Active New Zealand: Wanaka

4 Days | Revel in Wanaka’s outdoor paradise on foot, bike, and kayak

5 out of 5 based on 18 reviews submitted.
Multi-active
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GBP £1,193
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Take a deep dive into the Otago region on a 4-day active adventure in Wanaka. Let a local leader show you the very best of this slice of the South Island as you cycle the heritage-filled surrounds of gold rush Arrowtown, hike up to the hanging glaciers beneath Rob Roy Peak, kayak the glassy waters of Lake Wanaka and taste regional flavours at a local winery. Soak in spectacular cinematic backdrops as you walk up Mt Iron, visit a secluded Lake Wanaka island and experience a brand-new and thrilling cycling trail. From epic views to exhilarating activities, this adventure is sure to get your heart rate up.

Trip overview

Map of Active New Zealand: Wanaka including New Zealand
Start
Queenstown, New Zealand
Finish
Queenstown, New Zealand
Theme
Multi-active
Destinations
New Zealand
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
PHXG
This trip generates 17 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Combine the best cycling, hiking and kayaking experiences that Otago has to offer from one central base in stunning Wanaka.
  • Spend a morning hiking to the dramatic hanging glaciers beneath the towering Rob Roy Peak then kick back at a local winery where you’ll meet the winemaker and learn the local craft.
  • Hike to a lake within an island in a lake on an island, looking out for rare birds and insects along the way, then cool off with a swim in crystal clear waters.
  • Cycle a spectacular brand-new track along man-made wooden trails secured to the bottom of sheer rock faces – arguably the best bit of cycling trail in Otago!
  • Experience the beauty of Lake Wanaka from a different perspective as you take a guided kayaking tour across its waters, surrounded by unforgettable mountain views.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip includes a variety of activities (walking, cycling & kayaking). While not too strenuous, an average level of fitness is required. The cycling and hiking are done on reasonably graded trails - albeit with a few challenging sections on the Lake Dunstan Cycle track. Kayaking is done on flat water.
  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

Itinerary

Map of Active New Zealand: Wanaka including New Zealand

Inclusions

Meals

3 breakfasts

Transport

Private vehicle, boat, kayak, bicycle

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Activities
  • Guided Cycling tour of surrounding area
  • Leader-led orientation walk
  • Private Boat to Mou Waho Island
  • Flat Water Kayaking
  • Mou Waho Island Hike
  • Mount Iron guided hike
  • Guided Hike to Rob Roy Glacier
  • Maude Winery tasting room
  • Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge
  • Lake Dunstan Cycling Trail guided tour
Add on activities
  • Rippon Winery visit - Free
  • Queenstown - Kawarau Bridge Bungy - NZD265
  • Wanaka - Stand-up Paddle Board Hire - per hour - NZD35
  • Wanaka - Milennium Track walk - Free

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Important notes

1. This trip starts at 10am in Queenstown on day 1.
2. This trip finishes with a drop off at 6pm in Queenstown on day 4. Please do not book any flights until after 10pm this evening.
3. Bicycle hire is included so we require all clients' height at the time of booking.
4. Bike helmets are supplied also but you may wish to bring your own.
5. We recommend you wear closed-toe shoes and suitable clothing for the walks and cycling.
6. The cycling on this trip is not accompanied by a support vehicle.
7. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available and they are an 'on request' basis only. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed booking. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 18 reviews submitted.
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Georgia · Traveled March 2024
I would highly recommend this Wānaka active trip. This is a perfect trip for a first time solo or for any single traveler. I loved every minute of this trip. Our guide Grant Kitto, was amazing. He really made this trip so much fun and nothing at all was a problem. He got involved in all our extra activities and excitement. He recommended so many things during the trip, so we could experience as much as possible. This was the best trip and I can’t wait to get back to NZ.
Review submitted 20 Apr 2024

Ivy · Traveled March 2024
This was the perfect little tour for my first "solo" trip. Grant, our tour guide made everyone feel comfortable, he was very acknowledgeable and knew how to crack a joke to get everyone laughing. Loved the mixture of activities and ended the trip with new found friends. I would highly recommend this trip to everyone.
Review submitted 01 Apr 2024

Ari-Pekka · Traveled March 2024
I was lucky to be part of small group, me and 2 ladies (hey Ivy & Georgia). Intrepid host Grant was incredible. He had very good knowledge of nature and New Zealand. He also had excellent connections which he used to make our trip better. He for example arranged paraflight to ladies with his connections, which wasn't part of the trip. He certainly didn't watch his clock, if someone of us wanted to do something extra in the end of day he would arrange it. Our wellbeing was important to him. To top of that he has great personality & great sense of humour.
Review submitted 27 Mar 2024

Tara · Traveled February 2024
Griff was an amazing tour leader! He was able to accommodate everyone in our group and make everyone feel comfortable. Some activities were a little more intense than others; but we all felt safe with Griff leading the way. He knew so much about the Queenstown/Wanaka area, it's flora and fauna and history. The highlight for me was the Dunstan bike trail - a challenging ride with spectacular views the entire way! The accommodation was comfortable and food was great - especially the included breakfasts!
Review submitted 07 Mar 2024

Jessie · Traveled February 2024
This is a great little trip. The scenery in this area is amazing! If you enjoy a variety physical activity then you will enjoy the tour. The trip was well organised and I learnt a lot about the area. I would highly recommend!
Review submitted 19 Feb 2024
Active New Zealand: Wanaka
From
GBP £1,193