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Activities
  • 5 day cycle trails, hikes and half day kayak
Accommodation
  • 3 nights hotel/motel
  • 1 night boat cruise
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 4 Breakfasts

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5 Days$2390USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: MIS

Trip highlights


  • Combine the Around the Mountains trail with a visit to the majestic Milford Sound
  • Kayak to Pidgeon Island on the shimmering Lake Wakatipu
  • Hike part of the Kepler, Routeburn and Milford Tracks, three of New Zealand's great walks.
  • Bike to the remote Humboldt Falls (3rd tallest in NZ) in the Hollyford Valley
  • Hike to Key Summit and take in the impressive scenery and huge mountains of Fiordland National Park
  • Overnight on a floating hotel amidst spectacular Milford Sound, a once in a lifetime experience!
  • Stay the night in comfortable lodge accommodation amongst tussock covered hill country and mountain fed lakes
  • Cycle to the Mavora Lakes and Von Valley on remote backcountry roads

This spectacular cycling and hiking adventure provides an ideal opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Fiordland and the enchanting Milford Sound. Nowhere else in New Zealand do the mountains rise up out of the water, rich rain-forests cling to sheer rock faces or waterfalls crash hundreds of metres to the sea below than in our gorgeous Sound. Your journey begins in Queenstown, where you will embark on this amazing journey towards Milford Sound with a morning kayak on the crystal blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, enjoy walking along the famous Kepler, Milford and Routeburn tracks and cycle through Fiordland National Parks' iconic beech forests and superb mountain scenery along the way. In Milford Sound you will board your comfortable floating hotel to explore the magic of this area, with options to swim or walk, before pedalling around Te Anau and the hidden Mavora Lakes site featured in the Lord of the Rings. This sensational journey concludes with a tour of a high country sheep station, afternoon tea and a boat transfer across Lake Wakatipu back to Queenstown.


Your guide will collect the group from a central city location around 8:00am and we will have a tour briefing and then a bike fitting. Then it’s time to drive to Glenorchy where we take an easy 45 minute kayak on Lake Wakatipu to Pigeon Island, a wildlife paradise. The scenic mountain landscapes towering over the lake make this a highlight of the trip. After paddling back from the island, there could be a chance for a swim as we enjoy lunch on the shore. We then head back to Queenstown where we will explore the nearby Queenstown Trails by bike. After time to refresh we then head out to our first group dinner to talk over plans for the next few days. Cycling Distance: Up to 20km

Meals:  L,D

From Queenstown we drive the narrow lakeside road alongside Lake Wakitipu to the old steam railway town of Kingston. From here we connect with the Around The Mountains cycle trail, a dedicated cycle path that allows you to enjoy the scenery of sheep and cattle country surrounded by spectacular mountains free from traffic. We stop for lunch at the remote Five Rivers station cafe, and then load up the bikes to drive to Te Anau, the gateway to our coming adventures exploring Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. This afternoon we enjoy a walk along the lower section of the Kepler Track, one of NZ's Great Walks. We walk from Rainbow Reach and follow the Waiau River through beautiful beech forest to the Lake Te Anau outlet. We transfer to our hotel in Te Anau and are then free to explore the town and make our own dinner arrangements. Cycling Distance: Up to 50km / Up to 32miles Walking Distance: 9km / 6 miles taking 3hours Note: Tonight you will need to pack an overnight bag for the next night of the tour. When staying overnight in Milford Sound you will be able to take a small bag and the majority of your luggage will be secured in the vehicle.

Meals:  B

This morning we drive into the Fiordland National Park amid the beech forests and mountains, that the region is famous for. The beautiful Milford road tracks through the wilderness and we stop to enjoy some of the short walks and views on the way, before arriving at The Divide. From here we walk to Key Summit, a 3 hour return hike which forms part of the Routeburn Track, gives spectacular views of the Hollyford Valley and Humboldt and Earl mountain ranges. We drive through the Homer Tunnel and onto Milford Sound, stopping en-route to explore the famous Chasm walkway before arriving at our accommodation for the night, our very own floating hotel! The boat takes us out into the Milford Sound, where there is the option to take a tender boat to shore for a short nature walk along the famous Milford Track (1.5 hours). Once back onboard the boat, we enjoy a wholesome meal before sailing into the open seas beyond before returning to a sheltered spot for the night. Remember to take a walk on deck after dark to admire the amazing stars of the Southern Hemisphere. Note to solo travelers: All cabins on the Milford Sound Cruise are shared.

Meals:  B,L,D

By 9am the next morning, after a hearty breakfast and further exploring of the fiord, we return to shore and we bid a sad farewell to the majestic Milford Sound. We climb back to the Homer Tunnel by bus, if weather conditions allow, we hop on the bikes here and enjoy the wonderful cycle down the Milford Sound Highway and along the very quiet and scenic Hollyford road. From here there is chance to walk to see the 275m high Humboldt Falls (30 mins return) which are particularly spectacular after rain. We have lunch and transfer by bus back to Te Anau, stopping at more view points along the way to admire the wonderful Fiordland scenery and rain forest vegetation. We spend a second night in Te Anau and meet in the early evening for our final group dinner together. Cycling Distance: Hollyford Road 27km / 17miles

Meals:  B,L,D

Out of Te Anau we journey into the hidden Mavora Lakes, a site of scenes from Lord of the Rings. We cycle by the lakeside and through the beech forest before continuing on to the isolated Von Valley for lunch. We farewell our supporting coach as we cycle on to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and down to Mount Nicholas station. Here we are greeted by stunning views of the surrounding mountains and snow covered Mount Earnslaw at the head of the lake. We are met by our hosts and shown around the remote high country sheep station, before enjoying a light ploughman's afternoon tea. Our tour concludes with a boat journey across the shimmering waters of Lake Wakatipu back to Queenstown. Its time to say a sad goodbye as we pick you up from the wharf and drop you off in downtown Queenstown. Cycling Distance: Up to 46km / 28miles

Meals:  B,L


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Elevation

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Inclusions

  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • 3 nights in hotel/motel ensuite accommodation on a double or twin share basis
  • 1 night in a double or twin cabin on a Milford cruise boat with shared bathroom facilities
  • Professional qualified driver/guide
  • 2 professional guides/drivers on trips with 8 or more people
  • Private vehicle transport (except Milford Wanderer Boat)
  • Overnight cruise on Milford Sound
  • Kayak trip on Lake Wakatipu
  • High country farm experience at Mount Nicholas sheep station
  • Boat return across Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown
  • Water and snacks while cycling
  • Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • NZ Goods and Services Tax (GST)

  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Bike hire (including helmet)
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)
  • Tips

About Your Leader

Our guides are one of our biggest assets and we pride ourselves on their level of quality and high standards. Once the trip reaches 8 people, we provide you with two of our expert guides to maximise your enjoyment and overall experience. You’ll know you’re in safe hands as all of our guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many of them are trained bike mechanics. They come from all walks of life but our guides have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you.


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Notes

HS
Holiday Season
P
Public Holiday Supplement

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Total Priceper person from

$2390USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Public Holiday SupplementUSD$80
  • Bike RentalUSD$130
  • e-Bike Rental (subject to availability)USD$380
  • Single Supplement - Limited to 2 per departureUSD$390
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Milford and Fiordland Hike Bike and Kayak trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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 When you book one of our adventures, you will receive quality services at the best prices with plenty of inclusions. There are no hidden costs, single travellers don’t pay more and you’ll enjoy many ‘extra touches’ that ensure your holiday is excellent value for money.

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By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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