Great Explorations

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Trip Dates:


Dec 3-11



Jan 7-15

Jan 21-29

Feb 4-12

Feb 18-26

Mar 7-15

Mar 17-25


Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

9 days/ 8 nights



* If doing extension your trip will finish in Queenstown


Alpine Lodge, Nelson National Park

Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman Park

Rahetihi Lodge, Marlborough Sounds

Braemar Lodge and Spa, Hanmer Springs

Post trip:

Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown


Land Cost (current year):
8+ pax-US $2950

4-5 pax - add US$600 pp


6-7 pax - add US $ 400 pp


Includes 8B/8L/7D

Single Supplement:
US $750

Queenstown Extension:
Price: US $495 2D/2N

Trips by Destination

New Zealand, Hiking Classic


The South Island of New Zealand is arguably the world’s most beautiful hiking destination and for good reason; the network of trails through mesmerizing scenery is unparalleled. Imagine snow-capped peaks, beautiful pristine lakes, lush valleys, cascading waterfalls, fjords and more. This region is truly spectacular. This itinerary begins in Nelson and explores Nelson Lakes National Park, Abel Tasman Park, Marlborough Sounds including Queen Charlotte Track, Kaikoura Peninsula and Hanmer Springs.



Alpine Lodge, Nelson Lakes National Park


The award winning Alpine Lodge is situated at the edge of the Nelson Lakes National Park, only 5 minutes walk from Lake Rotoiti which offers a range of great outdoor pursuits. The property is family-owned and operated by the Alexandra, daughter of the lodge’s founder and her husband Leighton.


Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park


Awaroa Lodge is a four-star wilderness lodge set in the midst of the Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy the perfect blend of natural comfort, contemporary style and creative organic cuisine. The Lodge has 26 villa rooms, restaurant, and the property is surrounded by native bush - a short walk from the famous Awaroa beach.

Raetihi Lodge, Marlborough Sounds


This 4-star lodge, situated in the Marlborough Sounds has been in operation since the 1930’s. Extensively rebuilt, this lodge offers luxury and comfort amid the natural serenity of the Marlborough Sounds.




Braemar Lodge & Spa, Hanmer Springs


This property is one of New Zealand’s premier luxury alpine spa resorts. Offering the largesSuites (60 - 80sqm) and a 10 minute drive from the village, the Lodge boasts outstanding views across the valley towards the mountains and alpine forests. Perfect for those wanting to be close to the village, but far enough away for peace and tranquillity.



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What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

What is included: Regular trip

  • Services of a minimum of two Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • Lodging as per final itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners included
  • Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • Detailed map and cue sheets
  • All baggage transportation during the tour
  • Travelogue
  • Pre-departure Trip Planner with tips on what to bring and general information about traveling in New Zealand
  • All tips in hotels, restaurants etc.
    (excludes discretionary tips for

What is included: Queenstown Extension (after Regular trip)

  • 2 nights at Hotel St Moritz with breakfast
  • 1/2 day hike with local guide
  • Hiking routes and City Guide

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at or by telephone at 604.730.1247



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