New Zealand Ultimate South Island Adaptive Adventure

13 Days. $NZ 7,480

Departure Dates 

One trip per month. Dates are very flexible. Minimum 2 people


Join Making Trax on the trip of a lifetime exploring the wild, rugged & magnificent adventure capital of the world, Te Wai Pounamu, South Island, New Zealand. Wilderness Rafting/ Backcountry Hut/ Helicopters/ Glacier Landing/ Adaptive Paragliding/ Fiordland/ Skydiving and more. 

This trip is accessible to all abilities. The trips are private trips tailored to you and your travelling companions. 

Minimum 2 persons 

Activity level

Makingtrax is New Zealand's Adaptive Adventure Specialists, meaning we are adventurous and so are our trips. We pride ourselves on working with the best adventure outfitters in the country. All our activities, although adventurous, are not difficult. All activities are available to all ability levels. Company director Jezza is C5 tetraplegic and has tried and tested every one of our no excuses get busy living and join us on this adventure of a lifetime. 

What is included
  • All guiding services: guide, driver and activities
  • All transport: accessible van with driver, airport transfers
  • All Accommodation: accessible, kitchen facilities mostly. River trip & backcountry hut help required, accessible camping toilet included. Shower seat included.
  • All activities: two day rafting trip, overnight wilderness hut; helicopter shuttle, glacier landing via helicopter; ski-chair, paragliding, Milford Sound cruise, horse trekking, skydiving 12000ft
  • Meals: on river trip & kiwi host night only
  • Cooker & Cooler for roadie meals
  • Warm sleeping bags; fat air/feather bed mat for river camping; wilderness hut (protection from pressure). Warm comfortable easy access tent for river. Dry suit if needed for river.
  • All adaptions for activities: raft harness, ski-chair, paragliding buggy, skydiving leg harness
Not included
  • Flights: to and from Christchurch, NZ
  • Meals: we don't cover your food, yet your guide can help prepare meals and will deliver you to and retrieve you from restaurantsrestaurants, cafés & supermarkets. (River trip & host night meals included)

Trip Highlights

This is Makingtrax's ultimate adaptive Adventure that has been fine tuned since 2010. Simply the best of the best. They are specialists in wheelchair adaptive travel. You will be blown away with what is possible! This fully guided trip takes you on a majestic journey through the spectacular South Island of New Zealand. 

Makingtrax works with New Zealand's leading adventure companies, training educating & adapting equipment. They are now excited to tailor an experience especially to you. This inclusive package includes: overnight wilderness rafting; helicopter shuttle to a backcountry hut; glacier landing in a helicopter with ski-chair; adaptive paragliding; Milford Sound cruise; horse trek in the mountains; finishing on a high, with skydiving from 12,000ft. 

The key to any great trip is having a great guide. Your guide/driver will entertain, enlighten and transport you, in the comfort of their accessible vehicle. They will deliver and/or join you on your adventure, making sure your trip is smooth as silk. 

When you're not camping on the river or set up in a backcountry hut, your accommodation will be in one of the sweet spots, staying well away from bland motel units. Makingtrax knows where all the little gems are: accessible, comfortable and beautiful. Most accommodation has full cooking facilities, but feel free to eat out where available. 

Let Makingtrax take away all your travelling stress with your personal adaptive travel consultant to manage all your travelling needs prior to departure. Your consultant, a wheelie himself, has over 20 years in the adventure travel industry understanding everything that is needed and will liaise with you prior to your arrival. 


Day 1 

The first thing you'll see once you've arrived in Christchurch is our smiley faces, ready to scoop you up and deliver you to your awesome accommodation. Settle in and enjoy Sumner, a seaside suburb of Christchurch. This place has beach, boardwalk, cafés, funky restaurants and bars. It's the perfect spot to shake off your jet lag and prepare yourself for the next 12 days of action. 

Day 2 

Early start this morning as we need to meet the river crew 3 hours away. This is over the Lewis Pass, where Maruia River waits for us, nestled in the native beech and surrounding mountains. This class 2/ 3 river transports us and our equipment into the wilderness 

Freedom of river life, experience real wilderness. When navigating the Maruia River where its waters spill from the mountains of the Lewis Pass; you will wind through a heavily forested and remote valley, making this trip a real gem. We spend the night camping beside the river, with a fire and great company. Also for the keen angler, Rainbow and Brown Trout fishing is legendary here giving you great challenge and fun, whatever your skill level. Available to all abilities, making this possible is our Aqua harness. A fully releasable system to make you sit up on the raft (even without trunk control!). Leg floats, if you feel like floating through the pools, dry suits for those that do not have climate control (only hands and head are exposed) and hand fixtures for those that have limited hand function, making it possible to grip your paddle. 

Day 3 

This morning, awaken to the sounds of native bird song and the flowing river. A great night’s sleep on air and feathers (no pressure issues). After a hearty breakfast and when you're ready, (accessible toilet facilities are carried with) its back on the river, going with the flow. 

With the gear packed, it’s straight back into action as we tackle Maruia‘s white water once more. The rafts bob and weave their way around boulders and through waves, into the isolated valley where crystal clear pools nestle between rapids, giving us time to drift, swim, relax and take in the scenery. We can stop in many places along the river. We can even drift the craft in the middle to fish towards the sides, usually unheard of in the fishing community, on a river. As we ride the final rapids, the valley starts to open again and the river converges with the road to take us to our waiting transport. This afternoon we drive down the Buller Gorge to the wild West Coast, our accommodation waits next to the setting sun. 

Day 4 

Enter into a relaxing morning waking to the sound of the sea. When we are ready the scenic road will take you to Hokitika greenstone and gold (‘The Luminaries’ by Eleanor Catton is based here). You have a chance to find your own precious gem, before the helicopter shuttles you to your backcountry hut. Magical views of the West Coast and the sun set over the Tasman Sea. Tonight you sleep in utter wilderness with camp cooking and bunk beds, feathers and air that keep you warm and snug (no skin pressure & camp toilet carried if needed). 

Day 5 

Another morning in paradise. A spectacular spot to start our day....enjoy the serenity before our helicopter arrives to shuttle you back to Hokitika. Fingers crossed today is clear and calm as we drive the West Coast highway, with mountains on the left, ocean on the right and native forest galore. Soon after lunch, we arrive at Franz Josef Township where our next adventure awaits. Here we meet the awesome crew that will fly us into glacier wonderland. Yup two helicopters in one day....this is the West Coast; helicopters are mandatory to access our piece of paradise. This scenic flight takes us onto the snowfields where Makingtrax ski-chair gets you up close and personal. 

This evening we stay in Franz Josef. 

Day 6 

A big day driving over the gates of Haast to Queenstown. Although a big journey, the flora and fauna changes dramatically throughout, making this drive fly past. A quick stop in Lake Wanaka. You'll be there before you know it. Welcome to Queenstown the adventure paradise of the world. 

Day 7 

Queenstown is made for adventure, with its stunning mountainous backdrop. There's no better way to experience it, than by soaring above. We have mastered the art of paragliding and today it's your turn. Makingtrax paragliding buggy provides the perfect experience for any ability. Just to note, these ultimate adventures are for all, as the whole team enjoys all the experiences we have to offer. 

For the rest of the day, feel free to roam the streets of Queenstown, check the surrounding areas or relax by the lake. Your wish is our command. This evening we stay in the beautiful area of Queenstown. 

Day 8 

Enjoy the last of Queenstown, this morning, as in the afternoon we hit the road towards the direction of Te Anau, the gateway of Fiordland. 

Day 9 

No trip to New Zealand is complete without visiting the infamous Milford Sounds. Today we set off early to enter the national park, driving one of the top 10 journeys on earth. Hanging valleys, wild bush, spectacular landscape and our beautiful mountain parrot will keep you entertained before we reach Milford Sound. Here we jump aboard the accessible cruise with breath-taking views, waterfalls, fur seals and the majestic Mitre Peak. Sadly we can't stay the night in the national park, so back to Te Anau to the comfort of our private cottage. 

Day 10 

Our northern journey starts today as we change our compass bearing and head to Omarama, the home of Merino sheep and Icebreaker. Stopping where ever you like. This drive takes you through the high country, sunburnt land and remarkable mountain ranges. World famous gliding destination (extra activity, if requested, incurs extra cost). Soak away in the hot tubs this evening nestled amongst the long tussock hair. These wood fired hot tubs are a perfect evening of relaxing therapy. 

Day 11 

Aoraki, Kiwi Land's highest mountain awaits your visit this morning as we journey north. The backbone of the Southern Alps and the turquoise lakes pass you by, with a stop at the Mt Cook salmon farm to select your dinner (if you're a fish fan). But the day is just beginning...the horses are waiting for you. No better place to enjoy a horse trek, Lake Tekapo. Our team will tailor this to your abilities; nothing's an issue with the magic horse team. A big day of adventure needs the perfect evening and tonight you are hosted by a true kiwi, she will prepare your salmon with pleasure as you enjoy the sun setting over the mountains. 

Day 12 

It's our last let's finish on a high. 12,000 feet high to be precise... Skydiving! Makingtrax has a leg harness that makes this available to all abilities, The harness keeps your legs together in free fall and lifts your legs after your canopy is deployed, sliding in on your tandem master’s butt, not yours. Whilst you are still buzzing, it's back to where we started, Sumner! You now can relax, absorb the last 12 days and get merry, as it’s your last night in the magical land. 

Last day 

Wake up invigorated knowing your guide is going to collect you to take you to the airport, when required, leaving you time to find your new favourite cafe and reflect on your journey of self-discovery, what you have achieved and memories you have gained for a lifetime. Today your new journey begins as an adventurer...unstoppable! 

About Makingtrax

When it comes to accessible travel or adaptive adventure, it can be a little overwhelming. The entire unknown, from a safety perspective, accessibility and all the little issues that comes with traveling with a disability. How can you be sure we are the right people for the job? 

The best part of Makingtrax is that they are a company that fully understands both you the client and the adventure outfitter, possibilities and risks for both of you, the client and adventure outfitter. 

The company director is a tetraplegic with over twenty years in the outdoor industry, Makingtrax founded in 2010; the year he became a wheelchair rider. Through his experience Jezza has a huge understanding of the industry and traveling with a disability. He will personally liaises with you prior you adventure ironing out all the seams giving you the best possible experience, ultimately tailoring the trip to you. 

Makingtrax are adventurers and their adventures are not cotton wool, site seeing, disabled tours. They leave your disability behind and offer freedom through adventure. Their adventure outfitters are not only the best in the industry, they are “yes” people and go out of their way to provide you with a fully tailored memorable experience. 

Makingtrax also provides extra equipment you may need for personal needs or specialised adaptive equipment you may need to access or participate in your ultimate adventure experience. 

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