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New Zealand Winter Adventure

Winter Rimu

4.64 out of 5 (from 548 reviews)

  • 14 Days - US$4599 + tax
  • 10 Days - US$4099 + tax
  • 5 Days - US$2999 + tax

Trip Introduction

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.

Highlights

Hike
Kepler Track, Fiordland National Park
Copland Valley, Westland National Park
West Coast beaches and rainforest
Fox Glacier
Mt Aspiring National Park
Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Cycle Wanaka

Sea kayak
Okarito Lagoon

Choice of multi-day options...
Skiing/snowboarding in Queenstown OR Sea kayaking in Milford Sound

Plus...
Explore Queenstown

What's included in our NZ trips?

  • All guiding services
    - Two experienced guides per trip. In New Zealand you'll have a lead guide and a co guide. 
  • All accommodations
    - A range of hotels, lodges, chalets, inns, sheep stations and backcountry huts, depending on which trip you choose. 
  • All meals
    - Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days, except where indicated on the itinerary (usually 1 day per trip is a free day, allowing you to choose your own dining location). 
  • All activities
    - Hiking, kayaking, biking, rafting, scenic flights, jet boating and more! 
  • All transport
    - Airport transfers.
    - When you're not travelling under your own steam, they'll be comfortable air-conditioned vans to stretch your legs.
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Daily itinerary

Day 1—Arrive, hike Mt John

Most people leave the Northern Hemisphere on a Saturday evening, arriving in Auckland early Monday morning. You’ll lose a day crossing the dateline – but you get it back on the way home! It’s a short flight to Christchurch, in the South Island, where we’ll meet you. We then head to Lake Tekapo for a hike along the lakeshore and through fragrant wilding pine, before emerging above the treeline on Mt. John for breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Then we’ll carry on to the remote and beautiful Lake Ohau Lodge. Here we’re staying beside a beautiful alpine lake, with stunning views stretching across to Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps – an ideal spot to soak in the hot tub and enjoy the stars! Today is a relaxed introduction to New Zealand. Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll probably find jetlag is no big deal. For instance, it’s a 12 hour direct overnight flight from the West Coast of the USA to Auckland and there’s only a 3 hour time difference between New Zealand and US Pacific time. If you’re coming from further afield, you’ll appreciate the gentle start to your New Zealand adventure.
Lake Ohau Lodge, Lake Ohau (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2—Hike Aoraki Mt Cook National Park or ski/snowboard Ohau Ski Area

After a late breakfast on the balcony overlooking Lake Ohau, we’ll take an impressive hike at the head of Lake Pukaki, up the Hooker Valley to a glacial lake complete with icebergs! This is a great spot for lunch and on a clear day the views of Aoraki Mt. Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, are stunning. Then we’ll return to Lake Ohau where we’ll enjoy a sumptuous dinner. An option today is to spend the day skiing at the small and friendly Ohau Ski Area, one of the South Island’s more remote backcountry ski fields (for approx. US$125 including gear rental).
Lake Ohau Lodge, Lake Ohau (All meals)

Day 3—Hike Mt Aspiring National Park

Today we start the first of two memorable multi-day hikes. We’ll venture up the Matukituki Valley and hike into Mt Aspiring National Park to reach our home for the evening – a spacious mountain hut nestled in a valley in the middle of nowhere. This hike is well suited to winter conditions and the track meanders past majestic snow capped peaks, fresh mountain streams and natural beech forest. You’ll be carrying a sleeping bag, a few spare clothes and some food, so your pack won’t weigh much more than a regular day pack. The scenery is off the charts with Mt Aspiring rising 3033 metres (9951 feet) into the blue! It’s amazing how far you’ll feel from civilisation after this relatively short walk! Tonight your guide will whip up dinner in the backcountry kitchen while you relax by the fire. If you prefer, you can stay at the Lake Wanaka Lodge and do day hikes into the surrounding hills, or just relax and enjoy Wanaka’s laid-back, small town atmosphere! The choice is yours.
Mt Aspiring Hut, Mt. Aspiring National Park or Lake Wanaka Lodge, Wanaka (All meals)

Day 4—Hike Mt Aspiring National Park and bike Wanaka

After enjoying a delicious healthy breakfast and admiring the views, we'll hike back to the trailhead. We'll head to Wanaka for a bike ride along the lakeshore, and then 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.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 5—Free day in Queenstown

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, stylish lounge bars, day spas, and boutiques. You’ll also find incredible optional activities here, including horse trekking, a gondola, fishing, winery tours, a historic steamship, bungy jumping, jet boating, skydiving, as well as some great hiking opportunities. Or you can just soak up the atmosphere by the fire at one of the local cafés or pubs. Your guides will happily share their favourite haunts and point you in the right direction for your free day today. Alternatively, you can go skiing or snowboarding for the day at one of four nearby ski areas (approximate cost US$150 for ski or snowboard hire, transport and lift pass – available as snow conditions suit, generally from June to September).
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (No meals incl.)

Day 6—Start multi-day options

After breakfast together, we head off for our various activities.

Explore Fiordland National Park and sea kayak Milford Sound option I

Day 6 - hike Kepler Track

After breakfast we'll travel to Lake Te Anau, to hike the Kepler Track, one of New Zealand's 'Great Walks'. Unlike most of the other 'Great Walks', which evolved from Maori greenstone trails or pioneer exploration routes, the Kepler Track was custom-made - built for pleasure, rather than necessity. The track has been carefully crafted to show walkers all the very best features of Fiordland, from the prolific bird life and tussock high country, to the huge mountain ranges and vast glacier-carved valleys. We'll stay nearby in Te Anau which will be the base for our sea kayaking adventure on Milford Sound.
Matai Lodge, Te Anau (All meals)

Day 7 - sea kayak Milford Sound, explore Fiordland National Park

Our day starts early this morning as we head towards Milford Sound. Most people see the fiord from the deck of a ship, though we've got a more active way – gliding along in sea kayaks, causing very little disruption. This also gives us a great chance of getting up close and personal with the friendly fur seals and dolphins that are sometimes in the area. Run by specialist kayak guides, the paddling here is suitable for beginners and experts alike. After kayaking, we'll spend more time exploring the Fiordland wilderness on foot and check out some of its endemic flora and fauna like the kea (Nestor notabilis), New Zealand's notoriously cheeky and intelligent alpine parrot and the kotukutuku (Fuchsia excorticate), the world's largest fuchsia.
Matai Lodge, Te Anau (All meals)

Day 8 (morning) - relax or hike Queenstown

This morning we’ll journey past beautiful rolling farmland and around the edge of Lake Wakatipu back to Queenstown. You’ll have a couple of hours to spare here to catch up on some shopping, grab a coffee or head off on a local hike - your guides will have plenty of suggestions. We’ll meet up with the skiers/snowboarders before heading back into the wilderness for the rest of the trip.

Skiing or Snowboarding in Queenstown option II (available as snow conditions suit – generally June to September)

Day 6 - skiing or snowboarding in Queenstown

With Coronet Peak, the Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone ski areas all within a short drive of Queenstown, there are plenty of skiing and snowboarding options for novices and experts alike. As locals, we’ll be happy to help you choose the area best suited to you, and let you know where the best snow conditions are at the time. You’ll get two full days to enjoy the snow and views, with lift passes and transportation to either ski area provided. You can bring your own gear, or you can rent gear down here (gear hire is about US$65 per day) and lessons are available as well. Conditions vary throughout the season, though you can expect good skiing and riding, on and off-piste, plus scenery that will blow you away! If you want to go skiing, and don’t want to miss out on Milford Sound, let your guide know and we can help arrange an optional day trip to world famous Fiordland National Park for today or tomorrow.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast)

Day 7 - skiing or snowboarding

Now that you’ve got your ‘ski-legs’, today you can really carve it up out there!
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast)

Day 8 (morning) - relax in Queenstown

We’ll spend the morning relaxing in Queenstown before rejoining the hiking and kayaking group and heading to Haast.

Day 8 (afternoon)—Finish multi-day options

After regrouping, we’ll head through the stunning Southern Lakes district and over Haast Pass to the West Coast – 650 kilometres (400 miles) of gorgeous, rugged coastline with a population of only 40,000 people. We’ll mingle with the ‘coasters’ tonight in the tiny township of Haast, exchanging tales of our adventures at the local pub in front of a roaring fire.
Heartland World Heritage Hotel, Haast (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 —Hike to Copland Valley hot pools, Westland National Park

Today we'll walk into a stunningly beautiful mountain basin, set directly underneath the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, with an awesome highlight – natural hot pools! It's a challenging six to seven hour hike 17 kilometres (10 miles) up the Copland Valley with a gradual 300 metres (985 feet) elevation gain, but it's absolutely worth it. Our guides are pretty tough and they'll carry the lion's share of the load. All you'll be carrying is a backpack with your sleeping bag, a few spare clothes, and a share of our food. Tonight, we stay in one of New Zealand's most spacious backcountry huts, a comfortable two-level building. One of the best things about hiking this track in winter is we may well have the hut all to ourselves! While you soak in the hot pools your guide will whip up a hearty dinner.
Welcome Flat Hut, Westland National Park (All meals)

Day 10 —Hike to Douglas Rock

Today we'll hike further up the track towards Douglas Rock for even more amazing scenery and views of multiple glaciers clinging to the top of the mountain valley. If you prefer, you can have a relaxing day at the hut – soak in the hot pools, enjoy the stunning scenery, or even just hang out with a book. Either way, the hot pools are without a doubt the star attraction here, closely followed by the dramatic scenery.
Welcome Flat Hut, Westland National Park (All meals)

Day 11—Hike Copland Valley

An early start sees us on the track, a great time to be hikng with the fresh morning air and stillness.  You’ll be feeling sprightly today after a relaxing evening in the rejuvinating hot pools and with the slightly downhill gradient, you’ll be in ‘cruise mode’ on the outward hike. Once back at the trailhead we’ll rest our bodies with a scenic journey up the coast to the township of Franz Josef where we’ll stay for the next couple of nights. Nestled in the rainforest-clad foothills of the Southern Alps, Franz Josef is the heart of New Zealand glacier country.
Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef (All meals)

Day 12—Kayak Okarito Lagoon, hike near Franz Josef Glacier

This morning we’ll make a short journey over to Okarito, a little-known beach community on the coast. We’ll take to the water in sea kayaks and glide along the picturesque lagoon, set against a stunning backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Okarito is home to the only native white heron colony in New Zealand, as well as a host of other interesting birds. Later we’ll hike through lush coastal forest to Three Mile Lagoon, and wander along the beautiful stony beach next to crashing waves. Once back in Franz Josef you’ll have the option to take another hike to the terminal face for exceptional glacier views or relax in the hot tub, before enjoying a traditional Kiwi roast dinner.
Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef (All meals)

Day 13—Hike Punakaiki rainforest and beaches

This morning, we'll travel along the coast to check out local art galleries and a pounamu carving workshop (pounamu is Maori for jade) in Hokitika. After lunch, we carry on to Punakaiki, where we'll hike the Inland Pack Track through temperate rainforest and limestone canyons in the footsteps of the gold miners who established this trail over a century ago. While we're in Punakaiki, we'll also check out the famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes – aptly named limestone formations that have been sculpted through relentless pounding by the Tasman Sea. Tonight we'll enjoy a celebratory dinner for the last night of your trip.
West Coast lodging, Punakaiki (All meals)

Day 14—Depart for home

We’ll leave after breakfast for the beautiful journey over Arthurs Pass to Christchurch. This is the last day of your 'Winter Rimu' trip, and we’ll leave you refreshed and invigorated from the good food, exercise, rest, and great times you’ll have had with us in New Zealand’s winter landscape.
(Breakfast, Lunch)


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Hiking Biking Kayaking Boating Flying

Itinerary

Day 1 — Arrive, hike Mt John

Most people leave the Northern Hemisphere on a Saturday evening, arriving in Auckland early Monday morning. You’ll lose a day crossing the dateline – but you get it back on the way home! It’s a short flight to Christchurch, in the South Island, where we’ll meet you. We then head to Lake Tekapo for a hike along the lakeshore and through fragrant wilding pine, before emerging above the treeline on Mt. John for breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Then we’ll carry on to the remote and beautiful Lake Ohau Lodge. Here we’re staying beside a beautiful alpine lake, with stunning views stretching across to Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps – an ideal spot to soak in the hot tub and enjoy the stars! Today is a relaxed introduction to New Zealand. Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll probably find jetlag is no big deal. For instance, it’s a 12 hour direct overnight flight from the West Coast of the USA to Auckland and there’s only a 3 hour time difference between New Zealand and US Pacific time. If you’re coming from further afield, you’ll appreciate the gentle start to your New Zealand adventure.
Lake Ohau Lodge, Lake Ohau (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2 — Hike Aoraki Mt Cook National Park or ski/snowboard Ohau Ski Area

After a late breakfast on the balcony overlooking Lake Ohau, we’ll take an impressive hike at the head of Lake Pukaki, up the Hooker Valley to a glacial lake complete with icebergs! This is a great spot for lunch and on a clear day the views of Aoraki Mt. Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, are stunning. Then we’ll return to Lake Ohau where we’ll enjoy a sumptuous dinner. An option today is to spend the day skiing at the small and friendly Ohau Ski Area, one of the South Island’s more remote backcountry ski fields (for approx. US$125 including gear rental).
Lake Ohau Lodge, Lake Ohau (All meals)

Day 3 — Hike Mt Aspiring National Park

Today we start the first of two memorable multi-day hikes. We’ll venture up the Matukituki Valley and hike into Mt Aspiring National Park to reach our home for the evening – a spacious mountain hut nestled in a valley in the middle of nowhere. This hike is well suited to winter conditions and the track meanders past majestic snow capped peaks, fresh mountain streams and natural beech forest. You’ll be carrying a sleeping bag, a few spare clothes and some food, so your pack won’t weigh much more than a regular day pack. The scenery is off the charts with Mt Aspiring rising 3033 metres (9951 feet) into the blue! It’s amazing how far you’ll feel from civilisation after this relatively short walk! Tonight your guide will whip up dinner in the backcountry kitchen while you relax by the fire. If you prefer, you can stay at the Lake Wanaka Lodge and do day hikes into the surrounding hills, or just relax and enjoy Wanaka’s laid-back, small town atmosphere! The choice is yours.
Mt Aspiring Hut, Mt. Aspiring National Park or Lake Wanaka Lodge, Wanaka (All meals)

Day 4 — Hike Mt Aspiring National Park and bike Wanaka

After enjoying a delicious healthy breakfast and admiring the views, we'll hike back to the trailhead. We'll head to Wanaka for a bike ride along the lakeshore, and then 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.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 5 — Free day in Queenstown

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, stylish lounge bars, day spas, and boutiques. You’ll also find incredible optional activities here, including horse trekking, a gondola, fishing, winery tours, a historic steamship, bungy jumping, jet boating, skydiving, as well as some great hiking opportunities. Or you can just soak up the atmosphere by the fire at one of the local cafés or pubs. Your guides will happily share their favourite haunts and point you in the right direction for your free day today. Alternatively, you can go skiing or snowboarding for the day at one of four nearby ski areas (approximate cost US$150 for ski or snowboard hire, transport and lift pass – available as snow conditions suit, generally from June to September).
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (No meals incl.)

Day 6 — Start multi-day options

After breakfast together, we head off for our various activities.

Explore Fiordland National Park and sea kayak Milford Sound option I

Day 6 - hike Kepler Track

After breakfast we'll travel to Lake Te Anau, to hike the Kepler Track, one of New Zealand's 'Great Walks'. Unlike most of the other 'Great Walks', which evolved from Maori greenstone trails or pioneer exploration routes, the Kepler Track was custom-made - built for pleasure, rather than necessity. The track has been carefully crafted to show walkers all the very best features of Fiordland, from the prolific bird life and tussock high country, to the huge mountain ranges and vast glacier-carved valleys. We'll stay nearby in Te Anau which will be the base for our sea kayaking adventure on Milford Sound.
Matai Lodge, Te Anau (All meals)

Day 7 - sea kayak Milford Sound, explore Fiordland National Park

Our day starts early this morning as we head towards Milford Sound. Most people see the fiord from the deck of a ship, though we've got a more active way – gliding along in sea kayaks, causing very little disruption. This also gives us a great chance of getting up close and personal with the friendly fur seals and dolphins that are sometimes in the area. Run by specialist kayak guides, the paddling here is suitable for beginners and experts alike. After kayaking, we'll spend more time exploring the Fiordland wilderness on foot and check out some of its endemic flora and fauna like the kea (Nestor notabilis), New Zealand's notoriously cheeky and intelligent alpine parrot and the kotukutuku (Fuchsia excorticate), the world's largest fuchsia.
Matai Lodge, Te Anau (All meals)

Day 8 (morning) - relax or hike Queenstown

This morning we’ll journey past beautiful rolling farmland and around the edge of Lake Wakatipu back to Queenstown. You’ll have a couple of hours to spare here to catch up on some shopping, grab a coffee or head off on a local hike - your guides will have plenty of suggestions. We’ll meet up with the skiers/snowboarders before heading back into the wilderness for the rest of the trip.

Skiing or Snowboarding in Queenstown option II (available as snow conditions suit – generally June to September)

Day 6 - skiing or snowboarding in Queenstown

With Coronet Peak, the Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone ski areas all within a short drive of Queenstown, there are plenty of skiing and snowboarding options for novices and experts alike. As locals, we’ll be happy to help you choose the area best suited to you, and let you know where the best snow conditions are at the time. You’ll get two full days to enjoy the snow and views, with lift passes and transportation to either ski area provided. You can bring your own gear, or you can rent gear down here (gear hire is about US$65 per day) and lessons are available as well. Conditions vary throughout the season, though you can expect good skiing and riding, on and off-piste, plus scenery that will blow you away! If you want to go skiing, and don’t want to miss out on Milford Sound, let your guide know and we can help arrange an optional day trip to world famous Fiordland National Park for today or tomorrow.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast)

Day 7 - skiing or snowboarding

Now that you’ve got your ‘ski-legs’, today you can really carve it up out there!
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast)

Day 8 (morning) - relax in Queenstown

We’ll spend the morning relaxing in Queenstown before rejoining the hiking and kayaking group and heading to Haast.

Day 8 (afternoon) — Finish multi-day options

After regrouping, we’ll head through the stunning Southern Lakes district and over Haast Pass to the West Coast – 650 kilometres (400 miles) of gorgeous, rugged coastline with a population of only 40,000 people. We’ll mingle with the ‘coasters’ tonight in the tiny township of Haast, exchanging tales of our adventures at the local pub in front of a roaring fire.
Heartland World Heritage Hotel, Haast (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 — Hike to Copland Valley hot pools, Westland National Park

Today we'll walk into a stunningly beautiful mountain basin, set directly underneath the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, with an awesome highlight – natural hot pools! It's a challenging six to seven hour hike 17 kilometres (10 miles) up the Copland Valley with a gradual 300 metres (985 feet) elevation gain, but it's absolutely worth it. Our guides are pretty tough and they'll carry the lion's share of the load. All you'll be carrying is a backpack with your sleeping bag, a few spare clothes, and a share of our food. Tonight, we stay in one of New Zealand's most spacious backcountry huts, a comfortable two-level building. One of the best things about hiking this track in winter is we may well have the hut all to ourselves! While you soak in the hot pools your guide will whip up a hearty dinner.
Welcome Flat Hut, Westland National Park (All meals)

Day 10 — Hike to Douglas Rock

Today we'll hike further up the track towards Douglas Rock for even more amazing scenery and views of multiple glaciers clinging to the top of the mountain valley. If you prefer, you can have a relaxing day at the hut – soak in the hot pools, enjoy the stunning scenery, or even just hang out with a book. Either way, the hot pools are without a doubt the star attraction here, closely followed by the dramatic scenery.
Welcome Flat Hut, Westland National Park (All meals)

Day 11 — Hike Copland Valley

An early start sees us on the track, a great time to be hikng with the fresh morning air and stillness.  You’ll be feeling sprightly today after a relaxing evening in the rejuvinating hot pools and with the slightly downhill gradient, you’ll be in ‘cruise mode’ on the outward hike. Once back at the trailhead we’ll rest our bodies with a scenic journey up the coast to the township of Franz Josef where we’ll stay for the next couple of nights. Nestled in the rainforest-clad foothills of the Southern Alps, Franz Josef is the heart of New Zealand glacier country.
Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef (All meals)

Day 12 — Kayak Okarito Lagoon, hike near Franz Josef Glacier

This morning we’ll make a short journey over to Okarito, a little-known beach community on the coast. We’ll take to the water in sea kayaks and glide along the picturesque lagoon, set against a stunning backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Okarito is home to the only native white heron colony in New Zealand, as well as a host of other interesting birds. Later we’ll hike through lush coastal forest to Three Mile Lagoon, and wander along the beautiful stony beach next to crashing waves. Once back in Franz Josef you’ll have the option to take another hike to the terminal face for exceptional glacier views or relax in the hot tub, before enjoying a traditional Kiwi roast dinner.
Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef (All meals)

Day 13 — Hike Punakaiki rainforest and beaches

This morning, we'll travel along the coast to check out local art galleries and a pounamu carving workshop (pounamu is Maori for jade) in Hokitika. After lunch, we carry on to Punakaiki, where we'll hike the Inland Pack Track through temperate rainforest and limestone canyons in the footsteps of the gold miners who established this trail over a century ago. While we're in Punakaiki, we'll also check out the famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes – aptly named limestone formations that have been sculpted through relentless pounding by the Tasman Sea. Tonight we'll enjoy a celebratory dinner for the last night of your trip.
West Coast lodging, Punakaiki (All meals)

Day 14 — Depart for home

We’ll leave after breakfast for the beautiful journey over Arthurs Pass to Christchurch. This is the last day of your 'Winter Rimu' trip, and we’ll leave you refreshed and invigorated from the good food, exercise, rest, and great times you’ll have had with us in New Zealand’s winter landscape.
(Breakfast, Lunch)

Dates

Trip Date Price Status  
Jun 18, 2018 – Jul 01, 2018 US$4599 + tax Almost full Check Availability
Jul 16, 2018 – Jul 29, 2018 US$4599 + tax Almost full Check Availability
Jul 30, 2018 – Aug 12, 2018 US$4599 + tax Filling up Check Availability
Aug 13, 2018 – Aug 26, 2018 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
Aug 27, 2018 – Sep 09, 2018 US$4599 + tax Filling up Check Availability
Sep 10, 2018 – Sep 23, 2018 US$4599 + tax Filling up Check Availability
2019
May 06, 2019 – May 19, 2019 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
May 20, 2019 – Jun 02, 2019 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
Jun 03, 2019 – Jun 16, 2019 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
Jun 17, 2019 – Jun 30, 2019 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
Jul 01, 2019 – Jul 14, 2019 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
Jul 15, 2019 – Jul 28, 2019 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
Jul 29, 2019 – Aug 11, 2019 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
Aug 12, 2019 – Aug 25, 2019 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
Aug 26, 2019 – Sep 08, 2019 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
Sep 09, 2019 – Sep 22, 2019 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
2020
May 04, 2020 – May 17, 2020 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
May 18, 2020 – May 31, 2020 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
Jun 01, 2020 – Jun 14, 2020 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
Jun 15, 2020 – Jun 28, 2020 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability
Jun 29, 2020 – Jul 12, 2020 US$4599 + tax Great Check Availability

Useful Info

No Forced Single Supplement:

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement! Having said that, if you specifically request your own room, you can opt to pay the additional single supplement fee.

Trip Start:

On the first day of the trip we can pick you up from the Heartland Hotel Cotswold in Christchurch at 10.30am, or at Christchurch airport (CHC) in front of the Travel and Information desk at 11am.

Trip End:

On the last day of the trip we can drop you off at the Christchurch airport in time for the flights below, or anywhere in central Christchurch about 3pm.

Recommended Flights:

Arrival: If you’re flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving in Christchurch before 10.30am on Monday.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Christchurch after 5pm on Sunday. If you are considering alternative flight times please check with us. International flights from Auckland airport (AKL) usually leave early evening, so if you’re heading back to North America, you’ll get home some time on Sunday, even though you left on Sunday evening! Flights back to Europe, of course, take a little longer.

Fitness:

The Winter Rimu is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. If you are exercise regularly and like to give things a go, you’re likely to enjoy the trip much more. Typically, hikes on the Winter Rimu trip range between three and six hours to complete. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the various options.

Reviews

  • Wonderful, Well-Run Trip

    “Wonderful well-run trip. Nice to have small number of participants on the adventure. Great food, friendly staff, great accommodations both on and off the trail.”
    Krista Saunders – Ontario, CanadaJanuary 2018
  • Winter Rimu

    “Truly a trip of a life time. Guides were extremely knowledgeable of New Zealand's history & landscape. I highly recommend Active Adventures.”
    Michael Pammett – Ontario, CanadaDecember 2017
  • Winter Rimu 2017

    “The trip of a lifetime and 5 stars. Seems a little redundant when this trip is my 4th with ACTIVE. All prior trips and this one (Winter Rimu) have been trips of a lifetime. The guides are very knowledgeable and professional. Active always seems to find the right people to represent them. Just the right blend of biking, kayaking, and hiking. New Zealand is a beautiful country. Such a variety of climates.
    At 65 years of age this trip was a challenge but very doable. I am looking forward to a future 5th trip with ACTIVE. Many thanks to Tess and Steve our guides.”
    Jerry Champlain – Colorado, United StatesOctober 2017
  • Amazing New Zealand

    “This trip was just a great trip - the guides, the group, the activities and scenery!! We found New Zealand to be a pristine, gorgeous place and loved every minute!”
    Kathy Champlain – Colorado, United StatesOctober 2017
  • Great Trip

    “Great trip! Diverse and interesting hikes, bike riding, and kayaking in spectacular landscape. I particularly appreciated having all the trip details covered, so I didn't need to worry about any of the arrangements. A turn-key experience.”
    Ian Christoph – California, United StatesOctober 2017
  • Perfect Winter Rimu Adventure

    “It was an excellent trip. Wonderful sites and guides with a well planned itinerary!”
    William Kozlovsky – California, United StatesJuly 2017
  • Winter Rimu Trip with Jasmine and Elder

    “Over the course of a fortnight the activities vary, the destinations change, and the weather does what weather does so the only constant is the guides. Jasmine and Elder, from the moment I met them in Christchurch on the first day until the moment when they dropped all of us off at the airport two weeks later, were patient, flexible, attentive, and infinitely good-humored. When a day's activity had to be cancelled (no kayaking on Milford Sound due to 80-km.-an-hour winds) they responded quickly and proactively (a cruise of the sound with lunch). Nothing seemed to bother them and they seemed to want nothing more than to ensure that we had a memorable trip filled with new experiences and minimal inconvenience or (unwelcome) surprises. (The Pavlova cake on our last night, which appeared out of nowhere was a surprise of the best kind.)
    As for the trip itself, independent of the guides--if that's possible--it was exceptional. Nothing is more eyebrow-raising than to hear a tourist come back from a city, or country, or island claiming to have "done everything," but we came close. The tour was designed to show us the mountains, valleys, historic towns, and beautiful countryside of New Zealand. By the end of the trip I had a deep first impression of the country and its history, the topography and the culture. (Jasmine and Elder could lecture at university on just about any subject that came up.) I would love to get back to New Zealand but if that isn't possible I'll know that I had the best time possible.”
    Andrew Coffey – New York, United StatesAugust 2016
  • NZ in the winter is pretttttty

    “The Winter Rimu trip is very cool. Our guides (Jasmine and Elder) were fantastic, very laid back and super-well organized. Winter in New Zealand is volatile and some of the segments needed to be adjusted, but I was really impressed by how Active Adventures adjusted based on frequent weather forecast checks by always have options available which all ended up being very impressive. If you haven't been to NZ, just go, any season you can make it!”
    Noah Goldstein – Ontario, CanadaAugust 2016
  • Great experience, Must do it once at least

    “It was my great pleasure having the chance to be a member of this tour in May 2016.
    It is way beyond my expectations, the guides:Jasmine and Elder were great guides and friends, they never hesitated to help any of us at any time.

    The program was well planned and organized, we were very lucky with the weather and I truly had an amazing life-changing experience.
    Trust me, it's worth it!”
    Ayman Aldeheshi – Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaJune 2016
  • The perfect escape

    “I loved escaping the daily grind of office life to explore beautiful New Zealand with Active Adventures! The country side was incredible, our guides DK & Kelsie were fantastic & so down to earth, and the hikes were as challenging as they were rewarding. A great trip for shaking yourself up a bit, meeting people from all walks of life and seeing some pretty amazing scenery. ”
    Elle Glynn – Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaOctober 2015
  • Does everything you want

    “The Winter Rimu trip is well organised and takes you everywhere you would want to go in the South Island if you like the outdoors. The guides take care of everything and are really nice friendly people. They take you on a variety of hikes from one day to three day and different terrain and difficulty levels. You get to explore the back country of New Zealand and go to some places that you wouldn't find on your own as well as the main tourist sites as well. The food and accommodation varies from hotel to outdoors hut and restaurant to sandwiches/trangia stew but good all round and they did their best to cater for my gluten free diet. It is expensive for what you get on the trip but it is an excellent trip and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to visit New Zealand and make the most of their trip.”
    Alisdair Denholm – Lancashire, United KingdomSeptember 2015
  • The BEST way to see the South Island!

    “The beauty of the South Island is well off the beaten path and needs to be seen with guides who know where to go. That's the reason we decided on this trip with Active Adventures. It was excellent-from the scenery to the food to the very helpful guides as well as the weather. It's not for the faint of heart but is for the adventurer who wants to see nature, snow capped peaks, have a few rugged hikes and make friends with your fellow trek members.”
    Chris Privon – Idaho, United StatesAugust 2014
  • Great Trip for Challenge seeking Trekkers

    “This trip offered unbeatable scenery and a great view of the South Island of New Zealand. The hikes offered a range of scenery from rain forest to glacial valleys to snow-capped mountains. The backpacks were a nice length, but be prepared to do a lot of stream crossing and scrambling over rocks. Milford Sound was beautiful from a kayak and the short walk to view the Franz Joseph Glacier was nice.”
    Keron Privon – Idaho, United StatesAugust 2014
  • Winter Rimu

    “This was a great trip, but don't expect to stay on the itinerary. Due to weather, it changed many times over the course of the trip. Despite that, the guides always found fantastic places to hike and explore. ”
    Robin Potter – Florida, United StatesJune 2014
  • “My trip was fantastic! I didn't really know what to expect beforehand (not being used to travelling in groups) and was a little nervous, but everything was lovely. The guides were incredibly helpful and friendly, and made sure that everyone had fun, even when the weather didn't cooperate (which did happen, although very rarely). The places we went were absolutely breathtaking, and it was amazing to visit New Zealand at a time when there were so few people on the tracks.”
    Brandy Thoma – , United KingdomAugust 2013
  • Active Adventures New Zealand rocks!

    “Great food, beautiful country, wonderful guides! I would give this trip an A+!”
    Michele Taylor – Oregon, United StatesJuly 2013
  • Great Tour of New Zealand with Gluten Allergy

    “The Winter Rimu trip was a great first time for me in NZ. As someone with Celiac, I was very happy that AA offered from the beginning and while on the trip to be so accommodating for my condition; it really took a load off not having to worry about it. Even while on the overnight trips I was provided for by the guides very well. The variety of activities was well balanced and the guides were very friendly. I'll be back to NZ for sure! Luke, USA”
    Lucas Hauck – , SingaporeAugust 2015

Why travel with Active Adventures?

Legendary Kiwi Hospitality

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.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

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.

Everything is Included

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.

A Sense of Achievement

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.

Small Groups

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.

Diverse Experiences

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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