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5-Day The Great Walks of New Zealand Tour from Queenstown

Queenstown, South Island

We’re Kiwis, and for 25 years we’ve been sharing our love of adventures. We believe that you can’t truly experience a country through a bus window, or on the tourist trails that you read about. Sure, we’ll include some of those ‘bucket-list’ hikes and locations, but we’re all about getting ‘off the beaten track’ and up close to the culture and people that make a destination and travel experience so special.

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Day 1: Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound

Stop At: Doubtful Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand
For the first day of your trip we’ll meet you in Queenstown and head to Lake Manapouri where our journey into Doubtful Sound begins. We’ll board a boat for the cruise across Lake Manapouri, before a drive over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove where we’ll board the Fiordland Navigator for our overnight cruise. Doubtful Sound is a large and remote wilderness area, where you’ll have the opportunity to take a kayak out on the water or hop aboard the tender craft for a guided exploration of the fiord, and in the right
season you may catch a glimpse of the rare Fiordland crested penguin. Tonight, you’ll sleep in a quad share room aboard the Fiordland Navigator.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 2: Take a cruise through Doubtful Sound, later hike the Routeburn Track

Stop At: Doubtful Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand
You’ll wake in the middle of Doubtful Sound and after breakfast we’ll retrace our journey back to Manapouri. From there we’ll drive to Milford Sound.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Routeburn Track, Routeburn Road, Fiordland National Park New Zealand
We’ll drive to the Divide, where we’ll hike part of the Routeburn Track, the first of the Great Walks you’ll experience. We hike through beech forest, sub-alpine shrubland, and picturesque
alpine tarns, before reaching Key Summit. Here you’ll be standing at the head of three different valleys (the Hollyford, Eglinton, and Greenstone), with stunning views over the Great Divide, which separates west and east flowing rivers.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Milford Lodge Chalets, Milford Sound

Day 3: Today we’ll hike Milford Track and cruise Milford Sound

Stop At: Milford Track, Glade Wharf, Fiordland National Park New Zealand
After breakfast, we’ll take a short boat ride across Milford Sound to hike a spectacular section of the famed Milford Track. The forest here is lush and rich with mosses and ferns as we follow the Arthur River past Lake Ada. By hiking from the Milford Sound trailhead, we’ll enjoy the track to ourselves, which is a luxury others seldom get.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand
Once we return from our hike to the Milford wharf, we’ll board a boat for a two hour nature cruise to the head of this spectacular fiord
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Te Anau lodgings, Te Anau

Day 4: Visit the Takahe Bird Park and hike the beautiful Kepler Track

Stop At: Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600 New Zealand
This morning we’re heading for a Department of Conservation birdlife park in Te Anau. The centre takes care of injured or ageing birds which would struggle to survive in the wild – it’s a great opportunity to see some of our rarest birds up close, so don’t forget your camera!
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kepler Track, Golf Course Road Eastern Fiordland, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand
We’ll tick off our third Great Walk in three days – the Kepler Track. Interestingly, the Kepler Track differs from the Routeburn and
Milford Tracks in that it didn’t actually evolve from a necessary Maori greenstone trail, but was custom built for hiking. The section we’ll hike today passes over the control gates at the outlet of Lake Te Anau and meanders through ancient beech and podocarp forest.

Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Te Anau lodgings, Te Anau

Day 5: Head back to Queenstown for a gondola ride and hike Ben Lomond

Stop At: Skyline Queenstown, Brecon St Top OF Street, Queenstown 9348 New Zealand
Today we’ll drive back along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown, and take a ride on the gondola to the top of a tree-covered rocky crag, known as Bob’s Peak, to start our alpine hike.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ben Lomond Track, Brecon Street, Queenstown New Zealand
We pass through open alpine tussock-land to the Ben Lomond saddle and will be rewarded with panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by the often snow-covered Southern Alps. For those keen to press on to the top, Ben Lomond’s summit reveals views of Mt Earnslaw and Mt Aspiring, two of New Zealand’s highest peaks, and even a glimpse of Aoraki/Mt Cook on a clear day. We’ll leave you refreshed and invigorated from the good food, exercise, rest, and great times you’ll have had with us in New Zealand!
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Location

Queenstown, South Island

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