2019 Dates | Monday 4th February– Saturday 9th February


Introduction This holiday showcases some of the best of our tours in the South of New Zealand. Especially designed for those a little more restricted on time, we explore from Wanaka’s crystal clear lakes and aspiring, often snow-capped, mountain peaks, to the action-packed adventure capital of the world; Queenstown.

We spend three nights in Wanaka at Lookout Lodge, our well appointed group accom­modation that turns out to be one of the most popular and exclusive wedding venues in the area. Lookout Lodge makes a perfect base for our RunAways team due to its spaciousness, proximity to our runs and astounding views.

The last two nights are spent at accomodation within walking distance to the centre of town and the big win; we’re five minutes from the start of the Ben Lomond Track!

During our stay in Wanaka we will hit up a sunrise on Roys Peak and explore Mt Aspir­ing National Park in the East Matukituki Valley. Back in Queenstown we will have the opportunity to get up Queenstown Hill, explore Queenstown and perhaps feast on the famous Fergburger the day before an ascent up the most prominent peak in Queenstown – Ben Lomond.

This trip really highlights the best of our tours into one action-packed adventure, with incredible value for money. The Southern Highlights Tour includes four runs/mountain hikes and time to rest and explore the region.

Difficulty The terrain and distances are sure to challenge, so you do need to take note of distances, terrain types and your fitness levels. However, our style remains holiday-esque, so don’t bring your game face except when facing the mountain itself. RunAways are holidays tours. We encourage anyone with the stamina to join our tours. While our tours may be physically very demanding, speed is irrelevant and we are non-competitive. This isn’t a training camp, it’s a holiday, just like no other! If you have any questions about your fitness, please get in touch.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 | Arrival: Start with our first meet up at Queenstown Airport and travel to Lookout Lodge, Wanaka.
  • Day 2 | Roys Peak: One of our classic sunrise summits up Roys Peak because we’re chasing the best views possible! Post run feasting in Wanaka, an optional swim and then chill time.
    Meals offered: Continental breakfast option
  • Day 3 | East Matukituki Valley: A long day exploring the valley floor (although it’s anything but flat) with an afternoon of leisure.
    Meals offered: continental breakfast option
  • Day 4 | Travel and Queenstown Hill: We travel to Queenstown today with time for an optional leg refreshening Queenstown Hill run/hike later before lunch and time to town. Tonight is a great night to try the ever popular Fergburger for dinner!
    Meals: Continental breakfast option
  • Day 5 | Ben Lomond: Big Ben Lomond stands proudly over Queenstown and is our target for the day. Once complete, the afternoon is free to explore Queenstown and make the most of the activities on offer, including jetboats, downhill mountain biking, bungy jumping or just take in the sights.
    Meals: continental breakfast option
  • Day 6 | Tour End: Check out of accommodation and say fare well! Guides on hand for drop offs at selected Queenstown accommodation for those staying on or Queenstown airport for those heading home. For those with later flights, the day is ours!
    Meals: continental breakfast option


    • Airport pick up & drop off.
    • Department of Conservation Permits
    • Guided Runs
    • Accommodation
    • Travel within New Zealand with the RunAways group.
    • Some breakfast/meal options (Bread, spreads, cereals, milk, coffee and tea) and snacks (some fruit, muesli bars).
    • Two spirited, experienced & passionate runners as guides.


    • Costs of any optional recreation activities, including any hire of equipment, entry fees or contracting third parties for services.
    • Food and meals outside of the provisions mentioned in Inclusions.
    • Individual optional travel outside of group activities and local area transfers.
    • Flights not included

Please note: We have done our utmost to ensure all material published on this web page is accurate and up to date. However, any and all actual tour details can be updated from time to time. Final confirmation of any details must be made direct with the organisors and are reflected in the Administration Pack.

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