Alps to Ocean Cycle

New Zealand

See some of the world’s most picturesque landscapes - lush plains, starry skies, glacial waters, turquoise lakes and breathtaking mountains.

Trip duration:
6 days

Challenge duration:
6 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
November to April

Accommodation:
2-3 or 3-4 Star group accommodation, twin-share

Cycling the Alps to Ocean

Renowned for its majestic natural landscapes, New Zealand is the picturesque jewel of the South Pacific. From lush forests and snow-capped mountains, to crystal blue lakes and sparkling glaciers, the country's beauty cannot be encapsulated by mere words.

On this six day adventure, challenge yourself to cycle across New Zealand’s South Island, exploring some of the most scenic landscapes in the world. Beginning in the small scenic town of Fairlie, you’ll cycle along the shorelines of the Hydro lakes, soaking in panoramic views of endless water and dramatic mountains. As you follow the trails of Waitaki Valley and Mackenzie Country and make your way to Windsor, stop at quaint country towns and villages where you’ll have the chance to fall in love with the local architecture, history and charm of the locals.

At the end of every day, enjoy the company of your fellow teammates as you revel in your accomplishments, rewarded with the awe-striking landscape and clear starry night skies.

Cyclists side by side along a rocky path with the lake and mountain rising up in the background
Road disappearing into the distance, shrouded by golden grass and flanked by azure water

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Challenge yourself to cycle across New Zealand’s South Island - from Lake Tekapo, the shorelines of the Hydro lakes and trails of Waitaki Valley, across Mackenzie Country to Windsor
  • See some of the world’s most picturesque landscapes - lush plains, starry skies, glacial waters, turquoise lakes and breathtaking mountains
  • Explore charming townships and villages along the way, and experience the local’s warm hospitality

Trip notes

Day 1: Christchurch to Tekapo

Our adventure begins! Please meet your team and guides in Central Christchurch at 8:00am. Our Alps to Ocean adventure begins with a drive across the picturesque Canterbury Plains. After refreshments in the country town of Geraldine, we’ll continue through rolling farmland to reach Fairlie where we’ll stop for lunch. The scenic journey over Burke’s Pass is a fitting introduction to the famous Mackenzie Country, where Lake Tekapo soon appears as a bright blue jewel. Hopping on our bikes, we’ll ease into our ride along peaceful hydro-canal paths lined with epic panoramas. Back at Tekapo Village, wander along the lakeside to see the Church of the Good Shepherd, then soak away any first-day aches in Tekapo Springs outdoor hot pools or take a night-sky tour.

Cycling Distance: Up to 35 km 

Transfer Time: 2 ½ hours 

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Tekapo to Twizel

Our second day starts with some easy riding along the hydro canal to reach a high terrace overlooking Lake Pukaki and the surrounding mountains. The path then dips down to meet the lakeshore, following it to our pick-up point for the fabulous drive to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre (at your own expense) or the excellent national park visitor centre (free of charge) before we embark on a short but memorable walk. Returning to Lake Pukaki, we’ll get back on the bikes to ride across expansive tussocklands to reach Twizel, the friendly wee town that’s our stopping point for the night.

Cycling Distance: 41 km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Twizel to Omarama

The stunning scenery keeps coming as we ride alongside Lake Ruataniwha, then Lake Ohau where we stop for lunch. Confident riders can continue on the trail to Tarnbrae Saddle (900m), the highpoint of the Alps to Ocean trail. The vast Mackenzie Country views are just reward for the climb. Alternatively, riders can transfer to the historic woolshed at Quailburn for a much easier ride down to Omarama – our stop for the night. Translating as ‘place of light’, Omarama is known for its extraordinarily clear skies. They are best appreciated at the local hot pools where you can soak in fresh mountain water (at your own expense).

Cycling Distance: 38 or 61 km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Omarama to Kurow

Today’s ride takes us down the Waitaki Valley, known for its hydro lakes and dams. First, we follow the trail along the shores of Lake Benmore to Sailors Cutting. From there, either keep riding up to Otematata Saddle or skip the climb by hopping back on the van. Regrouped, it’s a fun downhill cycle towards Aviemore Dam, where we’ll enjoy a picnic by the lake. We’ll arrive at Kurow with plenty of time to explore the town’s surroundings. Highlights include beautifully restored St Albans Church and wine-tasting at local vineyards. We’ll stay overnight in Kurow in an elegant lodge serving dinner showcasing local produce.

Cycling Distance: 47 km (Optional: Otematata Saddle 5km) 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Kurow to Windsor

This morning the cycle trail takes us along the banks of the Waitaki River, past vineyards and a Maori rock art site to reach the small town of Duntroon. From there, we head inland into rolling country and wander around the unique Elephant Rocks, huge formations strewn across a field. Picking up the old railway line, we’ll ride through Raki’s tunnel before rolling downhill to the settlement of Windsor. The historic Burnside Homestead is a fitting place for our final dinner together and a well-deserved night’s sleep.

Cycling Distance: 63 km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Windsor to Christchurch, via Oamaru

We get to enjoy one more ride on the Alps to Ocean trail before we begin our road trip back to Christchurch. Setting off from our accommodation, we keep on rolling through picturesque rural countryside. We pass Oamaru Stone quarry, where stone has been extracted since the nineteenth century. We’ll see its influence on local architecture once we reach Oamaru. After riding through the town’s delightful municipal gardens, we’ll reach the Victorian Precinct and harbourside park where the Alps to Ocean finish-line sign offers the perfect photo opportunity. If time allows, explore the shops and galleries or visit the mind-boggling Steampunk HQ museum. After a late lunch, we’ll begin our drive north across the Canterbury Plains, arriving in central Christchurch early evening, approx. 6:00pm. You can be dropped off at the airport on the way into town. If you are departing tonight, please do not book your flight before 8:30pm.

Cycling Distance: 25 km 

Transfer Time: 4 hours 

Meals: Breakfast

 

Note: Pre- and post-tour accommodation in Christchurch is recommended, but not included. E-bikes can be hired at an additional cost.

Day 1: Christchurch to Tekapo

Our adventure begins! Please meet your team and guides in Central Christchurch at 8:00am. Our Alps to Ocean adventure begins with a drive across the picturesque Canterbury Plains. After refreshments in the country town of Geraldine, we’ll continue through rolling farmland to reach Fairlie where we’ll stop for lunch. The scenic journey over Burke’s Pass is a fitting introduction to the famous Mackenzie Country, where Lake Tekapo soon appears as a bright blue jewel. Hopping on our bikes, we’ll ease into our ride along peaceful hydro-canal paths lined with epic panoramas. Back at Tekapo Village, wander along the lakeside to see the Church of the Good Shepherd, then soak away any first-day aches in Tekapo Springs outdoor hot pools or take a night-sky tour.

Cycling Distance: Up to 35 km 

Transfer Time: 2 ½ hours 

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Tekapo to Twizel

Our second day starts with some easy riding along the hydro canal to reach a high terrace overlooking Lake Pukaki and the surrounding mountains. The path then dips down to meet the lakeshore, following it to our pick-up point for the fabulous drive to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre (at your own expense) or the excellent national park visitor centre (free of charge) before we embark on a short but memorable walk. Returning to Lake Pukaki, we’ll get back on the bikes to ride across expansive tussocklands to reach Twizel, the friendly wee town that’s our stopping point for the night.

Cycling Distance: 41 km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Twizel to Omarama

The stunning scenery keeps coming as we ride alongside Lake Ruataniwha, then Lake Ohau where we stop for lunch. Confident riders can continue on the trail to Tarnbrae Saddle (900m), the highpoint of the Alps to Ocean trail. The vast Mackenzie Country views are just reward for the climb. Alternatively, riders can transfer to the historic woolshed at Quailburn for a much easier ride down to Omarama – our stop for the night. Translating as ‘place of light’, Omarama is known for its extraordinarily clear skies. They are best appreciated at the local hot pools where you can soak in fresh mountain water (at your own expense).

Cycling Distance: 38 or 61 km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Omarama to Kurow

Today’s ride takes us down the Waitaki Valley, known for its hydro lakes and dams. First, we follow the trail along the shores of Lake Benmore to Sailors Cutting. From there, either keep riding up to Otematata Saddle or skip the climb by hopping back on the van. Regrouped, it’s a fun downhill cycle towards Aviemore Dam, where we’ll enjoy a picnic by the lake. We’ll arrive at Kurow with plenty of time to explore the town’s surroundings. Highlights include beautifully restored St Albans Church and wine-tasting at local vineyards. We’ll stay overnight in Kurow in an elegant lodge serving dinner showcasing local produce.

Cycling Distance: 47 km (Optional: Otematata Saddle 5km) 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Kurow to Windsor

This morning the cycle trail takes us along the banks of the Waitaki River, past vineyards and a Maori rock art site to reach the small town of Duntroon. From there, we head inland into rolling country and wander around the unique Elephant Rocks, huge formations strewn across a field. Picking up the old railway line, we’ll ride through Raki’s tunnel before rolling downhill to the settlement of Windsor. The historic Burnside Homestead is a fitting place for our final dinner together and a well-deserved night’s sleep.

Cycling Distance: 63 km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Windsor to Christchurch, via Oamaru

We get to enjoy one more ride on the Alps to Ocean trail before we begin our road trip back to Christchurch. Setting off from our accommodation, we keep on rolling through picturesque rural countryside. We pass Oamaru Stone quarry, where stone has been extracted since the nineteenth century. We’ll see its influence on local architecture once we reach Oamaru. After riding through the town’s delightful municipal gardens, we’ll reach the Victorian Precinct and harbourside park where the Alps to Ocean finish-line sign offers the perfect photo opportunity. If time allows, explore the shops and galleries or visit the mind-boggling Steampunk HQ museum. After a late lunch, we’ll begin our drive north across the Canterbury Plains, arriving in central Christchurch early evening, approx. 6:00pm. You can be dropped off at the airport on the way into town. If you are departing tonight, please do not book your flight before 8:30pm.

Cycling Distance: 25 km 

Transfer Time: 4 hours 

Meals: Breakfast

 

Note: Pre- and post-tour accommodation in Christchurch is recommended, but not included. E-bikes can be hired at an additional cost.

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

The Alps to Ocean cycle is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no cycling experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. This is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. We recommend that in the months leading up to your trip, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

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.

Fitness and training

Will I be fit enough for this adventure?

The Alps to Ocean cycle is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no extensive cycling experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. This is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. We recommend that in the months leading up to your trip, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise.

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge. When training for this cycle, time on a bike is the most important - start with short rides and then build up to longer, more frequent rides. It is also a good idea to practise riding on gravel roads, which participants on this cycle have found the most difficult, practise on uneven surfaces and riding up hills. Get used to time on the saddle, this makes for a much more comfortable ride!

 

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

The first night of your adventure will be in basic dorm rooms, with shared bathrooms. The remaining nights are in 3-star accommodation, twin-share with ensuite bathrooms.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Please note, a single supplement is not available on this adventure.

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

What is the food like? 

Please check your trip notes for meal inclusions. Generally, breakfast will be a choice of cooked or continental – usually served in cafes. Lunch will be packed lunches, bakery lunches or picnics. Welcome and farewell dinners on the first and last night will be at local restaurants with your choice from a set menu. Other dinners will be prepared by our guides and served at the accommodation. Snacks served during cycling are fruit, nuts, chocolate, muesli bars, etc.

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. 

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Cell phone signals are often not available in the outdoors. But don’t worry - this is all part of the experience! You should have reception in town.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes, there will be power points available at the accommodation. New Zealand uses the Plug Type I (two flat pins and a grounding pin), the same as in Australia.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • 2-3 Star group accommodation based on twin-share
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Healthy snacks, water and soft drinks while cycling
  • Hire of mountain bike
  • Local guides and drivers
  • Private support vehicle
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Pre & post tour accommodation in Christchurch
  • Travel insurance (compulsory for non-NZ residents, highly recommended for NZ residents)
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please keep in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow NZ$45 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for non-NZ residents and highly recommended for NZ residents 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 will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to New Zealand?

Australian passport holders do not require a visa for entry into New Zealand. If you are travelling on a different passport or for further information, please contact the relevant embassy.

About New Zealand

What is the best time to travel to New Zealand?

As a general rule, November to April are the most ideal months for travelling in New Zealand’s stunning outdoors. 

Can I drink the water in New Zealand?

Tap water in New Zealand is safe to drink and we encourage you to bring refillable water bottles or water bladder to minimise plastic waste. You can fill up before the start of the day at the hotel. 

What weather can I expect?

Thanks to its position in the path of the ‘Roaring 40s’ and mountainous terrain, New Zealand’s weather can frequently change with amazing rapidity. Because the weather can change so unexpectedly you should be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions. The temperatures during the South Island summers range from 10‐30°C, with a pleasant 40‐ 50% humidity. Higher altitudes are always considerably cooler and snowfall is not uncommon even in summer. The Southern Alps act as a barrier to the moisture-laden winds coming west across the Tasman Sea, creating a wet climate on the west side of the mountains and a drier climate on the east side. The geography also creates a wind pattern, which can in summer be very hot, dry and fierce. Maximum temperatures we may encounter range up to 30°C. 

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

The Alps to Ocean cycle is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no cycling experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. This is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. We recommend that in the months leading up to your trip, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

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.

Fitness and training

Will I be fit enough for this adventure?

The Alps to Ocean cycle is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no extensive cycling experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. This is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. We recommend that in the months leading up to your trip, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise.

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge. When training for this cycle, time on a bike is the most important - start with short rides and then build up to longer, more frequent rides. It is also a good idea to practise riding on gravel roads, which participants on this cycle have found the most difficult, practise on uneven surfaces and riding up hills. Get used to time on the saddle, this makes for a much more comfortable ride!

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

The first night of your adventure will be in basic dorm rooms, with shared bathrooms. The remaining nights are in 3-star accommodation, twin-share with ensuite bathrooms.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Please note, a single supplement is not available on this adventure.

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

What is the food like? 

Please check your trip notes for meal inclusions. Generally, breakfast will be a choice of cooked or continental – usually served in cafes. Lunch will be packed lunches, bakery lunches or picnics. Welcome and farewell dinners on the first and last night will be at local restaurants with your choice from a set menu. Other dinners will be prepared by our guides and served at the accommodation. Snacks served during cycling are fruit, nuts, chocolate, muesli bars, etc.

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. 

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Cell phone signals are often not available in the outdoors. But don’t worry - this is all part of the experience! You should have reception in town.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes, there will be power points available at the accommodation. New Zealand uses the Plug Type I (two flat pins and a grounding pin), the same as in Australia.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • 2-3 Star group accommodation based on twin-share
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Healthy snacks, water and soft drinks while cycling
  • Hire of mountain bike
  • Local guides and drivers
  • Private support vehicle
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Pre & post tour accommodation in Christchurch
  • Travel insurance (compulsory for non-NZ residents, highly recommended for NZ residents)
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please keep in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow NZ$45 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for non-NZ residents and highly recommended for NZ residents 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 will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to New Zealand?

Australian passport holders do not require a visa for entry into New Zealand. If you are travelling on a different passport or for further information, please contact the relevant embassy.

About New Zealand

What is the best time to travel to New Zealand?

As a general rule, November to April are the most ideal months for travelling in New Zealand’s stunning outdoors. 

Can I drink the water in New Zealand?

Tap water in New Zealand is safe to drink and we encourage you to bring refillable water bottles or water bladder to minimise plastic waste. You can fill up before the start of the day at the hotel. 

What weather can I expect?

Thanks to its position in the path of the ‘Roaring 40s’ and mountainous terrain, New Zealand’s weather can frequently change with amazing rapidity. Because the weather can change so unexpectedly you should be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions. The temperatures during the South Island summers range from 10‐30°C, with a pleasant 40‐ 50% humidity. Higher altitudes are always considerably cooler and snowfall is not uncommon even in summer. The Southern Alps act as a barrier to the moisture laden winds coming west across the Tasman Sea, creating a wet climate on the west side of the mountains and a drier climate on the east side. The geography also creates a wind pattern, which can in summer be very hot, dry and fierce. Maximum temperatures we may encounter range up to 30°C. 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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