Off The Beaten Path : Group Guided Journey : Highlights

Abel Tasman to the Southern Alps


10/25-11/1, 11/8-11/15

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Trip Length 8 days/7 nights
Group Size 6-16
Arrive/Depart Nelson, New Zealand
Price From $4,995 to $5,495
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Trip Motif Hiking Walking Iconic New Zealand : Journey Highlights

Make a loop journey around the north end of the South Island, touching both beautiful coasts as well as the rugged mountains of the interior. Your adventure begins in Abel Tasman National Park, with a lovely lodge as a your base camp and water taxis as beach and trail shuttles. Each day brings new hikes and discoveries. Leaving Abel Tasman, you stop to explore the Pancake Rocks, and from there, head up into the Southern Alps. Your stay at a fabulous wilderness lodge (and high-country sheep station) offers abundant opportunities to hike, walk, star gaze, and explore the stunning surroundings. The trip rounds out in the Kaikoura District on the east coast, with an exciting whale-watching excursion and a memorable and personal Maori cultural experience. Enjoy this unforgettable taste of New Zealand, off the beaten path!

  • National Parks Conservation Association departure: Join the NPCA-hosted Parks of the World trip, October 25-November 1, 2015.
  • Whale watching: Chances of seeing a giant sperm whale are excellent, and you might also spot orcas, fur seals, dolphins, albatross, and other marine birds and mammals.
  • Walking and hiking: This trip is full of outstanding opportunities to hike through diverse landscapes, from coastal trails to mountain wilderness.
  • High country sheep station: From your wilderness lodge on a high-country sheep station, hike, canoe, explore, see sheepdogs in action, appreciate a dark sky for Southern Hemisphere star-gazing, and discover a great diversity of unusual plants and birds.
  • The well-planned loop route lets you explore diverse parts of New Zealand with minimum travel time, providing maximum time to enjoy this diverse, character-rich country! —Pam Bryan, OBP Co-founder