Stonefly Lodge can offer fully exclusive guided walks in all three of the National Parks only a short drive from the Lodge. Our local guides are experienced, know the area well and have a passion for it. They are keen to share with you its wildlife and natural history as well as the stories of the original inhabitants, the Maori people. Each tour is tailor made to your interest, whether it be coastal, alpine or wilderness environments the interpretive tour includes transport and a gourmet lunch. Usually a full day tour - we can however tailor make a guided half day tour.
Arguably the most beautiful park in New Zealand the Abel Tasman National Park is predominantly a coastal park, and is admired for its golden sandy beaches, tranquil lagoons, fascinating rocky outcrops and beautiful, unmodified estuaries. There are several coastal walking tracks which wander through the forest and along the edge of the sea offering spectacular views across Abel Tasman Bay. Spend a day with your own guide exploring this park, including courtesy transfers from the lodge, and lunch.
The Abel Tasman walk is from Marahau to Anchorage, 4 hours reasonably gentle walking and includes the water taxi ride back to Marahau. Or alternatively walk from Bark Bay to Anchorage with water taxi transfers.
One of New Zealand's newest National Parks and New Zealand's second largest National Park Kahurangi covers most of the north western corner of the South Island and has diverse virgin forests, alpine flora, wild rivers and a wide array of landforms. It is home to over half of New Zealand's 2400 native plant species.
Activities on offer as a day tour from the Lodge are: Guided and unguided walks.
This gentle exploration of the shores of Lake Rotoiti is truly a delight. Walking along ancient beech forest on the edge of the Rotoiti "Mainland Island" Conservation Recovery project, you are surrounded by the mighty mountains of the Nelson Lakes with bird chorus in the background. This is an unforgettable day walk into a world away from urbanisation and cityscapes.
Your guide will pick you up from Stonefly Lodge and take you through to the small alpine village of St. Arnaud. Here you will board a water taxi (boat) and travel to the head of the lake. Once there, a small stroll up the Travers Valley will give you an appreciation for the massive glaciers that carved out this piece of paradise over 15,000 years ago. After a gourmet Lunch, your walk will take you down the edge of the lake and through the Rotoiti Recovery Project conservation area back to St. Arnaud and then to the lodge.
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