THE ULTIMATE OVERNIGHT PACKRAFTING EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND
EXPLORE THE WILD – OVERNIGHT
Duration: 2 Days (approx.)
Product code: 2days
Packrafting is a unique way to experience the very essence of New Zealand’s wilderness and combine hiking and paddling.
An overnight trip is the best way to truly experience the packrafting lifestyle – go for a walk, go for a paddle, explore, camp. With everything you need for a night out on your back during the walk, you’ll realise how lightweight these boats really are. And when you float down-river or paddle across a lake with nothing on your back you’ll be filled with a sense of the possibilities.
Trips are tailored to cater to any level of fitness, paddling experience and interest. We have a range of locations that enables us to select the best rivers to suit our groups and the weather. A typical day will involve 6-8 hours of activity on foot and/or afloat. We’ll enjoy the best alfresco dining mother nature has to offer and set up camp in the early evening. Sleeping options include hammocks, tents or backcountry huts. Native New Zealand bird song will be our alarm clock the next day as we break camp, have breakfast and begin our final day of exploring. We’ll return back to ‘civilisation’ tired but satisfied after an authentic and rewarding adventure. We deliberately leave the beaten track and madding crowds behind so expect some rugged terrain, river crossings, and maybe a bit of bush bashing thrown in for good measure.
Note: Our biggest concern as packrafting guides is client safety. As part of this, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary if weather conditions and or group ability demands.
EXPLORE THE WILD – OVERNIGHT PACKRAFTING EXPEDITION
Day 1: Meet your guide and the rest of your crew. Time is spent sorting and preparing all equipment and gear before starting the drive to our location. Your guide will run through a full briefing before we set off on our adventure. Typically this will mean either walking into the wilderness or strapping the bags onto the front of our boats and putting on the water. We’ll stop for a hearty lunch and the afternoon is spent making our final approach to our camp spot. We’ll finish the day with a warm back country meal and a well-earned rest.
Day 2: After breakfast we break camp to begin our final day hiking, boating and exploring. We’ll again stop for lunch and really savour the last of our time in “real New Zealand” before making our way to the pickup point to drive back to town for cold beers and warm showers!
- All specialised boating equipment
- All meals on the trail are included
- Transport from Queenstown & Return can be arrange for $25
- Training & Group meeting the night before
- Trip photos free on website
- All National park and camping/hut fees
- All DOC (Department of Conservation fees)
- If no hut stays (Tents are included)
Standard equipment supplied by Expedition x:
- 3/2 mm Wetsuit
- NRS Foam PFD
- NRS Helmet
- 2 split aluminium paddle
- Alpacka rafts
- NRS Spray tops (if needed)
- Drybags for (Sleeping bag, Camp/spare clothing)
- Backpack inliner
Extra equipment can be hired or purchased (e.g. our light 4 split Werner carbon fibre paddle)
For you to bring:
Please ask us for rental options if you do not have the items below.
For a full list of recommended equipment please contact us at [email protected]
Fitness Requirments in short:
- 15kg backpack up to 5 hours
- Paddling legs of up to 5 hours
- Reasonable water confidence /swimming ability
- medium or no paddling experience required
On your Explore the wild overnight trips you might be carrying an approximately 15 kg backpack for up to 5 hours a day (mostly 3-5 hours) and some paddling legs may take between 2-4 hours. Your fitness will have a big impact on how much you will enjoy this unforgettable adventure.
Nobody, unless carrying a backpack every day, will be used to the different load on your shoulders and you will feel tired after a long day. And for the paddling section on our trips, unless you are paddling on a regular basis, you will feel your muscles burning in the evenings. This is all part of the adventure.
We understand it can be difficult to prepare for a specific adventure, but you should give it a try and we promise you will enjoy this trip even more.
Your goal is to walk with a backpack (around 10-15 kg) at a very easy pace for 2 – 3 hours. You should start with flat and easy walks and gradually build up to a more hilly terrain.
It can be hard to prepare for the paddling demands unless you actually paddle. If you have the chance, great go for it – if not, replace the paddling sessions with arm strength/core training sessions.
TOP TIP: Wear your hiking boots that you plan on wearing for the trip on all training walks. This will make sure they are properly worn in and gives you a chance to find any hotspots or blister areas that might need attention. Appropriate socks are as important as shoes if we talk blisters.
The Four Seasons day can happen in New Zealand – Be Prepared.
The weather in New Zealand can be very unpredictable and change dramatically, very quickly; Saying this the weather pattern are usually more stable throughout winter. Most of our overnight trip will be going either close to or into the Fiordland National park which is one of the wettest places on the planet.
Summer months average around 20°C but the evenings can be a little cooler. Winter temperatures average around 10°C on the coast with the evenings much colder.It is not unusual to experience both summer and winter conditions and temperatures on the same day!
It is important to be prepared for the worst conditions carry the appropriate clothing at all times. In the event of extreme weather your safety is our priority and parts of the day may need to be changed. Any decision to do so is a professional decision made by your guide, please respect their decision as it is based on experience and with your safety in mind.
Regardless of the conditions you experience, sun, rain, snow, a combination of the three, or anything in between, your experience on our overnight trip will leave you hungry for more.
PRE DEPARTURE BRIEFING
Whilst we will send you all the information you need to prepare for this expedition, we also conduct pre-departure briefings the evening before your departure, which you are required to attend.
Pre-departure briefings provide an opportunity to meet the other guests in your group, with whom you will be spending the next six days, and will cover the details you will need to know for your departure the following day. We will also check your personal gear to make sure you have the appropriate equipment for the expedition, itinerary breakdown, supply food and any shared items like tents, stoves and emergency items. This is also the opportunity to ask any questions and to pick up any extra items you may need e.g backpacks, drybags etc if required.
Pre-departure briefings are conducted the night before your departure date at 5:00pm in Te Anau.
THE ULTIMATE OVERNIGHT PACKRAFTING EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND
We are one of the very few packrafting guiding companies in the world, offering guided outdoor adventure packrafting trips in the New Zealand since 2012.
We offer highly personal, very unique and exclusive outdoor adventures leaving the crowds behind.
A packraft is a mix between a kayak & a raft, it is stable and behaves a bit like a raft but you paddle it like a kayak and it is so much lighter. Average weight of our boats is only 2.5kg.
Our small team is passionate about what we do, the outdoors & packrafting and we would love to take you out with us on one of our journeys into the wild, discovering new possibilities and corners of New Zealand.
From day trips just around the corner to multi-day trips deep into the wilderness we offer a range of awesome outdoor experiences. We can cater for absolute beginner, who is just getting started to the seasoned packrafter.
RATES & DATES
A booking form and a $250 or $500 deposit per person is required to secure your booking.
The balance of payment is to be paid four weeks prior to your departure date.
For cancellations prior to your departure date the following refund applies:
Within 3 weeks = no refund applies
3 – 6 weeks = deposit non-refundable, 80% of balance paid refunded
7 – 12 weeks = deposit non-refundable, 100% of balance paid refunded
More than 12 weeks = full refund including deposit
Once your trip has commenced no refund applies due to any circumstance.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you arrange personal travel/medical insurance at the time of booking to guard against loss of fares paid caused by any eventuality necessitating cancellation of your trip within our cancellation period. Cancellations could be due to reasons beyond your control such as: falling ill prior to your departure / a sprained ankle whilst partaking in another activity / a family bereavement / missing a flight and therefore, missing your departure etc..
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