Bike and walk in the natural beauty of New Zealand
Enjoy your home on the waters of Milford Sound
Ride on dedicated cycle paths with interesting views of sheep and cattle country
Start the tour on a high note and kayak the shimmering waters of Laka Wakatipu on your first day

Milford and Fiordland Hike, Bike and Kayak

Duration
5 days
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Combine cycling and hiking on this adventure in the natural beauty of Fiordland and majestic Milford Sound. The tour begins and finishes in gorgeous Queenstown. There are five days to explore this region but it'll never feel enough with so many places to see and activities to do. Start off the tour with a kayak ride on Lake Wakatipu, follow the dedicated cycle path of the Around The Mountains trail, hike part of the Kepler and Routeburn Tracks and spend a night on a floating hotel amidst Milford Sound. This is a lifetime experience that's not to be missed!

  • Category
    Multi-Activity
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    5 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Hilly
  • Distance
    94.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    23.6 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    5 days
  • Main Destination
    South Island
  • Distance
    94.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    23.6 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Hilly

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Queenstown

    Your guide will collect the group from a central city location around 8:00am and you will have a tour briefing and then a bike fitting. Then it’s time to drive to Glenorchy where you can take an easy 45 minute kayak on Lake Wakatipu to Pigeon Island, a wildlife paradise. The scenic mountain landscapes towering over the lake make this a highlight of the trip.

    After paddling back from the island, there could be a chance for a swim as you enjoy lunch on the shore. Afterwards, head back to Queenstown where you will explore the nearby Queenstown Trails by bike. After time to refresh, head out to the first group dinner and talk over plans for the next few days.

    Cycling Distance: Up to 20km (12mi)

    • 12.4 miles
    • Motel Accommodation
    • Lunch and Dinner
  2. Day 2Queenstown to Te Anau

    From Queenstown, the group will drive the narrow lakeside road alongside Lake Wakitipu to the old steam railway town of Kingston. From here, connect with the Around The Mountains cycle trail, a dedicated cycle path that allows you to enjoy the scenery of sheep and cattle country surrounded by spectacular mountains free from traffic. There'll be a stop for lunch at the remote Five Rivers station cafe, and then load up the bikes to drive to Te Anau, the gateway to your coming adventures exploring Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound.

    This afternoon enjoy a walk along the lower section of the Kepler Track, one of NZ's Great Walks. You'll walk from Rainbow Reach and follow the Waiau River through beautiful beech forest to the Lake Te Anau outlet. You'll be transferred to the hotel in Te Anau and are then free to explore the town and make your own dinner arrangements.

    Cycling Distance: Up to 50km / Up to 32miles

    Walking Distance: 9km / 6 miles taking 3hours

    Note: Tonight you will need to pack an overnight bag for the next night of the tour. When staying overnight in Milford Sound you will be able to take a small bag and the majority of your luggage will be secured in the vehicle.

    • 31.1 miles
    • Motel Accommodation
    • Breakfast
  3. Day 3Te Anau to Milford Sound

    This morning, drive into the Fiordland National Park amid the beech forests and mountains, that the region is famous for. The beautiful Milford road tracks through the wilderness and you can stop to enjoy some of the short walks and views on the way, before arriving at The Divide. From here, walk to Key Summit, a 3 hour return hike which forms part of the Routeburn Track, gives spectacular views of the Hollyford Valley and Humboldt and Earl mountain ranges. You’ll drive through the Homer Tunnel and onto Milford Sound, stopping en-route to explore the famous Chasm walkway before arriving at the accommodation for the night, our very own floating hotel! The boat takes us out into the Milford Sound, where there is the option to explore by kayak or tender boat. Once back onboard the boat, we enjoy a wholesome meal before sailing into the open seas beyond before returning to a sheltered spot for the night. Remember to take a walk on deck after dark to admire the amazing stars of the Southern Hemisphere.

    Note to solo travelers: All cabins on the Milford Sound Cruise are shared.

    • 37.9 miles
    • Milford Sound Cruise
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  4. Day 4Milford Sound to Te Anau

    By 9am the next morning, after a hearty breakfast and further exploring of the fiord, we return to shore and we bid a sad farewell to the majestic Milford Sound. We climb back to the Homer Tunnel by bus, if weather conditions allow, we hop on the bikes here and enjoy the wonderful cycle down the Milford Sound Highway and along the very quiet and scenic Hollyford road.

    We have lunch and transfer by bus back to Te Anau, stopping at more view points along the way to admire the wonderful Fiordland scenery and rain forest vegetation. We spend a second night in Te Anau and meet in the early evening for our final group dinner together.

    Cycling Distance: Hollyford Road 27km / 17miles

    • 16.8 miles
    • Motel Accommodation
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  5. Day 5Te Anau to Queenstown

    From Te Anau we journey into the hidden Mavora Lakes, a site of scenes from Lord of the Rings. We cycle by the lakeside and through the beech forest before continuing on to the isolated Von Valley for lunch. We farewell our supporting coach as we cycle on to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and down to Mount Nicholas station. Here we are greeted by stunning views of the surrounding mountains and snow covered Mount Earnslaw at the head of the lake. We then follow the lakeside trail to Walter Peak Station where we board the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamer and cross Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown. A celebratory drink and platters at a local restaurant brings an end to our journey.

    Cycling Distance: Mavora Valley to Walter Peak Station - 55km (34mi)

    • 34.2 miles
    • Breakfast and Lunch