Active Adventures |  Takahe -  Great Walks Discovery

Queenstown to QueenstownAll of these walks are located in the Fiordland National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage area with mystical coves and dense temperate rainforest.This is a bucket list hiking trip where you need not forgo any creature comforts.

  • Highlights

    Hike
    Ben Lomond for views over Queenstown
    Parts of the Routeburn, Milford and Kepler Tracks

    Plus cruise
    Milford Sound during the day
    Overnight on Doubtful Sound

  • What's Included

    All accommodations
    A range of hotels, lodges, chalets and overnight boat cruises. The only tour company to overnight at the Milford Lodge in Milford Sound!

    All activities
    Thinking you can't fit much into 5 days? Think again! Of course you'll hike, but you'll also cruise, ride a gondola and view native wildlife.

    All guiding services
    Two experienced New Zealand guides per trip. Having two guides allows for much greater flexibility, meaning you're able to go at your own pace.

    All meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days, except where indicated on the itinerary (usually 1 day per trip is a free day, allowing you to choose your own dining location).

    All transport
    Airport transfers on the first & last days.
    When you're not travelling under your own steam, there will be comfortable air-conditioned vans to stretch your legs.

  • Pricing

      • Start Date
      • Price
      • Availability
      • Start Date:1 Nov 20
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:15 Nov 20
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:29 Nov 20
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Filling up
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:13 Dec 20
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Filling up
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:20 Dec 20
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:27 Dec 20
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Filling up
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:3 Jan 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:10 Jan 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:17 Jan 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Filling up
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:24 Jan 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:31 Jan 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:14 Feb 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Filling up
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:21 Feb 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Almost full
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:28 Feb 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:7 Mar 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:21 Mar 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:31 Oct 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:14 Nov 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:28 Nov 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:12 Dec 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:19 Dec 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:26 Dec 21
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:2 Jan 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:9 Jan 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:16 Jan 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:23 Jan 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:30 Jan 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:6 Feb 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:13 Feb 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:20 Feb 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:27 Feb 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:6 Mar 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:20 Mar 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:30 Oct 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:13 Nov 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:27 Nov 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:11 Dec 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:18 Dec 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:25 Dec 22
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:1 Jan 23
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:8 Jan 23
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:15 Jan 23
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:22 Jan 23
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:29 Jan 23
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:5 Feb 23
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:12 Feb 23
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:19 Feb 23
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:26 Feb 23
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:5 Mar 23
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
      • Start Date:19 Mar 23
      • Price:$4,099
      • Availability:Open
      • Enquire
    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply. Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    DAY 1 - OVERNIGHT CRUISE IN DOUBTFUL SOUND

    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, though there is the option to upgrade to a private ensuite room, if you prefer.Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound (All meals)

     

    DAY 2 - CRUISE IN DOUBTFUL SOUND, HIKE ROUTEBURN TRACK

    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 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 shrub land 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. We’ll take a short drive through the Homer Tunnel and emerge at the top of a spectacular glacier-carved valley for a memorable descent to the shore of Milford Sound (actually it’s a fiord!) Rudyard Kipling rated Milford the eighth natural wonder of the world and it’s truly breath-taking, with steep granite walls plunging over a thousand metres to the Tasman Sea and waterfalls cascading into deep inky water.Milford Lodge Chalets, Milford Sound (All meals)Hiking Distance: 3.4 kilometres (2 miles), 3-4 hoursElevation Gain: 380 metres (1,246 feet)Elevation Loss: 380 metres (1,246 feet)

     

    DAY 3 - HIKE MILFORD TRACK, CRUISE MILFORD SOUND

    It’s worth getting up early to take a photo of Mitre Peak, quite possibly the most photographed mountain in New Zealand, but your challenge is to find a unique angle! After breakfast, we’ll take a short boat ride across Milford Sound to hike from Sandfly Point to the Giant Gates waterfall, 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. Once we return to the Milford wharf, we’ll board a boat for a two hour nature cruise to the head of this spectacular fiord. We’ll then leave Milford Sound behind to hike some lesser-known tracks in eastern Fiordland before returning to Te Anau.Te Anau lodgings, Te Anau (All meals)Hiking Distance: 10 kilometres (6 miles), 3-4 hoursElevation Gain: 300 metres (985 feet)Elevation Loss: 300 metres (985 feet)

     

    DAY 4 - TAKAHE BIRD PARK, HIKE KEPLER TRACK

    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! Afterwards 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.Te Anau lodgings, Te Anau (All meals)Hiking Distance: 9.5 kilometres (6 miles), 2-3 hoursElevation Gain: 50 metres (165 feet)Elevation Loss: 50 metres (165 feet)

     

    DAY 5 - GONDOLA RIDE, HIKE BEN LOMOND

    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. 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! For a great way to see the North Island too, where you’ll experience Maori culture, pristine beaches and geothermal areas, combine this trip with our 11-day or 5-day ‘Kauri’.(Breakfast, Lunch)Ben Lomond Hiking Distance (Full): 13 kilometres (8 miles), 6-7 hoursElevation Gain: 1,450 metres (4,755 feet)Elevation Loss: 1,450 metres (4,755 feet)ORBen Lomond Hiking Distance (From the gondola): 8 kilometres (5 miles), 4-5 hoursElevation Gain: 978 metres (3,208 feet)Elevation Loss: 978 metres (3,208 feet)

 

HLO Ref# 15314