Hiking New Zealand and AFCA are teaming up to take you to explore the Secrets of the South in New Zealand. Take a journey to secret locations where rare wildlife play and exquisite scenery takes over. Enjoy the serenity of beautiful mountain ranges, crystal clear lakes and calm fiords while hiking, kayaking, cycling and camping through the deep south.
Teams with 4 to 10 hikers will experience a journey that takes them through various climate zones as you hike into the rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park to beautiful alpine lakes with stunning mountain views. You'll kayak beneath massive sea cliffs in Milford Sound while watching out for basking seals and leaping dolphins. Explore the spectacular Catlins coast, with beautiful beaches, luxuriant rainforest, fossilized trees, and rare species of sea lions, dolphins and penguins. Hike up the rocky slopes of the Ohau Range and look down on turquoise glacial lakes. Gaze in awe at the contorted forms of glaciers and the snow-capped peaks of Aoraki / Mount Cook. Explore the remarkable (but extinct) volcanic topography of Mount Somers with its waterfalls and narrow canyons. How do we describe this adventure? One word: amazing.
Each climber raises $6,000 with approximately $4,000 going directly to AFCA’s programs. Each climber makes an enormous impact on the lives of children affected and/or infected by AIDS while they travel to a place that is out of this world.