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5 sep kl. 08:00–8 sep kl. 16:00
New Zealand 2019/20, Club Running Sweden
DAY 1, 28 DECEMBER 2019: ARRIVE AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Kia Ora – welcome to New Zealand! On arrival in Auckland you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel. Auckland is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a busy nightlife, world-class restaurants, bush- clad mountain ranges and diverse neighbourhoods to explore. The Waitemata Harbour is a mecca for sailors, and the popularity of sailing on the harbour has led to the affectionate term, ‘City of Sails’. This afternoon stretch your legs at the Auckland Domain. The Auckland Domain is Auckland’s oldest park, and at 75 hectares one of the largest in the city.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Auckland City – 2 nights
DAY 2, 29 DECEMBER 2019: AUCKLAND (B)
This morning is your chance to run the Waiatarua Long Run, made famous by Arthur Lydiard. Lydiard used this tough, hilly route to train his prodigies; elite athletes such as Sir Peter Snell and Sir Murray Halberg.
Every Sunday, Arthur and “his boys” would start from the front of his house to complete the hilly 22 mile (35km) course up through the Waitakere mountain range overlooking Auckland. This afternoon travel out to Muriwai, an impressive coastline with cliff-top trails to a huge gannet colony, with easy access and viewing platforms that let you get up close. The gannet colony is in residence from August to March. A windswept rugged coastline stretching 60 kilometres, and interrupted only by streams and rivers, makes Muriwai one of New Zealand’s most spectacular black-sand surf beaches. You can hire blokarts, bikes and kites (additional cost) or simply take a stroll along the boardwalk that hugs the coastline and get a dose of fresh ocean air.
DAY 3, 30 DECEMBER 2019: AUCKLAND / HAMILTON (B)
Travel south through the southern suburbs of Auckland then over the Bombay Hills to Huntly, home of the Huntly Half-Marathon, New Zealand’s oldest standalone Half Marathon event having started in 1981.
Continue on to Hamilton, located on the Waikato River.
Accommodation: Novotel Tainui, Hamilton – 1 night
DAY 4, 31 DECEMBER 2020: HAMILTON / WAITOMO / ROTORUA (B)
This morning travel to the Waitomo region, renowned for its distinctive limestone landscape and underground cave systems. Discover adventure on New Zealand’s original Black Water Rafting trip – the Black Labyrinth. The original Waitomo subterranean adventure will have you climbing, black water tubing, leaping and floating through the incomparable Ruakuri Cave. Over three hours you’ll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls and float serenely down an underground river, while enjoying the glow worm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above. From Waitomo travel across the bush clad Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua, in the heart of New Zealand’s famous thermal region.
With a unique thermal and volcanic landscape, living Maori culture, natural hot springs and bubbling mud pools, Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s best known and most popular destinations. Rotorua forms part of the geologically active ‘Pacific Rim of Fire’ and evidence of the bubbling thermal activity just under the earth’s crust is surprisingly evident throughout the city.
Accommodation: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua – 2 nights
DAY 5, 01 JANUARY 2020: ROTORUA (BD)
Today experience something completely new – the 15km Tarawera Trail, a native walk winding around Lake Tarawera to the popular Te Rata Bay (Hot Water Beach). Set off from Te Wairoa car park and enjoy opening views of beautiful Lake Tarawera. Follow the lakeside trail through Kōtukutuku Bay. After 5 km, stop at Hawaiki Bay to enjoy the lake access and a picnic area with toilet facilities. The trail continues, with intermittent climbs, through lakeside forest to Te Hīnau Bay, passing the cold springs at Twin Streams. After an uphill climb to reach the Rotomahana lookout point, descend into Te Rātā Bay to enjoy a soak at Hot Water Beach. When you arrive at Hot Water Beach you’ll be greeted by steam coming off the lake. Gather some rocks and create yourself a private lake-edge pool or follow the stream inland where you can take a dip in a secluded bush pool. Return to the car park by water taxi.
This afternoon enjoy a run on one of the many tracks at the The Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest. The forest is most well known for the network of superb mountain biking and walking tracks and for the magnificent stand of Californian Coast Redwoods. These towering trees, along with numerous other species and the fresh forest air, combine to create an invigorating atmosphere and a truly unique and special environment.
This evening experience the warmth of the Maori people during an evening of ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performance, storytelling and hangi dinner. Enter a replica pre-European Maori village, see the hangi pit opened and enter the ancestral Meeting House to enjoy a powerful cultural performance featuring tribal songs, myths, legends and dance including the vigorous haka. Enjoy a hangi buffet dinner (Maori feast) cooked the traditional Maori way in an earth oven before farewelling your hosts and returning to your accommodation. Return hotel transfers included – other travellers will be on board.
DAY 6, 02 JANUARY 2020: ROTORUA / TAUPO (B)
This morning travel south through Kaingaroa Forest plantation and the Wairakei Steam fields. Enjoy a stop at the Huka Falls where the clear waters of the Waikato River gush through a narrow canyon. Continue to the resort town of Taupo and on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake and world renowned trout fishery. The afternoon is at leisure. You may like to run to Huka Falls from Spa Thermal Park. Near the start of the walkway, a bridge crosses a natural hot stream. The well-defined track winds along the riverbank and offers lovely views on the way. The walk finishes at the spectacular Huka Falls, where the Waikato River is confined to a deep rock channel and the clear waters gush through the narrow canyon. Alternatively the
daredevils may wish to bungy jump from 47 metres or try the Taupo Cliffhanger – a feet-first freefall (activities at additional cost).
Accommodation: Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre, Taupo – 1 night
DAY 7, 03 JANUARY 2020: TAUPO / TONGARIRO (B)
This morning continue around the shores of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake to the Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO cultural and natural World Heritage Site. The volcanoes of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro dominate the landscape of the Central North Island.
Accommodation: Discovery Lodge – 2 nights (NOT INCLUDED)
DAY 8, 04 JANUARY 2020: TONGARIRO CROSSING
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is 19.4km of pure rugged New Zealand Beauty and New Zealand’s best one day walk (or run!). The track leads up to the saddle between Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro and then diverts over Mt Tongariro. Mt Tongariro is not a single volcano, but a complex of craters that have been active at different periods. The landscape on Tongariro is peppered with the different coloured and shaped craters, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs, and brightly coloured emerald lakes. Shuttle transfers or guides not included.
DAY 9, 05 JANUARY 2020: TONGARIRO / WELLINGTON / PICTON
Today travel south from Tongariro and the 3 volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park. At Waiouru you may wish to stop for a break at the Army Museum – Te Mata Toa (meaning ‘through the eyes of a warrior’), which gives insight into New Zealand’s past and present military life (not included) then travel across the Manawatu Plains and down the scenic Kapiti Coast into Wellington City. On arrival cruise on the Interislander from Wellington Harbor to Cook Strait and through New Zealand’s only true strait, the picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton. Own arrangements from ferry terminal to the hotel (approx. 950m walk).
Accommodation: Picton Beachcomber Inn – 1 night
DAY 10, 06 JANUARY 2020: QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK (B)
This morning make your own way to the water taxi terminal (approx. 300m walk). Transfer by water taxi from Picton wharf to Ship Cove for the start of your Queen Charlotte Track run. The water taxi will deliver your luggage to Punga Cove Resort, ready for your arrival at Punga Cove later this afternoon.
Ship Cove to Resolution Bay – 4.5km Resolution Bay to Furneaux Lodge – 10.5km Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove – 12.7km Total 27.7km
Accommodation: Punga Cove Resort – 1 night
DAY 11, 07 JANUARY 2020: QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK (B)
After breakfast is the last leg of your run. The water taxi will collect your luggage and transfer it to The Portage Resort.
Punga Cove toThe Portage – 23.7km / 5.5-7.5 hours Accommodation: The Portage Resort Hotel – 1 night DAY 12, 08 JANUARY 2020: PICTON / KAIKOURA (B)
Transfer by water taxi from Portage back Picton. Own arrangements from the water taxi to the train station (approx. 350m walk). Time at leisure in Picton until the train departs this afternoon. Immerse yourself in the rugged coastal architecture of New Zealand. Travelling between Picton and Kaikoura, the Coastal Pacific journeys breathtakingly close to the Pacific Ocean, where the roaring sea meets enormous bush-clad mountains. On arrival in Kaikoura transfer by shuttle to the hotel.
Accommodation: White Morph, Kaikoura – 1 night
DAY 13, 11 JANUARY 2020: KAIKOURA / CHRISTCHURCH (B)
The day is at leisure until your train departs later this afternoon. Normal check out time applies at the hotel. Kaikoura, meaning “to eat crayfish”, is a coastal town known for its abundant wildlife and its sperm whale population, which are spotted 95% of the year. The Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway winds from the town centre to lookout points at Point Kean. Close by, the rock platforms are home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals. Transfer by shuttle to the train station. This afternoon depart on the Coastal Pacific train, arriving in Christchurch late evening. On arrival transfer by coach to your hotel.
Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch – 1 night
DAY 14, 12 JANUARY 2020: DEPART NEW ZEALAND
Haere rā from New Zealand. This morning transfer by coach to Christchurch Airport for your departing flight.
PRICE/PER PERSON (10+ participants and limited seats available): 31.500kr
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: 9.500kr
RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS (not included): 16.500kr (priced on the 16th May 2019)
Flight from Stockholm – Auckland (Emirates)
26th ARN 21.10 – DXB 6.30 (landing 27th)
27th DXB 10.05 – AKL 11.20. (landing 28th) Flight from Christchurch – Sydney – Dubai – Stockholm
12th CHC 18.45 – DXB 05:15 (+1) (Landing 13th)
13th DXB 08.30 – ARN 12.15 (landing 13th)
Please remember that these prices are for Ground Touring Content as per itinerary only, therefore all International & Domestic air fares, airline surcharges and departure taxes should be considered.
Meet & Greet at Auckland Airport