1802: Day Hiking New Zealand's Wild South

Date and Time

Friday, March 2, 2018 - Thursday, March 15, 2018


South Island of New Zealand,
New Zealand


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


This remarkable journey on NZ's south island could be your adventure of a lifetime! Working with local resources, we have selected a variety of the island's most spectacular - and often most remote - destinations to explore, while including many of the creature comforts that truly make this a world-class trip. By utilizing creative means of transportation when necessary, we are able to offer hikes which otherwise would be impossible without backpacking. The trip is suitable for anyone of intermediate physical abilities who enjoys the company of other adventurous spirits. Some highlights of the itinerary: •Day hikes with private guides on 3 of the famous NZ Great Walks, from our base on spectacular Lake Te Anau, including an overnight cruise on world-famous Milford Sound: •Helicopter to Luxmore hut on Keplar Track, descending through tussock fields, lush beech forests, fern meadows and returning along the lake; •Routeburn Track - moderate grade hike with stunning views; •Milford Track - flattish hike following a river between bays and mountains to Giants Gate Falls; •3 nights on Rakiura (Stewart Island) - famous for its rain forest, birdlife and remote beaches. We will have a nocturnal hike in search of the elusive kiwi, as well take as a cross-island hike via sea plane, then enjoy a gentle day of strolls and picnic lunch on nearby Ulva Island, a predator-free bird sanctuary; •Explore the wild South Pacific coastline of the remote Catlins region by car, stopping for short hikes to dramatic overlooks and remote beaches; •Short hikes on the Otago Peninsula, home to penguins, albatross, seals and more - including a visit to the Royal Albatross Centre; •Relish an evening stroll through Dunedin, one of NZ's most beautiful and under-discovered cities; •Enjoy a final dinner together with a vintage steamship cruise to a working farm with a tour and gourmet farm-to-table barbeque dinner. •Explore a small gold mining town in the Arrowtown region near Queenstown before catching our flights home. A NZ attaché will be with us throughout the trip, both as a primary driver and to provide the local lore and cultural information that will help make this trip extra special. AMC leaders will act as drivers of the second vehicle and lead several of the hikes. When time permits, individuals can partake, as a group or individually, in other optional activities. These might include bike riding, kayaking, various Queenstown excursions, swimming or just plain lazing somewhere glorious. Your AMC trip leaders each have many years of experience leading AMC trips worldwide; both have led one or more trips to NZ and are certified in CPR and Wilderness First Aid. For those who wish to extend their stay, leaders can provide recommendations of places to

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $5,625 member / $5,625 non-member
*Includes transportation, lodging and most meals. Does not include airfare.

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New Zealand






Adults (18+)


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Janis Stahlhut, a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, has been an AMC-AT leader since 2009 and is also a Connecticut Chapter hike and bike leader. She has led and co-led AT hiking and biking trips to Cape Cod, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Sicily, Spain, France, Italy, Finland, Norway, South America and New Zealand.


Merri Fox is a software analyst in the IT department of a major CT aircraft engine company.  Because she loves sharing her favorite outdoor destinations, over the past 22 years she has led hiking, snorkeling and cultural excursions in Belize, Paris, Hawaii, Arizona, the Tetons, Switzerland, California, Utah, New Zealand, and the Virgin Islands.