Start off on the right foot with a scenic hike to Ben Lomond
Sample one of the greatest NZ walks and be amazed by the views
Visit the exceptionally beautiful Milford Sound, enjoy walks here and then an exhilarating helicopter flight
Enjoy the silence and pristine nature all around
Fly by helicopter to this remotely stunning region where you'll feel on the edge of the world
One of the last walks on tour will be the famed Routeburn Track

Fiordland, Hollyford and Stewart Island Trails

Duration
7 days
Site savings
$26
From
$2,527 USD

Discover the awe-inspiring Milford Sound, Hollyford Valley and unspoilt natural beauty of the wildlife-rich Stewart Island on foot over 7 days. The deep south of New Zealand is home to some of the country's most pristine and spectacular landscapes. The Fiordland National Park, home to the world-renowned Milford Sound, and Stewart Island offer walkers the choice of an exceptional array of day hikes, which will feature on this superb week of walking.

  • Category
    Hiking
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
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This trip begins in the 'adventure capital' Queenstown where you will hike the lower slopes of Ben Lomond for extensive panoramic views over Lake Wakitipu before travelling to Invercargill. Crossing over to Stewart Island you will enjoy some short walks as well as a free day to explore this remote island on foot, kayak or even try to sight New Zealand's iconic flightless bird - the Kiwi. Stewart Island is one of the few places in the country with the greatest chance of seeing this very shy creature.

Returning to the mainland, travel to Te Anau for walks in Fiordland National Park before boarding a breathtaking helicopter flight over dramatic peaks into uninhabited Martin's Bay, the heart of the Hollyford region. You will enjoy an afternoon walk along the rugged coastline, which is frequented by penguins and seals in season, before settling into your cosy lodge for the night. The trip continues with a walk along the Hollyford Valley and a section of the Routeburn Track before heading back to Queenstown.

Trails on this itinerary are largely formed paths and tracks which can involve hiking for 3-4 hours at a time. Often information panels are available to provide more information but the Catlins region is more remote. This tour is ideal for those looking to explore a region without engaging in too much trekking at one time. For you to be able to really enjoy this trip we recommend that you are to walk comfortably for a few hours at a time (with breaks included) and some hills. The tour operator recommends 60 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling, jogging or power walking) three times a week for the three months leading up to your trip.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Accommodation
  • Professional qualified driver/guide
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • Private vehicle transport
  • Packs and poles (on request if required) - please let us know in advance
  • Water and snacks while trekking
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Ferry to and from Stewart Island
  • Helicopter over Milford Sound into Martin's Bay (Hollyford)
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals where not specified in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own drink bottle or hydration system)
  • Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary

Tour options and upgrades:

2 tour add-ons available