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Safari 2019 - Christchurch to Queenstown


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You are not booked on a trip until you have done all of the following :

1. Contacted the leader and received his / her OK to join the trip

2. Booked in online using the below booking form. Any questions, contact our bookings person on

3. Paid the trip fee into the ATC bank account 02-0100-0024675-000 quoting your name, the trip number and "Weekend"

Saturday 02 March 2019

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The 2019 Safari takes in country seldom visited by the ATC and features the South Island High Country – Aoraki / Mt Cook – glaciers – historic huts – old mining areas – and, of course, LOTR locations…

Accommodation will be in self-contained cabins (shared) in four different ‘base camps’ where a variety of day hikes as well as optional overnight hikes will be offered.

  • Mt Somers Holiday Park (4 nights / 3 days) with day trips in the Hakatere Conservation Park (eg Lake Emily / Mt Barrosa / Lake Emma and historic hut / Lake Clearwater and Mt Guy); optional overnight tramp from Buick bridge to Potts river via overnight at Boundary Hut
  • Mt Cook Lodge and Motels (3 nights / 2 days) with day trips in Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park (eg Sealy Tarns / Hooker Valley and Tasman Glacier / Red tarn) ; optional  overnight tramp to Mueller Hut (hut has been booked) via Sealy Tarns.
  • Omarama Top 10 Holiday Park (4 nights / 3 days) with day trips in the Ahuriri Conservation Area (eg Lake Ohau / Hopkins River Valley / Greta track loop taking in Ben Ohau / South Temple stream and hut); side trip to explore coastal town of Oamaru and view the blue penguin breeding colony; optional overnight tramp along a section of Te Araroa from Lake Ohau to the Ahuriri river camping overnight.
  • On route from Mt Cook are options to explore the Clay Cliffs (‘hoodoos’) and / or Quail Burn historic area – homestead and woolshed etc dating to 1866. Note that these could also be options for bad weather days at Mt Cook.
  • Wanaka Lake View Holiday Park (3 nights / 2 days) with day trips into the Pisa Conservation Area (eg the roaring Meg Pack Track – 19km from Cadrona Valley to Kawerau Gorge – can be varied); local walks eg Roy’s Peak. The holiday park is a short walk to Wanaka township.

Optional (expensive!- make your own arrangments) activities include : flights around Aoraki / glaciers; boat trips to the Tasman Glacier; glider flights from Omarama.

Places on the Safari will be limited to 20 with 8 set aside for members of our affiliated club the HTMC until end of Spetember. Any of these places not taken will revert to ATC.

Participants must be members of ATC (and HTMC) and experienced day trampers.

Transport (includes to and / or from Auckland – departure and arrival dates TBC) will be provided by the ATC Club Bus (‘Big Blue’). The Safari officially starts from Christchurch airport midday on March 2nd and ends at Queenstown airport on March 16th – this allows participants to make their own travel arrangement to Christchurch / from Queenstown if preferred.

All accommodation (14 nights) has been booked. Accommodation and bus transport has been costed at $950. Bookings are now open and require a deposit of $250; the balance will be due by the end of November. Note that costs are based on a full party of 20; if this is not reached then a cost adjustment may need to be made.

Contact leaders Ian (021 026 75675) or Anna (021 134 7408) for any enquires and  / or to register for the Safari. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

However, between August 22nd  and October 9th we are on our own Safari therefore during this time register with Keith Ayton ( 09 630 7010; 027 320 0102, Email :This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Follow up your registration by booking online at ATC website and paying the deposit into the club account as per usual trip procedures.



Registrations are now closed