Queenstown, New Zealand (PRWEB) July 27, 2012
Active New Zealand, a New Zealand-based tour operator known for legendary Kiwi hospitality on their small group adventures, has launched a new adventure vacation aimed at active mature travellers and anyone looking to tour New Zealand and experience the wildly scenic South Island wilderness at a more laid-back pace than the company’s other hiking and multi-activity tours. The 14-day New Zealand Explorer tour, nicknamed the “Kiwi”, is also Active’s first small group tour to include the popular Abel Tasman National Park and optional whale watching in Kaikoura.
“We get a lot of enquiries from people who are very interested in trekking New Zealand, but are concerned our tours may be a bit too physically demanding for them," says Jodi Narbey, a travel specialist at Active New Zealand. In response, Active has created a new itinerary that is a gentler version of their most popular New Zealand South Island tour, the "Rimu". Guests can expect to hike an average of 2-3 hours a day, accompanied by two guides who will share their extensive knowledge of the local flora, fauna and culture. Kayaking excursions are in stable double kayaks and are suitable for all levels, including novices.
"Our guests in their 50s and 60s don’t want to sit around at a resort or on a cruise ship – they have that strong spirit of adventure but their bodies may not be quite up for the steepest hills or the all-day hikes these days,” says Narbey.
The "Kiwi" includes manageable hikes in some of New Zealand's most scenic areas including Abel Tasman National Park, the Franz Josef Glacier, Kaikoura Peninsula and part of the Routeburn Track. Guests will also partake in wine tasting at a local vineyard, get a behind-the-scenes tour of a Kiwi wildlife centre, explore local art galleries, and will choose between a boat cruise or sea kayaking in Milford Sound. For those looking to squeeze in even more adventure, optional excursions available include whale watching off the coast of Kaikoura (where there is a 95% chance of seeing a variety of whales), heli-hiking on the Franz Josef Glacier as well as numerous options during a free day in Queenstown.
"Our guests regularly surprise themselves with what they can achieve," says Narbey, "and that's part of what makes our tours so memorable. With two guides accompanying the small group throughout, there is plenty of flexibility to accommodate guests who might sometimes want to try a more challenging option, which makes the 'Kiwi' particularly suitable for couples or friends traveling together who have different levels of fitness.”
The Kiwi is US$3999 + tax per person, which includes the services of two Kiwi guides who accompany the group throughout, most meals including lots of hearty home-cooked dinners and treats as well as some nights out at local restaurants, 13 nights of accommodation in carefully selected lodges and B&Bs, comfortable ground transportation and all activities as described in the “Kiwi” New Zealand itinerary. The first tour departs on November 10, 2012, and the complete schedule of tour dates can be found on the company's website.
“We’ve nicknamed the trip the ‘Kiwi’ after our national bird because it’s designed for people who want to take a bit more time exploring with boots on the ground – rather than flying – around the country!” says Matty Yates, a travel specialist at Active New Zealand.
About New Zealand:
Active New Zealand is part of Active Adventures, a New Zealand-based tour operator specializing in bucket list travel and small group adventures since 1996. In addition to hiking and multi-activity trips in New Zealand, Active also operates hiking and adventure tours in Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Patagonia (as Active South America) as well as trekking in Nepal (as Active Himalayas). Call Matty or Jodi to discuss hiking New Zealand or request a free brochure on 800.661.9073.