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With a wealth of lakes, rivers and coasts, it is a pleasant but challenging task to narrow the choice for our inaugural New Zealand rowing tour, which will be held in early November 2019. There are so many beautiful possibilities in this country known for diversity of landscapes, outdoor lifestyle, Maori culture, friendly people and wonderful wines. Ultimately we decided to focus on the southern part of the South Island, with visits in the Otago, Fiordland and Southern Alps regions.
The format of the trip will be to travel and row on different bodies of water, often trailering our boats where there are no clubs. In between we will sightsee and explore this beautiful and historic part of the country. Lakes Wanaka, Te Anau and Manapouri are alpine lakes with stunning views of nearby mountains, which are amongst the highest in New Zealand and protected within national parks. Perhaps we will even venture onto Milford Sound? A short spin on pretty Lake Hayes will leave us lots of time for sightseeing in the afternoon. We will also enjoy lovely rowing near the vineyards of the Otago region. The Clutha River at Clyde, dammed to form Dunstan Lake, will offer further diversity on this New Zealand rowing tour. There will be lots of non-rowing activities, including of course hiking and visiting the fascinating communities that exude a vibe which mingles outdoor adventure with sophisticated food and 19th century gold-rush history. Of course we will do a little wine tasting. By the way, this is where bunging jumping was invented …
Details for the New Zealand rowing tour will be announced following a research trip in April 2019. The tentative start date is 08 November 2019, and we anticipate an 8 day trip. If you are interested in being on the list to receive advance notice, please contact us to let us know.