Our signature walk on the Milford & Routeburn Track includes heli experiences to Milford Sound & Mount Earnslaw Glacier and accommodation at world-renowned Blanket Bay Lodge

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South Island, New Zealand
From AUD$8995 / NZD$9425 pp
4 Day Small Group Walk
Milford Track & Routeburn Track

Walk into Luxury's signature walk on the Milford and Routeburn Track is based at Blanket Bay Lodge, near Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. Highlights of this four day experience include the guided day walks on the best sections of the Routeburn Track and Milford Track, and a special heli-hike experience to Mount Earnslaw Glacier with alpine picnic lunch. To complete this bucket-list luxury walk, guests also enjoy a scenic cruise on Dart River into Mount Aspiring National Park and a helicopter flight to Milford Sound. Guests return to Blanket Bay each night to enjoy wine and dinner with new friends, in this unique setting perched on Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the Southern Alps.

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2Rates & Inclusions
Rates & Inclusions

From AUD$8995 pp (twin share); AUD$10995 (single room)
From NZD$9425 pp (twin share); NZD$11425 (single room)

  • 3 nights at Blanket Bay Lodge - voted one of the world's best lodges - staying in a Lodge Room
  • Guided walks on the Milford Track, Routeburn Track and the Mount Earnslaw Glacier Walk
  • Helicopter experience to Milford Sound and boat transfer across the Sound to Sandfly Point
  • Helicopter transfers to Mount Earnslaw for your heli-hike to the glacier
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch, five-course dinner and trail provisions
  • Daily pre-dinner drinks and feature destination dining experience at the lodge one evening
  • Scenic Dart River boat cruise for our private group
  • Four days discovering the best of Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Park with local Queenstown guides and Walk into Luxury host
  • Return ground transfers from Queenstown to Glenorchy
  • National Park fees and all trail permits/concessions
3Location & Access
Location & Access

Starts and finishes in Queenstown, on New Zealand's South Island. Blanket Bay Lodge is 45 minutes drive from Queenstown; return transfers are included.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1

You'll be collected from Queenstown after lunch for your transfer to Blanket Bay Lodge, one of New Zealand's premier luxury lodges. Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in between Queenstown and Mount Aspiring National Park, the lodge is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps and features striking architecture and five star facilities. On arrival, you'll enjoy a scenic Dart River boat cruise into Mount Aspiring National Park where you'll be given an introduction to this beautiful area spotting Mount Earnslaw and the Routeburn Valley from the water. Back at the lodge, your Walk into Luxury host will welcome you with pre-dinner drinks in the lounge and a map briefing before leaving you to enjoy a wonderful five course dinner.

Included: D

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Day 2

Today you'll fly to Milford Sound by helicopter and discover the valleys, rivers and mountains of this World Heritage area from the air. Upon landing, you'll enjoy views of Mitre Peak before boarding a short boat transfer on Milford Sound to Sandfly Point, the start of today's Milford Track hike. This 9km return hike to Giant's Gate Waterfall is one of the best Milford Track day walks, and you'll be led by our experienced local guides. Hike through lush rainforest alongside the cascading Arthur River and past Lake Ada, with glimpses of Milford Sound along the way. You'll hear Giant's Gate Waterfall before you see it, and will have front row seats from the swing bridge spanning the river. Enjoy lunch by the waterfall before returning to Sandfly Point and across the water to Milford foreshore where your helicopter will be waiting. On the return flight to Blanket Bay enjoy views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountain ranges before landing on the lawn at the lodge. There is time to enjoy the hot tub or spa this afternoon, before meeting your host for sundowner drinks in the lounge and sharing your day's experience. A special dinner follows in the wine cave tonight, just for our private group (subject to availability).

Included: B - L - D

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Day 3

Today's full day walk to the Routeburn Flats offers views to snow-capped mountains, ancient beech forest, waterfalls and river gorges. You'll have the chance to cross swing bridges, and walk alongside the crystal clear waters of the Routeburn River, before enjoying a picnic lunch in an idyllic alpine meadow (weather permitting). For the very fit, you may walk ahead to gain views over the Routeburn Valley from the steep trail up to Routeburn Falls. Today's guided walk is led by local guides and is considered one of New Zealand's best day walks, and part of the Great Walks of NZ. Your guides will ensure you have a spectacular day on this special trail, and return you to Blanket Bay Lodge in time for pre-dinner drinks and dinner.

Included: B - L - D

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Day 4

Earnslaw Burn is one of New Zealand's best-kept secrets. Accessed from Glenorchy and Queenstown, this spectacular alpine hike takes in glacier fed rivers, multiple waterfalls and tussock covered landscape before reaching the striking Mount Earnslaw glacier. Your day starts with a 15 minute helicopter experience offering views of Dart River and the mountain ranges before landing in Mount Earnslaw basin. From here, your experienced guide will lead you on a two hour walk along the valley past cascading waterfalls concluding at the base of the Mount Earnslaw hanging glacier. A picnic lunch is enjoyed in this special setting, before you are whisked by helicopter back to Blanket Bay via a 1,000 metre ascent towards the blue ice of the glacier. On arrival back at the lodge, your Walk into Luxury host and driver will have your bags loaded ready for your transfer back to Queenstown or your onward journey.

B - L

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6Season & Departure Dates
Season & Departure Dates

October to April

Departs most weeks on Sundays, plus select weekday departures. Private departures available on request.

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Price (per person)
16 October, 2022
19 October, 2022
06 November, 2022
09 November, 2022
20 November, 2022
23 November, 2022
04 December, 2022
07 December, 2022
17 December, 2022
20 December, 2022
08 January, 2023
11 January, 2023
Mount Earnslaw Glacier is one of New Zealand's hidden gems; pass waterfalls cascading down the mountain before reaching the hanging glacier
Nikki, founder of Walk into Luxury

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