15 Days

The Ultimate New Zealand Adventure w/ Milford Track

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What's Included

  • Local driver/guide(s)/ Trip Leader
  • 14 Breakfasts; 8 Lunches; 6 Dinners
  • Accommodations (4-5* Hotels + Multishare BnB/ Lodges)
  • Transportation mentioned in Itinerary
  • Domestic flight from Wellington to Queenstown
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • Te Pa Tu Cultural Experience
  • Te Puia Geothermal Wonderland
  • Te Puia Hangi Lunch Buffet
  • Sunset Sail Barbary Cruise to Maori Rock Carvings
  • Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat & Canoe Tour
  • Final Dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant

What's Excluded

  • International Airfare
  • Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
  • Beverages & Meals not specified
  • Optional Activities
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Milford Sound Guided Trek & Cruise
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Overview

Welcome to the land of pristine natural beauty and unforgettable experiences – New Zealand! Get ready for a 15-day adventure that will take you on a journey of a lifetime!

Embark on a thrilling expedition to explore the North Island's volcanic terrain, from Auckland to Wellington. Delve into the rich Maori culture, marvel at magnificent waterfalls, and soak in hot spring pools. Experience the geothermal wonderland at Te Puia and conquer New Zealand's best-rated one-day trek, one of the top ten single-day treks in the world!

But the adventure doesn't stop there. Hop on a short flight to Queenstown, the "Adventure Capital of the World," and get ready for an adrenaline-pumping experience amidst breathtaking natural beauty. Whether it's a high-octane adventure or luxurious pampering, Queenstown has it all.

And the cherry on top? A scenic drive to Milford Sound recently ranked as the world's most beautiful place. Here, you'll have the opportunity to explore the majestic Fjordlands National Park on foot and by boat, creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

For serious hikers, you’ll also have the option to hike one of the most iconic hikes in the world, the Milford Track! This 4-day hike through Fjordland National Park will take you through some of New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring landscapes. Experience the tranquility of ancient beech forests, glistening lakes, cascading waterfalls, and towering mountains as you journey through this World Heritage site.

Get ready for an EPIC adventure that you will treasure forever!

Adventure Highlights

  • Discover Auckland’s beautiful parks, gardens, museums, and culinary scene
  • Discover the world-famous glow worms (only found in NZ) on a magical tour of New Zealand’s caves
  • Experience the most award-winning Maori cultural attraction in New Zealand, voted one of the Top 10 Experiences in the World
  • Explore the geothermal reserve of Te Puia, where you’ll witness the power of geothermal activity as Pohutu, the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, erupts up to 30m high every hour
  • Take a walk to the spectacular Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited and photographed natural attraction
  • Take a hike in Tongariro Crossing with the option of doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, considered the best day hike in New Zealand in amongst the top 10 in the world
  • Explore New Zealand’s capital city and discover why it is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty
  • Discover why Queenstown is known as “The Adventure Capital of the World”
  • Visit Fiordland National Park, one of New Zealand’s treasured natural icons
  • Hike the Milford Track, arguably New Zealand's most famous walk
  • Cruise through the Milford Sound, recently ranked as the world’s most beautiful place
  • Join a Small Group Tour

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    November 24, 2024 - December 8, 2024 Guaranteed $3,250
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    Traveling solo? No problem!
    On our group trips, we offer free roommate-matching and will pair you with a same-sex roommate, so you are never obligated to pay the single supplement fee. 

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    Daily Itinerary

    Upon arrival at Auckland Airport (AKL), you’ll be greeted by your driver who will transfer you to your accommodation. Auckland, situated on New Zealand’s North Island, is not only the country’s largest city but also a vibrant cultural hub nestled amidst stunning natural beauty. Known as the “City of Sails,” Auckland is renowned for its picturesque harbors, including the Waitematā Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf, which offer ample opportunities for sailing, boating, and enjoying waterfront activities. The city’s landscape is characterized by volcanic cones, such as Mount Eden and One Tree Hill, providing panoramic views of the surrounding region.

    Auckland boasts a rich cultural tapestry, with a diverse population contributing to its dynamic arts, music, and culinary scenes. Visitors can explore the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, home to an extensive collection of New Zealand and international artworks, or immerse themselves in the vibrant street art of neighborhoods like Wynyard Quarter and K’ Road. As evening descends, the city comes alive with the buzz of nightlife, with bars and restaurants buzzing with laughter and conversation. The city’s dining scene reflects its multicultural makeup, offering a tantalizing array of cuisines, from Pacific Rim fusion to traditional Māori fare. Against the backdrop of a stunning sunset, Auckland’s charm continues to captivate, promising endless discovery and enchantment with each passing moment.

    INCLUDED:
    — Airport Transfer

    Overnight in Auckland – M Social Auckland

    Hotel

    This morning, we’ll depart Auckland’s largest city and drive a couple of hours south to Waitomo (‘wai’ meaning water, ‘tomo’ meaning hole), known for its world-famous glowworm caves.  Take a boat ride through the glowworm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms, and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history.

    Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display. Explore the cave by foot before embarking on a boat ride, gliding silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Experience the serene ambiance as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world.

    The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are made up of two levels. The upper chamber is dry and decorated with stunning, delicate cave formations, and the lower level consists of stream passages, glowworms, and the Cathedral, the tallest chamber in the cave.

    Many of the guides are direct descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave, bringing the cave to life through story-telling and explaining the world-famous cave’s history, features, and legends.

    For those looking for a bit more adventure, you’ll also have the option of choosing an optional tour for a thrilling caving adventure.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN WAITOMO:

    Blackwater Rafting – Explore the magic Tumu Tumu Cave. Combine the best elements of Blackwater rafting with walking, climbing, swimming, and tubing through distinctive sections of the spectacular Tumu Tumu cave. A more comprehensive version of Black Water Rafting.

    Lost World Half Day – Abseil 100m into the surreal Lost World. Descend slowly, suspended in the massive void. Mist-filtered light gives unreal qualities to the strange plants and formations.
    Then embark on an underworld trek and climb back through the majestic dry passages of the Mangapu cave system.

    Haggas Honking Holes Abseiling & Rock Climbing – Feel like Indiana Jones in a washing machine. Haggas Honking Holes is very exciting, fast fast-moving action. It’s an adventure that crams lots of action into only 4 hours. See unique formations and glowworms close up. Waitomo’s most concentrated half-day adventure.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast
    — Glow Worm Caves Boat Tour or optional activities

    Estimated Travel Time to Waitomo: 2 hours driving
    Overnight in Waitomo – Waitomo Village Chalets

    Breakfast
    Hotel

    After breakfast, we’ll start the day with a 45-minute walk through the Ruakuri Reserve, a real highlight of the Waitomo area, this spectacular loop walk takes you through a forested gorge, past natural sculpted cliffs, and under low limestone arches. The track follows the stream and winds up around a network of limestone bluffs and outcrops before descending to the Ruakuri Natural Bridge viewing platform.

    Next, we’ll roll on through to Rotorua, a captivating destination renowned for its geothermal wonders, rich Māori culture, and breathtaking natural beauty. Stepping into Rotorua feels like entering a realm where the earth comes alive, with bubbling mud pools, steaming geysers, and vibrant geothermal landscapes dotting the region.

    This evening, experience the most award-winning Maori cultural attraction in New Zealand, voted one of the Top 10 Experiences in the World. This is a cultural experience like no other. Delivered with genuine heart and soul, the Te Pa Tu Cultural Experience offers a window into a truly riveting, spirited way of life. Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, amazing re-enactment, powerful cultural performance, storytelling, and hangi feasting as we relive significant events within our pre-European history. Immerse yourself in the traditional Maori way of life during this interactive and entertaining evening experience with dinner.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
    — Ruakuri Reserve Walk
    — Te Pa Tu Cultural Experience

    Estimated Travel Time to Rotorua: 2 hours Driving
    Overnight in Rotorua – Pullman Rotorua

    Breakfast, Dinner
    Hotel

    The surrounding landscape of Rotorua invites exploration, with lush forests, crystal-clear lakes, and thrilling outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting, hiking, and ziplining. Today, you’ll have the day free to choose your own adventure.

    If you enjoy mountain biking, Rotorua is one of the world’s top mountain biking destinations, offering an extensive network of trails catering to riders of all skill levels. From flowing singletracks through towering redwoods to technical downhill descents and gravity-defying jumps, there’s something for everyone in Rotorua’s diverse trail system.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN ROTORUA:

    Kaituna River Whitewater Rafting (Class V) – Get your adrenaline fix on this exhilarating Class V whitewater rafting trip through breathtaking scenery. As the raft navigates the churning waters, adrenaline surges with each twist and turn, and the thrill of conquering roaring rapids like “Tutea Falls,” the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall, adds to the excitement. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, but don’t forget to paddle!

    Whitewater Rafting + Hot Pools Combo – The ultimate combo. White water rafting on the Kaituna river followed by a soak in the hot pools at Manupiua Springs Hot Pools.

    Rafting + Zipline Combo – The ultimate in combos in Ōkere Falls. Zip over the Kaituna River with Rotorua Ziplines, then raft it.

    Zipline + Rafting + Hot Pools Combo – The ultimate combo is Ziplining over waterfalls, white water on the Kaituna River, followed by a soak in the hot pools at Manupiua Springs Hot Pools which are only accessible by boat.

    Mt Tarawera Full Day (6.5 hours) or Half Day (4.5 hours) – Famous for its eruption in June 1886, Mt Tarawera created the world’s youngest geothermal valley of Waimangu, at the same destroying the legendary Pink and White Terraces. This fully guided walking experience encompasses the unique landscape and history of the area. Get ready to see unmatched 360 panoramic views and go for an optional run into the heart of a volcanic crater!

    Mt Tarawera & Rafting Combo – Combine the unique crater walking experience with rafting on the Kaituna River. An all-day combo taking you from the volcanic crater of Mt Tarawera, to the Okere section of the Kaituna River, where you will raft the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall, take on 14 rapids with world-class guides and gear.


    Note: Please be aware that since today is a free day, we will try to accommodate transportation as best we can, but you may need to take an Uber to/from the meeting point of your scheduled activity. 

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast

    Overnight in Rotorua – Pullman Rotorua

    Breakfast
    Hotel

    This morning, we’ll explore the geothermal reserve of Te Puia, where you’ll witness the power of geothermal activity as Pohutu, the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, erupts up to 30m high every hour. Explore the thermal valley full of hot springs, silica terraces, bubbling mineral-rich mud pools, and other pools with properties used over centuries by the Maori for cooking and remedies.

    Enjoy Thanksgiving lunch at Te Puia against a backdrop of geysers and stunning park views as you enjoy a range of Kiwi flavors at Pataka Kai Restaurant infusing traditional Maori flavors with an array of global cuisines and cooking styles. Be sure to try the Hangi Chicken and Hangi vegetables served with rewana bread stuffing and finished off with burnt brown sugar steamed pudding.

    After lunch, we’ll drive approximately one hour to the Great Lake Taupo. Upon arriving in Lake Taupo, we’ll stop to take a walk to the spectacular Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited and photographed natural attraction. The thundering 11m high falls on the Waikato River pump a volume of 220,000 liters of water over the rock face every second. There are walking tracks and viewing platforms alongside the river and the water is a beautiful crystal-clear blue on a sunny day. For those looking for a bit more adventure, take a Jet Boat ride at Huka Falls to get close to the base.

    This evening, we’ll discover the Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo on a Sunset Sailing Cruise (BYO food and alcohol). Taupo’s Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings are a must-see attraction, only accessible by boat. You will get up close to the 14m high rock art for amazing photo opportunities and catch the sunset on the way back. Swimming is encouraged if the weather is nice, so make sure you come prepared.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
    Te Puia Geothermal Wonderland (90min guided tour + Lunch Buffet)
    Sunset Sail Barbary Cruise to Maori Rock Carvings

    Estimated Travel Time to Taupo: 1 hour
    Overnight in Taupo – Hilton Lake Taupo

    Breakfast, Lunch
    Hotel

    This morning, we’ll have a fairly early departure for our drive to Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual UNESCO World Heritage area due to its natural features and cultural significance. In autumn 2000, the park was home to the most sinister of the Lord of the Rings locations, Mordor. The area has jagged volcanic rock formations and eerie barren landscapes.

    Upon arrival at the park, we’ll split into groups to spend the day hiking through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular volcanic landscapes. One group will do an easier hike and the other will do a more strenuous hike.

    Depending on the weather, you may also have the option to do a guided hike of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, heralded as the best one-day trek in New Zealand and regarded as among the top ten single-day treks in the world. The 12-mile hike includes some steep climbs and the weather can be unpredictable, but worth it in every aspect.

    This evening, we won’t have far to drive as our accommodations are located within the National Park Village.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK:

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing – The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is heralded as the best one-day trek in New Zealand and is regarded as among the top ten single-day treks in the world. The 12.3-mile point-to-point trail includes some steep climbs and is considered a challenging route. There are sections of the hike that are considered active volcano areas. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions on the route, and always have warm layers available as the peaks often have 10-15 degrees cooler temperatures. The walking is generally straightforward, but the extreme weather and potential for a full 7-10 hours to complete earn this track the “hard” rating.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast & Box Lunch

    Estimated Travel Time to Tongariro National Park: 1.5 hours driving
    Overnight in Tongariro National Park – Plateau Lodge

    Breakfast, Lunch
    Hotel

    After breakfast, we’ll depart Tongariro, winding our way through the picturesque countryside, passing rolling hills dotted with sheep and cattle grazing in lush pastures. The road follows the meandering path of the Whanganui River, one of New Zealand’s longest navigatable waterways, offering glimpses of its tranquil waters framed by verdant hillsides. Eventually, the road leads to Pipiriki, a small riverside settlement nestled amidst the beauty of the Whanganui National Park, where travelers can embark on adventures such as jet boating, kayaking, or exploring the region’s rich Māori heritage.

    Upon arrival in Pipiriki, we’ll set out on a 55-minute jet boat journey upriver 32km to the Mangapurua Landing, through an area of spectacular natural features with deep river gorges covered with green tree ferns and lush native vegetation. With your guide, you’ll take an easy 40-minute walk from the Mangapurua landing following in the footsteps of the early pioneers along the old roadway to the “BRIDGE TO NOWHERE” where you will stop for lunch on this historical monument of a bygone era and learn the history from your local guide.​

    The tour then includes a Jet boat back down the river for 22 km followed by an unguided 2-hour canoe or kayak (last 10 km) back to Pipiriki, stopping and exploring along the way.

    After our return to Pipiriki, we’ll have about a 2-hour drive south to Whanganui City, a charming urban center with a rich cultural heritage and stunning natural surroundings. Art lovers will be pleased to learn that Whanganui has been named as New Zealand’s only UNESCO City of Design, in recognition of the city’s contribution to art and creativity.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast & Box Lunch
    Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat & Canoe Tour (6-7 hours)

    Estimated Travel Time to Whanganui National Park (Pipiriki): 1 hour driving
    Estimated Travel Time to Whanganui City: 2 hours driving
    Overnight in Whanganui City – The Avenue Hotel Wanganui

    Breakfast, Lunch
    Hotel

    After breakfast, we’ll start our 2.5 hour drive amidst the rolling hills and farmlands of the Manawatū region, passing charming rural towns before reaching the dramatic Kapiti Coast, with its rugged cliffs and sandy beaches. Continuing southward, the road winds through lush forests and steep hillsides of the Hutt Valley, culminating in a breathtaking descent into Wellington, with panoramic views of the harbor and city skyline. This scenic drive showcases the best of New Zealand’s natural beauty, from coastal vistas to mountain ranges, offering an unforgettable journey to the capital city.

    Wellington is a compact and walkable city. With a downtown area only 2 km across, most of the major attractions are within easy walking distance from the hotels, cafés, restaurants, bars, and shops. The city, originally founded by English settlers in the 1840s, is split into four quarters – Lambton Quay, the best place for shopping; the business area Courtenay Place; the entertainment district Cuba Street, full of cafés and vintage clothing stores that give the neighborhood a bohemian, alternative vibe; and Waterfront Quarter, which takes in Frank Kitts Park, Waitangi Park, Queens Wharf, and Te Papa.

    You’ll have the afternoon free to explore this incredible city. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach, and delve into many museums, art galleries, and theatre shows that make up the city’s pulsing cultural scene. There are beautiful walks around the harbor and surrounding hills. Ride the cable car up the hill to Kelbourn for amazing views over the city and enjoy an ice cream at the top. Visit the wildlife sanctuary, Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary and groundbreaking conservation project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, some of which were absent from the mainland for over 100 years. On the waterfront itself, you’ll find Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand’s National Museum. Te Papa, as it is colloquially known, means ‘our place’ and is one of the best interactive museums in the world. If you’re a beer lover, Wellington is becoming world famous for its craft beer scene. Stop in one of the local breweries or take a guided tour with tastings. For sunset, climb to the top of Mount Victoria (196m) for the best views of Wellington City and the Wellington harbor.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast

    Estimated Travel Time to Wellington: 2.5 hours driving
    Overnight in Wellington – James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

    Breakfast
    Hotel

    This morning, we’ll have an early morning departure with a box breakfast to be transferred to the Wellington Airport for our flight to Queenstown. Upon arrival in Queenstown, we’ll be met at the airport for our transfer to our hotel where we can drop off our bags until check-in time and head out for lunch nearby.

    Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the majestic Southern Alps, Queenstown is a world-renowned destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Often referred to as the “Adventure Capital of the World,” Queenstown offers an exhilarating array of outdoor activities, from bungee jumping and skydiving to jet boating and white-water rafting. Beyond its adrenaline-fueled reputation, Queenstown also boasts stunning natural beauty, with pristine alpine lakes, towering mountains, and lush forests providing a breathtaking backdrop for outdoor exploration. The charming town center is brimming with lively cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops, while nearby vineyards offer opportunities to sample world-class Central Otago wines.

    This afternoon, you’ll have a brief, pre-track meeting for your trek on the Milford Track that will explain the next few days of your walk, run through the packing checklist, and show you some of the equipment you can borrow.

    You’ll have the rest of the day free to explore this charming town on your own and partake in any adventure you choose. Whether seeking thrills or tranquility amidst nature, Queenstown has it all!

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast
    — Flight from Wellington to Queenstown

    Estimated Travel Time to Wellington: 1.5 hours by plane
    Overnight in Queenstown – Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

    Breakfast
    Hotel

    Today, you’ll have an early morning departure from Queenstown to start New Zealand’s most famous walk, the Milford Track. This 5-day/4-night trek will take you 33.5 miles through Fiordland National Park and will show you pristine lakes, sky-scraping mountain peaks, and enormous valley views. It will take you to feel the misty breath of Sutherland Falls, the tallest waterfall in New Zealand.

    Your 2-hour drive will take you around Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, with a brief stop in Mossburn. Lunch is at the Alpine Cafe in Te Anau before you continue your journey to Te Anau Downs. From there it is a one-hour boat ride up Lake Te Anau to Glade Wharf and the start of the Milford Track. Walking a mile up the track, you emerge into the Glade where our lodge sits beside the Clinton River. After refreshments, a guide will take you on a short nature walk up the Glade Burn to familiarize yourself with the terrain before settling into the lodge for drinks, snacks, and dinner followed by a short briefing on the day ahead. Note: The generators turn off at 10pm.

    HIKE INFO:

    Distance: 1 mile (1.6km)
    Level of Difficulty: Easy
    Track Terrain: Nature Walk – Some rocky sections and uneven ground

    INCLUDED:

    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    ESTIMATED DRIVE TIME:

    — Queenstown to Te Anau – 2 hours
    — Te Anau to Milford Sound – 2 hours

    Overnight at Glade House

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodge

    Today, after breakfast and packing your lunch, you will start your first day walking. Cross the Clinton River swingbridge and follow the river along a graded track. Beech forest covers this section and a sidewalk reveals a wetland area. Lunch is at Hirere Hut. After lunch, you will emerge from the beech forest onto a wide open space with tall grass and Manuka bush. Take a side track to Prairie Lake for a dip before heading up to Pompolona Lodge to be welcomed by your lodge host with a cold drink. Relax with a hot shower, rinse out your hiking gear, and enjoy a drink before dinner. A briefing on the next day follows dinner.

    HIKE INFO:
    Distance: 10 miles (16km)
    Level of Difficulty: Moderate
    Track Terrain: Mostly flat graded track with some uneven rocky sections and a short incline to Pompolona Lodge.

    INCLUDED:

    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight at Pompolona Lodge

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodge

    Today is the most challenging day of the trek, especially in inclement weather, so take your time and walk at your own pace. The track leads up to the head of the Clinton Valley, before climbing the Omanui/McKinnon Pass in a series of zig-zags. At the top, you will be rewarded with spectacular panorama views (weather permitting!) and a rest at the McKinnon Memorial. Walk on to the highest point and stop for lunch with hot drinks in Pass Hut. The descent into the Arthur Valley to Quintin Lodge is steep and rocky so again take your time. Once there, drop your bags, and have a snack because you can’t miss taking the optional round trip to Sutherland Falls, the world’s fifth-highest waterfall.

    Sutherland Falls – This sidewalk from Quintin Lodge is an hour-and-a-half return. It is steep in parts with some large steps, but well worth the trip!

    HIKE INFO:

    Distance: 9 miles (15km)
    Level of Difficulty: Challenging
    Track Terrain: Steep uphill following zig zags to Pass Hut on rocky uneven track. Steep downhill (including steps) to Quintin Lodge

    INCLUDED:

    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight at Quintin Lodge

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodge

    Today is the day of more waterfalls! Mackay Falls is first, followed by Giants Gate where you stop for lunch. From here it’s a wide track to Sandfly Point and the boat across to Milford Sound and Mitre Peak Lodge. Enjoy the views of Mitre Peak and join your friends in the bar for a well-earned celebration.

    HIKE INFO:

    Distance: 13.5 miles (21km)
    Level of Difficulty: Moderate
    Track Terrain: Mainly flat well-graded track, however it is uneven ground with some rocky sections

    INCLUDED:

    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight at Mitre Peak Lodge

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodge

    This morning after breakfast the guides will ensure your belongings are labeled to go on the bus. The bus will drop you at the wharf to board the Cruise on the famous Milford Sound. Enjoy waterfalls and wildlife and glimpse the Tasman Sea before returning to dry land and hopping back on the bus for the ride back to Queenstown, stopping briefly at Te Anau and enjoying your packed lunch along the way.

    After the cruise, you’ll make the drive back to Queenstown. There is an option to return to Queenstown by helicopter. This is a separate cost and is dependent on weather conditions and has a minimum number of 4 people. Guides will ask for interest at Quintin Lodge. Upon your return to Queenstown, rejoin with the rest of the group for our final dinner. The bus arrives back in Queenstown at about 4 pm.

    This evening, we’ll take the gondola ride up to the Stratosfare Restaurant for a buffet dining experience on top of the world with panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the surrounding mountains. Feast on succulently grilled meats, seafood, a plethora of plant-based dishes, decadent desserts, and a whole lot more while you take in the incredible views.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Overnight in Queenstown – Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Hotel

    Today is departure day and at the appropriate time, you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast
    — Airport Transfer

    Tour Ends/ Departure

    Breakfast

    FAQs

    When is the best time to visit?

    Late November to March

    What is the currency in New Zealand?

    The official currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). It's advisable to use the local currency for transactions. Most places accept Visa and Mastercard.

    Do I need a Visa to visit New Zealand?

    US & Canadian Citizens traveling to or transiting through New Zealand will need an NZeTA to travel under the visa waiver program. It can take up to 72 hours to process an NZeTA, so apply well in advance of your trip. The NZeTA is valid for multiple visits for up to two years.

    What will the weather be like?

    November is arguably one of the best month to visit New Zealand, with warm, dry conditions. Kiwis see November as the start of the warmer months and with winter now a distant memory, summer feels like it's just around the corner. Most days will see the thermostat hitting at least 68 °F, often higher. Fiordland National Park has very changeable weather patterns and high rainfall levels. This means that snow, high winds and rain can occur at any time of the year. It is essential to be well prepared for all seasons. Layers of warm, quick drying and breathable fabrics are the key to keeping warm in wet weather and cooling off in the sun.

    How fit do I need to be to hike the Milford Track?

    The Tracks are a combination of terrain - from flat, well graded, to uneven and rocky. There are steep climbs and even steeper descents. The more prepared you are, the more you will enjoy your hike. Depending on your current level of fitness, we recommend you begin an exercise routine to increase fitness, strength and cardio before coming on the walk. This could be just walking around your neighbourhood daily and building up the distance walked over time aiming to comfortably walk more than 15km in a day. Initial training should be on flat, even terrain, building up to uneven ground and hill walks. This progression should reduce the chance of getting injured on rough ground. Stair walking is an adequate substitute if you live in an area without hills, although it will not give you the rough ground that is useful to train on. Dry riverbeds can provide the rough terrain that is useful towards the end of your training. Train in the footwear (and socks) that you intend to walk in. This will ensure that they are adequately broken in and will lessen the likelihood of getting blisters. It is highly recommended to train while carrying a small backpack, increasing the weight carried until you are carrying 7-10kg. If you plan to use walking poles during your trip (and we strongly recommend you do), it is a good idea to also use them during your training. Walk in the rain during training if possible. Our tracks experience frequent rain events, so it makes sense to get used to it! If possible, you should be getting out for two or three walks each week in the lead-up to your trip. As your trip gets closer, make sure you go for walks on consecutive days (just like you will do on the trip) to see how your body recovers.

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