Take part in an incredible adventure at the top of the spectacular South Island of New Zealand on our Abel Tasman Adventure from 9th to 13th May 2018!
Join us as we trek in Kahurangi National Park and then kayak in Abel Tasman National Park and enjoy stunning natural beauty, expansive mountain views, beautiful rainforest and pristine New Zealand beaches!
Dates: Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th May 2018
Accommodation: 1 night at the Awaroa Lodge in Abel Tasman National Park, 3 nights in Backcountry Huts
Food: Lunch x 3, Dinner x 4, Breakfast x 4 and Refreshments (wholefood, nutritious meals with vegetarian and gluten-free options)
Max group size: 8
Investment: $2495(**SUPER SPECIAL $1995 for bookings made before 1st October 2017**)
This 5-day Abel Tasman Adventure is designed to give you:
- an incredible adventure in a stunning and peaceful natural landscape;
- a restful break from the stresses of everyday life; and
- a powerful fitness goal to inspire and motivate you towards better health.
DAY 1 - Nelson to Flora Hut (1-2 Hours hiking)
On Day 1, you’ll arrive in Nelson, at the top of the South Island. We'll then head into Kahurangi National Park to start the Tablelands Circuit. This has everything you want from a New Zealand trek - mountains, tussock tops, expansive views, great tracks and huts, beautiful forests, bubbling brooks and rock shelters. We'll start the trek with a short walk to Flora Hut, a two-roomed hut with a wood fire set in a forest clearing. A fantastic spot to spend our first night! D
DAY 2 – Flora Hut to salisbury lodge (4-5 HOURS HIKING)
After an early breakfast, we’ll head off from Flora Hut towards Salisbury Lodge. We'll be walking through beautiful beach forest to start with and pass a number of impressive rock shelters on the way. We'll then head through rolling tussock expanses punctuated by patches of forest to reach Salisbury Lodge. This is a modern style hut with gas cooking and heating and a very comfortable place to stay on our second night! In the afternoon, explore around the hut, take part in a stretch session or simply relax and read a book before enjoying a delicious healthy dinner! BLD
DAY 3 – salisbury hut to mount arthur hut (5-6 HOURS HIKING)
After breakfast, we'll head through the bush to a tussock spur that leads to Gordons Pyramid. We'll then descend an undulating ridge and hike across Horshoe Basin towards Mount Arthur. Weather permitting, we'll head up Mount Arthur. The ridge steepens, and poles lead through marble faces up to the broad summit. This is one of the finest viewpoints in Kahurangi! We'll then descend to Mount Arthur Hut. This smaller hut is set on the bushline and is a great spot for our last night on the circuit. In the evening you'll enjoy another delicious healthy dinner! BLD
DAY 4 – mount arthur hut to Awaroa lodge (1-2 HOURS HIKING)
On day 4, we'll head out of Kahurangi and after a short forest walk, we'll be transported to Abel Tasman National Park. This incredible national park has outstanding coastal scenery with golden sand beaches, granite headlands and lush rainforests. We'll travel by water taxi to Awaroa Lodge. This secluded lodge is surrounded by pristine waterways and native forest and is the perfect spot for our final night on the adventure. After a swim in the ocean, we'll enjoy a celebratory dinner in the main lodge which is warm, inviting and full of character! BLD
DAY 5 – awaroa lodge to nelson (2-3 hours kayaking)
Today is our last day in NZ and after breakfast we'll take a short walk to pick up our kayaks at the beach. What better way to see this spectacular national park! We'll explore the beaches and islands in double kayaks under the supervision of a local guide. The scenery is truly outstanding! We'll then head back to Nelson Airport for flights back to Australia. What an adventure! B
GUIDES AND SAFETY
You will be guided by Alex Shirley, Founder of Primal Adventures, and an assistant. Alex is trained in remote area first aid and the group will have a personal locator beacon and first aid kits. In Abel Tasman National Park you will be lead on kayaks by an experienced local guide.
We will be walking for up to 5-6 hours each day. On days 1-4 you will be carrying a 14-16kg pack . Moderate fitness levels required (speak to us if you want to know whether this is suitable for you). Some uneven track surfaces.
WHAT TO TAKE
New Zealand experiences very changeable weather. It can be extremely cold at any time of the year and it's necessary to prepare for all conditions and to have good-quality outdoor clothing. Jeans and cotton clothing are not suitable for hiking.
- hiking boots
- backpack (65 litres minimum)
- backpack liner (strong plastic bag)
- 3-4 season sleeping bag
- waterproof raincoat and pants (Gore-tex or similar)
- warm fleece/wool jersey/down jacket x 2 (not cotton)
- hiking shirt (quick dry material)
- hiking pants
- polypro/thermals – top & long-johns
- 2 pairs of hiking socks
- warm hat or balaclava
- sun hat/cap
- sunscreen and sunglasses
- drink bottles (2 x 1 litre)
- spare shoes or sandals
- flashlight/head lamp
- insect repellent
- spare set of clothes
Optional items: Gaiters, travel towel, swimmers, inflatable pillow, runners or thongs (for around camp), binoculars, earplugs, walking poles, camera.
We supply: inflatable mattresses, tents, cooking equipment, plates/cutlery, first aid kit, safety equipment and maps.
We will travel between Nelson and the start/finish of the trek on a private mini-bus and to Awaroa Lodge on a water-taxi.
All the meals as indicated above are included in the price. The food is based on nutritious, healthy, wholefood recipes. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. Among the group equipment is a portable stove which we will carry on the trek.
The tour starts at Nelson Airport on the Wednesday afternoon. We finish the tour on the Sunday at Nelson Airport. We will make recommendations on the best flight options so that you have the option of travelling with the rest of the group.
$2495(**SUPER SPECIAL $1995 for bookings made before 1st October 2017**)
Includes 5-day guided adventure, 3 nights accommodation (twin share at Awaroa Lodge and Backcountry Huts), transport by private minibus between Nelson and the trail heads, transport by water taxi to the Awaroa Loge, kayak trip with local operator, all meals as stated above together with healthy snacks, Department of Conservation permits, first aid kit, safety equipment and cooking equipment.
Excludes sleeping bags, travel insurance (compulsory) and flights.
A deposit of $600 per person is required to secure your place.
Full payment is required 8 weeks before the date of your trek.
More than 20 days prior to departure – 70% refund of full ticket price
20 to 10 days prior to departure – 50% refund of full ticket price
Less than 10 days prior to departure – NO REFUND
Deposits are not refunded.
Comprehensive personal travel insurance is required for this trip. We will also ask you to fill out a disclaimer before you begin your training/the adventure. You must follow the instructions of your guide at all times.
When you book you must notify us of any medical condition, medical history, or medications that you are on. In particular, asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies to wasp/ bee stings and food allergies.
With any outdoor activity, there is an element of risk. PrimalFit operates in remote and mountainous areas. Risks in undertaking this activity could include hypothermia due to adverse weather conditions, personal injury, or property damage from hiking over rugged and uneven terrain.
The staff and management of PrimalFit take all practicable steps to identify and minimise potential dangers. However you must follow our instructions (and use the safety equipment provided) at all times. Adults accompanying any person under the age of 18 must ensure that the underage person follows our instructions at all times. You must release or indemnify PrimalFit and our staff against any liability we incur to anyone else, resulting from your failure to follow our instructions or the failure of any person accompanying you under the age of 18 to follow our instructions.
PrimalFit and their guides reserve the right to make any alterations to the itinerary in the interest of safety, comfort or unforeseen circumstances due to causes such as weather, illness, or misadventure. Every reasonable endeavour will be made to keep to published schedules but no guarantee is given. PrimalFit will not be held liable for costs incurred by change, delay, or the missing of connecting services.
PrimalFit reserves the right to exclude a person from a tour at anytime if in the opinion of the guide or operator that person may be likely to risk the health, safety or comfort (including unsociable behaviour) of other clients, him or herself, or the environment. In such circumstances PrimalFit will not be obliged to offer any refund or transfer of ticket.