• "The whole Backwoods Adventure, from the slideshow, to the advice/shopping at the Norman store to the conference calls to the actual trip itself was fantastic. I hope to continue these trips as they provide a lot of value for the cost!"

    - Terry B `2011

  • "Not only was the food good, but the variety & impulsiveness was fun... keep it up. The lunch at Silencio was pleasantly unique, as were the roadside stops and new foods. I traveled with Backwoods as the positive result of a previous Backwoods trip and would be pleased to do so again."

    - J. Rogers `2008

  • "Thank you to Joe for being our trip leader. His sense of humor and patience played a huge part in the success of the trip. It was a great experience that was planned well!"

    - R. & M. Hall `2009

  • "I’m speechless. Having just returned from this very trip all I can say is – can I do it all over again? This trip is absolutely unbelievable at every level. The accommodations, the food, the people, the ruins, the hiking-I find I have to pinch myself while reviewing my pictures in order to believe that I was actually there!"

    - Jim R. – Utah Canyons 2011

  • "The Salkantay/Machu Picchu trip was amazing. The icing on the cake was Joe's fantastic sense of humor, patience and unassuming nature. Backwoods Adventures was exceptionally well represented by Joe on this trip. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a life list goal."

    - Pam C. – Machu Picchu 2008

  • "Great success overall. Definitely and experience I will remember for a long long time. The flexibility offered on the trip was greatly appreciated. Great call on gear list and was able to get all the appropriate gear at Backwoods."

    - Dan M. – Costa Rica 2011

  • "This trip far exceeded my expectations. I knew it would be beautiful, but it was more beautiful than I expected. I knew the good would be good, but it was better. I knew Joe would be good, but then there was Beatrice and Caroline. I knew the group would be good and fun loving…but it was even more fun than I thought!"

    - Rich C. – Mont Blanc 2011

  • "My general comments are…this was THE BEST trip of my life, by far(and I have been places). The group, Joe, the supporting company, the hike, the safari, the whole overall experience was absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anybody who loves Nature, adventure and physical challenges."

    - Carlos Q. – Kilimanjaro 2011

Something Life Changing Is Just One Adventure Away!

New Zealand Adventure

Join us for our amazing New Zealand Adventure Trip. Touring the west coast of the South Island, you will have the opportunity to participate in activities ranging from sea kayaking in Anankiwa to glacier walking on Fox Glacier. This is a family friendly trip with lots of adrenaline pumping activities and the option for plenty of relaxing downtime!

What’s Included


• All Meals
• Experienced Adventure South driver/guide and Backwoods Adventures guide Joe Koehly
• Transport using comfortable modern vehicle
• All lodging fees for the duration of our trip
• All hikes as indicated including National Park fees
• Sea kayaking on Queen Charlotte Sound
• Abel Tasman hike and sailing
• Cave rafting Charleston
• Fox Glacier hike
• Landsborough jet boating
• Wine tasting at Gibbston Valley vineyard
• Specialist guides for non-walking activities
• Access and Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
• NZ Goods and Service Tax (GST)
• Minimum 3 pre-departure information conference calls with Backwoods Adventures guide Joe Koehly

What’s Not Included

• Airfare to Christchurch (Inquire to learn more about our flight booking service)
• Airfare from Queenstown
• Personal gear and clothing
• Alcoholic drinks, extra drinks and snacks
• Gratuities
• Extras; laundry, massage, internet, etc.

The South Island of New Zealand is the 12th largest island on the planet. The western coastline is dominated by the Southern Alps, which consists of more mountains than the entirety of the European Alps, and home to New Zealand’s most treasured peak, Aoraki Mount Cook (3754m / 12,316 ft). The Main Divide, the chain of peaks that forms the backbone of the Alps from Arthur’s Pass to Fiordland, splits the South Island into east and west. Numerous ice ages, and the fact that 2 continental plates are moving past each other (forming the Southern Alps), suggests that the scenery is as rugged as the New Zealand flora and fauna is special. During our adventure we will capitalize on the South Island landscape and experience the best this Island has to offer!


On any Backwoods Adventures trip we always try to have the absolute best meal accommodations possible. We will be eating at standard restaurants throughout the duration of this trip, thus having many more options when we eat. At every meal there will always be a vegetarian dish offered no matter where we go (we do ask for notice ahead of time). For the New Zealand Multi-Sport adventure we will be having a lot of British/Mediterranean influenced dishes. It is said that the most revered meal of the day is dinner in New Zealand, allowing everyone to catch up after the long day.


Below are just a few descriptions of the accommodations for or New Zealand adventure. All accommodations are top-notch for each region we visit.

Avalon Manor Motel – “Your ideal base for exploring the Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson, Golden Bay and Kahurangi National Park.” – Avalan Manor Motel

Punakaiki Resort – This is a stunning resort located on New Zealand’s West Coast at Punakaiki Beach – and near the world famous Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes. We will be staying in “stylish and comfortable” accommodations that suit only the most adventurous travelers.

*Single occupancy is a available at additional cost.


Our New Zealand Multi-Sport adventure does include some moderately difficult activities such as glacier walking with crampons, rafting, and jet-boating. Although we will not be adventuring to significant altitudes, we do encourage training of some sort just to be sure you will have no physical contraints. Before traveling internationally with Backwoods Adventures you are always strongly advised to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting the trip. If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a “stress EKG”. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.

Visa Requirements

No Visa is required for travel while in New Zealand. You should carry a photocopy of your passport, insurance information and emergency contact numbers with you at all times. You should leave a copy of this information with a friend or relative at home.



Trip Dates: 
November 30th – December 9th, 2014

November 29th – December 8th, 2015

Or, book a custom adventure trip.

8 or more – $5,499
5 to 7 – $6,249
1 to 4 – Custom pricing

Activities: Multi-Adventure

Avalon Manor Motel
Punakaiki Resort
The Westhaven
Garden Court Suites & Apartments

New Zealand Links:
New Zealand Embassy
CDC Health Information
Weather for New Zealand
Travel Insurance

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• New Zealand is only about the size of Colorado
• As of July 2012 New Zealands population was roughly 4,328,000 with a growth rate of about .8% yearly
• New Zealand’s landscape is predominately made up of mountain ranges and hill side
• The first permanent settlers of New Zealand did not arrive until 1830, officially taking control in 1840 with the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi
• Mount Cook is the highest point in New Zealand standing at just over 12,300 ft