November 10-17, 2019
Bohemian Comfort - Authentic and true immersive experience! Sleep in tents, eat simple, delicious and healthy food and get cozy and intimate with your fellow Betties! Might have to arrange somethings on your own such as ground transportation or do a more extensive preparation than you might in other trip styles*
Convenient Comfort – Minimum effort on your part! Sleep in a room which you might share with one other Betty, eat prepared meals that are hearty and healthy and prepare minimally as the rest is provided. In most cases, ground transportation is included*
Luxury Comfort - Just show up and the rest is covered. Sleep with comfort in a nice bed with luxury linen, eat gourmet food, drink wonderful wine and get plenty of rest before your full day of adventure. Ground transportation is included and all of your gear is provided*
*Air transportation is not included in Bold Betties adventures
This is a great entry level trip for newcomers or Betties looking build confidence outdoors. Expect 2-5 hours of activity a day on mostly flat or slightly hilly terrain with the occassional steep and/or uneven trail. You'll travel approximately 4-6 miles per day and experience moderate elevation/altitude changes.
Moderately difficult featuring more hills and mountain terrain, but still accessible for Betties inexperienced in outdoor adventure. Expect 4-6 hours of activity covering up to 10 miles a day. Expect steep and uneven trails and altitudes up to 10,000 ft.
Challenging adventures for Betties who are fit adventurers and possess a basic skill set for the outdoors. Expect 5-8 hours of activity per day over a variety of exposed terrain and steep uneven trails. Distances up to 12 miles per day and altitudes up to 14,000 ft.
Designed for the most experienced Betties who are do adventures on a regular basis. You'll be taken to remote locations over exposed, uneven and challenging terrain, requiring 10+ hours of activity per day and distances of 12+ miles. Altitudes could exceed 14,000 ft.
We’ve traveled to some pretty far out places with Bold Betties. Iceland, Peru, Mt. Kilimanjaro. This year, for our fifth anniversary, we’re inviting you to join us on the farthest and possibly the most adventurous trip yet: New Zealand!
This is an eight day, active adventure meant for energetic Bold Betties from all walks of life! You will join together with positive and empowering women from all over the United States to enjoy everything that the South Island of New Zealand has to offer!
This is an action-packed adventure where you’ll hike, bike, kayak, cruise, fly, and jet boat in some of New Zealand’s most iconic and remote wilderness! You’ll be given lots of options along the way, as well as some high fives to keep you motivated! If you're looking for a true multi-sport, non-stop adventure, perfect for enthusiastic people with any skill level, this is it!
Let’s take a look at the proposed itinerary!
Arrive, hike in Arthur’s Pass
Most people leave the Northern Hemisphere on a Friday evening, arriving into Auckland early Sunday morning. You’ll lose a day crossing the dateline – but you get it back on the way home! It’s a short flight from Auckland to Christchurch on the South Island where your guides will meet you. We’ll then travel into the Southern Alps to hike Devil’s Punchbowl in Arthur’s Pass. The walk will take you through native beech forest to an awesome 131 metre (430 feet) waterfall, so make sure you have your camera handy! From there, we’ll head down the coast to Franz Josef where we’ll stay the night. Nestled in the rainforest-clad foothills of the Southern Alps, Franz Josef is the heart of New Zealand glacier country.
ACCOMMODATION: Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef (Lunch, Dinner)
Hike near Franz Josef Glacier
With some 140 glaciers making their way down from the Southern Alps, this area is fittingly known as glacier country. Few sights equal the spectacle of two of these giant frozen rivers (Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers) imperceptibly grinding their way down through temperate rainforest to just 250 metres (820 feet) above sea level. We’ll spend most of the day near Franz Josef Glacier hiking up through the forest to either Alex Knob or Roberts Point, both of which give incredible views of the ice.
A less strenuous, but outrageously scenic alternative to today’s hike is to heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier itself. After being fitted with crampons, ice axes and so on, you’ll board a turbine helicopter and fly towards the highest peaks of the Southern Alps, landing on the glacier at 1300 metres (4265 feet) above sea level. Led by specialist glacier guides, you’ll hike through the grand ice formations of the glacier, checking out its crevasses, seracs and tunnels – no previous experience is required! The constant movement of the glacier means every day is different, so your guides will cut steps in the ice to make the most of the conditions. At the end of your hike on the ice, you’ll take another helicopter ride out of the mountains and back to civilization. The heli-hike is extremely popular, so we offer advance reservations with the helicopter operators and guiding company. At the time of booking, or up until one month before your trip, we can reserve a space for you, or you can leave your decision until the start of your trip and your guides will get you a spot if it’s available.
From Franz Josef, we’ll travel down the coast through lush forest, and over the divide to a small mountain village called Makarora, where we’ll enjoy some local fare.
ACCOMMODATION: Makarora Lodgings, Makarora (All meals)
Day 3 (morning)
Start Mt Aspiring National Park options
This morning, we’ll wake up on the eastern side of Mt Aspiring National Park. From our lodgings in Makarora, we’ll head off on the adventure of the day!
Scenic flight, hike Lake Crucible
If you like the idea of staying in one of New Zealand’s most isolated mountain huts, then this option is for you! We’ll start with a stunning scenic flight alongside the snowy Southern Alps to the Siberia Valley airstrip, a short hike from our home for the night. After lightening your packs at the hut, you can hike up the trail to Lake Crucible, a cauldron-like glacial lake with fantastic views of the valley below. Tonight you’ll be served a candle-lit dinner in a picturesque National Park. This is the only night on the ‘Tui’ where your accommodation is basic, though it’s a true Kiwi experience and a lot of fun. Your load will be little more than a day pack – our guides will carry the lion’s share. You’ll be carrying a backpack with a sleeping bag, a few spare clothes and some food – no need for any more than that, although we have tents you can carry along if you’d prefer to camp out under the stars. ACCOMMODATION: Siberia Hut, Mt Aspiring National Park
Hike Siberia Valley, jet boat Wilkin River
After an early start, we spend the morning hiking to Kerin Forks, at the head of the Wilkin River, where we’ll be met by a jet boat for an exhilarating ride back to Makarora to meet up with the rest of the group for lunch.
Day 4 (afternoon)
Finish Mt Aspiring National Park options, cycle Hawea River Trail
After regrouping in Makarora, we’ll have a picnic lunch before taking a beautiful drive through spectacular glacier- carved valleys. The landscape changes rapidly from dense beech forests to semi-arid mountainous terrain. When we arrive at Lake Hawea, you’ll be fitted with a mountain bike for a scenic ride along the Hawea River Trail. This gently undulating track follows the Hawea and Clutha Rivers through the rugged Central Otago landscape to the charming lakeside town of Wanaka. From Wanaka, it’s a short but dramatic journey over the Cardrona Saddle to Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, our base for the next couple of days. You’ll sleep sweetly tonight at a lakefront hotel located in the heart of Queenstown. ACCOMMODATION: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown
Gondola ride, hike Ben Lomond or free day in Queenstown
Today you have two options – a full day hike or a free day to yourself. For those keen for an alpine hike, you’ll meet your guide at reception at 9am, ready to head up the Ben Lomond Track. To save our legs a little, we’ll take a short gondola ride up to Bob’s Peak, which is 450 metres (1476 feet) above Queenstown. From there, we’ll head out along the trail through alpine tussock-land towards the summit of Ben Lomond. From this vantage point, you’ll find yourself immersed in amazing views over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, which are themselves dwarfed by the surrounding mountains including Mt Aspiring. As an alternative, you can have a free day to explore on your own. 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, kayaking, fishing, winery tours, hang gliding, mountain biking, bungy jumping, jet boating 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: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown
(No meals included)
Hike Fiordland National Park
This morning, we set off for our largest and perhaps most spectacular national park, Fiordland. Once within the park we’ll stop to stretch our legs at regular intervals, to explore some of the highlights of this World Heritage Area, including the Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Marian Gantry and The Chasm. The waterfalls viewed from the gantry will take your breath away! Once through the Homer Tunnel we’ll 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. Tonight you’re in for an extra-special experience, as we’ll board the Milford Wanderer for an overnight cruise in the sheltered fiord. For those who’re keen, there’s time to explore a short section of the Milford Track - you’ll transfer on a smaller vessel to Sandfly Point and join a naturalist guide for approximately 1.5 hours, before rejoining the Wanderer in time for a sumptuous dinner! ACCOMMODATION: Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise, Milford Sound (All meals)
Sea kayak Milford Sound, hike Routeburn Track
Having seen Milford Sound from the deck of a ship there’s one more unique activity we’ve got lined up for you, to experience the eighth natural wonder ‘Active Style’, gliding along in sea kayaks. You’ll cause very little disturbance to the water, being in kayaks, providing an excellent chance of meeting friendly fur seals and dolphins that are sometimes in the area. This trip is run by specialist kayak guides, and the paddling here is equally suitable for beginners and experts. After lunch, we’ll explore the Fiordland wilderness on foot again, with a hike to Key Summit on the famous Routeburn Track. The panoramic views are incredible from this vantage point and you’ll probably get to meet New Zealand’s notoriously cheeky and intelligent alpine parrot, the kea (Nestor notabilis). Tonight we’ll enjoy a celebratory dinner for the last night of the ‘Tui’.
ACCOMMODATION: Lake Manapouri Inn, Manapouri (All meals)
Depart for home
After breakfast, we’ll return to Queenstown. This is the end of your ‘Tui’ trip and you’ll have had an exhilarating week. We’ll leave you buzzing with excitement, but feeling relaxed and refreshed as well! For a great way to see the North Island too, where you’ll experience Maori culture, pristine beaches and geothermal areas, combine this trip with our 11-day ‘Kauri’ (5-day ‘Kauri’ options available). (Breakfast)
Specific Information – ‘Tui ’
Trip Start: On the first day of the trip we can either pick you up from the Heartland Hotel Cotswold in Christchurch at 9.30am, or at Christchurch airport (CHC) in front of the Travel and Information Centre at 10am.
Trip End: On the last day of the trip we can drop you off at Queenstown airport (ZQN) in time for the recommended flights below, or anywhere in Queenstown around lunch time.
Arrival: If you’re flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving in Christchurch before 9am.
Departure:Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Queenstown any time after 12 noon. If you are considering alternative flight times, or an international departure from Queenstown, please check with us. International flights from Auckland airport (AKL) usually leave in the evening, so if you’re heading back to North America, you’ll get home on the same day, even though you left that evening! Flights back to Europe, of course, take a little longer.
Fitness:The ‘Tui’ suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience, particularly if you enjoy a variety of activities. If you keep reasonably active and like to give things a go, you’re likely to enjoy the activities much more. Typically, hikes on the ‘Tui’ trip range between two and six hours to complete, but there are shorter alternatives to the longer hikes, and if you’re used to pushing yourself further, we’ll keep you challenged as well. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the trip or activities.
Non-Refundable Deposit: $600
Affinity Members: $4,675.50
Non-Affinity Members: $5,195.00
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If cancelled by March 1, 2019, the trip is fully refundable, less the non-refundable $600 deposit.
If cancelled after March 1, 2019, the trip is non-refundable.
**We have a minimum number of 8 participants required to make this trip happen. In the event that we do not meet that minimum, all deposits will be refunded and the trip will be cancelled.**
• All guiding services. We have two guides per trip, a lead guide/driver and a co-guide/chef. On our smallest trips, one of our most experienced guides will look after you.
• Comfortable accommodation for the entire period you are with us. We can also organise pre and post-trip accommodation, if you like.
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner on most days, as indicated, with many delicious meals prepared by your guides, who are adept at catering for all dietary requirements. In places like Queenstown and Auckland there’s a wide variety of restaurants and we’ve found people prefer to check out the options on their own. Alcohol is not included, although we do spring a few drinks here and there!
• All activities described in the itineraries including hiking, kayaking, biking and rafting, except the optional extra activities that are available at additional cost.
• All transportation from trip start to end.
• The highest level of service from our guides and from our experienced team behind the scenes. We’re always here for you and we always go the extra mile!
The trip fare doesn’t include flights before or after your trip. This is your all-inclusive vacation and there are no hidden costs. You’ll have a few meals and drinks to cover, extra activities if you choose them, and you’ll probably feel like tipping your guides at the end of a fabulous trip, though you won’t need to pull out your wallet every few minutes on your Active Adventures trip!
Please do not purchase your airfare until we have confirmed that the trip is a GO. This is very important. We will let you know as soon as the trip is happening and you will receive specific itinerary information to book accurate flights. Trip Insurance is required, please read below for more information.
You’ll love the interesting places we’ve discovered over the years. You’ll visit really spectacular and off-the-beaten-track locations and stay in comfortable bed and breakfasts, lodges, apartments and hotels for the most part. Keep in mind that the most remote locations have limited accommodation options, but 5-star scenery!
Rooming is based on two people sharing a room with one or two beds, as you require. If you’re travelling by yourself and would like to be guaranteed your own room for the duration of the trip, a single supplement rate will apply. Most places have ensuite bathrooms, however you may need to share a bathroom with other group members on occasion.
Trip Insurance is REQUIRED for this adventure. It's usually not as expensive as you'd think and there are tons of options out there. We are happy to help you choose the best options!
Since New Zealand isn’t quite small enough to simply walk everywhere and still see all the highlights in a limited amount of time, we travel in fuel- efficient 20-seat Toyota Coasters and our guides make the journey enjoyable. They’ll introduce you to some local tunes as well as provide interesting commentary, and we pass the time you do spend on the road in a fun, social way, with New Zealand’s ever-changing scenery providing a feast for the eyes. Our focus, as always, is getting you out of the vehicle and into the scenery.
Our travel partner allows you to make the most of the New Zealand backcountry, whether you’re relatively new to hiking or a seasoned trekker. Their highly trained and experienced guides will be at your side, safely guiding you to magnificent places that you wouldn’t get to on your own. The challenges are there, if you’re looking for them, and all they ask is that you be energetic and in reasonable shape and they guarantee you’ll have an incredible time. You don’t have to have been kayaking to enjoy paddling out on the water and you don’t need to be a serious cyclist to enjoy most of the rides they do. In fact, they have so many options available that you don’t need to ride or paddle at all if you’d rather hike or just laze around!
They hold all relevant government licenses and permits, have an impeccable safety record and are certified by OutdoorsMark, New Zealand’s leading outdoor safety auditors. So, with all the research, logistics, safety and hospitality taken care of, you can focus on the most important thing – making the most of your vacation!