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Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours: Wild West

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - This amazing trip takes in the finest dramatic coastline with time to explore wonderful and inspiring National Parks. The landscape is perfect for activities, hikes & bike rides with the chance to explore glaciers, golden beaches, towering mountains and rugged coastlines.

The west coast route was recently voted one of the top 10 drives in the World by Lonely Planet and we know why. We have also found some extra hidden spots, fantastic rides and great hikes to enjoy along the way. You start your trip in Queenstown and onto glacial highs before travelling the coast up to arguably New Zealand's finest national park - The Abel Tasman. There are some truly unique activity options and a genuine once in a lifetime experience.

Tour starts: Queenstown or Christchurch
Tour endsPicton

Minimum trip time: 8/9 days (take extended breaks at any point)

Includes:
- tasty meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)as outlined in itinerary below
- camp fees
- shared tent (twin share tent with mattresses)
- transport
- use of sports equipment on board (bodyboards, cricket sets and more)

Activities to try are:
+ Superb cycle rides (for all levels)
+ Excellent hikes (for all levels)
+ Sailing
+ Sea kayaking
+ Skydiving
+ Bungy jumping
+ Fly an acrobatic plane
+ Horse riding

Places to visit are: 
+ Adrenalin rush of Queenstown
+ Chilling Glaciers
+ Picturesque Abel Tasman National Park
+ Real Lord of the Rings country
+ Paparoa National Park
+ Punakaiki blow holes
+ Cultural and historical treasures

ITINERARY:

+ You can take extended breaks at any of the points on the tour
+ Most nights you can upgrade to cabins for a small fee and a taste of rural luxury

 

This is a great way to experience some of the most diverse scenery in NZ. This itinerary shows the trip starting from Queenstown (8 days). You can also start a day earlier from Christchurch and head across 

the wonderful Canterbury plains before joining the group for a night in Queenstown (9 days).

 

Day 1: Leaving Queenstown at 2:30pm we head to the scenic alpine village of Wanaka for some excellent walk and cycle options. There is also the chance to test your IQ at Puzzle World. After the thrills and spills of Queenstown we wind down with a beautiful campsite beside the tranquil lake with spectacular views of Mount Aspiring National Park.

hikes: hike to the summit of Mount Iron to enjoy stunning 360 degree views 

bike rides: great road rides heading to camp 

optional activities: Puzzle World

meals: dinner 

 

Day 2: Start your day with thrilling optional jet boat ride in Mount Aspiring National Park. We then begin heading up the West Coast – this region was rated by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 drives in the 

World. The bus ride is scenic but the bike rides are even better with the chance to cycle along the dramatic Haast Pass taking in panoramic views of the Southern Alps. This area is home to majestic 

rainforest, thundering waterfalls and tranquil pools - the wild West Coast. Tonight we will be staying in glacier country at the picturesque village of Fox Glacier. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: great range of short walks + secret night time glow-worm caves 

bike rides: scenic downhill cycle from Haast Pass + short rides at camp 

optional activities: jetboating 

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 3: Today is your chance to explore one of NZ’s most unique and spectacular natural wonders  - Fox Glacier. This staggering beautiful work of nature is over 13 kilometres in length and plummets

2,600 metres from its peak in the Southern Alps. It is fed by four alpine glaciers that receive approximately 30 metres of snowfall each year. This snow compacts at the top to produce the wonderful 

blue ice hundreds of metres deep. You have the chance to hike or ice climb on the glacier, but if glaciers aren’t your thing then the area itself is a wonderland to explore. We would also 

recommend a cycle or hike around Lake Matheson where crystal clear reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman make the perfect photo opportunity. We then have a short drive up the coast to our beautiful beachside campsite next to the Okarito lagoon – one of the very few places where there are still rare sightings of our native kiwi bird.

hikes: wonderful hike around Lake Matheson 

bike rides: great hilly sections of various lengths 

optional activities: ½ day or full day glacier hike, heli hike, ice climb 

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 4: Enjoy an early morning walk with a chance to spot a Kiwi in the wild. We then continue up this spectacular coastal stretch Hokitika – home to the Greenstone factories where you can see these skilled 

craftsmen at work and a great place for a traditional souvenir of your visit. We travel on through pristine native forest to Paparoa National Park where giant columns of water shoot skywards 

at Pancake Rocks! We will be staying at this great beach camp for a couple of nights with wonderful sunsets and a chance to explore hidden glow-worm caverns. Limited cabin upgrades available. 

hikes: sunrise trek to view the Southern Alps, coastal walks and night time cavern trek 

bike rides: cycle rides of various lengths along the coast to camp 

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 5: Start the day with a hearty pancake breakfast then it’s your day to explore the dramatic Paparoa National Park. The region has walks and cycle rides galore along with the opportunity for an optional river kayak. If you didn’t get the chance the day before then time the tides right and you will get the chance to view the explosive blow holes and hidden wave rock. We’ll spend a second night at this magnificent camp. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: multiple hikes in the Paparoa National Park, Pancake Rocks 

bike rides: lots of rides to explore the wonderful area

optional activities: river kayaking, knife making

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 6: Today we head through the majestic Buller Gorge to our favourite National Park (and NZ’s only coastal park) – Abel Tasman. In one of the sunniest areas of the country you will discover beautiful secluded bays and stunning golden sands. There are all kinds of options to experience the park including skydiving, hang gliding or flying an aerobatic plane - all of which give you the perfect bird’s eye view with varying levels of adrenalin. Our campsite is located at the entrance to the park – perfect for exploring. We will be staying here for 2 nights to give you every chance to explore all corners of the park. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: short walk options 

bike rides: a great coastal ride to camp 

optional activities: skydive, hang glide or fly an aerobatic plane 

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 7: Taking time to explore arguably the best beaches and clearest waters in New Zealand - there are excellent options for everyone here. You can walk, sail or kayak around the numerous golden bays and dive into the crystal clear waters along the way. There will be plenty of chance for wildlife spotting (dolphins, seals and even Orcas!) Explore the heart of the park by canyoning high flow waterfalls and rapids! Enjoy a fantastic group dinner (own cost). Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: an excellent day for walks - hike along the Abel Tasman track + the option to combine this with a boat ride home! 

bike rides: cycle rides of various distances available from camp 

optional activities: kayaking, sailing, water taxi, canyoning, horse riding, paddle boarding 

meals: breakfast 

 

Day 8: Today we head to sunny Nelson – the headquarters for Flying Kiwi and you will soon find out why. In addition to being one of the sunniest areas of NZ its home to more than 350 working artists and craftspeople creating traditional, contemporary and Maori arts – a visit to their studios is highly recommended. Alternatively sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine and café culture of 

our hometown. We leave Nelson for wine country – Marlborough, home to some of the World’s best known grapes and we will be treating you to a free tasting in one of their best vineyards. This tour finishes in Nelson at 11am or Picton at 5pm.

hikes: take a leisurely stroll around the cafes and studios of Nelson 

bike rides: great option to cycle various lengths of the Tasman taste trail – part of the great New Zealand Cycle Trail 

optional activities: wine tasting if finishing in Picton (free - this one is on us ?) 

meals: breakfast 

 

Have more time? 

This trip can link with our Hot Rocks, Northern Express or Southern Light tours. 

If you are doing the loop back to Christchurch or want to head 

north let us know and we can help with travel arrangements. 

– contact one of our friendly team with any questions. 

 

 

TOUR STARTING QUEENSTOWN

2016 departures:

9, 18, 27 FEB

7, 16, 25 MAR

3, 12, 21 APR

MAY > SEPT - winter

2, 11, 20, 29 NOV

8, 17, 26 DEC

 

2017 departures:

4, 13, 22, 31 JAN

9, 18, 27 FEB

8, 17, 26 MAR

4, 13, 22 APR


STARTING CHRISTCHURCH

(the dates below leave one day before our Queenstown departure but you can start your tour in Christchurch on any day giving you as long as you want in Queenstown prior to joining the main tour - ask our team for more details)

2016 departures:

8, 17, 26 FEB

6, 15, 24 MAR

2, 11, 20 APR
May-Sept = Winter

1, 10, 19, 28 NOV

7, 16 DEC

2017 departures:

3, 12, 21, 30 JAN

8, 17, 26 FEB

7, 16, 25 MAR

3, 12, 21 APR

Optional hires:
You can hire any of the following equipement from us for the duration of your trip or bring your own gear. We charge a small handling fee for those who bring their own bikes but there are no charges for your own tent etc.

Cycle hire for entire trip $120

Bring your own bike $55

Single tent upgrade $60

Sleeping bag hire $50 

 

Tour extensions if you have a few days after your trip why not extend it with one of these great trips:

Hot Rocks Tour - The full North Island loop (starting and finishing at any point in the North Island)  includes the thermal wonders of New Zealand's volcanic region, the Bay of Islands, the superb Coromanel and the World's great one day walk - The Tongariro Crossing. 

Northern Express Tour - Take the short northward journey from Wellington to Auckland and enjoy the unique Waitomo caves on the way.

Southern Light Tour - If you dont have time for a full South Island tour but are keen to revel in a brilliant action packed adventure then check this one out. Starting in either Picton or Christchurch we enjoy the highlights of the South and wrap things up in the adrenalin capital - Queenstown!