is optional and not included in the total trip price. We will be collected from Pinewood Lodge (our central location) the following day in the morning at 7am.

Dinner at groups own cost.

Accommodation: Pinewood Lodge Queenstown

Day 2 (24 Nov 18), Queenstown to Monowai Cabins

7-10 hours hiking - Challenging.

We will be collected from our accommodation at 7.00am. It’s a stunning drive south towards Te Anau. We begin our first hike of the trip to Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track, a challenging climb 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. Te Anau basin is on one side, and the Murchison and Kepler Mountains on the other. From the tree line it’s another 45 minutes to the Luxmore Hut, which sits at 1085 meters above sea level. For the keen hikers an extra 30 minutes climbing will get you to the summit of Luxmore Peak. Return via the same track back down to the lake. Tonight’s accommodation is at Monowai.

Accommodation: Monowai Cabins. Includes lunch and dinner.



Day 3 (25th Nov 18 - Monowai to Green Lake Hut (or camp)

7 hours hiking

We prepare for our first overnight hike at the cabins this morning, before taking the short drive up to Borland Saddle. Beech forest aligns the track before we ascend onto the gentle tussock peaks of the Hunter Range, where we gradually climb to 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 and wild deer are prominent in the area. 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.

Accommodation: Green Lake Hut (or camp). Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

* Green Lake Hut is shared with the public. There may be 2-4 others hikers to meet! We will explain what the huts are like on the trip.

Day 4 (26th Nov 18 - Green Lake Hut (or camp) – Wanaka

3 hours hiking

Take it easy this morning and enjoy this remote setting before we hike back to the road following along the lake then through beech forest and areas of alpine tussock. Then sit back this afternoon and enjoy the drive to Wanaka. Arrive Wanaka late afternoon.

Accommodation: Wanaka Top 10. Includes breakfast and lunch, dinner at groups own cost (Wanaka)

Day 5 (27th Nov 18 - Wanaka – Mt Aspiring National Park

7-8 hours hiking

Head off to Makarora and then begin our hike in the spectacular Mt Aspiring National Park, on the Gillespie Pass Hike. Discover spectacular mountain scenery, alpine vegetation and river valleys filled with silver beech. We can start todays hike further up the road from the Blue Pools area so a jetboat is not required. Hike up the Young Valley to Young Hut.

Accommodation: Young Hut. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 6 (28th Nov 18 - Mt Aspiring National Park)

7-8 hours hiking

Depart from Young Hut and hike up the valley which leads (rather abruptly) to the impressive 1490m Gillespies Pass. From here the view is bound to impress –the ice carved peak of Mount Alba dominates the skyline. Descend via Gillespie’s stream to the Siberia valley and hut.

Accommodation: Siberia Hut. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7 (29th Nov 18 - Mt Aspiring National Park – Queenstown)

4 hours hiking

Head down the valley - sidling above the Siberia River. We gain spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and waterfalls of the lower Siberia Valley. A jet boat picks us up at the confluence of the Siberia and Wilkin Valleys and carries us on a thrilling 45 minute journey downstream to Makarora. Head back to Queenstown where our Hiking New Zealand guide departs and the guided portion of this trip is finished. Check out is before 10am at Pinewood Lodge on the 20th November.

Accommodation: Pinewood Lodge. Includes breakfast and lunch. (Dinner at groups on cost out in Queenstown)


30th Novemeber

Trip finishes. The group must be out of the lodge before 10am.



WE SUPPLY:

•Emergency first aid kit

• Plates, cutlery, mugs, pots, etc.

• Backpack liner (plastic bag)

• Safety equipment

• Maps

• Tents

• BONUS - Sleeping Bags/Backpacks – WWA to let us know numbers required

PACKING LIST YOU MUST PACK EVERYTHING ON THIS LIST:

Equipment

Backpack (at least 60 litres capacity) We can hire one to you for free.

Small daypack

Sleeping bag (3 season)

Flashlight/headlamp

Drink bottle – 1 litre

Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses

Insect repellent (sandflies like foreign blood)

Personal toiletries, medication and first aid

Walking Poles (optional)

Clothing - one set for walking, one set for evenings

Walking clothes: New Zealand’s weather is changeable and we can experience extremely cold weather at any time of year, especially in the mountains. Our huts/camps vary in altitude from sea level to over 1000 metres. It is necessary to have warm clothing. Jeans are not suitable for hiking.

Raincoat (goretex or similar)

Hiking boots (or hiking shoes)

Spare lightweight shoes or sandals

Shorts or lightweight trousers (preferably quick-dry)

Short-sleeved shirt x 2 (quick-dry, polypropylene or wool)

Warm fleece/wool jersey (not cotton) x 2

Socks (we suggest 3 pairs) of merino socks only.

Togs (swimming costume for the keen!)

Thermal tops and bottoms and warm hat

Towel (lightweight travel towels are great)

*Please also pack a spare pair of walking shoes.

Spare clothing: Comfortable clothes for non hiking days. Spare clothing can be left in the secure trailer when we are away on the hikes, so don’t worry about the extra weight – ensure you have enough warm items. Note: there are only limited opportunities to do laundry during a tour, so quick drying clothing is an advantage. Weather can change rapidly in the locations we hike so layers of clothing is ideal.


We hope you can join us!

Please contact our Team with any questions at womenwantadventure@outlook.com or call Monique on 0403918346


FAQ's

How old do I need to be to attend this trip?
Women Want Adventure Trips are for women only and over the age of 18 years.

What is the weather like in Novemeber in NZ?
Mid 12-20 during the day and cold at night. It can still get cold this time of year.

What if I get sick while on the trip?
If you are not feeling well on one of the walking days. You are able to stay in the accomodation, shuttle or a base we set for out. If in emergency, we have a satellite phone, to either call an ambulance or helicopter.

I have a gluten free diet, do you cater for me? You are required to inform us of your dietary requirements prior to departure. We will then be able to cater for you.

What is the average age of women attending? Women in their 30- late 60's

What kind of food will we be eating? We are staying in huts and accomodation. It will be very simple foods. High protein & carbohydrates. Oats and hot beans for breakfast, fruit and bars for snacks, wraps for lunch and stir-fry's for dinner. We will also be going out and will choose the best location on the night.

Can I bring my own snacks? Yes. We will stop via the shops to pick up supplies if you prefer your own.

Are our Guides male or female? Female Guides only.

I don't have hiking boots. do I have to get some? We highly recommend purchasing hiking boots. The terrain is uneven and we want you to support your feet.

How many ladies will be on the trip with me? 10 ladies + your female Guides.

Is there transport pick up from Queenstown Airport on the 23rd? Transport is not included from the airport.

What if I book and then I can't attend? Please read our Terms and Conditions upon booking and notify us in writing as soon as possible. Cancellation fees will apply.

Is there a Facebook Female group for this trip? Yes. All our trips include a friendly private Facebook group to connect women before they leave.

Who can I contact who is organising this event for additional questions? Please make sure you read carefully the itinerary and FAQ. You can contact Trip Leader Monique Farmer via email at womenwantadventure@outlook.com.


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