Fiordland has achieved World Heritage status and is home of Mitre Peak and the Fiords of the famous Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Also well known are the Great Walks (the Milford Track, Routeburn Track, and Kepler Tracks), within the Fiordland National Park and Mount Aspiring National Park. This package includes 4 nights' accommodation in a downstairs lodge room including all meals and 3 days of guided walking on 3 of New Zealand's most famous tracks.
Day 1 - Routeburn Track Guided Walk
Begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Milford Road to the Divide Shelter which is the starting point for the guided walk to Key summit. There are opportunities for short nature walks and photo stops along the way.
Departing from the shelter, the walk ascends through lush, temperate rainforest on a well maintained track. The steady climb takes approximately 2 hours at a leisurely pace. A maximum of 12 walkers with a guide provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the natural and human heritage of Fiordland. Gaining an elevation of 400 metres, emerge from the forest into the alpine environment, with panoramic view of high snowy peaks, alpine lakes, and deep bush clad valleys. On a fine day lunch is on the summit amidst the alpine tarns, and in unfavourable conditions in the shelter of a nearby tramping hut. After lunch steps are retraced to the Divide Shelter before returning to Fiordland Lodge.
Day 2 - Kepler Heli-Hike
Begin your Kepler Track heli hike with a spectacular Scenic flight by helicopter directly from Fiordland Lodge, over the hidden lakes and beech forest of Mount Luxmore to arrive at Luxmore Hut. After your spectacular helicopter ride we arrive at Luxmore Hut, the first hut on the Kepler Track Great Walk. With your knowledgeable, local, nature guide, learn about the fauna and flora in the surrounding alpine tussock fields, and enjoy the panoramic views of the Te Anau basin, scenic lakes and surrounding Fiordland Mountains. After time exploring the alpine area, the opportunity to walk to the summit of Mount Luxmore, and enjoying a true wilderness tea break, we begin our walk on a well formed track.
Descending through magnificent mountain and silver beech forest the effects of different altitude and weather conditions experienced in Fiordland are clear to see, as the trees and undergrowth quickly change, creating a varied backdrop for your hike. Half way is marked as we pass under magnificent towering limestone bluffs allowing the guide to share the geology of Fiordland with dramatic visual examples. The approach to Lake Te Anau is evident by the track meandering through native New Zealand ferns and other sub-tropical species. Your guide will share local conservation efforts on the Kepler Track (in which they take an active part in maintaining), and demonstrate a stoat trap, a tool used in controlling these introduced predators which can decimate our native bird population.
The hike is finished at the sandy beach of Brod Bay, the pick-up point for the boat cruise back to Te Anau township. The boat ride offers an enjoyable way to complete this amazing and very beautiful guided walk on the Kepler Track, offering good viewing of your path, from alpine area to the clear water of Lake Te Anau.
Day 3 - Milford Track 1/2 Day Guided Walk and Scenic Milford Cruise
Experience the best guided walk on the 'finest walk in the world'. Departing from Milford Sound this 11 km walk meanders alongside the cascading river to the spectacular waterfall Giants Gate and is suitable for all abilities.
Pick up from Fiordland Lodge at 6.45am where you meet up with your guide and begin the drive into Milford Sound. From here a short boat ride across Milford Sound's Deep Water Basin to Sandfly Point, adeptly named as you will see! This is the end point of the Milford Track, but the start of our Milford hike. From there we begin our guided walk, meandering alongside the cascading Arthur River, then Lake Ada, on a well formed track. Our destination and half way point is Giants Gate waterfall. This spectacular waterfall is best viewed and photographed from the large swing bridge spanning the river.
There is much to see, from the ancient trees towering above, to the vibrant green ferns and mosses below. Walking in a small group (maximum 12 people), your nature guide will point out the native fauna and flora, and share the fascinating human heritage of the track, bringing the area to life.
On completion of the walk an opportunity is made for photos at the sign marking the end of the walk, festooned with the boots of walkers that have made it to the end of the walk, not a single step further. Then we re-join the boat for a transfer back to the Milford village where we round off your day with a Real Journeys Milford Scenic Cruise. The return journey to Te Anau after your cruise is on the Real Journeys coach.
4 nights at Fiordland Lodge including breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner combined with 3 days guided walking based on 2 people in a lodge room.
Season: September 1st 2021 - April 25th 2022
Lake View Lodge Room $6240
Prices valid until April 25th 2022.
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