With our many years’ experience of offering bespoke holidays in the very best hotels of the world, we can offer you fantastic locations in which to hike and first class accommodation and services to make your stay in New Zealand an unforgettable experience. Use the information about guided walks in New Zealand on our website to whet your appetite and then give us a call to discuss the sort of holiday in New Zealand you have in mind and we can help organise guided walks as part of your holiday itinerary. ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK GUIDED WALKThe Abel Tasman ranks as one of the world’s great walks. The track is a unique seaside walkway which enables you to feast your eyes on the clear turquoise waters and idyllic golden sand bays and granite rock formations as you pass through an unspoiled environment of native bush which descends to the shoreline. Home to birdlife such as oystercatchers and shags and sea animals such as seals and dolphins, the Abel Tasman is a highlight of any holiday to New Zealand. This five day guided walk includes three days of walking the Coast Track and two days at the lodges en route giving you time to explore, canoe, swim, laze on the beach or hike inland to see parts of the park most visitors miss if they only do a three day hike. DAY 1 NELSON TO ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK You are met at either your accommodation or Nelson Airport for your transfer to Kaiteriteri Beach, about 45 minutes’ away. Depart Kaiteriteri by launch. At Totaranui you start your walk north to Anapai Bay – or further if you are energetic – before reaching the Homestead Lodge at Awaroa. (Approximate walking time four hours). You stay here for two nights. Bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. DAY 2 IN THE ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK Day at leisure to relax, hike or kayak independently. DAY 3 ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK – AWAROA TO TORRENT BAY Leave Awaroa and walk over the Tonga Saddle. At Tonga Quarry your guide will give you the history of this abandoned granite quarry, pointing out some of the relics still to be found there. Depending on the tide, you can view the granite archways formed by the sea. Stop for lunch at Bark Bay with time to relax, explore, swim in the crystal clear lagoon water or sunbathe on the golden sand. Enjoy a succession of magnificent views of headlands, estuaries and beaches and continue on to Torrent Bay. (Approximate walking time five hours). You stay here for two nights. Bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. DAY 4 IN THE ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK Day at leisure to relax, hike or kayak independently. DAY 5 ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK TO NELSON On the final day you continue south with only one hill at the start. The final section of the track is well graded and weaves in and out of the coastline. Stop for lunch at one of the bays, and then walk the last leg to Marahau. Here you will be met by coach and returned to Kaiteriteri Beach and on to Nelson Airport. Price: From about £645 per person QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK GUIDED WALK This is a glorious walk as it passes through lush coastal forest, historic bays, and along skyline ridges with unsurpassed views of Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. This is an environmental, cultural and lifestyle experience as well as a walking holiday. There are options to kayak instead of walking in places. DAY 1 SHIP COVE TO FURNEAUX LODGE You travel with Dolphin Watch Marlborough up the Queen Charlotte Sound, hopefully seeing some dolphins along the way, before landing at Motuara Island in the outer Queen Charlotte Sound. On this predator-free, island bird sanctuary you may see the rare South Island Saddleback and South Island Robin who have been re-colonised on this island. From Motuara Island you cross the Sound to be dropped off at Ship Cove where you begin your walk on the Queen Charlotte Track. As you make your way down into Endeavour Inlet, you will spy Furneaux Lodge. Your studio suites overlook the lawns of Furneaux Lodge. Dinner with a glass of wine is included. Walking time is 5 hours (15 kms). DAY 2 FURNEAUX LODGE TO PUNGA COVE RESORT After breakfast you may like to take a walk up to the waterfall and see the lush, native bush. Then you re-join the track as it winds its way around the coastline to the other side of Endeavour Inlet. Walking time is approximately 4 hours (11.7 kms). Your accommodation this evening is at Punga Cove Resort in chalet style rooms. Dinner with a glass of wine is included. DAY 3 PUNGA COVE TO PORTAGE RESORT HOTEL Today you walk from Punga Cove to the Portage Resort Hotel along the ridge between Keneperu and Queen Charlotte Sound. Spectacular views dominate the day as you negotiate the very undulating ridge between the two Sounds. This section is considered the most difficult on the track and you do need to have a good level of fitness to enjoy this day. Approximate walking time is 7.5 hours (23.6 kms). Portage Resort Hotel overlooks the Keneperu Sound. You stay in Hillside suites with sea views and dinner with a glass of wine is included. DAY 4 PORTAGE RESORT HOTEL TO ANAKIWA Your final day on the Queen Charlotte Track. Today you ascend to a ridgeline track which provides wonderful vistas of the Sounds as you walk along. After Mistletoe Bay, the track sidles along the hill and drops down into Davies Bay before the last half hour through mature beech forest ending at Anakiwa where your water transport will collect you for your return to Picton. Approximate walking time today is 6-7 hours (20.7 kms). Price: From about £585 per person MILFORD TRACK GUIDED WALK First pioneered in 1888 by Quintin Mackinnon, the Milford Track, at the heart of New Zealand’s fiord country, has long been considered the ‘finest walk in the world’. The Milford Track Guided Walk is a 5 day /4 night Queenstown to Queenstown all-inclusive guided walk through the heart of Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. The package includes transport, accommodation, meals, snacks, backpacks and rain jackets. Accommodation is in good quality lodges. You are led by our expert guides. DAY 1 QUEENSTOWN TO TE ANAU From Queenstown you leave by coach to Te Anau, arriving in time for a light. After lunch you drive to Te Anau Downs boat harbour, where a launch waits to take you up to the spectacular northern end of Lake Te Anau. From the wharf it is a short walk to historic Glade House, your first lodge, for a hot shower, filling meal and comfortable bed. DAY 2 TE ANAU TO POMPOLONA LODGE Leave Glade House and cross the Clinton River by Swing Bridge. You make your way up the Clinton Valley to the Hirere Falls lunch shelter. Your guides will point out Mackinnon’s original hut site, ‘the big tree’ and other points of interest. After lunch the beech forest becomes more luxuriant go and the valley walls climb steeper and higher. On sunny days follow your guides into the swimming hole, cool but very refreshing! From here it’s on to the Prairie, an open meadow where you can capture the true nature of the ice carved Clinton Canyon. It is a short climb to Pompolona Lodge for dinner and overnight. DAY 3 POMPOLONA LODGE TO QUINTIN LODGE Today is the day people find the most challenging, but also the most rewarding. After an early start the track leads toward the head of the Clinton Valley. From here you climb a series of zig-zags and the views on the way up will astound you as the valley floor drops away beneath your feet. After lunch in Pass Hut the track takes you down a long downhill section to Quintin Lodge for dinner and overnight. On the rocky descent you pass rock cliffs, glacial streams, moss covered forest, a cascading waterfall and have your first view of Sutherland Falls. DAY 4 QUINTIN LODGE TO MILFORD SOUND Your final day on the Milford Track. Follow the Arthur River as it makes its way to Milford Sound. Walk through deep luxuriant beech forest and enjoy a final view of Sutherland Falls. Then glimpses of Diamond Creek and Danger Mountain can be seen before your arrive at Boatshed for morning tea. From here cross the river by swing bridge and carry on to MacKay Falls and Bell Rock. The final stretch of the track follows tranquil Lake Ada to Sandfly Point. From here you catch the launch to Milford Sound and Mitre Peak Lodge, where you can enjoy dinner as you relax with the knowledge that the hard part is now behind you while the magnificence of Milford Sound awaits. DAY 5 MILFORD SOUND TO QUEENSTOWN After breakfast embark on your Milford Sound cruise. Out on the Fiord, you realise the grandeur of the surrounding mountains, the centrepiece being Mitre Peak, rising vertically over one mile from the water line. Look for Southern Fur Seals basking on the rocks. Bottlenose and Dusky Dolphins are sometimes found swimming in pods, the latter often performing leaps and flips. In early summer the fiord is also home to the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. On returning to the wharf, board your coach and climb your way out from Milford Sound and on to Queenstown via Te Anau (arriving at approx 4.15pm), completing your journey of the ‘finest walk in the world’. Please note that this arrival time does not connect with flights from Queenstown. Price: From about £795 per person ROUTEBURN TRACK GUIDED WALK The Routeburn Track traverses wild and scenic mountain country between the Hollyford and Dart Valleys at the base of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Since the 1880’s the Routeburn Track has proved to be one of the most accessible and popular journeys into New Zealand’s forests and mountains. The area is a haven for native birdlife: Robin, Fantail, Parakeet, Bellbird, Yellowhead plus a resident Kea at Routeburn Falls! The variety of landscapes is astounding: mountainous peaks, sheer rock faces, alpine basins, pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls, luxuriant forest and turquoise rivers. The Routeburn Track Guided Walk is a 3 day/2 nights Queenstown to Queenstown all-inclusive guided walk traversing New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The package includes all transport, accommodation, meals, snacks, backpacks and rain jackets. Accommodation is in high quality lodges. You will be led by expert guides. DAY 1 QUEENSTOWN TO MACKENZIE BASIN You leave by coach from Queenstown to the Divide on the scenic Milford Road. Stop for morning tea in Te Anau before continuing on to the Divide where your walk starts. You climb a well-graded track through Silver Beech forest to the Key Summit turnoff. From here you leave the forest for the alpine environment of Key Summit, where you have the first of those breathtaking Routeburn views with a panorama of the Hollyford, Greenstone and Eglington Valleys. You then descend to Lake Howden hut for a hot drink and picnic lunch, before gradually climbing through lush Silver Beech forest to the base of Earland Falls. Continue traversing around the mountainside with the glimpses of the Hollyford Valley just a taste of what is to come tomorrow. Pass through the natural clearing of the Orchard before descending into the Mackenzie basin. DAY 2 MACKENZIE BASIN TO ROUTEBURN VALLEY Today is divided into three distinct sections: the climb out of the Mackenzie Basin to Ocean Peak Corner, the traverse across the Hollyford Face to the Harris Saddle and the descent to Routeburn Falls. The traverse along the Hollyford Face is for many people the most spectacular scenery of the whole track. With the Darran Mountains in front of you and the Hollyford Valley far below, you are in big country. After lunch at the Harris Saddle the views get even better if you climb Conical Hill with a 360 degree panorama. Return to the shelter, pick up your pack and begin your descent into the Routeburn Valley. Just before your arrival at the lodge you are greeted by the Routeburn Falls and stunning views of the lower valley. DAY 3 ROUTEBURN VALLEY TO QUEENSTOWN Your last day is the least strenuous, allowing you time to enjoy the atmosphere. The descent from Routeburn Falls to Routeburn Flats takes you through a rich mixed beech forest as you slowly lose altitude and reach the valley floor. Morning tea is at Routeburn Flats Hut, set in natural grasslands surrounded by mountains rising straight up from the flat valley floor. Lunch is right by the river at Forge Flat, where your guide will suggest a swim. From here it’s a gentle downhill stroll to the end of the track, but not before you pass through the Red Beech section with its huge gnarled ancient forest giants. A coach takes you back to Queenstown. Price: From about £495 per person HOLLYFORD TRACK GUIDED WALK Step into the dramatic Hollyford Valley and you enter a world that has remained largely unchanged for thousands of years. Geologically spectacular and ever changing, your Hollyford Track experience is one of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, rainforests, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, reefs, sand-dunes and surf. The sheer diversity of vegetation and wildlife in this one valley is truly unparalleled. DAY 1 QUEENSTOWN TO PYKE RIVER LODGE Depart Queenstown by 7am and travel along beautiful Lake Wakatipu and on to Te Anau. Those starting in Te Anau join the trip at 9am. After a brief stop, travel through the Eglington Valley to the start of the Track in the Hollyford Valley. As the Track undulates gently through native beech forest and besides tumbling waterfalls enjoy interesting historical tales and interpretation of the forest and bird life. Approximately 17 kms walking distance. DAY 2 PYKE RIVER LODGE TO MARTINS BAY LODGE Begin your day with a short walk to Lake Alabaster and learn of the history and geology of the area whilst in the midst of stunning surroundings. Cross Fiordland’s longest swing bridge and then enjoy a captivating jet boat journey down the Hollyford River and across Lake McKerrow to the historic site of Jamestown. Walk through the ancient Podocarp forest with huge Rimu, Totara and Kahikatea trees wrapped in massive Rata vines. Then visit the fur seal colony at Long Reef on the wild West Coast. You may see the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. Spend the night at Martins Bay Lodge. Approximately 12 kms walking distance. DAY 3 MARTINS BAY LODGE BACK TO QUEENSTOWN Travel by jet boat to the beach and explore the seven kilometre Martins Bay Beach, sand dunes and lagoon. Learn about its history and its plant, sea and bird life. Then return to Martins Bay Lodge for a scenic flight to Milford Sound, with views of the Track route, Hollyford Valley and Mt Tutoko, Fiordland’s highest peak. Board your coach for your return journey to Queenstown or Te Anau with stops of interest along the way. Arrive back in Te Anau by 5 pm and Queenstown by approximately 7.30 pm. Approximately 8 kms walking distance. Price: From about £775 per person TONGARIRO CROSSING DAY HIKE Described as one of the best one-day hikes in New Zealand, from alpine meadow to mountain summit with stunning volcanic features along the way. You walk across a lunar landscape of craters, scattered pumice, active volcanoes, mountain springs, lava flows, emerald lakes, and piles of scoria and statue-like mounds of volcanic rock - all testaments to the forces that were unleashed to create this volcanic desert. The walk takes about 8-9 hours including allowing time for photos, side tracks, lunch and breaks.
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