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. Add to this ‘Wow” Factors such as a helicopter flight to the start of your walk on day one and you have a truly inspirational New Zealand walking holiday.
Pack Free Walking Holiday
This walking holiday has been designed for those looking for a guided multi-day walking experience where everything is taken care of for you. Our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire tour. With Life’s An Adventure, you will carry as little as your water bottle, camera and lunch every day.
4 nights in Fiordland including 1-night stay on Milford Sound
We spend 3 nights at the lakeside Distinction Hotel overlooking spectacular Te Anau this provides an ideal location to access our walks. This charming lakeside hotel features the stylish Explorer Bar where you can relax on the outdoor terrace to watch the sunset, as well as the MacKinnon Restaurant featuring fresh local produce. Our feature night is spent on Milford Sound onboard the Milford Mariner vessel with private cabins and ensuites. Waking up to the beauty of the Sound with its magnificent views provides amazing photo opportunities.
Wow Factor – 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!
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 10 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.
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.
Fabulous meals featuring local produce
Every night enjoy superb restaurant meals featuring delicious local produce, accompanied by wonderful New Zealand wines.
Note: Guests will be required to fly into Queenstown the day prior to the tour.
Meet your guides in the foyer of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown at 7.00am, this hotel is ideally located opposite the foreshore and across the road from great restaurants and cafes. This morning we drive to Te Anau, a two-hour journey which takes in spectacular views of stunning Lake Wakatipu and dramatic mountains along the way. Upon arrival in Te Anau, 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 along the Kepler Track. Our local nature guide will take us on a journey through alpine tussock plains to learn about the flora and fauna of this region as we make our way to the summit of Mount Luxmore the highest point on the track at 1472m. Here you will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the Te Anau basin and surrounding Fiordland mountains. Afterwards, we head down the mountain, exploring silver beech forest, New Zealand silver ferns and magnificent towering limestone bluffs to Lake Te Anau, taking in amazing views all the way. 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 the wonderful Distinction Hotel where our guests will enjoy lakefront rooms. There’s time to relax or take a swim in the pool before joining us in the restaurant for dinner. Tonight enjoy a la carte dining featuring local produce accompanied with superb New Zealand wines.
An easier option is available today. For those not wanting to walk to the top of Mt Luxmore, the second guide will walk this group from Luxmore Hut to Brod Bay, this is a downhill walk, missing the walk to the summit of Mount Luxmore. 8.2kms. 4 -5 hours walking. Medium level of fitness. There are plenty of stops along the way for photographs, bird watching and interpretation to break the descent.
After breakfast, we enjoy a scenic drive to the Hollyford Track. Today’s walk is a valley based walk which follows a turquoise river through stunning pristine forests, that some say are even more stunning than the Milford Track. We begin our 18km walk up the Hollyford Valley. The track undulates gently through forests showcasing a variety of native bush and ferns, with many cute bridges that cross over cascading rivers 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 meters tall waterfall which crashes into a plunge pool below. Afterwards, we transfer back to our accommodation at Te Anau. Tonight the group comes together for dinner in the restaurant served with New Zealand’s fine wines.
After breakfast, we drive to 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 the highlight of Fiordland National Park. The track burst with abundant birdlife along the way, and you may be lucky enough to see the bellbirds, kea or wood pigeons with their striking iridescent colours. We begin our walk trekking through lush rainforests, past a stunning waterfall before our trail ascends 400 metres, emerging at Key Summit where you will be rewarded with absolute jaw-dropping views of surrounding snow-capped mountains and pretty alpine lakes 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. Afterwards, we drive to the UNESCO world heritage area of Milford Sound where we stay overnight on board the Milford Mariner, designed in the style of a heritage built vessel. We board at 4.30pm when most of the other tourist are gone, so we can truly savour the tranquillity of this little 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 famous Mitre Peak. We anchor overnight in the sheltered Harrison Cove, where you can either enjoy kayaking or join small boar for some up-close views. Retire to your cabin with ensuite to freshen up, before joining the group for a special three-course dinner tonight served with New Zealand wines.
After a hearty breakfast on board, we disembark our vessel and get ready for our next walking adventure on the famous Milford Sound Track. We take a short boat transfer to the other side of the sound, where we begin walking. We meander along a track of lush Fiordland rainforest, alongside the Arthur River and Lake Ada, with towering mossy trees and 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. Afterwards, we take our boat launch back across the sound and drive back to Te Anau arriving at 4.30pm with the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Our overnight accommodation is back at the Distinction Hotel. Tonight we enjoy our last dinner together in the restaurant with some wonderful New Zealand wines.
Our last day sees us exploring the other end of the Milford Sound Track. We travel by boat across Lake Te Anau to the start of the Milford Track. We walk along Glade Burn to the historic Glade House, from here we follow the spectacular Clinton river, eventually crossing a swing bridge into a magical forest. After our walk we make the journey back to Queenstown, arriving at approximately 7.00pm the end of a remarkable journey.
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Private Groups Dates
Groups can choose a date of their choice for 8 or more people. Subject to availability of accommodation. Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5 day walk
$ 3399 /p
Group Normal Price…. $3949
Singles wanting their own room. Add $815
Subject to availability at time of booking.
PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: In order to receive the $100 Past Passenger Discount, you must state on your booking each tour you have been on with Life’s An Adventure and what year, so we can cross check these details for each client. Please note our Reservation staff will apply this discount manually, so select “Deposit Only” at the booking checkout stage (even if choosing a Super Earlybird price) and will send you a payment link for the remaining payment once the discount is applied.
EARLYBIRD CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 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.
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