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5 Day Fiordland Hiking Holiday

Milford Track Routeburn Track Kepler Track and Milford Sound

  • Overview
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Details

Overview

This 5 day Fiordland Hiking Holiday is designed to give visitors a broader experience in the stunning Fiordland National Park. It has all the highlights whilst staying overnight in B&B or Hotel accommodations with ensuite bathrooms, also included is a car for self sufficiency and the convenience of being able to add this holiday into your extended New Zealand holiday itinerary.

We have planned for 5 days but this can easily be customised to suit the time you have available and any other requirements you may have.

Included are:

  • New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • DesigNZ on Travel services, including
    • Consultation
    • Comprehensive Final Itinerary
    • New Zealand route guides
    • Reservations Schedule
    • Maps for accommodations and activities as required
    • On going support and assistance, pre, during and post trip.
  • 4 nights accommodation - Bed and Breakfast or Hotel - standard
  • 5 days Intermediate size (Toyota Corolla or similar) car rental including:
    • unlimited kms,
    • bonus second driver
    • insurance with nil access/deductible
  • Te Anau Glow Worm Caves
  • Milford Sound Coach, Milford Road Walks and Milford Sound cruise
  • Milford Track 1 day Guided Walk
  • Routeburn Track 1 day Guided Walk
  • Kepler Track 1/2 day Guided Walk

Day one:

Today starts with collecting your rental car and driving to Te Anau, rental car pick up points within a 4 hour drive are Queenstown, Invercargill and Dunedin, all of these locations have airports serviced from other centres in New Zealand. There are direct flights into Queenstown from Australia

On arrival in Te Anau check in to your accommodation.

As time allows enjoy a waklk around to the Fiordland Visitor Centre and native bird aviary before checking in for your tidays included activity.

The Te Anau Gloworm Caves

Explore a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Available from Te Anau or Queenstown.

Your Te Anau Glowworm Cave adventure begins with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau to the western side of the lake. Upon arrival there is time to view informative displays at Cavern House before our friendly guides invite you to accompany them underground in small groups.

As you explore by path and small boat, your senses will be overwhelmed. Observe how the rushing water sculpts the rock formations, before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight.

Duration 2hrs 30mins

Suitable for all ages with exception of infants

Day two: Small group guided tour to Milford Sound

Explore Milford Sound with our unhurried Fiordland day trips departing from Te Anau

Excursion Includes:
Leisurely small group (maximum 11 people) day excursion to Milford Sound from Te Anau, with an extended Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord. Then a series of short walks from the Milford Road and exploration with the nature guide,

From Te Anau travel along the spectacular Milford Road with local, experienced nature guides/drivers, eager to share their stories, knowledge and passion for the area, bringing the mysteries of Fiordland to life.

On reaching Milford Sound, join a Nature Cruise for an extended cruise of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to view waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. The Milford Discovery Centre option is available as an add on.

On completion of the cruise, passengers rejoin our small coach and we begin our overland tour. Shorter walks, with the nature guide in a range of different environments.

Our National Park concession allows us to access Gertrude Valley, Lake Gunn, Marian Gantry, the historic Hollyford Museum and Humbolt Falls, alongside the more traditional stops. We can tailor the day to the weather and seasonal highlights to ensure more enjoyment from the wilderness and wildlife in this World Heritage Area.

We also include a wilderness tea-break with complimentary billy tea, coffee and home style biscuits.

Equipment and Services:
Coaches: Modern, comfortable, customised vans with maximum 11 seats (1 guide/11 passengers maximum). Experienced driver/guides with extensive knowledge of Fiordland.
Vessels: Milford Mariner, Milford Wanderer or MV Sinbad operated by Real Journeys.

Day three: Milford Track 1 day Guided Walk

The Milford Track is a four day walk, considered to be one of the best walking experiences in the world. Today offers you the chance to experience part of this world famous track on a one day guided walk.

You will experience the first section of the world famous Milford Track as a one day adventure suitable for walkers of most ages and fitness levels.

Following a coach transfer to Te Anau Downs, cruise to the head of beautiful Lake Te Anau and the start of the track. On your walk you will follow the Clinton River for a short way, cross a swing bridge and then on through ancient beech forest to the Clinton Hikers Hut. Lunch is enjoyed beside a mountain stream or at the Hut.

An experienced guide points out interesting human and natural history of the track along the way and there is plenty of time for you to relax, take photos and view the bird life.

  • Walking is easy and unhurried and there are no big hills.
  • Group size limited to 12 per guide
  • 5-6 hours of leisurely walking
  • Easy walking track (11kms return)
  • Coach transfers from most Te Anau or Queenstown accommodation
  • Suitable for children 10 years and over

Day four: Routeburn Track 1 day guided walk

Hiking through dramatic alpine scenery

Enjoy a guided day walk from Te Anau to Key Summit on the renowned Routeburn Track, a New Zealand Great Walk. Ascending through lush forest and into a unique alpine herb field offering panoramic views of mountains, alpine lakes and bush clad valleys far below. This guided walk offers an incredible day out in the heart of New Zealand South Island main mountain divide.

A one-of-a-kind guided day walk

This spectacular walk ascends through lush, temperate rainforest and onto a unique alpine herb field. On the summit, hikers experience panoramic views of mountains, alpine lakes, and deep, glacial carved bush clad valleys. The Routeburn Track is an inspiring place to be and enjoy natural beauty.

Walking in a small group, your Trips & Tramps guide provides an excellent opportunity to learn about this stunning natural environment. If time allows, a visit is made to the tramping hut at Lake Howden before retracing our steps to the Divide.

Day five: Kepler Track Guided Walk

Kepler Track, birds, forest and lake beaches Wanting to get out and explore the landscapes surrounding Te Anau for half a day? Enjoy a fully-guided half-day walk to get a feel for the picturesque Kepler Track, a New Zealand Great Walk. This easy hike on a well graded trail is great value and takes you around the South end of beautiful Lake Te Anau. Suitable for all abilities and a great introduction for family groups to Fiordland National Park and hiking.

We begin by traveling across Lake Te Anau by water taxi to Brod Bay with its clear water and white sands. From here, enjoy a superb walk following the lake edge through ancient beech forest. The track has a gentle gradient and is well maintained, suitable for all abilities. All ages will delight as we explore the area and listen for the call native birds in the lush forest.

Your knowledgeable, local Trips & Tramps guide will show you the native fauna and flora, explain the unique ecological cycle and share conservation efforts made on the Kepler track and surrounding Fiordland. This half day guided walk is a great introduction to the area and an awesome opportunity to learn more about Fiordland's World Heritage Area.

We stop for a beak on a pretty beach where tea, coffee and biscuits are enjoyed while you soak up the awesome view. Half way through the guided walk we emerge from the bush to cross the Control Gates, this concrete structure provides a dam to control the flow of water out of Lake Te Anau. From here the track opens out and travels through open grass land to the Wildlife Park. The park offers opportunities to view the rare flightless Takahē, now restricted to the tussock grasslands of the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland, native waterfowl, weka, parakeets, tui, kea, and pigeons.

We finish the walk at the Department of Conservation visitor center, a short walk from our start point or your Te Anau accommodation.

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