"Hi Lindsay and Jane,
We want to thank you for your help in planning our New Zealand vacation - we had a great time!
The itinerary was excellent, the tours were top-notch, and the accommodations were good. The folks we encountered were universally friendly and helpful.
We enjoyed mountain-biking in Rotorua, Wanaka, and on the Rail-Trail near Christchurch. Lots of great hikes, including the Tongariro Crossing and the Rob Roy Glacier Track. We had great weather, except for three rainy days in Fox Glacier, which we enjoyed anyway (except damn those sandflies!). Highlights also included consistently great food and excellent craft beer.
Thanks again for your help in creating a memorable vacation!
Thank you Gary for allowing us to share your feedback - Lindsay and Jane.
Their itinerary included Auckland, Rotorua, Tongariro National Park, Wellington, Queenstown, Wanaka, The Fox Glacier and Punakaiki, before returning to the US from Christchurch. The full day Rob Roy Glacier track that Gary refers to, is one of our favorite New Zealand hikes and we include it in many of our suggested itineraries. This is how we describe it in our 23 Day 'Off The Beaten Path' itinerary.
The Rob Roy Glacier Hike
This is one of the most spectacular hiking trails in New Zealand and includes the alpine scenery, snowfields, glaciers, sheer rock cliffs, forests, wildflowers and waterfalls of the Mt Aspiring National Park. It starts in the Matukituki Valley, about an hour’s drive from Wanaka. The trail is well formed and requires a moderate level of fitness but the glorious views of the Rob Roy Glacier from the viewing platform at the turnaround point makes the effort of getting there totally worthwhile.
We also like this description of Rob Roy Galcier Hike from the TripAdvisor website Viator -
The Wanaka region is one of New Zealand’s most storied and scenic landscapes, and best explored by tackling the popular, back-country Rob Roy Glacier Track. This half-day adventure takes you into the wilderness of Mt. Aspiring National Park, past waterfalls, streams, fern-laden valleys, and glaciers that cling to the mountains.
Though its elevation is just 2,000 feet, the trail has the feel of an alpine adventure where snow-streaked ridge lines and creaking glaciers hang right at the edge of the tree line. Stop for a picnic at the end of the trail, and watch as chunks of Rob Roy Glacier go hurtling down towards the valley. You’ll cross over streams on swaying footbridges, trek along crystal clear streams, and immerse yourself in the rugged terrain of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.
You can experience this great New Zealand walk on many of our suggested self drive New Zealand tours, including this one The Heart of New Zealand Self Drive.