Kaikoura Wilderness Guided Walk
2days / 1night
Price from £859 per person
A Kaikoura Wilderness Walks vehicle will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer via a very scenic route, firstly along the Kaikoura Coast, then up one of the most spectacular valleys in New Zealand, the Puhi Puhi Valley to the departure point of your tour. The first part of the walk is a pleasant mix of bush and forest environments; kanuka, manuka, beech and fern dominate; there are specimens of rimu and totara. This part of the track takes approx. 1.5 - 2 hours and climbs to the vantage point "Totara Saddle", where the tour stops for lunch. After lunch the track begins with a downhill section from Totara Saddle to the stream below, then a steady walk up through beech forest for approximately an hour. Climbing gently for two hours through an ancient Totara forest, you will emerge onto alpine meadows covered in mountain daisies (celmesias), before a short climb to another saddle. From here the first view of Shearwater Lodge can be seen in its outstanding setting. The last hour of the walk traverses several streams before reaching the lodge where you will be welcomed by the Lodge Host. A complimentary glass of wine is on hand to assist the winding down process before dinner is served.
Overnight accommodation is at Shearwater Lodge.
After a hearty breakfast, there is an optional morning loop walk behind the lodge into the dramatic alpine scenery. On this section the track traverses the gentle valley floor of Happy Valley and walkers enjoy the alpine vista of spectacularly rugged mountains which rise steeply from each side of the valley. A keen eye should be on the alert for red deer, Arapawa sheep and the elusive and nimble chamois. Leave the valley and climb up onto a high ridge before arriving at Surveyor's Peak, some 163 metres (approximately 5000 feet) above sea level. The panoramic views from here are simply breathtaking and if the skies are clear, you can see as far south as Banks Peninsula and as far north as the eastern coast of the North Island. The tour then returns to Shearwater Lodge for lunch. Or, you may wish to spend the morning relaxing around the lodge enjoying the natural alpine environment. After a leisurely lunch, it is time for the walk out. The tour takes a different path to that taken on the way in and much of this track is downhill. Once again there are plenty of opportunities to see the birdlife and wild animals on the way down. Your luggage and transport back to Kaikoura will be waiting at the end of the track. Tour concludes in the late afternoon, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
Months: Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar