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Masterpiece Adventure Tour of New Zealand

Perfected over the years. The New Zealand we share with friends!

Perfected over the years, our unique Masterpiece New Zealand adventure tour is a trip to remember. After long careers in New Zealand adventure travel, we created this adventure trip as the one we would most want our friends to do if they were coming to visit us. The Masterpiece New Zealand adventure tour encompasses the very best of New Zealand’s bucket list destinations, activities and experiences.

Walk in our most famous National Parks, marvel at New Zealand’s highest peaks, hike our Great Walks, get up close with the unique wildlife, cruise Milford Sound, discover some of our more colourful South Island towns and cities and enjoy a taste of real Kiwi life with the locals.

While it might sound like that’s a lot to pack into two weeks, careful planning and local knowledge mean that there’s no need to rush. We’ve planned the best routes to hike and we know the best time to visit all the hot spots, so you won’t be sharing the views with too many others. There’s plenty of time to relax and you can do as much (or as little!) as you’d like throughout the trip. As our most flexible itinerary, there’s something to suit everyone.

You’ll enjoy delicious home-cooked Kiwi fare to fortify you for the adventurous days of walking and hiking, and sleep soundly at night in fantastically located, very comfortable lodgings. No detail is too small to escape our attention, and we’ve thought of everything with our Masterpiece adventure trip, right down to the tasty snacks on the bus and the tunes we play as we travel from one incredible place to the next. It’s like the perfect road trip with friends, minus arguing over who has to drive!

If this is going to be your one and only trip to New Zealand, make it count with our Masterpiece adventure trip. One of the very best New Zealand tours and a sure-fire way to ensure that you make the most of this once in a lifetime vacation. It’s been so well perfected over the years – it’s so special that it’s the New Zealand we share with friends!

14 Days

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Queenstown

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Queenstown

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Very comfortable lodging

Price
NZD$8599 AUD$8199 USD$5799 GBP£4499 CAD$7799+tax
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Highlights of the Masterpiece

1: Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park
A day hiking amongst towering peaks, tumbling glaciers and alpine flora.

2: Dolphin swim, Kaikoura
A heart-warming experience focused on respectfully interacting with these wild animals in their natural environment.

3: Queen Charlotte Sound
Paddle the deep-green waters and observe the scenery and wildlife.

4: Franz Josef Glacier
Hike through West Coast rainforest to see the terminal face of this spectacular glacier.

5: Mt Aspiring National Park
A morning hike takes you to the summit of Rocky Mountain for breath-taking panoramas.

6: The Kepler Track
Another hidden gem, enjoy the views of glacial-carved valleys and deep blue lakes.

7: Milford Sound
Take in the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, with its towering granite cliffs and thundering waterfalls.

8: The Routeburn Track
A day hike on one of New Zealand’s most magnificent walking trails.

Masterpiece Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day

1

Arrive Queenstown
Bike Wakatipu Basin

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Lunch
Dinner

Meals
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Biking Sightseeing
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Mackenzie Country

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Day 1 – Welcome to Queenstown

The Masterpiece is an all-encompassing New Zealand Adventure Tour created to replenish the mind and uplift the spirit. Each day combines a blend of beautiful scenery and exceptional experiences with healthy meals, comfortable accommodations, time to relax and, of course, good company. Designed to showcase the best of New Zealand without the need to rush, this is adventure travel at its finest. 

Begin your journey in Queenstown, a gorgeous alpine resort nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. After meeting your guides and fellow travellers, we’ll head out for a dose of fresh mountain air on a scenic bike ride – the perfect antidote to any residual jetlag you’re feeling! With our legs sufficiently stretched, we’ll then travel on to the Mount Cook region where we’ll spend the next couple of nights. An area of incredible natural beauty, this National Park is home to many iconic mountain vistas, including that of our highest peak Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Bike Arrowtown to the Kawarau Bungy Bridge

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, where 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.

Road trip to Mount Cook

After our bike ride, you can rest your legs as we travel out of the region and towards New Zealand’s highest peak standing tall at 3,724m (over 12,000 feet). Along the way, we’ll travel over the Lindis Pass and down into wide open valleys before catching our first glimpse of Aoraki/Mt Cook, ‘the cloud piercer’ as it’s known in Maori. Tonight, we’ll be staying in pleasingly cosy accommodations with incredible scenery right on your doorstep. This area is a UNESCO International Dark Sky Reserve, which means all you need do is step outside and look up for some world-class star-gazing this evening.

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Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Multiple Choice

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Mackenzie Country

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Day 2 – Your choice in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

After a sound night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, it’s time to set foot on the trails this morning. Boasting 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 not only its namesake, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park boasts a further 19 peaks topping more than 3,000 metres. Depending on how energetic you’re feeling today, there are longer and shorter hiking options available – the choice is yours. You also have the option to explore the Mount Cook village at your leisure or splurge on a heli-hike or glacier boat tour.

Day 2 Continued

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 flavoursome home-cooked meal and a chance to trade stories from the day or do some more stargazing.

Choice 1

Hike to Mueller Ridge

The hike up to Mueller Hut via Mueller Ridge is one of our favourites and with a bit of grit and determination, most can achieve the breath-taking 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 Hooker Valley Track

This is one of the South Island’s most popular glacier country trails. Looking down from swing bridges over rushing rivers, you’ll walk a track that leads to an alpine lake complete with icebergs. For those with an interest in New Zealand flora, the Hooker Valley is one of the best places to see Mount Cook lilies in season.

Choice 3

Free time around Mt Cook Village

Today is a great opportunity to explore on your own if you’d like. Visit the museum and planetarium at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Take some short walks around the area or just enjoy the views with a coffee and a good book.

Day 2 Optional Add-ons

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


Glacier heli hiking

Take a helicopter or ski plane up to land high on the Tasman, 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
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Mackenzie Country
Hike Mt John

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
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Hiking
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Christchurch

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Day 3 – Hike Mount John, explore Mackenzie Country & Christchurch

Today’s journey takes us from mountain to ocean as we head through the fertile plains of Canterbury towards the East Coast. We’ll begin the day with a short climb up Mount John for 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 Christchurch, a historic city with a shifting dynamic. We’ll take our time, stopping in some of our favourite spots along the way to stretch our legs and capture the glorious views.

Mount John & Mackenzie Country

This morning we’ll make the steady climb up Mount John though 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 Christchurch

We’ll travel on towards Christchurch this afternoon and watch as the passing scenery shifts from tussock and mountain to the lush Canterbury plains and arable land. We’ll make a stop in the pretty country town of Geraldine for a glimpse of rural life in New Zealand. Our destination today is Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city, where we’ll spend a comfortable night in quiet lodgings.

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4

Christchurch
Hike Banks Peninsula

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Lunch
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Walking Sightseeing
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Kaikoura

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Day 4 – Explore Christchurch & Kaikoura Peninsula

After a relaxed breakfast, the morning is yours to explore the city of Christchurch and its many delights. Christchurch is undergoing an urban regeneration project but still retains a garden-like quality with much to see and do. This afternoon we’ll travel north a short distance to the seaside settlement of Kaikoura on the East Coast, where we’ll stay the night.

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 a morning hike over the Bridle Path for incredible views over Christchurch and Lyttleton Harbour.

Kaikoura Peninsula

Just north of Christchurch lies the small coastal town of Kaikoura. The Kaikoura Peninsula is a striking area set on the edge of a deep continental shelf where towering cliffs meet an ocean floor that plunges even further in the other direction. The nutrient-rich water and startling topography has created a unique mecca for an abundance of marine life. Whales, dolphins, fur seals and more are thriving in ideal conditions and are a regular sight in the waters off the mainland. 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.

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5

Kaikoura
Swim with dolphins

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DolphinSwimming Wildlife
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Queen Charlotte Sound

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Day 5 – Dolphin Swim in Kaikoura & Queen Charlotte Sounds

Today’s an unforgettable day and a dream come true for wildlife lovers. You’ll be up bright and early to swim with Dusky dolphins, a rare breed known for their aerobatics. We’ll see how many different varieties of fish, seals and even whales we can spot in this outstanding marine reserve, where the unusually deep waters make a unique habitat close to shore. We’ll carry on to the town of Picton, where we water taxi across Queen Charlotte Sound to our accommodation for the night, where you can explore some of the world-famous Queen Charlotte Track or take in the wonderful wildlife surrounding the lodge!

Dolphin Swimming

The early start is well worth it today for the best chance at meeting some of the local wildlife that calls this area home. We’ll don flattering(!) wetsuits to swim with a pod of dolphins in their natural environment. Of course, this is dependent on whether the dolphins cooperate, but they usually do! The tour is an educational experience that is 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. Small Dusky dolphins 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 tour.

Meet the Wildlife of Queen Charlotte Sound

From Picton, we water taxi across the glorious Queen Charlotte Sound to our accommodation for the night. Set amongst a landscape of native plants and abundant birdlife, with views of the glistening bay, you’ll enjoy an excellent meal and the chance to truly relax in this remote but well-equipped location.

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6

Queen Charlotte Sound
Kayak & wine tasting

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Breakfast
Lunch

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Kayaking WineTasting
Accommodation

Nelson

Queen Charlotte Sound Kayak
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Day 6 – Queen Charlotte Sound & Marlborough Vineyards

This morning we’ll paddle back to Picton, providing another opportunity to view the local wildlife. From here it’s a short hop to Marlborough’s wine-growing region, where we sample some of the area’s produce. For the next few nights, we’ll stay in Nelson, a colourful beachside town and comfortable resting point.

Queen Charlotte Sound

After a nourishing breakfast at the lodge, we’ll take to the water again in our kayaks and paddle back to Picton, exploring some hidden coves and bays along the way. Gliding along on the water is a lovely way to spend the morning while you check out the beautiful coastline.

Marlborough Vineyards

Home to some of New Zealand’s best vineyards, the Marlborough region is famous for producing excellent wines savoured around the world. We will sample some impeccable wines from this region, before carrying on towards Nelson and our accommodation for the next two nights.

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7

Nelson
Free day to explore

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On your own

Meals
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FreeDay
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Nelson

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Day 7 – Explore Nelson

Today is yours to enjoy as you wish. Nelson, “the sunniest place in NZ”, is famous for its arts scene, award-winning wines, craft beers and fruit orchards, with plenty to keep you entertained within walking distance. Most of our guests are happy to spend a relaxed day exploring Nelson, browsing the shops and galleries, strolling along the beach or reading a book – it’s a lovely place to re-energise yourself for the rest of your adventure. There are over 350 local craftspeople and artists creating Maori, traditional and contemporary art in the area, so it’s also a chance to discover what inspires New Zealanders creatively. Or if you’d prefer something a little more active, we can help you book a tour to explore Abel Tasman National Park on foot or by kayak. Abel Tasman is famous for its glorious coastline, where golden sand beaches meet clear blue seas.

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8

West Coast
Hike West Coast Seal Colony

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Lunch
Dinner

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Buller Bay

tauranga bay
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Day 8 – Coastal Walkway to Tauranga Bay Seal Colony

Today we’ll make our way to the rugged West Coast, taking our time to stop and appreciate the journey, including a picturesque hike along the coast to Tauranga Bay seal colony. Our accommodation tonight is in the seaside village of Buller Bay.

Hike along West Coast to Tauranga Bay Seal Colony

The remote but spectacular wild West Coast is where we will stop for a delicious picnic lunch, before heading out on a coastal walk.  Take in 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.

Explore West Coast Beaches

Our next destination takes us further south to ‘The Coast’ as it’s known by locals, a journey rated by Lonely Planet readers as one of the best coastal drives in the world. Rainforests, rivers and glaciers meet deserted beaches and crashing waves, making for a unique and sometimes stark coastline. Sunsets on the West Coast are incredibly special and tonight you’ll see just why.

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9

West Coast
Hike Paparoa National Park

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
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Hiking Sightseeing
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Okarito

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Day 9 – Hike Paparoa National Park, Pancake Rocks & Explore Hokitika

With its towering limestone cliffs and lush vegetation, this area feels like something straight out of Jurassic Park. Today we’ll hike a fantastic track through Paparoa National Park, as well as checking out the blowholes and limestone formations of the Pancake Rocks. Then we drop in on Pounamu (greenstone/jade) carvers at work in the town of Hokitika. We’ll spend a relaxed evening in the tiny settlement of Okarito (with a population of just 30), enjoying an appetizing feast matched with local wines and craft beers. We have exclusive access to the Okarito Beach House accommodation and no doubt you’ll sleep sweetly tonight.

Hike Paparoa National Park & visit the Pancake Rocks

We’ll hike the Porarari Loop Track this morning through Paparoa National Park, a visually rich area made up of dense sub-tropical forest and limestone cliff gorges. You’ll also have the chance to check out an interesting geographical phenomenon in the town of Punakaiki – the curious looking but aptly named Pancake Rocks. The surge of the incoming sea is forced into chambers creating a geyser-like explosion through rock blowholes. The unusual limestone formations, overlaid with soft mud and clay, have been forged over millions of years by the immense pressure of the sea, wind and rain, creating the pancake effect we see today.

Explore Hokitika

After our hike, we’ll visit the quirky town of Hokitika, famous for its greenstone carvings and jewellery. You might also want to check out another form of artwork on the beach, where creative locals have built impressive driftwood sculptures for all to enjoy.

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10

West Coast
Okarito & Franz Josef Glacier

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Meals
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Kayaking Hiking
Accommodation

Wanaka

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Day 10 – Kayak Okarito Lagoon & Hike Franz Josef Glacier

Today you’ll experience mountains, beaches and glaciers all in one fantastic day. We start with a picturesque paddle on the tranquil waters of Okarito Lagoon, drinking in the views and discovering the birdlife. This afternoon we’ll head down the coast for a hike near Franz Josef Glacier as it descends the Southern Alps into temperate rainforest. We then travel south over the Haast Pass and into the vast beauty and open spaces of Central Otago. We’ll spend the next two nights in Wanaka, a charming lakeside resort snug amongst the mountains.

Kayak Okarito Lagoon

Okarito Lagoon is home to an abundance of native birdlife, including some rare species such as the Kōtuku, or white heron. There’s no better way to quietly observe the birdlife in its natural habitat than by taking a peaceful paddle across the lagoon. An unsurpassed view of the Southern Alps makes for the perfect backdrop to our morning kayak.

Rainforests and Glaciers

We’ll then travel on to Franz Josef Glacier and its small township tucked into foothills of the Southern Alps. Franz Josef Glacier descends 12kms into temperate rainforest just 300m above sea level. It’s one of our most accessible glaciers, so we’re able to get close enough for a great view of the terminal face. We’ll learn a little about the geology and history of the area as we take in the scenery.

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11

Lake Wanaka
Hike Aspiring National Park

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Lunch
Dinner

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Sightseeing Hiking
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Wanaka

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Day 11 – Hike Wanaka

After a peaceful night in our lakefront accommodation, we’ll start the day with a heart-pumping hike up Rocky Mountain for an exceptional outlook across Lake Wanaka and the surrounding peaks. We’ll share the views at the top and stop to visit Diamond Lake on the way back down. Then spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the delightful township of Wanaka - take a stroll along the foreshore or even head out for a self-guided bike ride on the lakeside trail – the choice is yours.

Hike Diamond Lake and Rocky Mountain Track

We’ll kick the day off with a hike to Diamond Lake to appreciate the sweeping views out over the Southern Alps and Lake Wanaka, before carrying on up the Rocky Mountain trail. It’s a steady climb and one that will no doubt get your heart pumping, but with each passing step, the scenery just gets better and better, making it all worth it at the top.

If you’d rather have a more relaxed morning, there’s plenty to do in the town itself, from great coffee and boutique gift shops to a gentle amble along the beach and obligatory photo in front of Wanaka’s ‘giant hand’ sculpture. We’ll regroup this evening for a delicious meal together in a local eatery.

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12

Hike Mt Crichton Track
Te Anau

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Dinner

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Te Anau

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Day 12 – Hike Mt Crichton Track, Te Anau

Today we’ll wake up in the idyllic little town of Wanaka and after tucking into breakfast with a view, we’ll hit the road to Queenstown. There, we’ll hike Mt Crichton Track. After a tasty lunch on Frankton Beach, we’ll head to Te Anau - the gateway to the fiords - in preparation for our journey into Milford Sound the following day.

Hike Mt Crichton Track

On this scenic loop walk to Sam Summers Hut, you’ll get an interesting glimpse into life as an early gold prospector. This area was mined back in the 1800s and relics of that time still remain, including a large sluiced canyon and a "tail race" tunnel. You’ll hike past the hut, across 12 Mile Creek and up to a ridge overlooking stunning views of Lake Dispute.

Journey to Te Anau - the gateway to the fiords

After soaking up the views and fresh air of the trail, it’s time to head towards the famed Fiordland to the lakeside town of Te Anau. Tonight, you’ll tuck into a delicious dinner of local fare prepared by your guides and rest up for tomorrow’s adventures.

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Fiordland National Park
Routeburn Track & Milford Sound

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BoatCruise Hiking
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Te Anau

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Day 13 – Hike the Routeburn Track (Key Summit) & cruise Milford Sound

After waking up in Te Anau, it’s time for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, seeing Milford Sound! After spending the morning cruising on the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, we’ll head off to discover a gem on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, the Routeburn.

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.

Hike the Routeburn Track to Key Summit

This afternoon we’ll head deeper in Fiordland’s wilderness for a heart-pumping hike on the world famous Routeburn Track up to Key Summit. A well-formed track leads us through lush beech forest and past tall tree ferns, with velvety mosses blanketing the rich earth underfoot. Native birdsong provides a soothing soundtrack to our walk and as we climb higher, views of the Darran Mountains and Hollyford Valley stretch out beneath us providing a fitting reward for our efforts. On your final night of the trip, you’ll sleep soundly having spent the past 13 days exploring the best of the South Island.

Day

14

Te Anau
Hike Kepler Track

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Lunch

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Hiking Sightseeing
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Day 14 – Explore Te Anau & Finish in Queenstown

On the last morning of the 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 to Rainbow Reach – 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.

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5MSTP Michele Harrod3
I wanted something a little bit more adventurous than the usual bus tour – the trip was 10 times better than I hoped it would be and I loved every minute. The pace was excellent and, believe it or not, quite relaxing. Nothing ever seemed rushed and we had a great group. I don't think we could have had better guides – Jodi's passion for everything she did shone through. New Zealand Trails is definitely the best tour company I have ever dealt with, from start to finish.
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8MSTP Diana Beardsley2
I have been all over the world and for someone who likes to sink into nature, NZ is tops. This small group trip had two awesome guides, Shona and Libby. I have a background in military logistics and there was nothing overlooked on this trip. Lodging, transportation, food, rest breaks, activities - impeccably done. I looked at several other tour companies, and do not think you can beat what New Zealand Trails offers for the price. If you want to trek but don't feel comfortable setting out on your own, this is the way to go.
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Take your time and enjoy the journey as you hike, bike and paddle in and around the South Island’s most beautiful locations. With options to suit all fitness levels, our Masterpiece traverses the New Zealand landscape from alps to ocean, offering the widest variety of outdoor activities, all taken at your own pace. Along the way, you’ll stay in very comfortable lodging and enjoy a delightful mix of home-cooked Kiwi fare and restaurant dining.

To experience the best of both North and South over 19 days, pair this trip with our Sweet North tour.

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If our friends were coming to New Zealand, this is what we would do. Less than an expedition, more than a retreat, the Masterpiece is the result. An adventure you won't forget. Ever.

What’s included:

Local guides, small groups

All food (except where noted on itinerary), transportation and activities

All inclusive

All accommodation

NZD$8599 AUD$8199 USD$5799 GBP£4499 CAD$7799+tax
per person (twin or double share)

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