Fiordland World Heritage National Park
Enjoy a New Zealand Private Journey that brings you to the mountain trails of the famous Milford Track, glorious Milford Sound, and the sublime beauty of Abel Tasman National Park, with its fern forests and crystal-clear seas.
Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||3 nights in a comfortable hotel, 4 nights in backcountry lodges, 3 nights in a boutique eco-lodge|
|Meals:||7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners included|
|Activity:||Hiking / Trekking|
Moderate to strenous Milford Track hiking (4-8 hours a day), coastal walking and kayaking
- Enjoy a 4-day guided hike on the world-famous Milford Track in rugged Fiordland
- Hike the spectacular Abel Tasman Coastal Track, with overnights at deluxe Awaroa Lodge
- Explore charming Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital
One of our best trips ever. Our accommodations were truly deluxe and perfect. All of our guides on the Milford Track were terrific, fun, and informative.Katherine L.—Kalispell MT
Choosing the Right Trip
We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.
We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.
Itinerary at a Glance
New Zealand’s Adventure Capital
Charming Queenstown is set in an impossibly beautiful spot—snuggled up against cobalt-blue Lake Wakatipu and the breathtaking Remarkable Mountains. This is the capital for adventure in New Zealand, and the possibilities are endless, from rafting or paragliding to bungee jumping off a bridge hundreds of feet above a turquoise river.
Hiking the Milford Track in Spectacular Fiordland National Park
“The finest walk in the world” is the Milford Track, a long-distance hiking path that traverses the heart of New Zealand’s wildest fjord country. Few places on earth combine the Milford Track’s variety of precipitous mountains, high waterfalls, unbroken rainforests, lakes, and meadows. With your team of expert trail guides, begin the hike at the trailhead at the northern end of Lake Te Anau, majestic gateway to Fiordland World Heritage National Park. Cross the emerald-green Clinton River by swingbridge, hike up the forested Clinton Valley to the Hirere Falls lunch shelter, then continue to the Prairie, an open meadow with views of the ice-carved Clinton Canyon, with its walls towering to 4,000 feet. On your climb up and out of the valley, enjoy views of the spectacular cascades of St. Quintin Falls, then descend past towering rock cliffs, glacial streams, and moss-covered forest. On our Milford Track Guided Walk program, welcoming lodges greet you each night of the hike, offering a three-course dinner and a chance to toast to the day’s adventures with your guides. The camaraderie of your fellow hikers, usually hailing from around the world, is one of the delights of the hike.
Mountains to the Sea
On this final hiking day, follow trails through luxuriant beech forest, with a view of Sutherland Falls and glimpses of Diamond Creek and Danger Mountain. After morning tea at Boatshed, cross the river by swingbridge and head to Giant’s Gate Falls for lunch. Catch a launch to a lodge right on the edge of magnificent Milford Sound, for a celebratory dinner with fellow hikers.
Journey by boat into this dramatic setting, one of the most spectacular meetings of sea and mountains on earth. Milford Sound—technically a fjord, not a sound—is flanked by dense thickets of austral rainforests and ringed by chiseled peaks. It is also a marine reserve where southern fur seals bask on the rocks, and pods of bottlenose and dusky dolphins are often seen performing leaps and flips. The gatekeeper of this famous fjord is mile-high Mitre Peak, with its incredible sheer rise skyward from the water’s edge. Return to Novotel Gardens in Queenstown this evening.
Abel Tasman National Park
A sublime nature reserve of crystal-clear seas, golden sandy beaches, and spectacular coastal trails, Abel Tasman is a sparkling gem at the top of the South Island. There is no road access into this remote park and all of its magnificent forests are protected. Enjoy self-guided hikes on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track through magnificent native forests, breathtaking coastal trails, or optional guided sea kayaking.
When to go
November to March
For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!