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It all began with one big red bus… celebrating 25 years of adventures in New Zealand

November 3, 2017 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

When Geoff Gabites set up Adventure South NZ in 1992, he simply wanted to share his love of mountains and passion for the outdoors with everyone around him. What he didn’t realise was that he was about to help shape the way we enjoy active adventures today.

Armed with one “big red” bus, a few bikes and some fiery determination, Adventure South NZ’s four-day mountain biking trip set off through the Rainbow Valley down from St Arnauds to Hanmer Springs. The bikes were loaded on the top of the bus along with a big green trunk to help hold all of the gear with tents as our accommodation.

25 years later, Adventure South NZ might have a few more buses than it did back in 1992 (as well as a fleet of electric bikes), but the company’s passion for the outdoors remains just as strong.

Still based in Christchurch and now part of the World Expeditions Travel Group; Adventure South NZ has grown into one of New Zealand’s most trusted active adventure brands, offering more than 40 unique small-group active holidays.

For the past 25 years, Adventure South NZ has provided an unrivalled range of active holidays across the North and South Islands – helping travellers from all around the world journey to the very heart of New Zealand’s wild and mysterious landscapes.

Whether it’s hiking in the Southern Alps, snowshoeing up to Rex Simpson Hut or cycling the lakeside trails of the Alps 2 Ocean, there’s simply no other collection of New Zealand itineraries that can match the geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of our adventures.

Adventure South NZ has launched a range of new itineraries for 2018 including a one-week walking adventure of a lifetime, deep in New Zealand’s south, home to some of the country’s most pristine and spectacular landscapes.

The “Fiordland, Hollyford and Stewart Island Trails” trip is the ideal itinerary for time-poor, Australian travellers looking for a “best of adventure” trek in New Zealand.

A nation blessed with a rare diversity of landforms, New Zealand’s South Island is renowned for its rugged wind-lashed coastlines, soaring snow peaked mountains and tranquil fiords, making it the perfect short-haul adventure destination (three hours direct from Sydney and Melbourne and 3 ½ from Brisbane).

The new “Fiordland, Hollyford and Stewart Island Trails” itinerary packs a whole lot of adventure into seven days; trekking in the rugged wilderness to spectacular lookouts, a ferry ride across Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island to spot wildlife, a magical helicopter ride over Milford Sound to the Hollyford Track, a jet boat ride up Lake McKerrow and trekking a section of the iconic Routeburn Track. A highlight of the trip is an overnight stay in the exclusive and luxury Martins Bay Lodge, located in the remote and dramatic Hollyford Valley wilderness region

Graded “introductory”, the new Adventure South NZ Fiordland, Hollyford and Stewart Island Trails is priced from AU $3720 per person (departing Queenstown).

Other new itineraries for 2018 include:

  • Otago & Clutha Cycle trails:

Cycle all 150kms of the legendary Otago Rail Trail plus the spectacular Clutha Gold Trails for a complete Central Otago Experience.  Experience a scenic jet boat transfer down the Roxburgh Gorge and take a journey on the stunning Taieri Gorge Railway from Middlemarch to Dunedin. Five-day Otago & Clutha Cycle trails, from $1890 per person (departing Queenstown).

  • South Island Family Cycle Adventure

Cycle as much or as little as you like on this family cycling adventure, which combines two of the South Island’s most popular cycling trails – the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail and Otago Central Rail Trail. South Island Family Cycle from $2350 per adult (twin share), departing Christchurch.

  • Ultimate New Zealand Adventure

Experience the ultimate 22-day outdoor adventure exploring the highlights of New Zealand from Auckland to Christchurch. Hike into the remote Urewera National Park to the beautiful Lake Waikaremoana, cross the famous Tongariro Crossing across volcanoes and lava flows and cruise into the idyllic Abel Tasman National Park and enjoy a night camping on the beach. Ultimate New Zealand Adventure from $5640 per person (twin share), departing Auckland).

And if you are looking for a spectacular winter adventure without all of the crowds, Adventure South NZ has its seven-day South Island Winter Adventure which showcases the very best of the island’s winter activities.

During the winter, New Zealand’s South Island transforms into a white wonderland of snow, ice, blue sky days and mountain views that will simply take your breath away. Ski instructors, and experienced alpine guides make this multi-activity trip perfect for first timers as well as the more experienced adventure seeker. Starting from Queenstown, this itinerary takes travellers on incredible journey to an exclusive cross-country resort, the uncrowded slopes of Ohau Snow Fields and to the base of the mighty Aoraki/Mt Cook. Cycle the lakeside trails of the Alps 2 Ocean, recently listed in the Lonely Planet’s ‘Epic Bike Rides of World’. Climb to the top of a snowy peak for panoramic views of the Southern Alps and snow shoe along the Two Thumb range. Spend the night in secluded lodges and the remote Rex Simpson Hut, soak in thermal hot pools and get your heart racing on an exhilarating jet boat ride down the Rakaia Gorge. Like any Adventure South tour, we include everything you need to make this trip stress free so you can relax, unwind and enjoy this amazing winter experience. From $2935 per person (twin share) – departing Christchurch and finishing in Queenstown.

Find these and other exciting Adventure South NZ itineraries in the new World Expeditions Australian New Zealand Pacific Brochure.

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