Heli-hike the Kepler Track and walk the Milford and Routeburn Tracks with a private guide, returning each day to luxury lodge accommodation
Hike three of New Zealand's Great Walks on this special five day experience based at two South Island Luxury Lodges - Fiordland Lodge and Blanket Bay Lodge. Available from October to April, the backdrop to this private journey is the snow-capped peaks, ancient forests, and glacier-carved valleys of Fiordland National Park and the Southern Alps. After settling in at your first lodge, enjoy a full day on the Kepler with a heli transfer and a boat cruise included on Lake Te Anau. Next discover Milford Track on a walk to Giants Gate Waterfall, finishing the day with a heli experience over Milford Sound delivering you to the lawn of Blanket Bay Lodge, your next accommodation. Your final day hike is a private guided walk to Routeburn Falls, which can be tailored to your preferred time on the track. Your luxury lodge experience includes the option of a hot tub soak post walk each day and gourmet dining including five course tasting menus at night.
From AUD$7950 pp or NZD$8695 pp (twin share)
Your 5-day itinerary featuring guided hikes on the Kepler, Milford and Routeburn tracks includes:
- Private road transfers from Queenstown Airport to Fiordland Lodge, Te Anau
- Two nights' luxury accommodation at Fiordland Lodge, Te Anau
- Two nights' luxury accommodation at Blanket Bay Lodge, Glenorchy
- Gourmet meals - breakfast and dinner - and packed trail lunches
- Five course tasting menu at Blanket Bay Lodge each evening
- Private guided walk on the Routeburn Track
- Private guided walk on the Milford Track
- Guided heli-hike on the Kepler Track
- Scenic helicopter transfer from Milford Sound to Blanket Bay
- Boat transfers on Lake Te Anau and Milford Sound to access trails
- Private road transfer from Blanket Bay Lodge to Queenstown Airport
This journey commences and concludes in Queenstown, with private transfers to/from accommodation included. Fiordland Lodge is located two hours from Queenstown in Lake Te Anau, and Blanket Bay Lodge is in Glenorchy, less than one hour from Queenstown.
Please enquire for pre and post accommodation options in Queenstown, plus South Island extension options
Your driver will collect you on arrival at Queenstown Airport and you can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic two-hour journey to Fiordland Lodge. The boutique lodge overlooks Lake Te Anau and the mountains of Fiordland National Park. After you've settled in to your luxury room, enjoy a gourmet dining experience in the lodge restaurant, with refined dishes incorporating the freshest local ingredients.
Day 2 - Kepler Track
After a hearty breakfast overlooking Lake Te Anau, you'll depart directly from the Lodge for your scenic heli transfer to one of the highest points on the Kepler Track near Luxmore Hut. You'll immediately be taken in by the panoramic views of Te Anau basin, Takitimu mountains and the Snowdon and Earl Mountains. There is a good chance of encountering kea - NZ's large alpine parrots - on your walk past Luxmore Hut and Luxmore Cave. From here you'll descend on the Kepler passing pretty Brod Bay and discovering forests of beech trees. Enjoy lunch and morning tea on the trail before completing your guided walk on the Kepler Track with a boat transfer back across the lake. After gourmet dining in the Lodge restaurant, consider a soak in the outdoor cedar hot tub (pre-booking required).
Daily walk distance: 16km or opt for shorter 8km downhill option
Included: B - L - D
Day 3 - Milford Track
After breakfast, you'll bid Fiordland Lodge farewell and make your way to Milford Sound’ with your private guide. On arrival at Milford foreshore, enjoy a short boat cruise across Milford Sound to Sandfly Point, the start of today's Milford Track hike. This 10 km return hike to Giant's Gate Waterfall is one of the best Milford Track day walks, taking in Lake Ada, classic swing bridges crossing the river and waterfalls. You'll be led by an experienced local guide and enjoy a packed lunch before departing by helicopter for Blanket Bay Lodge. This exhilarating flight takes in Milford Sound and spectacular valley and mountain views as you make your way over the heart of Fiordland National Park before landing directly at the Lodge. Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, you'll quickly relax into the new setting with pre-dinner drinks and a five course dinner to follow.
Daily walk distance: up to 10 km
Included: B - L - D
Day 4 - Routeburn Track
Enjoy breakfast in Blanket Bay Lodge's dining room or on the terrace, while taking in the view across the lake. Today you will walk with your private guide to one of the most scenic spots on the Routeburn Track. Setting off from the nearby trailhead, The trail starts gently taking in swing bridges and the glacier fed waters of the Routeburn River before arriving at an open meadow surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps. After climbing toward the Falls you'll enjoy magnificent views over the whole Routeburn Valley. This spectacular day hike on the Routeburn Track takes in some of the best alpine hiking in New Zealand. Return to Blanket Bay Lodge tonight in time for a spa or dip in the pool before another well-earned five-course degustation dinner.
Daily walk distance: up to18 km to Routeburn Falls, or a shorter 13km option to Routeburn Flats
Included: B - L - D
Following a final breakfast at Blanket Bay Lodge, it's time to check out. Your journey ends with your private transfer to Queenstown airport.
The combined Kepler, Milford and Routeburn Walk season runs from October to early April, with regular daily departures in season.
Stunning natural beauty... Best of the Great walks. World class.