Costs and inclusions

Hiking

COSTS AND INCLUSIONS

Our hiking and walking trips provide a genuinely Kiwi experience – life on a working high country sheep station.

INCLUDES

3 nights accommodation – 2 in station huts and the third in charming and comfortable Lake Heron cottage. We offer guests a 4th additional night prior to the trip in Lake Heron Cottage at no extra cost.

All meals and snacks on the walk, a celebration dinner on the final night, breakfast on the morning of departure.

An experienced guide – ratio of no more than 1 guide to 6 hikers.

Use of backpack, walking pole and gaiters.

GRADE

Moderate/hard. Guests need not have prior hiking experience. However, you will need to have a good level of fitness and be able to walk on uneven and at times rocky terrain, as the hike follows a route rather than a formed track. Guests will need to carry a light pack. The second day of the hike takes between 6-8 hours and includes a steady height gain of 600m.

COST

NZ $1635 per person (includes Goods and Services Tax of 15%).

START AND FINISH

Lake Heron Station – 2 hours drive inland from Christchurch. We can arrange transport ex Christchurch for an additional charge.

DEPARTS

18 Nov, 2 Dec, 22 Jan, 21 Feb 2013/2014

GROUP SIZE

We specialise in small personal trips. The hike is ideally suited to groups of up to 6 people.

GUIDES

Our trips are lead by trained and experienced guides. Our low guide to guest ratio ensures that all members of the party enjoy a very personalised trip.

CATERING

All meals, snacks and beverages are provided. You will enjoy delicious meals made with local produce and accompanied by local wines. The huts are well-stocked with non-perishable food so hikers need only carry a small share of perishable food for the first night.

HUTS

We overnight in 2 station huts on the Highland Hike.

The Highland Home in the Cameron Valley is a rustic, comfortable and authentic 8 bunk mustering hut. It provides a wonderful link to early station history, with inscriptions dating back to early last century and is equipped with all cooking and eating facilities, sleeping bags and pillows. Heating is provided by a wood stove. The Highland Home does not have running water, but water can be warmed for personal washing.

The “New Hut” is a recently renovated 12 bunk hut, equipped with a modern kitchen, solar lighting, hot and cold running water, an outside shower and a wide verandah for afternoon lounging.

WEATHER

The hiking route will always be subject to weather. The route climbs to a high point of 1574m and at times may be adversely affected by bad weather eg snowfall, heavy rain or very high winds. In the event that we are unable to undertake the planned route, we will make every effort to plan an alternative trip to suit your group.