Enjoy a world less touched by human footprint. This breathtaking 5-day getaway combines the most beautiful hikes, the freshest meals, and the most extraordinary locations where few get to go. Venture into a private sheep farm, and into a World Heritage Park, taking in the diverse landscapes of an ancient beech forest, braided rivers, and glacier-carved valleys.
Experience the magic of the famous Routeburn Track, explore a historical high-country sheep station, and enjoy some of New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes.
Indulge during your stay with menus that change seasonally and showcase local foods prepared by world renowned chefs. Listen to stories in the evening from local historians and storytellers. At the end of the day, you can look forward to relaxing in a beautifully crafted homestead lodge and your own quiet, private ensuite chalet.
Your guide will pick you up at midday in Queenstown, or at the airport, before driving up to Glenorchy on one of the world’s most scenic lakeside drives. We’ll stop along the way to stretch our legs with a stunning lakeside walk and delicious lunch – you’ll want to make sure you have your camera out for these views!
Upon arriving at Camp Glenorchy, you’ll be welcomed by your friendly hosts and shown to your private room with ensuite, before getting together with your group for a short tour of your new home base. Your expert guides will then provide you with an overview of the next five days and offer a walking tour of Glenorchy. Or if you prefer, stay behind and relax in your private cabin to enjoy the serenity of Camp Glenorchy.
The evening will commence with pre-dinner drinks and canapés before a sumptuous dinner featuring an assortment of the Otago region’s finest foods. We’ll finish the evening with a short programme that is sure to inspire! Upon booking your trip, your Getaway Specialist will speak to you about your preferences for these evening programme topics, so they are tailored to fit your personal interests and passions.
Wake up in paradise! After an optional yoga class and a delicious breakfast, we will head off to hike one of our favourite walks. Enjoy a day on the breathtaking Routeburn Track within Mount Aspiring National Park. Experience a variety of landscapes, framed by soaring mountain peaks, crystal blue rivers, suspension bridges and roaring waterfalls. This Great Walk is famous for a good reason! (If you’ve already experienced this iconic hike and prefer something else, no worries, we have excellent alternatives up our sleeves – just chat to your Getaway Specialist upon booking.)
After a thrilling day walking in the beautiful beech forests, we’ll stop at Mrs. Woolly’s General Store to indulge in some homemade treats. We’ll then return to Camp Glenorchy where you can enjoy some free time before coming back together in the evening for pre-dinner drinks and a classic Kiwi BBQ, followed by a short entertaining programme.
Today you’ll have a chance to enjoy another gentle morning yoga class, followed by a hearty breakfast before getting ready for a day in one of New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes. We’ll venture back into the heart of Mt Aspiring National Park for a beautiful beech forest hike that winds alongside the mountain-fed waters of the Dart River. Take in a range of sights and landscapes, including locations used for several well-known films such as Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Wolverine, and The Hobbit.
After our unforgettable day on the trail, we’ll visit the historic lodge at Paradise – yes, Paradise is a real place! Run by a charitable trust, Paradise is a 300-acre property recognised for its outstanding heritage significance and unspoiled natural beauty. We’ll enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the rustic setting of the old schoolhouse, including an intimate craft beer tasting experience with our local brewmaster. A high country station themed dinner will follow, featuring the best of the region’s fresh local fare before heading back to our base for a well-deserved rest.
Following your daily option of gentle yoga and morning breakfast routine, today’s excursion will become treasured landscape photos for your memory banks. The drive to our destination is just as stunning as the walk through this rural farm landscape. We’ll have these vistas all to ourselves too as we traverse these private lands and say hello to the friendly farm animals who have grown up with soaring mountains and crystal clear rivers as their natural backdrops. After our hike, we’ll celebrate the completion of our morning adventure with lunch in the beautifully restored historic homestead.
After you’ve had your fill of nourishing food and gorgeous views, we’ll take the drive back to Camp Glenorchy, where you can enjoy some relaxation time before pre-dinner drinks, followed by our farewell dinner and one last evening programme before slipping off to count sheep in your own cosy bed.
After another optional yoga class and delicious breakfast, you have the option of one last morning hike up the historic Whakaari Conservation Area. Or if you prefer, you’ll have the opportunity to leave a piece of you in Glenorchy to come back to one day, by planting your very own native tree or shrub at our chosen restoration area – an incredible way to give back to the community. Following your chosen activity, we’ll have morning tea before your guide takes you on your last journey back down the most picturesque road in New Zealand. Arriving in Queenstown by noon, we will all bid farewell…until next time!
*4 Nights’ accommodation in a King Eco Chalet with ensuite at Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat, including:
-All breakfasts, lunches and dinners prepared by world renowned chefs + dinner at the historic Paradise Trust
*Craft beer tasting with a local star brewmaster
*Optional daily gentle yoga classes
*Transfers to and from Queenstown
Departure Dates (Available at Time of Publishing):
8-12 November 2021
6-10 December 2021
20-24 December 2021
10-14 January 2022
31 January – 4 February 2022
21-25 February 2022
28 February – 4 March 2022
21-25 March 2022
28 March – 1 April 2022