Sample Itinerary One

15 days from Queensland-Queensland

Enjoy starting in an alpine resort town in Queenstown. You will then travel north to Routeburn Shelter, the start of the Routeburn Track. From here you will experience an amazing landscapes of Mt. Aspiring National park and Fiordland National Park along a 32km trail. Following this you will transfer To Te Anau and take a relaxing few days exploring the renown Fiordland, with a breaktaking 53.5km track. Recovering from the Awe Inspiring track you will enjoy a few days relaxing as you travel back to Queenstown. This adventure is for those who love hiking.

Day 1: Queenstown

Arrive at Queenstown International Airport. Queenstown services international flights to/from the eastern seaboard of Australia. Alternatively fly into Auckland or Christchurch and take a short domestic flight to Queenstown. Spend the day exploring Queenstown. The alpine resort town of Queenstown is situated in the Southern Lakes region of the South Island. There are a multitude of attractions and activities on offer from cruising Lake Wakatipu to teeing off on championship golf courses. Queenstown offers world-class dining and a vibrant nightlife scene.

Recommended activities

  • Adventure activities include bungy jumping, jet boating, white water rafting and ziplining

  • Enjoy the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu on a boat cruise and visit a high country station

  • Enjoy world class golf courses including Jack’s Point, Millbrook and The Hills

Day 2: Queenstown - Glenorchy - Routeburn Falls Hut

Today you will start The Routeburn Track. The 32km track is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks and although it may be a shorter multi-day hike it has some of the most majestic scenery.

Transport is required at both ends of the track and this can be booked through a number of reputable operators. Self-drive is an option however the track is not a loop track and the use of car relocators is required.

The Routeburn Track may be hiked independently or undertaken as a guided walk. The Department of Conservation (DOC) offers independent walkers 4 huts and two campsites all of which must be pre-booked. The itinerary for guided hikers will differ slightly to days 2-4 of this itinerary as guided hikers stay in private lodges.

Your clients will begin The Routeburn Track from Routeburn Shelter and hike to Routeburn Falls Hut, approximately 8.8km. Allow approximately 2.5 – 3.5 hours to complete this section of the track.

Day 3: Routeburn Falls Hut - Lake Mackenzie Hut

Today you will hike approximately 11.3km, allow 4.5 - 6 hours to complete this section of the track. Then you will depart Routeburn Falls Hut in the morning and climb steadily to the outlet of the river at Lake Harris. The long climb to the Harris Saddle, the highest point of the track (1,255m), is well worth it for the stunning views. You will then start the descent and eventually arrive at Lake Mackenzie Hut.

Day 4: Lake Mackenzie Hut - The Divide - Te Anau

This is the last day of the Routeburn Track (12km), approximately 4 - 5.5 hours. In the morning you will depart Lake Mackenzie Hut and follow the track to the spectacular Earland Falls (174m). The track then continues on a gradual descent to the Lake Howden Hut, a great place to stop for lunch. From here, the track climbs steadily to the Key Summit Track turnoff. Walkers then head gradually downhill to The Divide on Milford Road.

Pre-arranged shuttle transport will collect you from The Divide and transfer them to Te Anau, approximately 1 hour (85km). Alternatively your clients can arrange for their rental vehicle to be relocated from the Routeburn Shelter to The Divide, then self-drive to Te Anau.

Day 5: Te Anau

Here you will give your tired legs a chance to rest and spend the day relaxing in Te Anau.

The attractive town of Te Anau lies nestled on the edge of the beautiful Lake of Te Anau, with a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains. Te Anau is the ‘gateway to the fiords’ being the closest town to Milford Sound.

Recommended activities

  • Cruise stunning Milford Sound

  • Enjoy a scenic cruise across Lake Manapouri and learn about Manapouri Underground Power Station

Day 6: Te Anau

Spend the day exploring Te Anau and Fiordland.

Recommended activities

  • Explore spectacular Doubtful Sound

  • View Milford Sound from above with a spectacular scenic flight

Day 7: Te Anau - Clinton Hut (Milford Track)

Today will begin the Milford Track. Arguably New Zealand’s most famous walk, the 53km journey passes pristine lakes, sky-scraping mountain peaks and will see the enormous valley views.

You have the option to hike the track independently or join a guided tour. Independent hikers must pre-book huts between late October and late April, space is limited to a maximum of 40 people per day. Guided tours will differ somewhat to this itinerary as you will stay in separate huts offering a slightly more ‘luxurious’ experience, and again should be booked well in advance.

In the morning you will take a pre-arranged shuttle from Te Anau to Te Anau Downs, approximately 27km along the road to Milford Sound. There is a car parking area if your wish to self-drive and leave their vehicle.

From Te Anau Downs take a pre-booked boat service to Glade Wharf, the start of the Milford Track. The twice daily boat service takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

Today begins the 5km hike from Glade Wharf to Clinton Hut. Allow approximately 1 – 1.5 hours to complete this section of the track. Crossing over several suspension bridges, through attractive beech forest and along the banks of the beautiful Clinton River on this well graded track. There are good swimming holes near the hut.

Day 8: Clinton Hut - Mintaro Hut

Here you will begin the day with a gradual climb to the source of the Clinton River, pretty Lake Mintaro. The track then crosses a large, open area and winds past the Hirere Falls before walkers get a first glimpse of the MacKinnon Pass and the spectacular Pompolona Ice Field. After approximately 2 hours you will arrive at Mintaro Hut.

Day 9: Mintaro Hut - Dumpling Hut

Today you will hike to the highest point on the track, over MacKinnon Pass at 1154 metres. From the summit there are amazing views back towards Clinton Valley and north towards Arthur Valley and Milford Sound.

Further along the track you will get a great view of stunning Sutherland Falls – the highest in New Zealand. The 580 metre fall drops directly out of Lake Quill, which is fed by several glaciers and plummets to the ground in three steps. There is an option to take a side trip (approximately 1.5 hours return) to Sutherland Falls that is highly recommended and well worth the effort.

From here it is a short walk to Dumpling Hut.

Day 10: Dumpling Hut - Sandfly Point - Te Anau

This is the last day of the Milford Track. Today’s hike to the end of the track includes a number of pretty waterfalls, suspension bridges and crystal-clear creeks.

You should aim to depart Dumpling Hut between 8am and 9am to connect with the boats departing Sandfly Point at 2pm and 3pm, heading for Milford Sound/Piopiotahi.

From Milford Sound village you will have the option to take a pre-arranged shuttle back to Te Anau Downs to collect your rental vehicle, approximately 2 hours. Or continue by shuttle a further 30 minutes to Te Anau.

Day 11: Te Anau - Wanaka

Enjoy a well-deserved relaxing morning in Te Anau. In the afternoon take a pre-arranged shuttle or self-drive from Te Anau to Wanaka, approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.

Many attractions and adventure sports are within reach of Wanaka. Take a scenic cruise on the Lake, sample locally made exquisite wines, or fish at one of the many easily accessible spots. Wanaka has four distinct seasons so no matter what time of year you visit, Wanaka is sure to please.

Recommended activities

  • Relax at one of Wanaka’s many cafes and restaurants

  • Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Wanaka

Day 12: Wanaka

Spend the day relaxing in Wanaka.

Recommended activities

  • Take a relaxing stroll along Lake Wanaka

  • Hire a bike and get out onto one of the many tracks

Day 13: Wanaka - Queenstown

In the morning take a shuttle bus or self-drive from Wanaka to Queenstown, approximately 1 hour. If you are travelling by rental vehicle you may wish to stop for lunch in Arrowtown – a quaint historic gold mining village.

A short drive from Arrowtown is spectacular Lake Hayes. Which you may take an enjoyable and easy walk around the lake, the 10km track takes approximately 2 hours return.

Spend the afternoon exploring Queenstown.

Recommended activities

  • Take a wine tour to get a taste of the region’s 75 wineries

  • Grab a bike and go cycling – options are available to suit everyone, including cycling on the Queenstown Trail, mountain biking and heli biking

  • Ride the gondola and enjoy spectacular views from the Skyline complex on Bob’s Peak

Day 14: Queenstown

In the morning hike the Queenstown Hill Time Walk, approximately 3 hours return.

The 500 metre climb through pine forest to the summit of Te Tapu-nui (mountain of intense sacredness) is well rewarded by the views. The track starts and ends on Belfast Street.

Note: Parts of the track cross private land, please respect landowner’s rights and keep to the formed track to avoid stock disturbance and farm hazards.

In the afternoon spend more time enjoying Queenstown’s attractions and activities.

Recommended activities

  • Queenstown Hill Time Walk

Day 15: Queenstown

Spend another day exploring Queenstown or fly home.

From Queenstown you can fly directly to Sydney or Melbourne or alternatively take a domestic flight to Auckland or Christchurch and depart New Zealand from one of these international gateways.