New Zealand South Island - Hike & Explore the Hidden Gems (#2304)

Date and Time

Friday, February 10, 2023 - Thursday, February 23, 2023


South Island,
New Zealand


Registration is required for this activity.


The first part of our adventure takes us to Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park. This Great Walk has moderate to vigorous hiking and spectacular ocean views. We will experience all of this in luxury, staying at splendid beachfront lodges with ocean views. After completing Abel Tasman, we move south to hike and explore parts of Rakiura (Stewart Island) on the southern tip of the South Island. Rakiura is the third largest island in New Zealand. Rakiura means "The Land of Glowing Skies" in the native Maori language. This will become apparent if we get to see the Aurora Australis, which often appears in these southern skies. Additionally, we will have the opportunity to see Tokoeka (or brown kiwi). Next we enjoy a challenging backcountry hike on the Humpridge Track, soon to be designated one of New Zealand's Great Walks. This will be one of the trip's main hiking challenges, a 3-day backcountry hike staying in privately-owned lodges on the Humpridge Track in Fiordland National Park. The trail takes us through diverse and stunning scenery, from sea level to sub-alpine views. Accommodations are in twin/double rooms and include all bedding, hot showers, and meal service. Next we explore Te Anau and hike part of the Kepler Track followed by a visit to Patea (Doubtful Sound), which means "Place of Silence" in Maori. A sea kayak or cruise aboard the Patea Explorer will allow us to experience the dramatic landscape of majestic mountains, sheer cliffs, echoing birdsong, and cascading waterfalls. There is no road to Doubtful Sound and getting there is an experience in itself ... This is truly a "Hidden Gem". On our last night we will enjoy a gourmet BBQ and sheepdog show at Walter Peak high-country farm followed by a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown aboard the 110 year old steamship Earnslaw. Our trip ends after breakfast the next morning where participants can catch a flight back to the USA or continue their adventure in New Zealand.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $6,200 member / $6,300 non-member

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Hiking 5 Vigorous to 6 Stenuous


Adults (18+)


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Jeanne has been leading outdoor adventures for ~50 years for AMC and Sierra Club among other groups. Jeanne is a backcountry leader with AMC Boston Family Outings leading hiking, camping, and winter trips. Jeanne is the past Chair of AMC Boston Family Outings and former Boston Chapter Membership Chair. Jeanne joined AMC Adventure Travel in 2014 and has led AT trips to the Jungfrau region in Switzerland, Machu Picchu, Morocco, and New Zealand.


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Michael is a new Adventure Travel Associate leader and he has been leading hikes and weekend trips with the AMC Boston Chapter Family Outings Group since 2016 along with leading hikes at AMC August Camp. He has been a participant on six different AT trips: The Jungfrau in Switzerland, The Beara Peninsula in Ireland, The AV1 in the Italian Dolomites, Nepal and part of Peaks of the Balkan trail in Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo.