Intrepid Travel has launched five new trips in its cycling and hiking range in Australia and New Zealand.
The trips range from cycling in the Victorian Alps to hiking the Larapinta trail or seeing Cradle Mountain on foot.
Intrepid’s Asia-Pacific managing director, Sarah Clark, said the new trips were the result of traveller feedback and their desire to challenge themselves in nature and take slower, more immersive trips closer to home.
“Human-powered travel is the antidote to being in lockdown for months, whether by hiking epic trails or cycling iconic terrain,” she said.
Here’s what’s on offer:
Cradle Mountain Overland Trek
There will be two expert mountain guides at your client’s side as they make their way through temperate rainforest and eucalyptus groves, across alpine moors and through valleys, skirt the edges of bright blue lakes and take in views of waterfalls and towering peaks in the distance. The six-day trip is priced from $2,125 per person.
The Larapinta trek is in the West MacDonnell National Park of the Northern Territory. Your client can hike along the red rock slopes of the West Macs and enjoy the time to truly connect to Country and appreciate the importance of this place to the local people over thousands of years. The five-day trip is priced from $2,350 per person.
Cycle the Victorian High Country
Your client will be overlooked by Mount Buffalo as they cycle through wine country, local Aussie pubs, small gold mining towns and dramatic scenery. The four-day trip is priced from $1,049 per person.
Cycle New Zealand: Otago Rail Trail
Starting in Queenstown, the Trail passes through small gold-mining towns like Alexandra, Omakau, Wedderburn and Hyde. There are flat plains overlooked by steep mountains as well as rivers and vineyards all along the route. The four-day trip is priced from $1,040 per person.
New Zealand Retreat: Lake Wanaka
This three-day Intrepid Retreat experience in Wanaka has a local host to introduce your clients to this cinematic location. On the active side, there is a hike up Mt Iron and a cycle along the Otago Rail Trail. The three-day trip is priced from $1,112 per person.
All the trips will operate under Intrepid’s new Safe Travels health protocols, developed in partnership with the World Travel & Tourism Council. All travellers will complete a health screening at the start of the trip and the group will be accompanied by a local leader who has received specific COVID-19 training, which covers hygiene, sanitation, physical distancing, PPE as well as supplier monitoring.
Intrepid has also recently introduced a new Flexible Bookings policy to make travellers feel at ease when booking their holidays, which permits changes to travel plans 21 days before a scheduled departure, allowing for new travel dates or an entirely different trip with no change fees.