- Return airfares from Auckland-Los Angeles/ Las Vegas-San Francisco-Auckland airport
- All accommodations: Motels, hotels and lodges throughout itinerary's
- All vehicle transportation: Medium sized bus transport within the USA plus any necessary airport shuttles or taxis as required
- All Entry Fees and Permits to Parks or any featured attractions or activities specified on each tour.
- Meals: Many breakfasts, all lunches, plus several dinners and many treats!
- A fun 'wild-team' to travel with!
Our nature/walking tours are designed to appeal to, and suit mature travellers and age is of no consideration provided you are a reasonably active person. The majority of our tour members fall into the 60’s to late 70’s age range and all seem to enjoy our very peaceful, unhurried style of small-group travel. Our tours are based around a nature theme with the walking arranged as a healthy and relaxing way to further enjoy the beautiful and fascinating areas we explore. Each day generally includes several two/three hour walks and many one hour rambles with a picnic lunch. We will offer alternative activities for tour members who wish to forgo particular tour walks.
Departing: 06 October 2017
Departing: 04 October 2018 (register now)
Duration: 25 Days
Limited: to 20 persons
**This itinerary is quite different from previous Canyonland tours and offers many new aspects
The itinerary has huge popularity with Kiwis, spending 25 days exploring a broad area of the American Southwest – visiting the deserts and red-rock landscapes of southern Arizona, the spectacular canyon and mesa lands of Utah – and finally the fertile orchard and farmlands of southern California. The tour is scheduled to coincide with autumn in the USA southwest so tour members can enjoy beautiful settled weather and moderate temperatures at a quieter time of the year during their explorations.
Features include: Visits to The Sonora Desert Museum (humming bird and butterfly enclosures and desert habitats for mountain lions, javelina, wolves and coyotes); walks in the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley – plus Joshua Tree, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion National Parks. Tour members will also encounter a multitude of wildlife while on tour – from the tiny “critters” like squirrels and chipmunks, through to the larger animals such as coyote, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope.
Read the Full article - 6 page report on Canyonlands 2016 in APRIL 2017 edition of NZ WALKING MAG !!
We would like to thank you for yet another wonderful Wild Quest trip. New England is an area we have been wanting to visit for some time and when we saw you were doing it this year, it was an opportunity to good to miss. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. It was great catching up with you again and of course meeting Yahong. The both of you make an excellent team. We were so lucky with the weather on the trip and the autumn colours were just glorious. People also make for a good time and we were fortunate to have great travelling companions." New England Autumn Walks 2014.
Malcolm & Phyllis Collins. Upper Hutt
Once again we would like to thank you for all your care and concern for us both, while on tour. Thank you for the wonderful meals we shared and the many interesting places and walks which you organised.They all have given us many wonderful memories to treasure in the coming years ahead" New England Autumn Walks 2014.
Paul & Trish Julian. New Plymouth
“This trip has been the perfect counterpoint to our most enjoyable sojourn in the New England States last year, thank you Erskine and Yahong for making it happen! Best of luck and happiness together.”– : USA Deserts & Canyonlands tour 2013; USA New England Autumn Walks tour 2012.Raumati Beach Yvonne White & Ray Downes.
"Another wonderful trip with you both. Amazing memories to last me a life time. Many thanks and best wishes for the future, and many more trips.”
: USA Deserts & Canyonlands tour 2013; Canadian Rockies Spring Wildflowers 2011; New Zealand South Island 2010.Olwyn Harvey. Foxton Beach
“Trip has far exceeded our expectations. Thank you Erskine and Yahong for a great experience. It has been great travelling with you.” : USA Deserts & Canyonlands tour 2013.Stuart & Margaret Barton. Pukerua Bay
“Many thanks for yet another fabulous trip, Erskine and Yahong. We loved it!"
: USA Grand Parks Pacific Northwest tour 2012; USA Deserts & Canyonlands tour 2013.Garry & Barbara Whincop. Napier
““Thank you very much Erskine and Yahong. Once again you excelled. The program was interesting all around and the variety and settings always surprised us. Your dedication is admirable. We are lucky having you as a team hosting us.” :USA Deserts & Canyonlands tour 2013; USA New England Autumn Walks tour 2011.
Thomas Lewhing. Auckland
“Thanks Erskine and Yahong for taking us to some spectacular landscapes in such an efficient way. Look forward to joining up for the Grand Parks tour.”: USA Deserts & Canyonlands tour 2013Peter & Sue Chad. Auckland
"I am gradually settling back to reality, but my body clock is still wanting to get me to bed at 8.30pm and awake at 4am! I think for the first 3 days I was on a high, and I didn’t stop talking about the trip, and how wonderful everything was. I am sorry I didn’t get to say a proper goodbye to you both at the airport, as I wanted to say how much I appreciated all your care and organisation of the tour. I was truly blown away by how lovely you were to me, especially you, Yahong. I still owe you about 2400 hugs for the photos, so I’m going to have to do a lot more trips!.” USA Western Wildflowers 2014Barbara Bailey .Auckland
"I saw the Wild Quest ad in the paper and looked up the web site and saw there were 2 trips advertised for this year. The one that appealed to me most was the desert and wild flowers one but I was unsure whether at 72 I was too old and unfit to do it. Then I looked at the photos on the website and thought the people in the photos looked about my age and were enjoying themselves and the scenery was great so I signed on and started walking more and doing some steep hills. So I was quite fit enough and really enjoyed the trip. We were well looked after, there were plenty of breaks, good accommodation and nice food so thanks a lot to you both. I’m now wondering about the Canada trip! :USA Western Wildflowers 2014