Bush and Beyond treks are arranged with your abilities and interests in mind (eg flora, fauna, photography), regardless of your age.
Bush and Beyond offer guided tramps to most areas of Kahurangi National Park, and for all ages and fitness levels, ranging from easy walks through to the untracked wilderness. We specialise in tailoring trips to our clients needs and interests (eg flora, fauna, photography). Travel will be at your pace, allowing time to enjoy the environment.
For the uninitiated, the New Zealand mountains and bush can be difficult and even dangerous. We can guide you safely through this wilderness environment. Our knowledge of the area, and its demand on both people and equipment, will make your holiday both an enjoyable and safe one.
We have a deep knowledge of all aspects of the natural environment and history of Kahurangi Park, and love to share this with our clients.
An emphasis on the environment and conservation values is a major feature of all trips. The preservation of this area is of great importance. See our conservation statement.
Most of our trips are fully serviced guided walks. We provide interpretation, focused on flora, fauna, geology, history and conservation. We also supply, carry and cook all food, including snacks, and organize all transport (ex Motueka), hut passes and safety gear (medical kit and locator beacon). We organize all transport (ex Nelson).
Complementary pick up and drop off from/to Nelson the day before and after the walks is also included in this package.
On the Heaphy Track, Mount Arthur Tablelands, Cobb Valley and Kahurangi Lighthouse, clients will be expected to carry their personal gear, e.g. clothing, sleeping bag. All food will be carried by the guides. On our more arduous trips, e.g. Mount Owen, clients will be expected to carry their share of the food.
On designated 'Comfort Trips' clients only carry a light day-pack.
On Fully Serviced trips, parties of more than 4 clients will be accompanied by 2 guides.
All Bush and Beyond guides have current First Aid Certificates and are registered with the Department of Conservation. Risk management sheets depicting planned route and client information are completed prior to each trip, and left in Motueka with Bush & Beyond personnel.
A cell phone and emergency locator beacon (EPIRB) is carried on all trips. On some trips we may also carry a mountain radio.
Any time! Alpine flowering is at its best during January and February. Winter opens up new dimensions in Kahurangi, with most places still being accessible.
Kahurangi is situated in a temperate climate zone, with summer temperatures rarely exceeding the high 20's Celsius.
In the winter snow is only frequently encountered in the high country above 1000 metres and although frosts are common, the average overnight lows seldom drop lower than approximately minus 2 to 3 Celsius. Most areas of the park are accessible all year round.
There is no rainy season as such. Precipitation can occur during all seasons and rain fall varies throughout the park. Long spells of dry weather are more often experienced from January through March and frosty mornings followed by clear days are most often experienced in the winter months of June through August.
Tramping Hiking, back country walking, trekking
Track Walking trail, path
Route Course to be taken off-track
DOC (or DoC) Department of Conservation, responsible for national parks, tracks and huts
Hut pass Pre-paid DOC ticket for nightly stay
Botanizing Identifying and studying flora (plants) in their native habitat
Department of Conservation ("DOC") public huts are spread throughout the Kahurangi National Park. These huts range from large 28 bunk huts with wood stoves to basic remote 4 and 6 bunk huts with open fireplaces. There are no shower facilities at any huts, but during the summer months there are many lakes and rivers for swimming. If tenting on some of our trips, we use quality tents, and most tenting is within reach of huts if extreme weather occurs.
Our comfort trips also include options to suit those who don't wish to carry a heavy pack or stay in public huts. From a comfortable base you can experience the Kahurangi wilderness, whether you want an alpine experience (Cobb Comfort) or palm fringed beaches (West Coast Escape). These trips feature cottage-style twin/share accommodation with electricity and hot showers.
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