Hiker Milford Track Milford Wanderer Routeburn track alpine tarn boating in glowworm caves Waiau river jet boat
Because not everybody wants the same holiday....
Because not everybody wants the same holiday....

5 Day Fiordland Hiking Holiday
New Zealand.

This 5 day Fiordland Hiking Holiday is designed to give visitors a much broader experience of the stunning Fiordland National Park. It has all the highlights including the Milford Track, Routeburn Track, Kepler Track and Milford Sound. Staying overnight in quality comfortable accommodations with Bed and Breakfast, Hotel or Lodge options.

This short break is planned for 5 days but this can easily be customised to suit the time you have available and any other requirements you may have. It can be taken as a short break or added into your New Zealand holiday itinerary.

Included are:

Itinerary Details:

Day 1 - Te Anau and the Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Te Anau glowworm caves

Today starts by journeying to Te Anau, getting to Te Anau can be by scheduled coach travel or by car. If you are planning on a rental car, pick up points within a 4 hour drive are Queenstown, Invercargill, and Dunedin, all of which 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 walk around to the Fiordland Visitor Centre and native bird aviary before checking in for your todays 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. 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.

  • Duration 2hrs 30mins.
  • Suitable for all ages with exception of infants
Day 2 - Milford Track 1 day Guided Walk
Tui on Milford Track

Today 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. During the day your 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)
  • Includes picnic lunch
  • Coach transfers from most Te Anau accommodation
  • Suitable for children 10 years and over
Day 3 - Small group guided trip to Milford Sound
Milford Wanderer

Explore Milford Sound on a leisurely small group day excursion to Milford Sound from Te Anau.

Travel along the spectacular Milford Road with local, experienced nature guides/drivers then 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 the return journey to Te Anau enjoy shorter easy walks with your nature guide to explore the range of different environments along the Milford Road.


  • Duration 9 hours (approx.)
  • Maximum 11 people
  • Coach transfers from most Te Anau accommodation
  • Includes a picnic lunch
Day 4 - Routeburn Track 1 day guided walk
Routeburn Track

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.

Walking in a small group with your 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. A private guided option is available.


  • Duration 9 hours (approx.)
  • Maximum 12 walkers
  • Coach transfers from most Te Anau accommodations
  • Includes picnic lunch
Day 5 - Kepler Track Guided Walk
Kepler Track guide

Experience the thrill of jet boating down the majestic Waiau River. 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.

Then hike the Famous Kepler Track 2.5 hour, 6 km guided nature walk follows a portion of the Kepler Track, a New Zealand Great Walk from Lake Manapouri to Rainbow Reach. Your friendly guide will share incredible insights and lead you along this wide, well maintained, mostly flat trail. Hike across sandy, tree lined beaches, peek inside an authentic 'kiwi' tramping hut, 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! A private guided option is available.

If you are keen and wanting a longer walk, there is also the option to extend the hike to the Kepler Track Control Gates, this will add another 10 km to the hike (16 km in total). A private Heli-hike option is also available.

  • Duration 4 ½ hours or 7 hours extended walk (approx.)
  • Finishing Te Anau 3pm or 5.30pm (approx.)
  • Coach transfers from most Te Anau accommodations.
  • Includes picnic lunch

Depart from Te Anau


This holiday can be customised to suit you. You can also have all or part of this holiday combined with a holiday in New Zealand. Please contact us for more information, we are here to help you get the very best from your trip.

DesigNZ on Travel
85 Phillips Drive
Oropi Downs
New Zealand
Phone: +64 (07) 577 1434
email: info@designzontravel.co.nz