June 25th 2015

The view from Nugget Point, Queenstown NZ 700 Press Release -  25 June 2015 The Wayfarers Walking Vacations is adding two new luxury hotels to its South Island all-inclusive hiking tour of New Zealand for early 2016. Lake Brunner Lodge is hidden in the tranquil, rolling foothills overlooking the largest lake in the northwestern South Island. A luxurious hideaway, this unique heritage lodge on 5,500 hectares, offers natural beauty, seclusion, old-world charm and warm New Zealand hospitality. Luxury boutique hotel, Nugget Point, Queenstown is located in a situation that couldn’t be more dramatic, suspended above the famous Shotover River and surrounded by majestic mountains, with awe-inspiring views from the bedrooms and restaurant. The 13-night tour includes a rich combination of highlights including exploring rainforests, mountains, glaciers, coasts, limestone gorges and blowholes. The trail covers the Queen Charlotte Walkway, Arthur’s Pass National Park and the Southern Alps, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and the natural gorge on the Porari River. The Wayfarers’ founder Michael West says: 'Our Walk in New Zealand takes us to a land where the seasons are the opposite to the chilly northern hemisphere. It’s a big vacation, under big skies, in vast territories with some of the world’s best hiking. 'That’s why we are always updating our Walks and choosing accommodation that really enhances our 'slow-travel' ethos. 'When we come off the trail at the end of the afternoon, we want to feel part of wherever it is we have just seen and experienced, be it in historic buildings, moored in the midst of a wilderness, or relaxing on a terrace, gasping at the views -  and that’s exactly what our new hotels provide.' Highlights of the trip include: * Walking to the face of two glaciers: Franz Josef and Fox * Stunning coastlines, incredible mountains and lush rainforest * See movie locations for Lord of the Rings and Narnia * Arthur’s Pass National Park and the Southern Alps Walk Information New Zealand – Spectacular South Island Next departure: 1 March – 14 March 2016. Walk level 2. Good footing; some hills; transfers each day to allow us to cover most of the island. 4 – 9 miles of walking per day. 13 nights all-inclusive price from US $5,650, based on two sharing. Photo captions: The view from Nugget Point, Queenstown. On the trail in New Zealand For more information on any of our Walks and destination images, please contact Anne King at Watershed PR on 0044 1308 420785 or email [email protected] NOTE TO EDITORS:  www.thewayfarers.com Tel: 1-800-249-4620 Facebook The Wayfarers Walking Vacations; Twitter @wayfarers; Instagram Wayfarerswalks. About The Wayfarers Walking Vacations: Founded more than 30 years ago, The Wayfarers Walking Vacations was named by National Geographic Traveler as purveyor of one of the ‘50 Tours of a Lifetime,’ and by National Geographic Adventure as one of the ‘Best Hiking Companies,’ The Wayfarers offers an eco-sensitive walking vacation of both culture and fitness in 19 countries with 40+ itineraries. Walks cover England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Norway, New Zealand, Patagonia, Colorado, Southwest USA, and South Africa’s Western Cape. Wayfarers Walks offer exclusive entrees into homes and gardens otherwise closed to the public, graceful accommodations, outstanding cuisine, and meetings with local residents. Walks are from 6-13 days and are rated on a five-level challenge scale. Price per person is all-inclusive from Day One: including all transfers, hotel accommodation, full board plus twice daily snacks, wine with dinner, tips, and entrance tickets. The Wayfarers is a member of Trusted Adventures, www.trustedadventures.com, dedicated to the highest standards of small-group travel and supporting local economies. The Wayfarers Walk Away Guide explains the benefits and practicalities of walking vacations and is guaranteed to inspire new walkers. Available free of charge at http://www.thewayfarers.com/walkawayguide The Wayfarers 2015 brochure http://bit.ly/1t2wwkr ENDS

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