rates and packages
adventure challenge week
Access to the best parts of Lord Howe Island requires a local guide, a
boat, and a bit of determination. Only then can you discover Lord Howe’s true backcountry wilderness. Our
Adventure Challenge Week combines the experience of local park rangers and
scientists to guide you to some of the island's most amazing places, including the summit of Mt Gower and beyond.
After a hard and memorable day, you’ll return to Pinetrees for a hot shower, cold
beer, exceptional 4 course dinner, great wine and
comfortable bed. You may find the perfect balance between physical
exercise, mental stimulation, social interaction and, well, some of
life’s more enjoyable treats. And there’s no mobile phone coverage on
Our Adventure Challenge Week is for serious backcountry adventurers who thrive on ‘exposure’, ‘missions’ and ‘epics’ (you’ll know who you are). You must have a strong level of fitness and be prepared to walk off-track in steep backcountry terrain. We'll be led by former park ranger and mountain guide, Dean Hiscox, from Lord Howe Environmental Tours, and supported by former United Nations ecologist, Luke Hanson, from Pinetrees Lodge. We've had great reviews in the media, including a feature article in Great Walks Magazine and a feature article in the Sydney Morning Herald (by Louise Southerden, the 2013 Australian Travel Writer of the Year). Also, watch the video of our 2014 Adventure Challenge Week by film-maker Andy Lloyd.
Our Adventure Challenge Week includes:
- guided walks, climbs, scrambles, slides, jumps and swims through rarely visited World Heritage wilderness with park rangers and scientists;
- guided boat and snorkelling trips through the world’s most southern coral reef system, including night snorkels and cave snorkels if weather permits;
- guided ‘blue water’ kayak trips to offshore islands;
- expert interpretation of Lord Howe's unique ecosystems and demonstration of conservation management practices;
- 6 nights' accommodation
- full breakfasts
- lunches (either at Pinetrees, gourmet BBQ hamper or packed lunch)
- afternoon teas
- 4 or 5 course dinners
- use of all lodge facilities
- island airport transfers
Adventure Challenge Weeks run from 9-13 October 2017 and 15-19 October 2018. Group size is limited to 15 people with a guest to guide ratio of 7:1. To participate, you must be able to swim 400m in 12 minutes and walk 10km in 3 hours. Pinetrees reserves the right to decline your participation if your fitness level is below the group standard. Package rates start from $2,827.00 (per person twin share in a Palm Room), excluding airfares. Please contact us for further details or to make a booking.
All rates are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.
Stays longer than 5 nights attract additional discounts off the rack rate.
Our 5 night 'all inclusive' rate includes island airport transfers, use of lodge facilities and all meals - full breakfast, lunch (either at Pinetrees, gourmet BBQ hamper or packed lunch), afternoon tea and 4 or 5 course dinner. The 5 night 'all inclusive' rate excludes drinks, airfares and other applicable levies and taxes. Our 5 night 'bed & breakfast' rate includes island airport transfers, use of lodge facilities, full breakfast, afternoon tea, 4 or 5 course dinner on the night of arrival and evening transport to local restaurants. The 5 night 'bed & breakfast' rate excludes drinks, airfares and other applicable levies and taxes.
Bed & Breakfast rate
There are no cooking or self catering facilities at Pinetrees, so all 'bed and breakfast' guests should have lunch and dinner at local cafes and restaurants. 'Bed and breakfast' guests are welcome to book for lunch or dinner at Pinetrees by 9am on the day, although seats are not guaranteed due to high demand. The 'bed and breakfast' rate is not available for our 3 Bedroom Cottage, 4 Bedroom Cottage or Garden Cottages. The 'bed and breakfast' rate is not available for any rooms from 20 December to 20 January (inclusive). All guests in each room must book the same rate (i.e all guests must be on an ''all inclusive' rate or 'bed & breakfast' rate). Pinetrees will not accept bookings with mixed rates within one room.
Pinetrees Travel provides the best available airfares to Lord Howe Island. Qantaslink is the only airline to service Lord Howe Island and has connections from 750 global destinations as part of the One World Alliance. International travellers can sometimes include flights to and from Lord Howe in tickets to Australia. Please check with your travel agent. You can then use our accommodation rates for land content only.
Flights to Lord Howe Island are sometimes cancelled due to weather. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that covers the cost of additional accommodation, or lost accommodation, due to 'weather' cancellations.
Check-in & check-out
Check-in time is 2pm and check-out time is 10am. Early check-ins and late check-outs are sometimes available. Please check with Pinetrees staff on the day.
Packages and special offers can't be combined. We'll always find the best package or offer for guest requirements.
Sole use of rooms is permitted, except with the 'bed and breakfast' rate. Please inquire for sole use rates.
Additional children and adults in rooms
When sharing with 2 adults: 1. children under 5 are free of charge; 2. children aged 5 to 14 are charged 65% of the adult tariff; 3. all other guests aged 15 and over are charged 75% of the adult tariff. As part of Lord Howe's World Heritage listing, Pinetrees is licensed for 75 guests, and all people aged 5 and over are considered to occupy one licensed bed. All guests in each room must book the same rate (i.e all guests must be on a 'all inclusive' rate or 'bed & breakfast' rate). Pinetrees will not accept bookings with mixed rates within one room.
Rates for children
Children under 5 are free of charge when sharing with 2 adults, or one adult paying the sole use tariff. Children aged 5 to 14 are charged 65% of the adult tariff. All children aged 5-14 must share with another child, two adults or one adult paying the sole use tariff.
Pinetrees Lodge reserves the right to alter rates without notice.
A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required to confirm a reservation.
All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. A cancellation fee of 25% of the total tariff will be charged for cancellations or changes made to bookings 45-15 days before arrival. A cancellation fee of 100% of the total tariff will be charged for cancellations or changes made to bookings 14 days or less before arrival. A cancellation fee of 100% of the total tariff will be charged for no show on the day of arrival. There are no refunds for early departures. There are no refunds for delayed arrivals due to delayed/cancelled/disrupted travel plans. Specific cancellation conditions apply to special interest groups, big family groups and to bookings in December and January. These are advised at the time of booking.