Makingtrax are New Zealand’s #1 Adaptive Adventure Travel Specialists. A unique company run by disabled for the disabled, understanding both you the client and adventure possibilities.
New Zealand is one of the most spectacular countries in the world with incredible scenery, amazing wilderness and exhilarating adventure. They endeavour to provide experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Their vision is to enable wheelchair riders to feel the amazing freedom of the great outdoors in the adventure capital of the world.
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 come with travelling with a disability.
The best part about Makingtrax is that they are a company that fully understands all the possibilities and risks for both you, and the adventure outfitter.
The company director is a tetraplegic with over twenty years experience in the outdoor industry. Makingtraxwas founded in 2010; the year Jezza became a wheelchair rider. Through his experience Jezza has a huge understanding of the industry and travelling with a disability. He will personally liaise with you prior to your adventure, ironing out all the seams and giving you the best possible experience, ultimately tailoring the trip to suit you.
Their adventures are not cotton wool, sightseeing, 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 that you may require for personal needs, or specialised adaptive equipment that you may need to access or participate in your ultimate adventure experience.
Trips operate from November through to May
Twelve days on the road travelling to some the most scenic and spectacular areas on the planet. The tour start sand finishes in Christchurch, all transfers to and from Christchurch International Airport and your accommodation are included.
It takes you to the highlights of this beautiful and diverse island, absorbing the most incredible landscape. Driving times are kept to a minimum as this is more to experience the freedom through adventure that awaits you.
From the Canterbury Plains, the tour heads to the high country following the Southern Alps stopping in at the turquoise glacial Lake Tekapo. Queenstown and Wanaka, the action towns, are next on the agenda before heading across the Haast Mountain Pass to the Wild West Coast. Glaciers, bush, rugged coastline and mountains follow you north. Murchison the white-water capital greets us with a wilderness adventure looming. Back to the East the mountains creep up to the Coast of Kaikoura, where abundant sea life awaits you. Left mesmerised, exhausted and satisfied Christchurch greats you with the setting sun.
The key to any great adventure is having a fantastic guide. Your Makingtrax guide will be your right hand man / woman. Totally passionate about our country and committed to making your trip the trip of a lifetime.
Not only will they totally understand your needs, they have extensive knowledge of the area and environment, will be discrete, entertaining and make sure your trip is seamless.
Your guide will help you in any way possible; Safely and skilfully drive your accessible vehicle (unless you want your own vehicle); Deliver or join you on any of your ultimate adventures.
The words: ‘not possible’ are not in their vocabulary. Trax Director Jezza makes the odd cameo appearance as the ultimate guide!
No trip to Kiwi-land is complete without experiencing our unique accommodation. Makingtrax knows the little gems, staying away from the bland motel units. The accommodation is accessible, comfortable and beautiful. New Zealanders love their holiday houses and “baches” cute, cosy and unique. Campfires and barbecues. Providing a true kiwi experience.
Although not included in the basic package price the recommend trip includes a night in a backcountry hut, accessed via helicopter and camping in the wilderness on our self-supported rafting trip.
Depending on client numbers and degree of ability Makingtrax provides a vehicle to best suit your trip.
Fully accessible vans are normally used with hoist at the rear. However, Makingtrax prides itself on tailoring the perfect trip, so if you would rather drive, they can provide adapted hand control vehicles or a fully self-drive trip option. Anything is possible with Makingtrax.
Good quality vehicles serviced and maintained to meet all NZ safety standards. Makingtrax also provides a waterproof lockable trailer to hold all the extra equipment, from shower chair, electric wheelchair or hand cycle to rafting harnesses.
Activities available are not included in the Basic Package price.
See Inclusive Package or Tailored Package.
These activities listed are optional. The Inclusive Package has the highly recommend activities. Inclusive price is listed below.
12 Day tour not including activities
DAY 1: CHRISTCHURCH to TEKAPO via ASHBURTON stay TEKAPO.
Activities available: Skydive 12,000ft. Hot Springs.
DAY 2: TEKAPO to QUEENSTOWN via OMARAMA stay QUEENSTOWN.
Activities available: World famous Gliding over Southern Alps.
Heli Glacier Landing.
DAY 3: FULL DAY QUEENSTOWN.
Activities available: Paragliding. World’s Highest Cliff Swing.
Bungee. Flights to Fiordland & Cruise the Fiords.
DAY 4: QUEENSTOWN to WANAKA.
Activities available: 4x4 Tour to Historic Gold-mining Town, Macetown.
DAY 5: WANAKA to GLACIERS.
Activities available: Aerobatic Flight with Kiwi champ & daredevil.
Oxbow Adrenaline Day: Jet Sprint Boat & 4x4. Lake Kayak.
DAY 6: GLACIERS to HOKITIKA.
Activities available: Heli Glacier Landing. Hot-springs - relaxing massage.
Fishing on Lake Mapourika. Sightseeing at the Glaciers.
DAY 7: HOKITIKA.
Activities available: Heli to Backcountry Hut - Overnight Kiwi Experience. Greenstone / Gold shopping..
DAY 8: HOKITIKA to MURCHISON via COAST ROAD.
Activities available: Wilderness Rafting.
DAY 9/10: RAFTING OPTION.
DAY11: MURCHISON to KAIKOURA.
Activities available: Fishing Charter. Whale Watching (alternative to Fishing Charter).
DAY 12: KAIKOURA to CHRISTCHURCH.
Last Day: Relax in Christchurch or fly away, the world is your oyster.
Includes the following activities
SKYDIVE FROM 12,000 FEET
The ultimate intro to the adventure capital of the world. Become part of the Skydiving Kiwi family for the day and experience the ultimate freedom of freefall zero to two hundred km/hr in 4 seconds. Based on the Canterbury Plains you will be blown away with the view 12,000ft above. The Pacific Ocean one side, the Southern Alps & Aoraki the cloud piercer, New Zealand’s highest mountain, on the other. The adrenaline rush of a lifetime, to a slow controlled canopy landing, absorbing the spectacular birds eye view. This amazing experience is available to all abilities.
The skydiving harness makes landing a breeze. In freefall your legs are harnessed together. Once the parachute opens your knees are pulled to your chest giving you time to enjoy your flight back to earth. When landing you slide in on your extremely experienced Tandem Masters butt, you hardly touch the ground. Tried and tested over and over again by Trax Director Jezza, as he has an addiction to skydiving.
PARAGLIDING IN SPECTACULAR QUEENSTOWN
Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world and with so much action to choose from, paragliding is definitely a stand-out. Based towards the historic gold town Arrowtown, it’s out of the craziness of Queenstown. You will launch your wings on Coronet Peak, the local ski area, a beautiful view of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu.
An opportunity to soar like a bird, enjoy the incredible feeling of total freedom. This activity is available to all abilities and made possible by Makingtrax paragliding buggies.
Their buggies are designed for tandem and solo flights. A total separate system to your paragliding harness make your takeoff and landing possible. These systems have been used throughout the UK and Europe, now Makingtrax is proud to make them available in New Zealand. Another favourite of Trax Director Jezza, the first Kiwi Tetraplegic to pilot solo.
AEROBATIC FLIGHT WITH KIWI CHAMP & DAREDEVIL
Like a dance in the sky, one of the most exhilarating experiences you will ever have. Based in the world-famous Wanaka aero drone, with Lakes Wanaka & Hawea below and Mt Aspiring glowing in the distance. This no ordinary plane - it’s a stunt plane, which can carry out aerobatics such as loops and rolls. Plus this is no ordinary pilot it’s the daredevil himself. Depending on your abilities, you can also take control. Available to all abilities as long as you can control your head to communicate with your pilot to go crazier or calmer. The Cessna is an easy access adrenaline hit, loop and barrel roll or scenic, it’s your call. For a little extra cost there is the Russian Yak. Not easy to access but mind-blowing once aboard.
HELICOPTER TO BACKCOUNTRY HUT OVERNIGHT KIWI EXPERIENCE
You cannot visit the Wild West Coast without experiencing the remoteness. Helicopters are the only way to locate some of the most spectacular country you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing. That’s exactly what you are going to do. Fly with a small Hughes 300 into the rugged west coast bush, weaving in and out of valleys till you reach your destination for the evening. Dropped with all your equipment, off flies the little chopper leaving you at an infamous Kiwi remote backcountry hut. With an open fire to cook on and keep you warm, the sound of the bush and a view that will be your next happy place in the future, true pure New Zealand keeps you company until your helicopter taxi returns the following day.
MULTI-DAY WILDERNESS RAFTING TRIP
Freedom of river life, experience real wilderness. Navigating the Maruia River with its waters spilling from the mountains of the Lewis Pass, winds through a heavily forested and remote valley make this trip a real gem. You will 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 a great challenge and fun whatever your skill level. Available to all abilities and making this possible is the 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. To conclude the kit there is a carry harness for river access.
FISHING CHARTER IN THE FAMOUS WATERS OF KAIKOURA
Famous for its seafood, crayfish and whales, Kaikoura is the destination for every tourist to Kiwi-land. But being Makingtrax we are real adventurers, staying away from the usual Whale Watching Tour,you will jump aboard a local fishing boat and head out on your own journey. Cruising past the whales to say hi, you will then go and find some of our own seafood delicacies. This four hour fishing trip in the Pacific Ocean is the perfect conclusion to an epic adventure.
Take what you catch as tonight is the final feast and you can cherish the last evening together.
The Wellington Cable Car is one of the city's oldest and most recognisable tourist attractions. It first opened in February 1902 and was originally built to service the housing developments on the steep hill behind the city, a function it still does today.The tram runs from Lambton Quay, right in the centre of the Central Business district. The 5 minute journey takes you to the top entrance of Wellinton's Botanical Gardens and a spectacular view over the city and its harbour. In addition to the observation area the tram gives access to the Cable Car museum and the newly reopened Carter Observatory.
The Cable Car has two level areas to accommodate wheelchair passengers. Both are located between the sets of entrance doors. At the lower platform ramps give access to either door. Passengers intending to go to the top and visit the observation area, Cable Car Museum or the Carter observatory should use the upper door of the Cable car which is accessed via the ramp to the right. This door gives level egress to the observation area to the right of the tram.
The city platform. The car has two level areas for wheelchairs. To visit the observation deck, Cable Car Museum or the Carter Observatory use the upper plaform by following the ramp around to the right
The top platform. Access is level
A free electric scooter is available at the lower platform
The observation area at the top is level and affords a great view over the city.
Observation area and path into the Botanical Gardens
Observation Deck gives a commanding view over the city
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