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    Wilderness Experience

    Brodrick Wilderness Experience
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    Queenstown Rafting

    Brodrick Expedition


Brodrick Wilderness Experience (5 day)

Itinerary (sample)

Day 1   
7am Day one starts with the drive from Queenstown to the head of Lake Ohau. Depending on conditions we 4WD for about 1.5 hours up the Hopkins Valley to the start of the hike.  Enjoy stunning views as you hike to Forks Hut (about 3-4 hours), before climbing up the Huxley Valley to Brodrick Hut (about 3-4 hours). This is where the first night will be spent.

Day 2
After breakfast you will embark on a climb over the Main Divide from the Brodrick Hut to a campsite not far from the Brodrick Pass, where we will set up for the night. Take in the stunning views of Mt MacKenzie and Mt Strauchon – a beautiful spot to absorb your surroundings.

Day 3
Following the MacKenzie Creek, day three is spent descending into the Landsborough Valley.  Enjoy spectacular scenery as you hike from open alpine peaks into the native bush.  A helicopter will meet you at Creswicke Flat at the bottom of the valley to ferry you to the first Landsborough camp.  Here you can relax and enjoy a well earned and delicious three course meal prepared by your guide.

Day 4
Start with a leisurely cooked breakfast before preparing to leave camp for your first rafting adventure. A full safety briefing with information on river protocol will be given before you depart. Today involves a 5 hour river trip ranging from action to the sedate, stopping to enjoy a deli-style picnic lunch above Hellfire Rapid before continuing down the river to Harpers Bluff, our next camp stop. There will be time to relax and take in the scenery, or go for a walk before dinner. After dinner explore the surrounds and maybe even discover a glowworm or two.

Day 5
Another hearty breakfast will set you up for the day’s activities.  Board your raft and head down river to Purple Creek for lunch.  After lunch, the final leg is a leisurely float to Clarke Bluff (Haast Pass) where we take the rafts out of the water.  Here we board the bus back to Queenstown, arriving at approximately 7pm.

Sample menu

Gourmet meals are prepared for you daily. Cooked breakfasts, healthy lunches and full three course dinners, including hors-d’oeuvres plus some New Zealand beer & wines.
Note: For Day 1 and Day 2 (eg the Brodrick Pass leg of this trip) there are more
limitations as to what we can carry, so expect quality hiking food.

Evening Three

Hors-d’oeuvres accompanied by local New Zealand wines.

Mediterranean Chicken: Cooked in garlic, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, honey, and olive oil marinade. Grilled until tender over the open flame.

Rice Pilaf: An inspired Middle Eastern rice dish infused with vegetable flavours.
Tomato and Onion Salad: Sliced tomatoes and finely chopped red onions dressed with garlic, basil, balsamic, honey and olive oil vinaigrette.

Fresh Fruit & the secret Dutch Oven Chocolate Cake: A secret Landsborough chocolate cake recipe baked in a Dutch oven within the hot embers of the open fire. Served with a generous dollop of cream.

Evening Four

Hors-d’oeuvres accompanied by local New Zealand wines.

Butterflied Leg of Lamb: Marinated in Balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, rosemary and oregano. Seared to perfection on an open flamed fire.

Greek Potatoes: Lightly tossed in olive oil, rosemary, salt & pepper. Wrapped together tightly to infuse all flavours baked on hot fire embers.

Greek Salad: Fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, onion and green peppers, dressed with a garlic, oregano, and lemon juice vinaigrette. Lightly topped with crumbled feta cheese and kalamata olives. The perfect complement to the succulent lamb.

Fruit Crumble: Seasonal fresh fruits topped with a nutmeg and cinnamon crumble. Served warm with a drizzle of cream.