• Cycle along side the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps
  • Two nights at a backcountry hut
  • An exhilarating boat ride down the Kawarau and Shotover rivers on the K-Jet
  • Learning avalanche rescue techniques and snow cave building
  • Cross country skiing
  • Stunning trekking along glaciers and huge snow capped peaks

In 9 days, you’ll learn the ropes of a range of new outdoor alpine activities in the South Island of New Zealand, discovering unforgettable winter landscapes following the paths of early NZ mountaineering pioneers as you go. We’ve included a fun and action-packed line up that will leave you feeling challenged and inspired from start to finish, all while putting your outdoor education skills to the test in a real-life setting. From Christchurch to Queenstown, this journey covers everything from nordic skiing, cycling, avalanche rescue, hiking, jet boating, a visit to the Sir Edmund Hilary museum at Aoraki/Mt Cook Village and even building your own snow cave. This tour has been designed to be human powered, so you travel as much as possible by foot and bike to discover the wonders of the Southern Alps. As Sir Edmund Hillary once said; “you don't have to be a hero to accomplish great things”, so let's get out there and enjoy it!


Start and Finishing Point:




After the months of planning and preparation the wait is finally over! You will need to check in at the International Airport 2 hours prior to your flight. On arrival in Christchurch you will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your centrally located accommodation. Your guide will run through a full trip briefing and team introduction and then we'll take a hike up on the Port Hills for some jaw dropping views over the snowy Southern Alps and into the vivid blue Lyttelton harbour. Walk: approx 1.5-2 hours

Meals:  D

Today we will cycle a section of one of New Zealand's most famous cycleways, the Alps to Ocean cycle. We leave Christchurch after an early breakfast and drive across the vast Canterbury Plains into Mackenzie Country. Here we are greeted by New Zealand's highest mountains and large glacial lakes. We will visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd and set off on our bikes following alongside the Tekapo Canal. On passing a large salmon farm and hydro dam we have a panoramic view of Lake Pukaki and our first glimpse of the mighty Aoraki/Mt Cook. We load up the bikes and drive into Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park where will stay for the next 2 nights. Cycling Distance: Tekapo to Lake Pukaki - 35km

Meals:  B,L,D

The backdrop of a snow covered Aoraki/Mt Cook (NZ’s highest peak) against turquoise waters is a sight you’ll never forget. After breakfast, we head to the World Heritage area, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and enjoy one of a number of walks determined by the weather and snow conditions. Walks could include a hike up to the Red Tarns or along the amazing glacial Hooker Valley to admire the alpine environment. Here we learn about the striking glacial geomorphology in the region and witness the very landforms carved by recent glaciation. In less favourable weather we can walk lower level walks to Kea Point and visit the interesting Department of Conservation (DOC) visitor centre where we will learn about early the history of the Mount Cook region and its flora and fauna, DOC's conservation projects and NZ's famous climber Edmund Hilary himself. We enjoy a second night under the huge peaks of Aoraki/Mt Cook. Hike: 2-5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we take a short walk to see the vast Tasman glacier, some 22km in length, making it NZ's longest glacier. We meander up past the Blue Lakes to a viewpoint on a large moraine wall. There are good views of the lower Haupapa/Tasman Glacier and lake, with icebergs, and the mountains at the head of the valley. We then drive to Wanaka travelling over the Lindis Pass and get back on our bikes to tackle the Deans Bank Track. The flowing single track weaves its way through typical Otago landscape featuring matagouri and tussock with great views of the Clutha River and Southern Alps. A selection of banks, berms and tight corners appeal to intermediate mountain bikers, with easier riding options around rocks and other technical obstacles. If there is time we can ride into Wanaka along the outlet track. We arrive at our accommodation in the early evening, where we will spend the next 2 nights. Hike: Tasman Glacier Lookout - 1 hour Cycle Distance: Deans Bank Track 11km - 1-2 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we have a full day to explore this adventure paradise. The days activities will be weather dependent and can include a number of options depending on weather conditions and group ability. We can ride the swooping Glendu Bay Track on terraces above Lake Wanaka to Glendu Bay. This can be followed by a hike to the top of Roy's Peak, at 1578m it gives stunning panoramic views across Lake Wanaka and the surrounding peaks including Mount Aspiring/Tititea. In less favourable weather we can ride along the Lake Hawea Track following the river and do a short walk up Mt Iron, an impressive, glacier-carved, 548m rocky knoll. At the summit we have equally impressive views over Wanaka and Hawea, the Cardrona and upper Clutha valleys and all the surrounding peaks.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we pack up and head to Mt Pisa Snow Farm where we are kitted out with our skis and snow gear. We’ll receive instruction about how to nordic (cross-country) ski from our experienced guides and we’ll have plenty of time in the morning to practice our technique. This afternoon we set out on a traverse to a remote backcountry hut, we’ll experience the stunning alpine environment as we gradually climb and descend the rolling hills of the Pisa Range. If the snow conditions are poor, we can take snow shoes instead. We will spend the next 2 night at the cosy Musterers Hut, full of old-world charm and with a roaring log fire. We watch the sun set behind the alps and enjoy spectacularly clear displays of our Southern Hemisphere stars.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we have a day of snow activities. This morning we will put our ski or snow shoeing lessons from yesterday to test before our guides teach us avalanche rescue techniques using snow probes and we dig snow pits to understand snow packs. We even have the chance to work up a sweat and build our own snow caves. In the evening we spend a second night at Musterers Hut, we can enjoy a hot drink beside the log burner as we help prepare a tasty dinner.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we leave our hut behind and ski or trek back to base. We then travel down to Cardrona and over the Crown Range. We visit the famous bungy bridge to watch the bungy jumpers plunge towards the deep blue Kawarau River. Next up is the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown where we learn about the history of a Chinese gold mining settlement before heading into Queenstown. Depending on the time available, a late afternoon walk could take us up Queenstown Hill or Bob's Peak to give us stunning views over the town, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains. We spend our final night in Queenstown.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our last day of activity sees us on an exhilarating jet boat ride of the narrow Kawarau and Shotover Rivers complete with 360 degree spins, making a fitting finale to our week's adventuring. When we return to the pier, we visit the Underwater Observatory to get up close and personal with rainbow trout and other lake life. We have some free time to explore Queenstown before we head to the airport for our afternoon flight back to Melbourne.

Meals:  B

Learning outcomes for students

World Expeditions Schools journeys are designed to encourage positive personal development and the learning of life skills, while leaving the communities and environments we travel to, in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to:
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers, their teachers, and the local people they meet.
• increase the confidence to engage with new people, and collaboratively make informed decisions.
• discover the benefits of working cooperatively together as a cohesive team, to achieve a common objective.
• Increase the ability to face, and cope with, mental and physical challenges and therefore increase resilience.
• give students a chance to appreciate and care for the natural world. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment.
• Learn personal skills i.e., time management, personal hygiene, responsibility for personal gear, patience, tolerance, and public speaking.
We help encourage students to learn what it means to be a true global citizen.


  • International Airfares including tax and fuel surcharges ex Melbourne to Christchurch/ Queenstown to Melbourne
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • 6 nights lodge/backpacker accommodation in a dorm with shared facilities
  • 2 nights in a private mountain hut (shared facilities)
  • 2 Professional qualified driver/guides
  • Teachers from Brighton Grammar accompanying each group
  • Private vehicle transport including all airport transfers
  • Nordic skiing
  • Hire of skis, snowshoes, waterproof boots and gaiters
  • Mountain bike hire and helmet
  • Water and snacks on the trail
  • Dept of Conservation concessions fees
  • NZ Goods and Services Tax (GST)

  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Water bottle (please help us save the environment and bring your own water bottle or hydration pack)
  • Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch on day 1 and day 9

About Your Leader

Our guides are one of our biggest assets. We pride ourselves on the standard and quality of these great people who you will be spending your holiday with. They come from all walks of life but they all have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, heaps of fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you. We provide you with the services of two guides for many of our trips, (this may depend on the size of the group). All are certified in first aid and CPR and many are advanced mountain guides. To check out more about our guides see ‘Our Team’ page on our website (www.adventuresouth.co.nz).



To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the terrain, the altitude and the length of the trip. Cycling, trekking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing all require some physical exertion. However, these are all conducted at your own comfortable pace and ability level.

Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.


Want to find out more?

Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.

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