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Non Member Price: $4,775.00

Member Price: $4,475.00

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New Zealand Coast, Bush and Canyons Adventure

6 nights, 7 days

Our March New Zealand adventure provides an amazing variety of activities, making it one awesome adventure.

We do hope you will join Women’s Fitness Adventures for this incredible journey to New Zealands Southern Island.

Including Outrigger Paddling in the ocean in Abel Tasman National Park, to cycling the West Coast Cycle Trail, one night camping at the Ballroom overhang and hiking the canyons, this adventure has it ALL.

This adventure will fill quickly – don’t delay.

Secure your place today with a 20% deposit. For more details see the FAQ section

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Monday 23rd March 2020

Departure Day – Brisbane to Nelson, New Zealand, via Christchurch

It’s departure day today and we make our way from your home town to Nelson, New Zealand.

If travelling with your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader your transfers from Nelson Airport in NZ to your hotel are included.

Alternatively, make your own way to the hotel and meet us there for dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel style, twin share

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Abel Tasman National Park

Experience a part of New Zealand’s treasured heritage and paddle a double hulled outrigger canoe in the crystal-clear waters of the Abel Tasman departing directly from Kaiteriteri.

After a karakia (blessing) we learn the etiquette (tikanga) associated with waka before becoming familiar with the boat and embarking a journey to remember.

We finish the waka trip at Watering Cove, Anchorage or Torrent Bay and then hike approximately 2 hours back to Medlands for the water taxi ride to Kaiteriteri.

From here, it is a short journey back to Nelson and time permitting, explore this vibrant and arty little town.

We enjoy dinner tonight in a local restaurant.

 

Accommodation: Hotel – twin share

Meals: Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner

Distance: 11km| 3 hours hiking

  • note this activity is weather dependant and maybe subject to change depending on the conditions on the day.

Wednesday 25th March  2020

Murchison

Today is summit day.

Sit back and enjoy the picturesque drive to Flora Saddle in Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand’s second largest park on our way to the trail head.

On a well-formed track, we meander our way up to the bush-line and the Mt Arthur hut walking through beech forest and groves of candelabra-like mountain neinei.

For those feeling keen and are up for the challenge we can venture further with the guide along the rugged marble ridge-line towards the summit of Mt Arthur.

Alternatively, perch on a rock and soak in the view before reuniting with the group for the descent.

 

Accommodaton: Cabin accommodation – group share

Distance: 8.5 to 18.5km.

Time: 4-8 hours hiking

Meals:Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner

Thursday 26th March 2020

Paparoa National Park

After a hearty breakfast, the day begins with a relaxing drive toward the West Coast along the mighty Buller River.

On the drive we get our first glimpse of New Zealand’s impressive Podocarp forest.

Arriving at the coast, our guide drops us at the top of the coastal walk to Cape Foulwind (aptly named by Captain Cook – as beware the seals are a bit smelly!).

We then rejoin the guide at the seal colony near Tauranga Bay before driving along the scenic West Coast en route to one of the country’s best-kept secrets – Paparoa National Park for our first overnight hike.

Hiking up the rumbling Fox River, we learn the unique Kiwi art of river crossing.

This will come in handy in order to reach the campsite under tonight’s accommodation – the amazing Ballroom Overhang – a massive fluviatile cave.

Crank up the campfire and settle in for the night for a real New Zealand authentic experience.

Accommodation: Ballroom Overhang, camping.

Meals:Breakfast|lunch|Dinner.

Hiking Distance: 8km

Hiking time: approx. 4 hours

Friday  27th March  2020

Punakaiki

Heading out from the Ballroom Overhang, we wander along quaint rivers, channeled through towering limestone cliffs covered in lush native rainforest.

The scenery in this area is truly breathtaking, and unparalleled in the South Island. Take the opportunity to explore nearby caves, have a swim, and study the stalactites.

Leaving the rivers behind, we hike along an old inland pack-track that winds its way through tranquil native forest before emerging at the road end where our van awaits.

A short drive gets us to the small tourist town of Punakaiki.

Here we can grab a coffee and wander through the geologic phenomenon that is the Pancake Rocks – scientists still cannot agree on how they formed. If the tide is right, you will get to witness the magnificent blowholes in action.

Tonight, we stay in lovely properties set in the bush near the coast. A saunter down to the beach to view the sunset is highly recommended.

Accommodation: Twin Share holiday house.

Hiking Distance: 8km

Hiking time: approx. 4-hours

Meals:Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner

Saturday  28th March 2020

Arthurs Pass/Hokitika

Weather permitting, it is cycling day*

This morning is a short drive down the coast to the historic and quaint town of Hokitika.

Get fitted out with bikes and cycle the stunning West Coast Cycle Trail,  between Milltown and Kumara which follows a series of old bush tramlines built in the 1860s to cart coal.

The 33 kilometre ride starts at the quirky collection of replica Wild West themed buildings at Cowboy Paradise – this really is the Wild West!

From here the trail winds through a mixed landscape of lush farmland and beautiful regenerating rainforest. It crosses a series of bridges over mountain streams before following a trail around several reservoirs to the historic town of Kumara.

At the end of the day there is time for a celebratory drink at the beautifully restored Theatre Royal Hotel before checking into our nearby accommodation.

*Note: If you do not wish to cycle then there is the option for a self guided short hike nearby.

 

Accommodation: Cottage style – twin share.

Meals:Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner

Tonight we have our Traditional Women’s Fitness Adventures Celebration Dinner and Awards evening.

Cycling distance 33km

Cycling time: approx. 4 hours

Sunday 29thMarch 2020

Return to Christchurch and home

This morning we turn our nose towards Christchurch and home

It’s a spectacular drive across the Southern Alps via Arthurs Pass.

A meander among the limestone crags at Castle Hill or a short walk in Arthurs Pass National Park to stretch the legs before the drive across the plains to Christchurch is also a must!

We will aim to have you back in Christchurch by early to mid-afternoon in time to catch any flights home to Australia that evening.

 

Meals: Breakfast|Lunch

Here's What You Get

ACCOMMODATION

This adventure provides a real mix of accommodation to suit the adventure.

From hotel accommodation in quaint towns, to historic homes and a nights camping.

It’s a combination of twin share, group share and camping.

There is a little bit of everything, designed to take advantage of the opportunities New Zealand has to offer.

MEALS

From your Welcome Dinner in Nelson to our final Awards Celebration Dinner in Kumara, you will be impressed and more than adequately filled with the food.

On our hikes we have the best “picnics” – designed to satisfy and nourish even the hungriest of hikers.

Includes – 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners and all delicious snacks on the trail

TRANSFERS

Airport transfers are included if arriving around the same time as your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader.

All other transfers form part of your adventure and are included.

All vehicles we travel in are Commerically Approved vehicles that comply with all NZ Safety regulations.

YOUR LEADERS

From the moment you land in Nelson (or on the plane if you decide to travel together), until the time of your return, your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader is with you every step of the way.

Assisting your Women’s Fitness Adventures guide is One Professional Outdoor Guide with comprehensive knowledge of the local history, flora and fauna. Our guides have many years of experience in the region and in trekking.

Our guides and our adventure are NZ Department of Conservation Approved

Our goal is to deliver you a world class adventure on the scenic South Island of New Zealand.

GEAR AND EQUIPMENT

The following elements are included

  • Sleeping bags are provided on the camping night. You are welcome to bring your own.
  • Bicycles and Helmets for our cycling adventure.
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • Waka hire

Our guiding partners are approved by the N.Z. Department of Conservation to operate in public conservation areas, having  passed environmental and safety standards set by DOC.

A full gear list is provided with your itinerary.

YOUR ONLINE COMMUNITY

The New Zealand Coast, Bush and Canyons Adventure comes complete with its very own Closed Facebook Group.

This is designed specifically for maximum interaction and communication, to ensure you never miss a moment in the lead up.

Additionally there are quarterly online C.R.E.W Member meetings, designed to bring the group together and check in on training updates.

ADVENTURE TYPE

This is a multi activity adventure combining

  • outrigging
  • camping
  • hiking
  • cycling

SAFETY

Safety is our number one priority.

Your Women’s Fitness Adventures Host is fully trained in Remote Area First Aid and holds current CPR Qualifications

Our New Zealand Guide is fully qualified in Mountain Safety First Aid.

In addition, we carry a group first aid kit and emergency communications equipment.

KNOWLEDGE

We have partnered with local New Zealand Guides to ensure that your adventure has the right mix of local flavour. Our Professional guides knowledge of the area is second to none, with a comprehensive understanding of the local history, flora and fauna.

Each has extensive outdoor and hiking experience and a passion for New Zealand’s wild and beautiful backcountry.

Combined with our local professional guide is your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W leader who has extensive experience in trekking and hiking, knowledge of gear and equipment and a passion for women’s fitness and health.

 

 

FITNESS TRAINING

One of the most common asked questions is “Will I be fit enough?”

As soon as you book into the NZ Coast, Bush and Canyons adventure you can get started with training.

Through booking into the adventure early and allowing time to train, those with a current introductory level of fitness will find this an achieveable goal – provided you put in the training.

Here’s what you get:

  • Monthly group hike training (for local Brisbane participants)
  • Monthly online training (non Brisbane participants)
  • Quarterly online Group Adventure Meetings for fitness motivation, hints, tips and Q&A sessions
  • Access to the Closed NZ Coast,Bush and Canyons Adventure Facebook group

Monthly hike training is delivered in a group setting in Brisbane. Whilst this is optional, it is strongly recommended. Past adventurers tell us that Hike Training is great for three reasons:

  1. getting to know the others on your hike
  2. gauging your level of fitness
  3. boosting your fitness

The training program has been developed by Women’s Fitness Adventures, based on years of experience and qualifications in both the fitness industry and hiking in the outdoors.  

FRIENDSHIP

From the moment you book on to the New Zealand Coast, Bush and Canyons Adventure, you will begin to make new friends. It all starts with the training.

Monthly hike training is delivered in a group setting in Brisbane.  Whilst this is optional, it is strongly recommended. Past adventurers tell us that Hike Training is great for three reasons:

  1. getting to know the others on your hike
  2. gauging your level of fitness
  3. boosting your fitness

Once your payment is confirmed, there is also a Closed Facebook Group Page that you have access to, whereby you can converse with your fellow hikers.

PRICELESS MEMORIES

Our multi day hikes are transformational. Some kind of “magic” happens with the group.

The adventures are the opportunity to create priceless memories and forge lasting friendships in one of the most beautiful countries in the world – New Zealand

Here is what Janet had to say when asked what she liked best about Women’s Fitness Adventures

” The wonderful C.R.E.W members, so supportive, caring and interesting”

ADVENTURE GRADING

The days in New Zealand are outstanding with such a variety of landscapes on offer.

We have graded the adventure moderate and above due to:

  • Consecutive days hiking
  • River Crossings and varied terrain
  • Cycling
  • One nights camping
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What you carry

    On the New Zealand Coast, Bush and Canyons adventure your hike will consist of mainly day pack hiking. The weight in your pack is approximately 6-8kg (personal items, clothing, water, snacks, camera, raincoat etc)

    On days 4 and 5, when completing the trek to the Ballroom Overhang you will need to carry all your personal equipment  in a full backpack (these will be provided if you don’t have your own).

    This includes sleeping bag, along with a few personal items, clothing and your share of the group food. Depending on personal gear and toiletries, the average pack weight should be 12-15kg.

    Soon after your initial deposit, a comprehensive gear list will be supplied to you.  You may wish to purchase our essential pack items from the Women’s Fitness Adventures shop if you do not already have them. This includes thermals, raincoat, thermal gloves and hiking socks.

  • Fitness Level

    Our 7 day, 6 night NZ Coast, Bush and Canyons adventure is a demanding walk that requires a high level of fitness (graded moderate).  We advise you do as much training as you can before the trip.  The more you train for this hike, the easier you will handle the terrain and the more you will enjoy this wonderful part of the world.

    Brisbane participants have the option of attending monthly hike training sessions. Non Brisbane residents have a monthly call and a training plan written if desired. With plenty of advance notice of the trip and time to train, hikers at beginner/intermediate level make this a manageable and rewarding fitness goal, provided you do the training.

  • Weather

    It is important to come along with an open mind ready for an awesome experience whatever the weather, whoever the group. It is very important you bring the right gear for the conditions.  New Zealand weather can be unpredictable, storms can arise very quickly and heavy rain  can fall at any time of the year. A comprehensive gear list will be provided once we have secured your booking.

    In the event of extreme weather conditions, the adventure may vary from the itinerary. Please be aware of this and accept this as part of the adventure. Your personal safety is our highest priority. The itinerary is also subject to change with any change in community regulations as well as governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control.

  • BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    Women’s Fitness Adventures

    Booking Terms and Conditions

    (including cancellation policy)

    Please read carefully the terms and conditions of this contract.

    These should also be read in conjunction with the website Terms and Conditions. (Please click here)

    In completing and submitting the Booking Form, you agree to be bound by these conditions which constitute the agreement between Women’s Fitness Adventures ABN 99 126 975 880 and you.

    No purported variation of these conditions will be effective unless in writing and signed by a person so authorised by Women’s Fitness Adventures. In these terms and conditions reference to “Women’s Fitness Adventures representatives” means staff of Women’s Fitness Adventures and its officers, employees, agents, licensees, guides and other third parties and representatives and the land management authorities in each country in which the tour is conducted, or any of them.

    Prices

    All prices are subject to availability and can be withdrawn or varied without notice. The price is only guaranteed once paid for in full by you.

    Price changes can occur between the time you make a reservation and the date of full payment.

    Factors influencing price changes can be currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and other provider increases outside of our control.

    Payment terms and cancellation policy

    Please note the payment terms including the cancellation policy.

    • An initial deposit of 20% is required to secure your place on this adventure.
    • Once a booking is confirmed, payment must be received within the payment terms as advised by Women’s Fitness Adventures in the table below.
    • Failure to pay within the deadline will result in automatic cancellation of your booking.
    • Payments are accepted by direct deposit, by cheque or by credit card. There are no surcharges for bookings made through the Women’s Fitness Adventures website
    • When your credit card is processed by Women’s Fitness Adventures you agree to not have your payment ‘charged back’ or reversed by your credit card provider where the services have been provided
    • Direct Deposit payments can be made to the following account with the adventure and your initials as the reference

    Women’s Fitness Adventures

    BSB 084-447

    Account: 837616982

    All payments must be in writing and emailed to info@womensfitnessadventures.com   Your cancellation date is the date when written notification is received and acknowledged.

    Payment Terms

    Payment Due Date Amount
    On Booking $895 (20% Deposit)
    September 23rd2019 $1340
    November 23rd2019 $900
    January 23rd2020 $1340

    Cancellation Policy

    Notification Received by

    Women’s Fitness Adventures

    Cancellation Charge
    Before August 23rd2019 Full refund of deposit, less 25% admin fee*
    Between & Including

    August 23rd&September 22nd2019

    Total loss of deposit
    Between & Including

    September 23rd&November 22nd2019

    50% of full adventure cost
    Between & Including

    November 23rd 2019&                   January 22nd2020

    70% of full adventure cost
    Between & Including

    January 23rd2020  & Departure Date

    100% of full adventure cost
    After Scheduled Adventure 100% of full adventure cost

    *As our adventures are so popular, please be aware that if you cancel your place, it will most likely be taken by someone else so you should consider this carefully. No refunds are provided should you have to leave the adventure early.

    Travel Insurance

     

    Travel insurance must be taken out at this point and a copy of your Travel Documentation supplied with your completed Participant Document to guarantee your place.

    • Please make sure that you read, understand and accept all of the fine print contained within your insurance policy before purchase to ensure it covers all of your personal requirements.
    • Please ensure your Travel Insurance covers you for cancellation, medical and repatriation expenses, personal injury and accident, death, loss of personal baggage and money and personal liability insurance. It is also important to read the fine print in relation to parents over the age of 80 and what is included/excluded from your policy. If using your credit card insurance, please check the terms and conditions on this before booking with us.

    Women’s Fitness Adventures and its partners are not liable for any out of pocket expenses that insurance will not cover and will not be held responsible financially or in kind should your insurance not cover your personal circumstances.

    Adventure Inclusions

    • Note that prices are per person.
    • Prices are fully inclusive of taxes, levies and government charges current at the time of publication.
    • As per the itinerary

    Itineraries and Brochures

    Itineraries and other details are published in good faith as statements of intention only and reasonable changes in the itinerary and related items may be made where deemed necessary or advisable by Women’s Fitness Adventures.

    The information contained in Women’s Fitness Adventures website, Facebook Pages, brochures, itineraries, and any other published content, is to the best of Women’s Fitness Adventures knowledge, correct at the time of publication.

    Route changes, postponement or delay

    Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to:

    • Cancel or modify any routes within the adventures or objectives set out in the itinerary; or
    • Substitute different or equivalent routes within the adventures in place of cancelled or modified routes, or
    • Postpone, cancel or delay (either in relation to the departure or arrival times or the duration of the adventures) any such aspect of the tour if, at the absolute discretion of Women’s Fitness Adventures, it is necessary to do so due to inclement weather, snow or icy conditions or conditions that are otherwise likely to be hazardous or dangerous or due to any other adverse or threatening conditions whether political or military or terrorist or otherwise or if, in the absolute discretion of Women’s Fitness Adventures there is a likelihood of any such event occurring which may impact upon the safety of the participants, or if an act or omission of a third party prevents the tour or the aspect of the tour being undertaken in accordance with your booking or for any other reason considered necessary by Women’s Fitness Adventures.
    • In the event of any change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay under this condition, you acknowledge that you will have no right of refund of the adventure price (whether in whole or in part) and no right to claim compensation for any injury, loss or damage or other additional expenses incurred by virtue of the change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay.
    • Women’s Fitness Adventures also reserves, at its absolute discretion, the right to cancel any tour due to any government travel warning or advice, or any change in such warning or advice. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances.

    Cancellation by Women’s Fitness Adventures

    Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to cancel a departure and will advise you of such cancellations no later than 60 days before the adventure departure date.

    If due to ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice, Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to cancel a departure at any time. With any form of cancellation, Women’s Fitness Adventures will do it’s best to offer you alternative arrangements if available, and if the price of your alternative adventure is of lower value than the original booking we will refund the difference to you. If you do not accept alternative arrangements we will refund all payments you have made to Women’s Fitness Adventures, (in case of ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs). Women’s Fitness Adventures will not be liable for any additional costs incurred by you.

    Force Majeure
 Women’s Fitness Adventures will not be liable for any delay in, change to or cancellation of trips due to ‘Force Majeure’. ‘Force Majeure’ definition means a circumstance beyond the reasonable control of Women’s Fitness Adventures and includes, but is not limited to, war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and strikes.

    Women’s Fitness Adventures reserve the right either before or during the course of the adventure to refuse to carry or accommodate any client which it reasonably considers, in the light of the best interests of all participants within the adventure group and crew, to be unsuitable by reason of physical or mental condition or unruly behaviour.

    Cancellation due to small adventure numbers. 

    Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to cancel any adventure prior to departure in the event that there are too few people booked on the adventure. In this case, you will be given a full refund of the amount already paid by you. You will not be entitled to claim any additional amounts or seek any compensation for any injury, loss, expenses or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation (including but not limited to visa, passport and vaccination charges, or departure, gear purchases, airport and airline taxes or annual leave).

    We require a minimum of 8 trekkers for The New Zealand Coast, Bush & Canyons Adventure. If numbers do not reach this level we reserve the right to cancel, or change the dates of the adventure or refer you to another existing adventure.

    Adventure numbers are regularly reviewed and we will notify you of any cancellations no later than 60 days prior to your selected trek.

    Medical Disclosure. It is your responsibility and you must advise women’s Fitness Adventures of any pre-existing medical condition and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of you requiring medical attention while on our tours. Women’s Fitness Adventures or our suppliers may require additional medical assessment by a medical practitioner. Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your booking and refund the money paid by you, less any unrecoverable costs. Women’s Fitness Adventures also reserves the right to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

  • Inclusions and Exclusions

    The following items are INCLUDED as part of the adventure

    • transfers from Nelson airport to hotel and return to Christchurch airport
    • All transfers that form part of the daily activities whilst on the adventure, including water taxi
    • Bike and helmet hire, waka hire
    • Sleeping bags & backpacks  (if not bringing your own)
    • Tents and camping equipment for a night at the Ballroom Overhang
    • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners and all snacks on the trail
    • Nightly accommodation -twin share in hotel/cabin style accommodation
    • Your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader
    • All necessary permits and Licenses
    • Public Liability insurance
    • Comprehensive First Aid Kit and emergency communications equipment.

    The following items are NOT included as part of the adventure:

    • airfares
    • transfers other than specified
    • tips and gratuities
    • alcohol
    • souvenirs and gifts
    • meals and food not specified on the itinerary
    • entrance fees unless specified
    • items of a personal nature that you may wish to purchase

Here Is What Other Women Say About Our Adventures

“Embrace the wilderness and enjoy the feeling of being part of a group of wonderful women while at the same time feeling (in many parts) that your group are the only ones there”

Susan Ahern, October 2018

“The highlight was the amazing scenery with beaches with rarely anyone else around. Getting to know some fantastic women and enjoying their company at the end of the day. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable and it was great to have a different one each day”

Sue Richards, May 2019