Active Adventures |  Koru -  Adventure in Paradise

Queenstown to QueenstownThe small town of Glenorchy is perched on the edge of Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu - it’s real Lord of the Rings country.Surrounded by the Humboldt and Richardson Mountains, Glenorchy is the perfect base for 4 nights, 5 days exploring some of our favourite, lesser known hiking trails.We’ll spend all 4 nights at Camp Glenorchy, New Zealand’s only net-zero energy accommodation, giving us the perfect base from which to navigate to some of our favourite spots, in the company of expert local guides.

  • Highlights

    Hike
    Routeburn Track
    Whakaari Conservation Area
    Bob's Cove
    Lake Sylvan
    Mt Crichton Loop Track

    Kayak
    Lake Wakatipu

    Plus...
    Evening entertainment at our accommodation - a New Zealand inspired movie and an educational talk.

  • What's Included

    All accommodations
    We're taking full advantage of Camp Glenorchy's stunningly appointed net-zero energy lodgings for the whole trip, so you can unpack and settle in for four nights.

    All activities
    A hike, bike, kayak adventure neatly packed into 5 days, situated in a paradisiacal corner of New Zealand called Glenorchy!

    All guiding services
    Two experienced New Zealand guides per trip. Having two guides allows for much greater flexibility, meaning you're able to go at your own pace.

    All meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days, except where indicated on the itinerary.

    All transport
    Airport transfers on the first & last days.
    When you're not travelling under your own steam, there will be comfortable air-conditioned vans to stretch your legs.

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  • Itinerary

    DAY 1 - HIKE MT CRICHTON LOOP TRACK, ARRIVE GLENORCHY

    For the first day of your trip we’ll meet you in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. You’ll be blown away by the scale of the scenery here - gigantic mountains, one of New Zealand’s largest and deepest lakes, and any adventure activity you can think of! Once we’re all together, and your guides have done their introductions, we'll head off for our first chance to see a quintessential New Zealand backcountry hut, as we hike the Mt Crichton Loop Track. The trail passes by some breath-taking viewpoints of Lakes Wakatipu and Dispute, a stunning waterfall, and the historic, stone-built Sam Summers Hut. We’ll have lunch today alfresco, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, before 30 minutes of arguably the most beautiful drive in the world, along the lakeshore to Glenorchy, our base for the next four nights. Our accommodation, Camp Glenorchy, is a feat of sustainable engineering, and is a net-zero energy business. Our hosts will take us behind the scenes and give us insights into the finer details and innovations of the development project, you’ll be inspired! To finish the day we’ll sit down together to enjoy a delicious Kiwi-style meal prepared by the talented chefs of Camp Glenorchy before retiring to our cosy cabins for a good night’s rest.Camp Glenorchy (Lunch, dinner)Hiking Distance: 7.4 kilometres (4.6 miles), 3-4 hoursElevation Gain: 355 metres (1,165 feet)Elevation Loss: 355 metres (1,165 feet)

     

    DAY 2 - HIKE WHAKAARI TRACK, AFTERNOON TEA AT LITTLE PARADISE

    This morning we’ll head out for a hike on the Whakaari Track, the trail will lead us up to magnificent view points over Lake Wakatipu and we’ll encounter historic huts and mining relics covered in tussock from the early 1880s. The small town of Glenorchy was thrown into the spotlight in the early 1880s due to the discovery of the mineral scheelite "Otago's white gold” and we’ll have the opportunity to visit the restored huts, the battery site and other relics like the aerial cable way from Bonnie Jean Hut. We’ll head back down and drive to Little Paradise Lodge & Wild Dream Garden, a beautifully located lodge where we’ll enjoy afternoon tea with views of the Thomson Mountain range and the Greenstone Valley. This evening we’ll enjoy another delicious dinner and relax in front of a film about New Zealand’s scenery, birdlife, and history hosted by Camp Glenorchy in the Humboldt Room.Camp Glenorchy (All meals)Hiking Distance: 11 kilometres (6.8 miles), 4-6 hoursElevation Gain: 542 metres (1778 feet)Elevation Loss: 542 metres (1778 feet)

     

    DAY 3 - HIKE THE WORLD FAMOUS ROUTEBURN TRACK

    Today we’re ticking off a true bucket list hike – a section of the Routeburn Track. After a delicious hearty breakfast in the Homestead Building, we’ll take the scenic 40-minute drive to the trailhead. Crossing over swing bridges spanning the Routeburn River and winding our way through beech forest, the track passes by Sugarloaf Stream and Bridal Veil Falls. Our motivation today is the stunning views that await us when we reach the Routeburn Falls Hut – across to alpine meadows, the Humboldt Mountains and the Routeburn Falls cascade. We’ll re-energise with a delicious picnic lunch, top up our water bottles with some of the freshest water in the world, and wind our way back through the forest. On the way back to our accommodation we’ll stop by the quaint Mrs Woolly’s General Store, for a home-made fresh gelato sundae. Mrs Woolly’s is a great opportunity to grab a souvenir of your adventure in New Zealand. For dinner tonight, it’s a classic Kiwi barbecue of locally sourced meats and tasty fresh salads.Camp Glenorchy (All meals)Hiking Distance: 17.6 kilometres (11 miles), 5-7 hoursElevation Gain: 610 metres (2000 feet)Elevation Loss: 610 metres (2000 feet)

     

    DAY 4 - KAYAK LAKE WAKATIPU, HIKE LAKE SYLVAN

    This morning we’re exploring the beauty of ‘the head of the lake’ – Glenorchy. This time we’re doing it with paddle in hand, on sturdy double kayaks. You can do as much or as little paddling as you like this morning, and conditions mean it is suitable for all ability levels. Take some time to reflect, and just listen to the splash of your paddle as you float on Lake Wakatipu. Once we’re back on dry land we’ll eat a tasty lunch, to fuel us for our afternoon on the Lake Sylvan Track. Our journey takes us towards the famous Routeburn Valley, crossing the Rees and Dart rivers along the way. For our hike today we’re exploring the Dart River Valley. It’s an enchanting walk, amongst native beech forest. Keep an eye out for brown trout, and local birdlife along the trail. Parts of the forest in this area are regenerating following logging, and artefacts of the now defunct practices can be seen along the route. Afterward we’ll head back together to Camp Glenorchy for our final farewell dinner, another delicious Kiwi-style meal prepared by the chefs at Camp Glenorchy, and it’s something special!Camp Glenorchy (All meals)Kayaking Time: 2-3 hoursHIking Distance: 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles), 2 hoursElevation Gain: 50 metres (165 feet)Elevation Loss: 50 metres (165 feet)

     

    DAY 5 - HIKE BOB'S COVE TO 12-MILE DELTA, RETURN TO QUEENSTOWN, DEPART FOR HOME

    After a final and memorable breakfast at Camp Glenorchy we’ll head back along one of New Zealand’s most scenic drives, the Glenorchy-Queenstown road. We’ll stop off along the way and head for a hike at 12-Mile Delta, a location for Lord of the Rings' Ithilien Camp. This one is an A to B track through native beech forest, passing by some historic lime kilns dating back to the 1800s. We’ll drop you at a central Queenstown hotel if you haven’t yet had enough of New Zealand’s charm, or at the airport if you’re heading home. You’ll leave invigorated, fuelled by your experiences in the great outdoors, and no doubt with new friends you met along the way.(Breakfast)Hiking Distance: 5 kilometres (3 miles), 2-4 hoursElevation Gain: 50 metres (165 feet)Elevation Loss: 50 metres (165 feet)

 

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