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Hiking Tour of New Zealand - Kiwi Classic

Get further off the beaten track on our original South Island hiking adventure.

Our most active itinerary, the Kiwi Classic is a true-blue New Zealand hiking adventure. This trip gets you off the beaten track experiencing incredible multi-day hikes, day walks and activities in New Zealand's remote National Parks. You’ll hike, bike and kayak your way around the South Island, exploring places other visitors just don’t get to see. Tick some of the famous South Island day hikes off your bucket list including Ben Lomond in Queenstown, Mueller Ridge in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and Key Summit on the Routeburn Track. Get out into real New Zealand backcountry on the three day Angelus Circuit. Swim with Dusky Dolphins in Kaikoura and cruise Milford Sound.

You’ll be amazed at just how much you’re able to see, do and achieve over 14 days. You’ll return home refreshed and full of energy, with a big smile on your face. You might well feel fitter than you were before the trip! 

Activity Level: The Kiwi Classic is our most physically active trip and is for people who enjoy day hikes and multi-day hikes. There are plenty of options to choose from to make it 'very active' every day. Likewise, we also offer more gentle options to suit your mood, so you have plenty of freedom to choose. On the Kiwi Classic trip you will walk between 5 to 8 hours each day on a variety of trails. The average distance walked each day is 11km/6.8mi.

Trip Style: Throughout the trip you’ll enjoy delicious home-cooked and restaurant meals to fuel you for the adventurous days of walking and activities, and sleep soundly at night in comfortable accommodation that we have chosen specifically for their fantastic locations. The Kiwi Classic also includes a multi-day backpacking adventure where you’ll spend two nights in Department of Conservation Huts in Nelson Lakes National Park.

14 Days

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Biking Walking Kayaking Wildlife Jetboating Dolphins
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Queenstown

Finishes

Queenstown

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Comfortable Lodging

Price
NZD$7899 AUD$7899 USD$5299.00 +tax GBP£4599 CAD$7199.00 +tax
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Highlights of the Kiwi Classic

1: Ben Lomond
A rewarding hike to summit Queenstown’s most famous peak.

2: Franz Josef Glacier
Hike to the terminal face of this spectacular glacier on the West Coast.

3: Multi-day backpacking
3 day backpacking in Nelson Lakes National Park

4: Swim with dolphins
The ocean is calling! Meet these wonderful creatures in their natural environment.

5: Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park
Take on the steep steps of the Mueller Ridge hike, New Zealand’s most spectacular day hike.

6: Milford Sound
Beat the crowds with an early morning boat cruise on the ‘eighth wonder of the world’.

7: The Routeburn Track
Hike New Zealand’s most magnificent Great Walk up to Key Summit.

8: The Kepler Track
Experience incredible lake and mountain vistas on this Great Walk.

Kiwi Classic Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day

1

Queenstown
Hike Ben Lomond

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Lunch
Dinner

Meals
Activities
Hiking
Accommodation

Wanaka

Ben Lomond summit, New Zealand hiking holidays
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Day 1 – Arrive and hike Ben Lomond

It’s time to breathe in your first taste of pure New Zealand mountain air. After making our introductions, we’ll head for our first hike of the trip, Ben Lomond. This steady climb is the perfect introduction to New Zealand hiking, offering up panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.

Hike Ben Lomond

We will begin this adventure by ticking off one of our favourite Queenstown hikes, the stunning Ben Lomond track. We’ll buy some time by cutting out the initial slog and hopping on the gondola up to our start point. It doesn’t take long to emerge from the forest canopy out onto the tussock-wrapped hills. You’ll follow the ridgeline to the summit where you'll be rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountain ranges.

Tonight, we’ll bed down in the neighbouring town of Wanaka. This delightful little town is home to many bustling bars, cafes and of course ‘that Wanaka tree’, which is just a short stroll from our accommodation.

Tonight we stay at Edgewater Resort*

Day

2

Blue Pools
Kayak Lake Mapourika

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
Activities
Kayaking Hiking
Accommodation

Glacier Country

Kayak Lake Mapourika on New Zealand guided hiking trips
Blue Pool, Makarora, New Zealand hiking holiday Glacier views from Lake Mapourika - New Zealand hiking holiday

Day 2 – Hike Blue Pools and Sunset Kayak Tour

After digging into your first true Kiwi breakfast with us, it’ll be time to hit the road and head off for a hike to the Blue Pools. After a morning spent stretching your legs on the trails, we’ll head to Glacier Country where we will spend the night. But first, you’ll spend the evening paddling the waters of Lake Mapourika as the sun sets.

Hike Blue Pools

This short walk in Mount Aspiring National Park weaves through native beech and podocarp forest. You’ll be awe-struck when you first set eyes on the sparkling glacial water of the Blue Pools.

Sunset Kayak Tour on Lake Mapourika

What better way to take in the iconic West Coast sunsets than out on the water? Paddle the beautiful and serene kettle lake, Lake Mapourika and enjoy the mountainous backdrop of the Southern Alps on the largest lake in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Watch out for the abundance of wildlife that call this place home, from the rare crested grebe, the white-faced heron, kingfisher, tui and so many more.

Tonight we stay at 10 Cottages, Franz Josef*

Day

3

Franz Josef Glacier
Pororari River Hike

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
Activities
Hiking Sightseeing Wildlife
Accommodation

Buller Bay

Check out the Franz Josef Glacier on a New Zealand hiking tour
Franz Josef Tauranga Bay seal colony on New Zealand hiking trips

Day 3 – Hike Franz Josef, Pororari River Track and Tauranga Bay Seal Colony

Today you’ll experience mountains, beaches and glaciers all in one phenomenal day. Our first hike of the day takes us near to Franz Josef Glacier for impressive views of the terminal face emerging from the rainforest. From there, we’ll head to Hokitika to marvel at the driftwood sculptures and Pounamu (greenstone/jade) carvers. It’s onwards from there to enjoy our second and third hike of the day, the Pororari Loop Track and the Tauranga Bay Seal Colony.

Franz Josef Glacier

The West Coast Road is a journey voted by Lonely Planet readers as one of the best coastal drives in the world. Rivers, rainforests and tumbling glaciers meet isolated beaches and crashing waves, it’s easy to see why people are drawn to this barren but beautiful place. We’ll travel this morning to the small township at the foot of Franz Josef Glacier. Descending 12km from the Southern Alps into lush rainforest just 300m above sea level, Franz Josef Glacier is one of our most accessible glaciers. We’ll take a relaxed hike to learn about the geology of the area, as well as enjoy views of the terminal face.

Hike Paparoa National Park

Our second hike of the day is unique. Set amongst dense temperate rainforest with a backdrop of towering limestone cliffs, we’ll follow the Pororari River as it winds its way through the lush undergrowth. Your guides will tell you about the fascinating flora and fauna along the way and maybe even offer you some ‘bush tucker’ to taste if you’re game!

We’ll stop off on the way to our accommodation in Cape Foulwind for a short stroll to the Tauranga Bay Seal Colony. There, you’ll experience the Tasman Sea in all its glory, pounding on the cliffs below as you make your way to the Tauranga Bay Seal Colony, well known for its seal pup rookery.

Tonight we stay at Omau Settlers Lodge*

Day

4

Nelson Lakes National Park
Multi-Day Hiking

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
Activities
Hiking
Accommodation

Lakehead Hut

Guided hiking New Zealand in Nelson
Guided hiking New Zealand to Lakehead Hut, Nelson Lakes Nelson Lakes New Zealand

Day 4 – Angelus Circuit - St Arnaud to Lakehead Hut

Today we'll head to Nelson Lakes National Park. Our three day backpacking adventure will take us through wilderness backcountry and is best suited to those who are comfortable walking on rugged terrain. You’ll be carrying an overnight pack and some gear, while your guides will carry the rest of the supplies needed.

The anticipation for the adventure ahead builds as we travel to the start of our hike in St Arnaud. Here we’ll begin the first day of the Angelus Circuit with an 11km hike alongside Lake Rotoiti to Lakehead Hut. The path is well marked and easy going, so take the chance to learn more as your guide points out the local birds and other flora and fauna along the way. Towards the end of the afternoon, we’ll reach Lakehead Hut, where we’ll stay the night. It’s one of over 800 public backcountry huts dotted around the country and is maintained by the NZ Department of Conservation (DOC).

Tonight we stay at Lakehead Hut

Day

5

Nelson Lakes National Park
Multi-day hiking

Includes

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
Activities
Hiking
Accommodation

Angelus Hut

Angelus Hut on New Zealand hiking tours
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Day 5 –Angelus Circuit Continued - Lakehead Hut to Angelus Hut

Days start bright and early in a New Zealand backcountry hut, with everyone keen to get the day’s adventures underway. With such exhilarating scenery right on our doorstep, it’s not hard to see why! We’ll enjoy a big breakfast before setting off for the Hukere Stream and a steady climb through beech forest up to alpine tundra. As we get above the treeline, the moss-covered forest gives way to expansive views down the valley and up to the ridgeline. Waterfalls, rocky peaks and delicate alpine flowers line our route to the top, where we’ll be greeted by two large mountain lakes nestled into the rugged hills. You’ll have earned your views after this challenging day in the mountains.

Angelus Hut, where we’ll spend the night is perfectly positioned between the lakes with a lovely big wraparound deck - the ideal spot to relax and reflect on your achievement. On a warm day, a quick dip in the lake is a welcome way to top off the adventure, followed by a tasty dinner whipped up by your guides.

Tonight we stay at Angelus Hut

Day

6

Nelson Lakes National Park
Multi-day hiking

Includes

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
Activities
Hiking
Accommodation

Nelson

Views on a New Zealand hiking trip
Guided hiking New Zealand on Angelus Circuit Guided hiking New Zealand in Nelson Lakes

Day 6 – Finish Angelus Circuit - Angelus Hut to St Arnaud

Hopefully, you’ve saved enough space on your camera for today! After breakfast, we’ll leave the hut for our final day of the Angelus Circuit up to Robert Ridge. It’s a short but steep climb up to the rocky outcrop and on a clear day, the views are spectacular. We’ll follow the ridgeline all the way, taking in the vistas that stretch out to the Abel Tasman National Park to the north, and the Tasman Sea to the west. As we begin our descent down into St Arnaud, Lake Rotoiti glistens invitingly beneath us. There’ll be time for a quick swim in the lake at the end of our hike if you’re keen!

Day

7

Nelson
Free Day to Explore

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Meals
Activities
FreeDay
Accommodation

Nelson

Explore Abel Tasman on a relaxed and active adventure New Zealand
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Day 7 – Explore Nelson

Today is yours to spend as you wish, and conveniently where we’ll be staying is just a short walk into town. Your guides can point you in the right direction if you’d like to go for a hike or bike ride. Nelson is a colourful wee town with a lively arts scene and fantastic beaches, so we recommend you enjoy a relaxing day and indulge in the fine seafood, local wine and craft beer. Or if you’d like to keep your heart rate up, the adrenaline activities on offer are plentiful – canyoning, jet boating, skydiving or quad biking, to mention just a few. One of the most popular options is a sea kayaking or hiking tour in nearby Abel Tasman National Park.

Tonight we stay at The Palms, Nelson again*

Day

8

Queen Charlotte Track
Marlborough

Includes

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
Activities
Hiking WineTasting
Accommodation

Kaikoura

Marlborough Sounds
Queen Charlotte Track, guided tours New Zealand Wine tasting in Marlborough on a New Zealand hiking trip

Day 8 – Nelson to Kaikoura

After your multi-day adventure, we’ve a real treat in store for you this morning. We’ll take you to one of our favourite places to brunch in New Zealand – Morri Street Café. Then, it’s time to stretch your legs on the Anakiwa to Davies Bay hike. This afternoon, we’ll slow the pace down a little with a relaxed wine tasting in Marlborough followed by a Kiwi classic – fish and chips on the beach!

Hike Anakiwa to Davies Bay

This stunning day walk is part of the world-renowned long-distance walking track known as Queen Charlotte Track. It’s the perfect opportunity to have a swim in Davies Bay after lunch before walking back to Anakiwa.

Wine tasting in Marlborough

After a couple of days spent in the backcountry, it’s time to return to the world of comfort and style with a visit to one of the iconic vineyards of Marlborough. The region is most renowned for its zesty Sauvignon Blanc, so ready your taste buds to sample some of the finest wines in the country.

Tonight, if we’re lucky, we’ll catch an impressive sunset over the ocean as we enjoy a delicious and quintessentially Kiwi dinner of fish and chips on the beach.

Tonight we stay at White Morph, Kaikoura*

Day

9

Dolphin Swim
Christchurch

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
Activities
DolphinSwimming Walking
Accommodation

Christchurch

Swim with dolphins on a New Zealand hiking holiday
Dolphins at sunrise on a New Zealand adventure Dolphins jumping at Kaikoura on a hiking trip New Zealand

Day 9 – Swim with Dusky Dolphins in Kaikoura

Today is a special one and consistently one of our guests favourites. It is the day you’ll swim with Dusky dolphins. After drying off (and tucking into a second breakfast!), we’ll hit the road to Christchurch. There, you’ll have the choice of hiking the Bridle Path or spending the evening exploring this vibrant city.

Dolphin Swimming Kaikoura

The early start is well worth it today for the best chance at meeting some of the local wildlife that call this area home. We’ll don wetsuits to swim with a pod of dolphins in their natural environment. Of course, this is all dependent on whether the dolphins cooperate, but they usually do! The tour is an educational experience designed not to interfere with the natural behaviour, routines or habitat of the dolphins. There are strict regulations in place to protect and respect the dolphins, and to keep you safe in the water. Our boats are well-equipped with swimming/snorkelling platforms. Dusky dolphins are typically found in pods of around 100 and are well-known for their aerobatic feats and interactive behaviour. Whether you opt to get in the water, or watch from the boat, it’s a joyful experience for all. Many of our guests have told us this is one of the highlights of their New Zealand adventure.

Discover Christchurch

The city of Christchurch is a lovely spot with a mix of green parks and state-of-the-art architecture. The Avon River weaves its way through a city in the process of regeneration with plenty to see including the colourful Spanish Mission architecture of New Regent Street, curious cardboard cathedral and lush botanical gardens. Discover amazing street-art and innovative projects as the new urban heart of the city blends with the garden-like greenery of the old. Be sure to sample an expertly made coffee from one of the many locally owned cafes in the area. If you are feeling energetic you can join your guides for an evening hike over the Bridle Path for incredible views over Christchurch and Lyttleton Harbour.

Tonight we stay at Quest, Christchurch*

Day

10

Mackenzie Country
Ohau

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
Activities
Hiking Sightseeing
Accommodation

Ohau

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Day 10 – Hike Mount John, explore Mackenzie Country

Today’s journey takes us from ocean to mountain as we head from the East Coast to the fertile plains of Canterbury. When we reach Tekapo, we’ll go for a hike up Mount John to experience the panoramic views of the beautifully desolate Mackenzie Country and across the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo. After our hike, we’ll make our way towards Ohau. We’ll take our time, stopping at some of our favourite spots along the way to stretch our legs and capture the glorious views.

Mount John & Mackenzie Country

This afternoon we’ll make the steady climb up Mount John through forest and tussock to the observatory at the top. As we walk, we’ll look out over 360-degree views across the impressive Mackenzie Basin flats and surrounding mountains and lakes. After our hike, we’ll check out the famous and much photographed Church of the Good Shepherd, as well as Tekapo’s statue to the working dog, commissioned in 1968 by local farmers to pay tribute to the role these intelligent canines played in working the land.

Journey to Ohau

We’ll travel on towards Ohau and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park this afternoon and watch as the passing scenery shifts from lush Canterbury plains and arable land to tussock and mountain. Tonight, you’ll be staying on a working high-country station. ‘Station’ is Kiwi for ranch and ‘high-country’ means it’s pretty tough farming country, but incredibly scenic. We’ll be staying in the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve, which means all you need to do is wander outside and look up for some world-class stargazing this evening.

Tonight we stay at Ohau Quarters*

Day

11

Aoraki/Mt Cook
Your Choice

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
Activities
Accommodation

Mackenzie Country

Sealy Tarns on a New Zealand hiking trip
New Zealand guided hiking trips to see the Hooker Lake mount cook

Day 11 – Your Choice in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Some of New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine hikes are in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. With views normally reserved for serious mountaineers, our hikes today take us into the heart of the national park and provide jaw-dropping vistas for our efforts. Home to our highest and most sacred peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park also boasts a further 19 peaks topping more than 3,000 metres. Your options today include a choice of hikes, exploring the village at your leisure or splurging on a heli-hike or glacier boat tour.

Whichever option you decide on, you won’t be disappointed. After a full day of activities, we’ll meet up and return to our accommodation for a delicious home-cooked meal and a chance to trade stories from the day.

Tonight we stay at Ohau Quarters again*

Choice 1

Hike to Mueller Ridge (Challenge)

The hike up to Mueller Ridge is one of our favourites and with a bit of grit and determination, most can enjoy jaw-dropping views usually reserved only for serious mountaineers. It’s the most challenging option today and involves a steep but steady climb on a well-formed track. The views are worth every drop of sweat.

Choice 2

Walk the Tasman Glacier View Track

For a less strenuous option that doesn't compromise on spectacular views, the Tasman Glacier View Track is one of our favourites. A short climb past the Blue Lakes takes you to the Tasman Glacier Lookout, where you will be rewarded with incredible views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Tasman Glacier, and is the perfect way to see giant icebergs floating on the milky green Tasman Lake.

Choice 3

Glacier heli-hike or glacier Lake boat tour

Glacier heli-hike or glacier Lake boat tour (optional add-ons at an additional cost):

Day 11 Optional Add-ons

Below are some of the optional add-ons you can also enjoy:


Glacier heli hiking

Take a helicopter up to land high on the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s longest glacier. In the company of an experienced guide, you’ll don crampons to explore the striking ice caves of this frozen wonderland.

USD$390+TAX

Glacier lake boat tour

Hop aboard a Zodiac boat and set off across the iceberg-filled lake for an up-close encounter with the Tasman Glacier’s terminal face.

USD$110+TAX
Day

12

Bike or Walk Arrowtown
Fiordland

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
Activities
Accommodation

Te Anau

arrowtown bike ride
Swingbridge while biking through Arrowtown on a New Zealand adventure Biking Queenstown on a New Zealand hiking trip

Day 12 – Bike or hike near Queenstown

Welcome to our backyard! Queenstown and the surrounding area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with many purpose-built tracks and trails ideal for hiking, biking or running. As part of your introduction to New Zealand, we’ll travel to the historic Arrowtown, a quaint old gold-mining settlement just a short drive from Queenstown. Today you’ll have the choice of either biking or walking the Arrow River Bridges Trail.

This evening we’ll head to Te Anau in preparation for tomorrow’s epic adventure in Fiordland National Park.

Tonight we stay at Matai Lodge*

Choice 1

Bike Arrowtown

We’ll get fitted out with bikes before taking to the trail on two wheels. We’ll follow the Kawarau River along a wide trail, riding past homesteads, meadows and mountains out towards the famous Gibbston Valley vineyards and the world’s first commercial bungy bridge.

Choice 2

Hike Arrowtown

If you prefer to walk rather than cycle, we have an equally exciting alternative. You can still experience the beautiful Arrowtown trail that the cyclists do except you can do it on foot! Your driver will pick you up from the stunning Southern Discoveries swing bridge and drive you to the Kawarau bungy bridge to regroup with the rest of the team.

Day

13

Fiordland
Routeburn Track and Milford Sound

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
Activities
BoatCruise Hiking Sightseeing
Accommodation

Te Anau

Milford Sound New Zealand
milford sound rainbow New Zealand guided hiking trips to the Key Summit, Routeburn

Day 13 – Hike Routeburn Track to Key Summit and Cruise Milford Sound

This morning we gear up for our adventure further into Fiordland. We'll start the day off with a heart-pumping hike up to one of our favourite spots in this area – Key Summit on the Routeburn Track. We'll spend the afternoon on the water, with a cruise of the iconic Milford Sound. You'll get up close to waterfalls and catch glimpses of the unique wildlife that reside in the area. Tonight, you’ll have time to explore the lakefront of Te Anau where we’ll spend the night.

Hike Routeburn Track to Key Summit

Climbing steadily up through dense beech forest, this hike on the world-famous Routeburn Track is well worth the effort. The view from the top is one of Fiordland’s most iconic landscapes – across to the snow-capped Mount Christina, Mount Tutoko and the imposing Darran Mountains. A natural tapestry of alpine tarns, jagged peaks, granite cliff faces and glacial blue rivers flowing towards the Tasman Sea and clearly visible down the Hollyford Valley.

Cruise Milford Sound

You’ll have time to appreciate Milford’s undeniable grandeur as we cruise to the mouth of the fiord leading out into the wild Tasman Sea. Whether the sun’s shining brightly or the sky’s clouded over, the beauty of Milford Sound never disappoints. In a perfect world, it would be raining heavily as that’s when the fiord’s hundreds of waterfalls are at their most powerful. Get close enough to feel the spray on your face as the thundering torrents cascade down the vertical rock faces – it’s an exhilarating experience.

Tonight we stay at Matai Lodge again*

Day

14

Te Anau
Hike Kepler Track

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Breakfast
Lunch

Meals
Activities
Hiking Sightseeing
Accommodation

Finish in Queenstown

Kepler Track, New Zealand South Island guided tour
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Day 14 – Explore Te Anau & Finish in Queenstown

On the last morning of your trip, you’ll have a chance to explore the lakeside town of Te Anau or head out for one last stunning hike in the area on another of our Great Walks, the Kepler Track. After lunch we’ll make our way back to Queenstown, marvelling at the incredible views en route, before saying our fond farewells at the airport or your accommodation.

Explore Te Anau or optional Kepler Track hike

Breathe in the fresh Fiordland air and relax in the lakeside town of Te Anau, home to the South Island’s largest lake. Gateway to Fiordland’s Great Walks, this small town is bustling with hikers and there’s a real sense of adventure in the air. It’s the perfect place to sign off your own hiking journey with one last foray on the trails. If you’re up for stretching the legs this morning, we’ll hike a pleasant section of the Kepler Track, one of New Zealand’s 10 Great Walks, following the Waiau River as it meanders through beech forest and wetlands before emerging at a spectacular viewpoint on the shores of Lake Manapouri – a fitting end to your New Zealand adventure tour.

Finish in Queenstown

Our last journey together is a scenic trip through tussock country and small farming towns, before tracing the shoreline of the impressive Lake Wakatipu back to Queenstown. Once there, it’s time to say goodbye to your guides, travel companions and new-found friends as we drop you at the airport or your accommodation. If you’re joining us to explore the North Island on our Sweet North trip, we’ll ensure a smooth transition for you. If not, we hope to see you again soon in the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’.

*For logistical reasons, we may make small changes to our itineraries or accommodation from time to time.

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Discover the South Island and challenge yourself on our most action-packed adventure. Make like a local and hike stunning backcountry, bike mountain trails, kayak coastal lagoons and swim with wild dolphins. You’re bound to work up an appetite, but we’ll keep you well fed with hearty and delicious Kiwi fare. At the end of an exciting day, there’ll be time to rest and relax in clean, comfortable lodgings as you reflect on your uniquely New Zealand experiences.

Combine this adventure with our Sweet North tour to enjoy the best of both North and South over 19 days.

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