A 4 1/2 day Corporate Adventure journey through two stunning Parks – Abel Tasman National Park and Kahurangi National Park
The Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s only coastal national park – and its golden sandy beaches and clear turquoise water make it one of the most popular. The sheltered bays are popular for cruising, sailing and sea kayaking. On land, the Abel Tasman Coast Track follows the coastline through lush native bush, over limestone cliffs and along golden sandy beaches. This is one of the Department of Conservation’s “Great Walks”.
Kahurangi National Park is the second largest national park in New Zealand. It is Kahurangi’s heart of wilderness, centred on the Tasman mountains, that symbolises the special character of this national park. Some 570km of incredible tramping tracks span 452,000ha from Golden Bay in the north, south to Murchison and Tapawera, and to the West Coast of the South Island. Kahurangi is the home of the largest remaining population of Great Spotted Kiwi. Within this north-west corner of the South Island lie some of our oldest rocks, most spectacular marble and karst land forms and the most intact remnants of the peneplain landscapes that featured in New Zealand around 60 million years ago. Another designated Department of Conservation “Great Walk,”the Heaphy Track traverses from Golden Bay in the east to Karamea in the west, over craggy ranges, alpine meadows, valleys of tropical native palms, and ruggedly beautiful coastline. A helicopter will give you a bird’s eye view of this incredible landscape which includes remote sites filmed for the Lord of the Rings movies. Many people consider the Heaphy Track to be the greatest of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks, combining alpine environments and a primeval, palm-fringed coastline.
For your team or group, we’ve combined the highlights of the Nelson region into 4 ½ days, showcasing our most remarkable coastal and mountain landscapes including enjoying Abel Tasman National Park on yachts and at Awaroa Ecolodge
• Four superb soft adventure activities – sailing, sea kayaking, helihiking, and helirafting
• Three scenic flights – Two helicopter and one fixed wing through Abel Tasman & Kahurangi National Parks
Derived from one of the best multiactivity adventure trips in the world, this unique and memorable, fully guided, continuous 4 1/2 day adventure Journey, is ideal as a “once in a lifetime” shared experience for small corporate teams or groups.
The Journey travels across the wonderful and varied landscapes of Abel Tasman National Park and Kahurangi National Park, in the northwestern corner of the South Island of New Zealand, through a stunning scenery of sweeping golden beaches, turquoise seas, superb native bush, imposing mountain ranges, wilderness rivers and the remote and spectacular coastline of the Heaphy Track . Three nights are spent in lodges and one aboard our yachts in Anchorage, Abel Tasman National Park.
You arrive into Nelson late on the first day. We transfer you to Marahau near the Abel Tasman National Park where you will travel by watertaxi to our yachts anchored at Anchorage in the Park. Providing the weather is fine, our chef serves dinner on the beach while your team relaxes in this stunning environment. You sleep on the yachts overnight. (A camping package is optional.)
Today we spend the day in sea kayaks exploring of the famous Abel Tasman coastline, one of the best sea kayak destinations in the world. We’ll take time to enjoy paddling along the rocky coastline, golden beaches, tranquil inlets and native bush, before making our way to Awaroa Lodge at Awaroa in the National Park where we spend the night.
After breakfast you board our fleet of helicopters for a scenic trip through the heart of the 500,000 hectare Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand’s second largest. Flying alongside jagged peaks, you’ll land on a broad ridge high in the park, then beautiful, glacial Boulder Lake at 3000ft, before descending to the Heaphy River near the Tasman Sea, where you’ll walk the last day of the famous Heaphy Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. It’s a 5 – 6 hour walk along the stunning, rugged and remote western coastline to the end of the track at Kohaihai and the small isolated village of Karamea, where you’ll spend the night.
We start the day with a short helicopter trip into the Karamea River. Known as one of the world’s great wilderness multi-day rafting trips, we raft the last section through the Karamea Gorge. Rafting grade 4-5, this is what we call cerebral rafting – long boulder gardens and powerful water require great teamwork from guides and paddlers. Because of its remote location, the Karamea River is seldom rafted, and we are unlikely to see anybody else on the river. After the rafting we spend a second night in Karamea.
Using chartered fixed wing planes, you enjoy a scenic flight back over the two national Parks to Nelson, for your onward flights.
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