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Welcome Flat Hot Pools, Copland Track

Picture this... You've been hiking for the better part of a day, through lush rain forest, over quintessential New Zealand swing bridges and across alpine meadows. Your Kiwi guides are telling you all about the local flora and fauna whilst you walk past awe-inspiring and grandiose mountain panoramic views, and numerous waterfalls. You're well-fuelled with a hearty lunch at a back country hut and you're enjoying the challenge of the hike, but also thinking about the comfort of a fireplace and a place to rest. To the outdoor adventurer, this is what we live and breathe - the chance to explore off-the-beaten-path and revel in the accomplishment at the end of the day, with a warm fire glowing and a warm drink to hold. That in itself would be enough, but when you add in natural hot pools, things really step up a notch! View our Winter Specials Page

Copland Track early morning mist

Winter Rimu

“Everything was handled fantastically. Having things pre-arranged and having a driver really helped to remove stress so I could just hang out and enjoy the views on the way to each part of the country. Having native Kiwis who really knew and understood the land helped us enjoy and appreciate what we were seeing. Steve and Tess are amazing guides. Consider yourself lucky if you get one or both of them as guides on your trip! Steve is hilarious and Tess is an amazing cook! We all were fed so well on this trip. I really feel like the Winter Rimu is the best trip Active Adventures offers for New Zealand. You get to see Mt. Cook and also hike the amazing Copland Track. The itinerary is wonderful. It's quite active, which was exactly what I was looking for, but also a nice balance of more relaxed mellow days to recover. Going in the winter was wonderful because all the places we went weren't packed with other people and sandflies were at a minimum. This really was an incredible, amazing, wonderful trip of a lifetime. I'm so happy I found Active Adventures! I loved my Winter Rimu trip!”
Oregon, United States
Winter Rimu, October 2017
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New Zealand is a geothermal hotbed of activity, with hundreds of natural hot pools in the wilderness, in some resort towns like Hanmer Springs and even on the coast, like Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel. One such hot spring, is at the far end of the Copland Track on the West Coast of the South Island. The Copland Track is one of those fantastic hiking trails that 's managed to escape the international limelight and is largely only known to locals. One day it will probably be added to the growing list of 'Great Walks' in New Zealand, but for now it remains relatively quiet - perfect when you want to stretch out in the thermal hot pools at the end of a great hike! The pools are located at 'Welcome Flat' just 5 minutes walk from the back country Copland Hut, and are surrounded by native forest and mountain views. There are a few different pools to choose from, ranging in temperature and there's plenty of room for a small group (say 10-12 people). It makes for a pretty special evening when you reach the hut, drop off your pack, rest your legs, grab a snack, get changed and then head on down for a relaxing soak! Here are a few photos of Copland Track and Welcome Flat Hot Pools - taken by Active Adventures New Zealand clients during their 'Winter Rimu' trip

Relaxing in the Welcome Flat hotpoolsStarry Night on the Copland TrackWelcome Flat Hut in the morning frost

If you're ready to start putting together your dream New Zealand vacation, and you reckon winter is the season for you, then check out our Winter Tours below!

  • Winter Rimu New Zealand Winter Adventure

    • 14 Days
    • South Island
    • US$4599 + tax

    4.64 out of 5 (from 565 reviews)

    Winter Rimu

    May to September is one of the best times to explore New Zealand. Our maritime climate ensures we have relatively mild winters, we’ll almost always have the tracks to ourselves and the snow-capped mountains make an even more dramatic backdrop than in summer – and usually you can get a great deal on flights! Years ago, we adapted our signature Rimu trip to suit the cooler conditions by adding skiing and snowboarding options, along with some of the South Island’s best hikes. This adventure is the perfect excuse to escape the heat!

    Activity level: This is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically hikes on the ‘Winter Rimu’ range between three and six hours to complete, with a longer more challenging hike on the Copland Track.

  • Kea New Zealand Family Adventure

    • 13 Days
    • South Island
    • From Adult: US$4799 + tax, Child (15 & under): US$3999 + tax

    4.68 out of 5 (from 243 reviews)

    Kea

    Let us take care of every detail so that you and your family can enjoy exploring New Zealand’s iconic places on a fun outdoorsy adventure. The ‘Kea’ is the perfect opportunity for everyone in the family to try some new activities together while our guides encourage, entertain, serve up delicious meals and ensure you make the most of your precious vacation time. You’ll be amazed how much everyone learns along the way and our guides will have you laughing as much as the kids! For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).

    Activity level: This trip has been designed to be fun and gently challenging for the young, and the young at heart. The pace is flexible and most hikes range between two and four hours to complete. 

    Here's a pretty cool video of what it's like to travel with your family, on an Active Adventures trip.

     

  • Kauri Ultimate North Island Adventure

    • 11 Days
    • North Island
    • From US$4899 + tax

    4.38 out of 5 (from 1186 reviews)

    Kauri

    You'll be amazed by the variety of adventures and stunning scenery as we share the iconic locations and best-kept secrets of the North Island. The perfect addition to any of our South Island trips, the year-round 'Kauri' explores the sub-tropical north, a marine reserve, white sandy beaches, unique volcanic terrain, geothermal areas, Maori culture, an underground cave system and arguably the best mountain day-hike in New Zealand. For a great way to see the rest of New Zealand, combine this trip with any of our South Island trips.

    Activity level: The 'Kauri' suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically, activities on the 'Kauri' trip range between two and five hours to complete. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike can take a little longer, though there are shorter alternatives available.

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Why travel with Active Adventures?

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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