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Summary

3 daysDepart 06 May 2022Return 09 May 2022
Total $1,183.20
4  x fortnightly from $295.80
38  x weekly from $31.13

Wanaka active retreat

Wanaka, NZ

It was the Otago Gold Rush of the 1860s that first bought the crowds to townships like Queenstown and Wanaka. Little did they know at the time that the real ‘gold’ was right in front of them all the time – the incredible beauty of the landscape. This three day Intrepid Retreat will see you explore one of the most stunning regions on earth. A local host will immerse you in the heritage, the adventure, the wine, and the food. Highlights include a ride along the Otago Rail Trail, a trek up Mt Iron, and a visit to secluded Lake Wanaka Island. 

Inclusions

  • 2 nights / 3 days tour
  • 2 nights twin-share on a 4* lodge accommodation
  • Meals and activities as per itinerary
  • Private vehicle transport and water taxi
  • Take the chance to jump at the original home of the Bungy, Kawarau Bridge, or simply make the most of the beautiful surrounds.
  • Sample the flavours of Otago with tastings at a local distillery and a winery where you will meet the winemaker and learn the local craft.
  • Enjoy the special experience of visiting a lake within an island in a lake on an island, dipping into the clear waters and soaking in the scenery and the silence.
  • Cycle a section of the spectacular Central Otago Rail Trail, the oldest rail trail in the country, and return to historical Clyde on a trail next to the Clutha River.
  • Stay in a welcoming, character-filled, family-run lodge. Stylish yet comfortable Alpine-style rooms and personal service make this a memorable stay.

Please note:

Age: Minimum is 18 years
Group size: Maximum 12

To fully appreciate the beautiful surroundings of the region there are included walks and cycling on this itinerary. While not too strenuous, a suitable level of fitness is required.

Travel Validity

Valid for Departures

  • 22 Oct 2021
  • 19 Nov 2021
  • 10 Dec 2021
  • 07 Jan 2022
  • 04 Feb 2022

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Queenstown - Wanaka

Take the short drive to historic Arrowtown, put on the map by the gold-rush of the mid-19th century. Stop at a local cafe for a welcome meeting where your local host will provide an overview of the upcoming itinerary. Grab a coffee and walk down the tree-lined streets of heritage buildings, old cottages, and relics of the town’s mineral boom, with your local host offering insights about the area and its past. 

In the afternoon we’ll make our way across the Crown Range, to the Cardrona Valley, home to the Cardrona Distillery which - nestled between two mountain ranges - would not look out of place in the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy a tour of the distillery, learning all about the process, from malting to fermenting and bottling, before sitting down for a tasting. 

From here we’ll make tracks for Wanaka, where there’s free time to check into your accommodation and relax. Before dinner your local host will take you on a short hike up Mt Iron to see the colours of Wanaka at sunset. The view is a truly unforgettable 360-degree view of the Pisa Range, Upper Clutha Basin, Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Stroll back down to Wanaka at dusk for a local restaurant dinner with your group and host.

Inclusions

  • 3-course locally-sourced dinner
  • Cardrona Distillery tour & tasting
  • Mount Iron guided hike
  • Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge
  • Leader-led orientation walk
Day 2: Wanaka

Take the short drive to historic Arrowtown, put on the map by the gold-rush of the mid-19th century. Stop at a local cafe for a welcome meeting where your local host will provide an overview of the upcoming itinerary. Grab a coffee and walk down the tree-lined streets of heritage buildings, old cottages, and relics of the town’s mineral boom, with your local host offering insights about the area and its past. 

In the afternoon we’ll make our way across the Crown Range, to the Cardrona Valley, home to the Cardrona Distillery which - nestled between two mountain ranges - would not look out of place in the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy a tour of the distillery, learning all about the process, from malting to fermenting and bottling, before sitting down for a tasting. 

From here we’ll make tracks for Wanaka, where there’s free time to check into your accommodation and relax. Before dinner your local host will take you on a short hike up Mt Iron to see the colours of Wanaka at sunset. The view is a truly unforgettable 360-degree view of the Pisa Range, Upper Clutha Basin, Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Stroll back down to Wanaka at dusk for a local restaurant dinner with your group and host.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Millennium Track walk
  • Mou Waho Island Hike
  • Water taxi to Mou Waho Island
Day 3: Wanaka

Our last day with our local host and group will see us travel to historic Clyde. From there we’ll ride a short section of the famous Otago Rail Trail to Alexandra. The full trail runs for 152 kilometres in total and was originally used to transport supplies to and from the gold fields, then later to transport goods and livestock. It fell into disrepair, but was refurbished into a rail trail at the start of the new millennium and is now the best way to explore the area and contribute to the local economy. Hop on a bike for a ride along the trail through Alexandra, leaving the town via the historic bridge and on to Clyde. Cycle through history and stop to see the remnants of gold rush times and the landscape created by the sluicing technique for extracting gold. Follow the Clutha for 13 kilometres, across an old wooden trestle bridge and back to Clyde, where we can relax and refuel. Say cheers to your Wanaka retreat with a wine tasting overlooking the Clutha River. Make sure you try the Pinot Noir that Central Otago Reds is famous for. Say farewell to your local host and group, departing in Wanaka or back to Queenstown.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast
  • Maude Winery tasting room
  • Otago Rail Trail - Alexandra to Clyde
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Meals not specified
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
Terms and Conditions
  • Accommodation is on a twin share basis, and single travellers are paired with the same gender. Single supplement room upgrades can be requested at the time of booking.
  • The accommodation featured are the usual properties. At certain locations, we may use alternative accommodation (of equal standard) when needed.