Wakatipu Adventures – New Zealand Eco Getaway
Duration: 6 days – 5 nights
Itinerary: Queenstown to Queenstown
Tour type: Self-drive Hybrid Car
Explore Queenstown region in depth with 3 days hiking and horseback riding in the wilderness of Glenorchy, prior to returning to Queenstown for a city fix in New Zealand’s most vibrant and scenic township.
- Spend 3 nights in New Zealand’s first Net Zero energy visitor destination
- Explore with your own Hybrid car
- Walk a section of the Routeburn Track
- Horse ride in the Dart Valley
- Bike the vineyards around Central Otago
- Zipline with stunning views of the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu
- 5 nights’ accommodation in two of New Zealand’s most sustainable Eco-accommodation
- Daily Breakfast
- Hybrid Car rental with full insurance and GPS
- Tour inclusions as per itinerary (small group)
- New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST)
- E-documentation from Greenz Travel
- 24/7 assistance in the country
Day 1 – Arrival Queenstown – Glenorchy
Distance: 55km / 1 hour
Kia Ora and Welcome to Queenstown!
On arrival at Queenstown airport, collect your Hybrid car (Toyota Camry or similar) for your drive to Glenorchy.
Glenorchy is nestled on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu and is the gateway to famous hiking trails. This rustic town is a true outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.
Set against a background of native beech forest and towering mountain ranges, Glenorchy’s surrounds are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Lake Wakatipu and the Dart River offer opportunities for kayaking and some of New Zealand’s best hiking trails can be accessed from here.
Accommodation: Camp Glenorchy – 3 nights
Includes daily breakfast
Environment: Camp Glenorchy has been designed, built and operated in line with the philosophy and principles of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), recognised as the most stringent environmental building design certification in the world. Camp Glenorchy is registered under the Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) Certification™ pathway. The complex sits in Glenorchy village and it is hard to think of a more mind-blowing backdrop!
Day 2 – Glenorchy
Guided walk on the Routeburn Track (small group)
Walk a section of this world-renowned tramping track, winding through the Routeburn gorge along the crystal-clear Routeburn river in picturesque Mt Aspiring National Park. You will begin your walk by crossing the swing bridge over the river, then gradually ascent through a magical world of ancient ferns, mosses, lichens and beech forest. Explore forgotten paths of the Maori, as your group travel along old greenstone trails, finding enchantment around each corner. Just 2.5 hours down the track, the woodland parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud-scraping mountains. The Flats is a pristine site to stop for lunch, before walking back. The songs of native and migratory birds welcome your return to the forest, and a plentiful array of species will accompany your journey back to civilization. Guided by an impassioned local who has lived and worked in this environment for years, you will Look, Learn and Understand the nature, wildlife and history of the place.
Day 3 – Glenorchy
Horse back riding – The River Wild (small group)
A gentle walking-paced horse ride along beautiful braided rivers and stunning scenery in the Dart Valley. Ride through some of New Zealand’s most stunning and awe-inspiring scenery.
This two-hour long adventure offers spectacular scenery of Te Wahi-pounamu, the South West of New Zealand UNESCO World Heritage site.
The route of the River Wild trek varies day to day to ensure that our horses, guides and returning manuhiri (visitors) are able to enjoy as much of the stunning scenery as possible. The majority of these treks include beautiful river crossings, although changes to the weather mean that this cannot always be guaranteed. You can rest assured that the views will be breath taking in every direction as you are taken on a journey of discovery through the magnificent Dart Valley, including the backdrop for many famous film locations.
This is an experience to remember for riders of all levels.
Day 4 – Glenorchy – Queenstown
Distance: 50km / 50 minutes
Today drive back to Queenstown, the “adventure” capital, a sought-after destination for its picturesque lake, scenic snow-capped mountains and great dining scene. Originally lust after by the Gold miners, the region nowadays attracts tourist, adventure seekers and wine lovers.
Settle in your accommodation prior to afternoon tour.
Ziptrek – Moa tour (4 lines)
The perfect starter to your adventure experience in Queenstown. Journey through the forest on four incredible ziplines with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range. Two guides will take you on a journey through the place we live, Aotearoa – land of the long white cloud, our place in the mountain and lake environment while sharing a story of our path to sustainability.
The ziplines start low and slow and gradually build your confidence as they get progressively longer, higher and faster. This tour is fun for everyone!
Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Conservation role: Ziptrek takes a proactive approach to restoring, protecting and enhancing their natural environment. All the timber used in the construction was locally and sustainably sourced. Ziptrek requires limited power but the safety gates, Eftpos facility and in-house photo system are all powered through solar panels. In addition to being environmentally conscious in their chosen materials, they are also involved in a few conservation programmes such as the eradication of wilding pines on the course and around Bob’s Peak, a native tree and shrub planting program and stoat and possum trapping around the course.
Accommodation: Sherwood – 2 nights
Includes daily Breakfast
This boutique hotel has recently undergone an intensive renovation, embracing a lifecycle approach to improve building performances, efficiency and increased comfort without creating unnecessary waste. Sherwood is one of the largest private solar installs in New Zealand and the solar array is currently generating more electricity than the hotel consumes with the balance being returned to the grid.
Day 5 – Queenstown
Bike the Wineries (Full day – Self Guided)
This Full Day Self-Guided Tour begins with a scenic shuttle transfer from Queenstown to the quaint gold mining village of Arrowtown.
Choose to enjoy one of the many great cafes and explore Arrowtown or get straight into your scenic morning ride along the beautiful Arrow and Kawarau Rivers to the Kawarau Suspension Bridge – home of the world famous Bungy jump.
From there, spend the afternoon biking at your leisure along the Gibbston River Trail using our informative winery map to visit as many of the 8+ wineries linked throughout this easy riding trail. Enjoy a relaxed lunch or picnic at one of the many Wineries (can be arranged – not included).
You will be picked up at 4.30pm for your relaxing vehicle transfer back to Queenstown.
Riding distance to first winery: 15km
Riding distance to last winery: 23km
In the evening, head out of town for a soak in the Onsen Hot Pools.
Onsen Hop Pools – private soak
Onsen Hot Pools is located high on a cliffside overlooking the magnificent Shotover River canyon, providing views over breathtaking alpine scenery. Our idyllic cedar-lined hot tubs have long been a highlight for Queenstown visitors and locals alike. A unique kiwi twist on a Japanese tradition, you will have exclusive use of one of our classic indoor cedar tubs for 60 minutes as you kick back, relax and enjoy your surrounds. Ideal for individuals or groups of up to 4 people, each pool is heated to approx. 38.5 degrees. With a retractable roof your experience can go from indoor to outdoor and back again at a touch of a button! You will also receive a complimentary drink and snacks to enjoy during your rejuvenating soak.
Day 6 – Queenstown – Departure
Distance: 9km / 15 minutes
Today head back to Queenstown airport and drop your car off on time for your homebound flight.