Epic Guided Walks of Fiordland, New Zealand
This week we’re headed back to Fiordland — ‘headed back to Fiordland’ …now there’s a phrase we wish we could say every day— to explore some of New Zealand’s greatest walking tracks. We’ve got the spotlight on three walking tracks: the Routeburn Track, Hollyford Track and Milford Track. Tackled without the help of a guide, these are all multi-day treks, requiring careful planning and preparation. Luckily, we have a range of guided tours on all three which make your life much, much easier! Each walk covers a different part of Fiordland and all guarantee spectacular sights, insightful commentary and beautiful scenery along the way. Read on for more information on Fiordland’s great walks!
The shortest of the great walks, the Routeburn track runs 32 kilometres between the small town of Glenorchy (located on the far end of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu), and an area known as the Divide, towards Te Anau. The track is walkable in either direction, with a 3-day duration for those keen hikers who walk the whole distance. You can book yourself on the 4-day Routeburn Valley & Queenstown Nature Walk or 1-day Queenstown & Routeburn Track Guided Nature Walk and experience the beauty of the Routeburn valley while staying in the plush comfort of your hotel. Your guide will lead you from Glenorchy up through thick forests of beech and moss to the Routeburn Flats, flanked by towering mountains on all sides. You can expect to walk between 15-25 kilometres into the Routeburn valley depending on walking speed. Back in Queenstown, there’s plenty of time for guided nature walks and exploring!
A 43-kilometre track that runs from the Southern Alps to the Tasman sea, the Hollyford is among New Zealand’s most iconic walks, capturing the frontier spirit of this wild land. Embark on the 5-day Hollyford Track Tour and see the very best of Fiordland as you explore forests of ancient rimu and totara, take jetboat rides down the Hollyford River, and stay in the Pyke River and Martin’s Bay Lodges. Your journey takes you to fur seal colonies and historic Māori locations, topped off with a scenic flight back to the ‘jaw-dropper’ —Milford Sound. An unmissable experience for lovers of nature and adventure.
The Milford Track is New Zealand’s most famous walk, known for its dramatic views of mountains, fiords and valleys. Cross bridges, weave through beech forests and across grassy flats on a guided day walk with your experienced guide. Walk time is around 5 hours, with a gentle gradient making this tour an accessible option that’s easily completed in just one day. Your guide offers expert commentary on the rare native birds and trees of the area, and a scenic catamaran ride on Lake Te Anau gets you to and from the walking track. Finish your adventure with a coach ride back to Queenstown or Te Anau. Follow the links to learn more about the Milford Track Guided Day Walk (Queenstown return) and Milford Track Guided Day Walk (Te Anau return).
Enquire now, and experience one of New Zealand’s Great Walks!
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