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5 Day New Zealand Fiordland Four Great walks

New Zealand Fiordland Four Great Walks

A Pack Free guided 5-day walk with Wow-mazing inclusions

On the South Island of New Zealand, lies the stunning Fiordland National Park, an area over 12,000 square kilometres. This region features magnificent snow-capped mountains, glacier-carved fiords, stunning lakes, and ancient rainforests. On this fabulous 5 day walk, you will experience the highlights of four of the great Fiordland walks pack free, including the Milford Track, the Routeburn Track, the Kepler Track, and the Hollyford Track without carrying a heavy pack. No huts to endure, you’ll love staying at superb accommodation at Te Anau and one night on the charming Milford Mariner vessel on Milford Sound. Indulge in local produce and New Zealand wines every night. Walking is only part of the adventure on our tours. Add to this our wow-mazing experiences include a helicopter to the top of our Kepler Track walk, jet boating down the majestic Waiau and a feature stay on the spectacular Milford Sound aboard the iconic Milford Mariner and you have a truly inspirational New Zealand walking holiday.

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Giant Gate Waterfall, Fiordland, New Zealand

A Pack Free Walk

Carry as little as your water, camera and lunch

One of the biggest drawcards of this walk is that our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire walk. This is a big advantage in you’ll avoid carrying an additional 8kg or more on your back every day. With Life’s An Adventure, carry as little as your water, camera and lunch.

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Wow-mazing Inclusion

Helicopter to the top of our Kepler Track walk

Accessing the Kepler Track will be truly inspirational. We take off from lakeside Te Anau by helicopter and fly over the lake and up the face of the mountain to Luxmore Hut. From here we disembark and start our walk to Mt Luxmore for magnificent mountain views from the top. What a day, what an adventure!

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Wow-mazing Inclusion

Jet boating down the majestic Waiau!

Experience the thrill of jet boating down the majestic Waiau! This picturesque river is lined by ancient beech tree forest and features in the opening scene from The Lord of the Rings. This is true Middle Earth! Experience the excitement and adventure of the surging river, then enjoy the tranquil surrounds as you cruise onto Lake Manapouri.

Distinction Hotel Te Anau

3 nights

We spend 3 nights at the Distinction Hotel overlooking beautiful Lake Te Anau.  Indulge in beautiful modern New Zealand a la carte dining featuring locally sourced produce accompanied with fine wines in the Mac Kinnon Restaurant.

The hotel features a bar with lovely views, a day spa and an outdoor pool. The hotel is a short stroll to the shops of Te Anau.

Bedding configurations: 
Each room is twin share and features a king size bed
or two twin beds with ensuite.

Wow-mazing Inclusion

Milford Mariner Boat - Milford Sound

Our feature stay is on the spectacular Milford Sound aboard the iconic Milford Mariner. After our walk on day 3, we head directly to our vessel for our overnight adventure. We cruise out to the edge of the Sound viewing the spectacular waterfalls and mountains of the fiord, before mooring in a secluded bay for the night. There’s even time to explore the shoreline by kayak or boat. In the evening enjoy dinner onboard served with local New Zealand wines before retiring to your cabin. Wake up more amazing scenery before we disembark after breakfast.

Room Configurations:
Cabins have double or twin beds with ensuite.
Cabins based on twin share. Or see pricing page for single supplement upgrades.

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Flexible and Personalised Tours

We have designed our walks to be flexible as we understand each person is different. Guests have the choice of longer or shorter walking days and also the freedom to opt-out of any day’s walking and enjoy free time to explore the towns we visit en-route. All tours are small and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.

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Superb Guides

Guides are what bring the landscape to life when you are walking. Our guides are extremely passionate about New Zealand’s National Parks as well as delivering a world-class walk.

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Fabulous meals featuring local produce

Every night enjoy superb restaurant meals featuring delicious local produce, accompanied by wonderful New Zealand wines.

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Tour Itinerary

Inclusions
5 Day New Zealand Fiordland Four Great walks

Your 5 day walking holiday includes:

  • Fully supported walk with no packs to carry
  • 3 nights accommodation at the lakefront Distinction Hotel, Te Anau*
  • 1 night onboard the Milford Mariner Boat on Milford Sound
  • Helicopter flight to the Kepler Track
  • Boat transfer across Lake Te Anau
  • 5 delicious lunches
  • Restaurant dinners every evening featuring local produce
  • Complimentary New Zealand wine with evening meals
  • 4 x Hot and cold breakfasts
  • Professional and passionate guides
  • Return transfers to and from Queenstown

*Please note the order of days of the itinerary may change depending on the departure date.

Day One: Queenstown - Kelper Track from Lake Manapouri to Rainbow Reach
5 Day New Zealand Fiordland Four Great walks

Note: Guests will be required to fly into Queenstown the day prior to the tour. 

MEET TIME: Meet your guides in the foyer of the Holiday Inn Express in Queenstown.

WALK GRADE: 6kms. 2-3 hours walking with breaks, no elevation gain.

TERRAIN: The track is well formed and easy walking.

ITINERARY: This morning meet your guides in the foyer of the Holiday Inn Express Queenstown, this hotel is ideally located within walking distance of the foreshore and great restaurants and cafes. This morning we drive to Te Anau, a two-hour journey that takes in spectacular views of stunning Lake Wakatipu and dramatic mountains along the way. Our first daysees us exploring a lowland portion of the Kepler Track. We kick the day off with a thrilling jetboat ride down the majestic Waiau River, made famous by the filming of Lord of the Rings. Bursting out onto one of NZ’s deepest and most significant natural lakes, Lake Manapouri, experience panoramic vistas of snowy peaks, golden beaches, and forested valleys as far as the eye can see. Landing at a remote beach take a peek inside an authentic ‘kiwi’ tramping hut, before heading back onto the Kepler Track to discover expansive wetlands, native forest, and even a swing bridge, this is a great opportunity for everyone to discover a piece of real New Zealand! After our walk we will make our way back to hotel. There’s time to relax or take a swim in the pool (or lake!) before joining us in the restaurant for dinner. Tonight, enjoy a la carte dining featuring local produce accompanied by New Zealand wines.

Day Two: - Heli-hike - Kepler Track - Te Anau
5 Day New Zealand Fiordland Four Great walks

WALK GRADE: Moderate to hard. Minimum distance: 8km, maximum distance 16km (depending on how far you walk into the alpine region). Minimum downhill 800m over 8km, maximum ascent/descent 400/1200m (depending on how far you walk into the alpine region).

TERRAIN: Track can be rough underfoot, requiring good balance, stability and fitness. 8km of sustained downhill walking. Being in the alpine environment increases exposure to cold, wind, rain, sun – weather can change quickly, come prepared for all conditions.

ITINERARY: After breakfast, we meet our helicopter on the edge of the lake for our short but spectacular flight across Lake Te Anau and up to Mt Luxmore Hut, where we disembark and start our walk on the Kepler Track. Our local nature guide will take us on a journey to explore the alpine basin with its unique flora and fauna. As we ascend higher you will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the Te Anau basin and surrounding Fiordland mountains. On return to Luxmore Hut, we have lunch before heading towards the forest and down the mountain, exploring silver beech forest, New Zealand silver ferns, and magnificent towering limestone bluffs on your way to Lake Te Anau. We reach the sandy beach of Brod Bay and are met by our boat transfer to take us across Lake Te Anau. The boat ride offers an enjoyable way to complete this very beautiful guided walk on the Kepler Track. We walk the short distance to our accommodation for the night at the wonderful lakefront Distinction Te Anau Hotel. There’s time to relax or take a swim in the pool (or lake!) before joining us in the restaurant for dinner. Tonight, enjoy a la carte dining featuring local produce accompanied by New Zealand wines at a local Te Anau Restaurant.

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Day Three: Hollyford Track
5 Day New Zealand Fiordland Four Great walks

WALK GRADE: Moderate-Easy. 15kms. 6 hours with breaks. No elevation gain.

TERRAIN: Track is rough underfoot requiring good balance, stability and a sense of adventure. Weather can change quickly, come prepared for all conditions.

ITINERARY: After breakfast, we enjoy a scenic drive along the Milford Road and down the historic Hollyford Road to the Hollyford Track. Today’s walk is a valley-based walk that follows the gin-clear Hollyford River through pristine podocarp beech forestsThe track undulates gently through the forest showcasing a variety of native bush and ferns, with bridges that cross over cascading rivers, sleepy streams, and beside tumbling waterfalls. Abundant with birdlife, the native Kereru, and tom tits can often be seen. We stop for lunch at Hidden Falls, a powerful 31-meter-tall waterfall that crashes into a plunge pool below. The walk returns us to the van and we retrace our journey back to our accommodation at Te Anau. Tonight the group comes together for dinner in the restaurant served with New Zealand’s wines.

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Day Four: Milford Sound Track - End Section - Overnight Milford Cruise
5 Day New Zealand Fiordland Four Great walks

WALK GRADE: 11km return, no elevation gain, 3.5 hours walking time.

TERRAIN: Track is rough and rocky in some places, requiring good stability and balance. The weather in Milford Sound can be very wet and change quickly – come prepared for all weather, including getting wet feet. Sandflies are frequently encountered (Sandfly repellent recommended)

ITINERARY:After breakfast we make our way to our next walk on the world-famous Milford Track. We take a short boat transfer to the other side of the sound, where we begin walking on what has long been touted as “the finest walk in the world”. We meander along a track of ancient Fiordland rainforest, beside the cascading Arthur River and moody Lake Ada, with towering podocarps, mossy trees and delicate ferns. We eventually reach Giant’s Gate Falls one of the most famous sights on the whole track, a stunning waterfall plunging into a crystal clear pool. We stop at this picture postcard on the swing bridge so you can take photos of this spectacular location. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of the rare whio/blue duck. Returning the same way to meet the water taxi back to the Milford Sound Terminal building for our stay overnight on board the Milford Mariner, designed in the style of a historic trading scow. We board at 3.30pm when most of the other tourists are gone, so we can truly savour the tranquillity of this dramatic piece of paradise. Enjoy a cruise of the length of the sound to the Tasman Sea and stroll the decks taking in the breathtaking scenery including the famous Mitre Peak. We anchor overnight in the sheltered Harrison Cove, where you can either enjoy kayaking or join the small boat for some up-close views. Retire to your cabin with an ensuite to freshen up, before joining the group for dinner tonight served with New Zealand wines.

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Day Five: Routeburn Track - Queenstown
5 Day New Zealand Fiordland Four Great walks

WALK GRADE: Medium grade. 8km, 400m ascent/descent. 3 hours walking time.

TERRAIN: Track is rough and rocky in some places, requiring good stability, balance and hill fitness. Being in the alpine environment increases exposure to cold, wind, rain, sun – weather can change quickly, come prepared for all conditions.

ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast on board, we disembark our vessel and get ready for our next walking adventure on the world-famous Milford Track. We drive to the Divide on the Milford Road, the lowest alpine crossing of New Zealand’s Southern Alps/Kà Tiritiri o te Moana, the start of the Routeburn Track. Today we will walk the first section of the famous Routeburn Track to Key Summit, famed as one of New Zealand’s most rewarding day hikes and a highlight of Fiordland National Park. The track bursts with abundant birdlife along the way, and you may be lucky enough to see the bellbirds, kaka or wood pigeons with their striking iridescent colours. We begin our walk trekking through lush rainforest, past a stunning waterfall before our trail ascends further emerging at Key Summit where you will be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of surrounding snow-capped mountains and pretty alpine lakes (tarns) in all their glory. You’ll feel like you are on top of the world, and you can enjoy breathtaking views down three of the major valleys. After our walk we will make the journey back to Queenstown, arriving at approximately 5.00pm the end of a remarkable journey.

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Tour Availability

DEPARTURE DATES:
We run regular tours from October to April every year. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: groups@lifesanadventure.com.au

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INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS:
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If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room, we will attempt to match you with another solo traveller of the same gender. If we can’t find you a match by around 12 weeks prior to the tour, you will be charged the single supplement cost.

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For those wanting to guarantee their own room, a single supplement cost will be charged at the time of booking.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $1520

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Travel Insurance is compulsory for all international bookings.  Travel Insurance covers items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

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Discount Information:

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. This discount will automatically be deducted from future bookings when you book online using the same email address used for past bookings.

EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Refunds or cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 15 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking. Flexiwalk Add-On option not available on these tickets.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all international bookings.  Travel Insurance covers items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 120 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: Shop 7, 1306 Pittwater Road
    Narrabeen NSW 2101.

    WALKING THE THREE CAPES:
    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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