Explore the Wild
Overnight Wilderness Experience
Explore the Wild / Overnight
The overnight trips are the best way to experience the Packrafting lifestyle first hand
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 realize 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 ‘civilization’ 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.
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 backcountry meal and a well earned rest.
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 pick up point to drive back to town for cold beers and warm showers!
Trip includes :
- All specialised boating & Camping equipment
- All meals on the trail are included
- Transport from Te Anau
- Group meeting the night before
- Trip photos free
- 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.
- 65l - 70l backpack
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat
- Head torch
- Personal hiking gear
- Personal sleeping gear
Rates & Dates - Explore the wild
- A booking form and a $250 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..
The weather in Fiordland can be very unpredictable and change dramatically, very quickly; the close proximity of towering mountains and the ocean makes for conditions and temperatures that can vary markedly during the course of a day. Fiordland 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, a combination of the two, or anything in between, your experience on the Hollyford/Pyke Loop will be a memorable one.