16-21 April 2024
Paid in instalments
The Difference You'll Make
Today, 3 million Australians are living in poverty and almost 740,000 are children.
Poverty can seem insurmountable, but sometimes, all that people need is a chance to break the cycle of disadvantage. Grow A Star provides young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to pursue their passions and break through the barriers holding them back.
Join Grow A Star on an epic trek to explore the breathtaking terrain of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. You’ll join a team of like-minded adventurers united by the desire to make a change in the lives of young people.
On this 6-day trek you’ll make your way from the colourful and chaotic Christchurch to the ultimate adventure destination of Queenstown. Every day you’ll be challenged by alpine hikes past glacial lakes, up steep mountainous slopes and through valleys, forests and snowfields. Your efforts will be rewarded by some of New Zealand’s most spectacular sights including Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook, Wanaka and the famous Tasman Glacier.
Best of all, every step of the way you will raise vital money to support Grow A Star on their mission to help disadvantaged young people follow their interests and ambitions, and make their dreams come true.
How it works
Book with Confidence
Make a difference
Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.
You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.
Be part of a team
Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.
Day 1: Tuesday, 16 April 2024 Meet Christchurch - Mt Somers - Methven
This morning you meet your team and guides in the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch. A chaotic and colourful city, Christchurch is still rebuilding following devastating earthquakes in 2011. However, rising from the rubble is a city reborn, where urban regeneration and respect for the past are perfectly balanced. After time to meet and greet the team, we set off on the first trek of our adventure along the Mount Somers Walkway to Woolshed Creek Hut. With our boots well-worn and tired legs, we transfer to our accommodation in Methven and enjoy our first team dinner together.
Trekking Distance: 12km
Meals: L D
Day 2: Wednesday, 17 April 2024 Lake Tekapo - Hooker Valley - Aoraki/ Mt Cook Village
Rising early, after breakfast we drive to Aoraki/Mount Cook village via Lake Tekapo. This morning, we’ll start with our first challenge and trek to Mount John. We’ll be rewarded with 360 views of the gorgeous Lake Tekapo. We’ll then have the option to follow the Hooker Valley Walk or the shorter, but more challenging walk to Red Tarns. We’ll finish with our final challenge – an ice cold plunge! Be ready to end the day with a rush of endorphins, you did it! We’ll then be transferred back to Mount Cook Village where we’ll stay the night.
Trekking Distance: 5.5-12km
Meals: B L
Day 3: Thursday, 18 April 2024 Sealy Tarns - Aoraki/ Mt Cook Village
Today, we again have the option to take it easy and enjoy the scenery or push ourselves to achieve more. We begin with a walk to Sealy Tarns for spectacular views across Aoraki/Mount Cook – New Zealand’s highest mountain – and the Mueller Glacier. If you still have energy and are up for the challenge, from here you can continue to Mueller Hut (1,000m ascent) for a 360° view of New Zealand’s highest peaks and the ice cliffs, sheer vertical rock faces and glaciers that surround them. In the afternoon, we return to Aoraki/Mount Cook village for a second night.
Trekking Distance: 5km
Meals: B L
Day 4: Friday, 19 April 2024 Tasman Glacier - Hopkins Valley - Lake Ohau
Today we set off to view Haupapa/Tasman Glacier. At around 27 kilometres, it is New Zealand’s longest glacier, but has been rapidly receding since the 1990s. In fact, in 1973, the glacier had no terminal lake. However, by 2008, the lake was over seven kilometres long. After ample time to gaze at the glacier itself, its terminal lake and surrounding snow-capped peaks, we then transfer to Lake Ohau, set within the Mackenzie Basin. One of the largest basins in New Zealand, the Mackenzie Basin was once famous for sheep farming, but is now also a popular adventure destination. From here, you can choose to walk up the Hopkins Valley or push yourself on the Freehold Creek Track through tranquil beech forest. Whichever route you choose, you will be rewarded with spectacular views. In the evening, we return to Lake Ohau for the night.
Meals: B L D
Day 5: Saturday, 20 April 2024 Wanaka - Rocky Mountain and Diamond Lake
Leaving the Mackenzie Basin, this morning we cross watersheds fed by surrounding mountains and drive over the Lindis Pass to Wanaka, a resort town on the shores of Lake Wanaka. This afternoon, we will stretch our legs with a trek past Lake Wanaka, around the east side of Rocky Mountain to the summit. Here we will enjoy the superb view over Mount Aspiring National Park. Descending via Diamond Lake, we then drive back to Wanaka to enjoy a celebratory final team dinner.
Trekking Distance: 7km
Meals: B L D
Day 6: Sunday, 21 April 2024 Rob Roy Glacier - Mt Aspiring National Park - tour ends in Queenstown
On the last day of our incredible Southern Alps adventure, we trek the dramatic alpine landscape to Rob Roy Glacier past snowfields, waterfalls and sheer cliffs. If you want to explore further, we can continue up the Matukituki Valley in Mount Aspiring National Park. In the afternoon, we transfer to Queenstown where our adventure ends in the early evening.
Trekking Distance: 10km
Meals: B L
Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in 3-Star lodges and motels based on twin share • Meals as per itinerary • Local guides • Day packs and hiking poles (if required) – requested before the tour • Access & Concession fees paid to Department of Conservation
Doesn’t include: Airfares • Airport Transfers • Travel insurance (compulsory for non-NZ residents, highly recommended for NZ residents) • Visa if applicable • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities
Why you'll love this adventure
- Summit Mount Cook for spectacular 360° views of New Zealand’s highest peaks surrounded by glaciers, ice cliffs and sheer rock faces
- Take in the iconic views over the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo
- Visit the magnificent Rob Roy and Tasman glaciers
- Raise vital funds for Grow A Star and make friends with like-minded people
Frequently asked questions
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About the adventure
How challenging is this adventure?
This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Southern Alps Trek is a physical challenge, involving trekking approximately 50 kilometres over 6 days. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks.
How many people will be on my adventure?
We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.
Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?
Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.
What is the general age range of participants?
The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.
Who is Inspired Adventures?
Grow a Star has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 7,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $45 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and Grow a Star, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.
Fitness and training
How do I train for this adventure?
We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete several day hikes.
You should aim to be able to walk in hilly terrain for 5+ hours comfortably and get up and do it again the next day. It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek.
What is the accommodation like?
Accommodation on this adventure is 3-star.
Will I be sharing accommodation?
Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share and multi-share. You will be staying in basic cabins and mountaineering lodges. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group.
I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?
Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.
What to expect
I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?
Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.
What happens if there is a medical emergency?
Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.
How do I fundraise?
Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.
What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target?
It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis.
I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together?
Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.
Will the funds raised go directly to Grow a Star?
Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to Grow a Star. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
The funds raised for Grow a Star are tax-deductible (conditions apply).
Payments, Cancellations and Refunds
How much does it cost to participate in this adventure?
The total cost to participate in this adventure is $3,550 (inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).
In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,000 (per person) for Grow a Star.
What happens if I need to cancel?
If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.
Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.
Travel insurance and visas
Do I need to have insurance?
Travel insurance is required for international travel to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you’ll need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.
All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.
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