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Ultimate Hikes Milford Track & Routeburn Guided Walks

Ultimate Hikes - Milford and Routeburn Track Walks

 

We challenge you not to fall in love with this awe-inspiring scenery!

The South West of New Zealand is one of the great natural areas of the world. Queenstown based Ultimate Hikes operate guided walks on the Milford, Routeburn and Greenstone Tracks. These iconic walks pass through the stunning World Heritage Area of Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks, known to the original Maori inhabitants as Wai Pounama - the greenstone waters. 

 

Combining the experience of Milford Track Guided Walk, Routeburn Track Guided Walk and Alpine Guides Mt Cook, we have developed into a world-class trekking venture with an international reputation, attracting thousands of walkers each year. Our range of multi-day and single day walks offer the experience of a lifetime, with the chance of witnessing the very best of New Zealand's wilderness, without sacrificing comfort or convenience.

 

The guided walking packages are all inclusive and fully catered. Our guides are fully trained in first aid and are in radio contact with each other and our Queenstown base at all times. The luxury lodges on our overnight walks provide hot showers, drying rooms, bedding and food. Allow us to introduce some of New Zealand's finest walking areas with comfortable accommodation, delicious food and a safe environment. This is a memorable trip for walkers of all ages and abilities.

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Main Office: Ultimate Hikes Centre, The Station Building, Duke Street Entrance, Queenstown.

 

Parking: Please make arrangements to leave your car in Queenstown. Hotels often provide vehicle storage if you are staying their on your return. It would however pay to confirm this with your accommodation. 

 

Departures: All transport from Queenstown is included. There are no accommodation collections so please meet at rear of The Station Building (outside the Ultimate Hikes Centre) at 9.15am on the morning of departure.

 

Seasons:

Low Season - 1 to 30 November 2011 and 1 to 23 April 2012 

High Season - 1 December 2011 to 31 March 2012

 

Min Child Age: 10 years old

 

Max Child Age: 15 years old.

 

Payment Terms: Due to strict supplier cancellation fee's a non refundable deposit of 15% per person must be received by ANZCRO before a booking can be made. Full payment is required within 10 days of confirmation. Clients names and country of origin are also required.

 

Pre-Track Briefing: Please check in at the Ultimate Hikes Centre, Ground Floor, The Station Building at 4:45pm on the day prior to your departure. Here you will receive a complete outline of the walk. All equipment is provided and last minute purchases can be made. A medical form must be completed and we will answer any queries that you may have.

 

Weather, Track & Fitness Requirements: We cannot stress enough how changeable and unpredictable the weather is in this region. Please be prepared for every eventuality and to adhere to our equipment list (it is not uncommon to experience snow in the middle of summer).

Our walks are neither easy nor difficult. They are a challenge which people of all ages and abilities will relish. To enjoy your experience, you need to be able to carry a backpack (5-7kg) for 4 - 8 hours over 10 - 21km of uneven track each day. We encourage you to walk at your own pace as it is not a race and we want you to enjoy yourself. There is no pressure to keep up with the fastest walkers as there is always a guide at the rear of the group.

The track surface varies from smooth, well formed paths to rough terrain broken by rocks and tree roots. There are steep rocky downhill sections and clients may have to cross small streams and wade in deep water after heavy rain. We recommend that you wear hiking boots with firm ankle support. Walking poles are also recommended and available for hire.

A reasonable level of fitness is required and if you are not a regular walker, we suggest that you begin a daily walking regime 6 - 8 weeks prior to departure. You should gradually increase the distance that you walk and carry a backpack. Staircase or hill-climbing will leave you better prepared.

Guides & Safety: Your guides are trained outdoor enthusiasts who will explain all there is to know about the area. They pride themselves on their safe, efficient and friendly service, providing everything from a hot drink at lunch to an evening briefing on the next day's walk. Your safety is of paramount importance and our guides may have to adapt the day depending upon fitness levels, weather or track conditions. Whilst they will make every effort to meet your needs, we ask that you adhere to their professional decisions if required.


Available Activities:
Milford Track Guided Walk - 5 Days/ 4 Nights - Daily Departures

Traversing the heart of New Zealand's wild fiord country, the Milford Track has long been described as "the finest walk in the world". Since Quintin Mackinnon pioneered the route in 1888, everyone from hardened trekkers to novices sporting their first pair of boots have taken up the challenge of the Milford Track.

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The Milford Track Guided Walk is a Queenstown to Queenstown, all-inclusive walk through the heart of Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. The package includes all transport, accommodation, meals, snacks, backpacks and rain jackets. Accommodation is in our luxury lodges and you will be led by our expert guides.

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Monday - Friday
Tuesday - Saturday
Wednesday - Sunday
Thursday - Monday
Friday - Tuesday
Saturday - Wednesday
Sunday - Thursday

  • Multi share: 4 to 6 people in bunk style rooms with shared bathroom
  • Private Queen: 1 to 2 people in room with queen bed and private en-suite
  • Private Single / Twin also available.

 


Routeburn Track Guided Walk - 3 Days/ 2 Nights - 5 Departures Per Week

The Routeburn Track traverses wild and scenic mountain country between the Hollyford and Dart Valleys at the base of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Since the 1880's the Routeburn Track has proved to be one of the most accessible and popular journeys into New Zealand's forests and mountains. The Routeburn Track passes through two national parks - Fiordland and Mount Aspiring. It is part of Te Wahipounamu in the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. The area is a haven for native bird life: the Robin, Fantail, Parakeet, Bellbird, and Yellowhead. Watch out for the resident Kea at Routeburn Falls! The variety of landscapes will astound you: mountainous peaks, sheer rock faces, alpine basins, pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls, luxuriant forests, turquoise rivers and million dollar views around every corner.

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The Routeburn Track Guided Walk is a Queenstown to Queenstown, all-inclusive walk exploring New Zealand's Southern Alps. The package includes all transport, accommodation, meals, snacks, backpacks and rain jackets. Accommodation is in our comfortable lodges and you will be led by our expert guides.

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Start and Finish Guide Accommodation Options
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Monday - Wednesday
Tuesday - Thursday
Wednesday - Friday
Friday - Sunday
Sunday - Tuesday

  • Accommodation is in bedrooms with bunk beds sleeping 4 to 6 people per room.

 


The Classic Walk - 8 Days / 7 Nights
For those that want to do it all! Combine New Zealand's two finest walks: the Milford and the Routeburn Tracks.

Set in the stunning surroundings of two national parks and Te Wahipounamu, South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Enjoy close encounters with the native bird life: the Robin, Ke, Weka, Fantail, Tui, Parakeet, Bellbird and even Kiwi's have been spotted on the Milford Track. Experience Fiordland National Park at its most spectacular: deep lakes, silent fiords, luxuriant forests and sheer canyons carved out of imposing granite. Then Mount Aspiring National Park with it's mountainous peaks, alpine basins, inquisitive native bird life, emerald bush, turquoise rivers and million dollar views around every corner.

 

The Classic is a Queenstown to Queenstown, all-inclusive guided walk through the heart of Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. The package includes all transport, accommodation, meals (except in Te Anau where accommodation is on a bed only basis), snacks, backpacks and rain jackets. Track accommodation is in our comfortable lodges and you will be led by our expert guides.


Start and Finish Guide Accommodation Options
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Wednesday - Wednesday
Thursday - Thursday
Friday - Friday
Sunday - Sunday

  • On the Milford Track take your pick from multi share (rooms with bunk beds sleeping 4 to 6 people) or a private bedroom with one queen / 2 singles and private bathroom. On the Routeburn Track accommodation is in rooms with bunk beds sleeping 4 to 6 people.

Encounter Guided Day Walks:

Our 'Encounter' range of guided day walks have been designed for people with limited time, or those who would rather walk for just a single day. We offer the Milford Track Encounter from Te Anau, the Routeburn Track Encounter from Queenstown and the Mount Cook Encounter from Mount Cook Village. These are an informative and easy way to sample the magic of the New Zealand wilderness.

We provide everything from transport, food, hot drinks, free loan of day packs and rain jackets, sunscreen and insect repellent, to an emergency radio system for complete safety.

All you need is walking boots or shoes, a bottle of water, warm clothing and your camera! As you walk, your guide will share their knowledge of the unique flora, fauna, history and geography of the region. To get maximum enjoyment from your day everyone is encouraged to walk at their own pace.

 

Routeburn Track Day Encounter

Your day begins with a courtesy pick up from your Queenstown accommodation, followed by a journey along the Queenstown-Glenorchy Road. This is one of New Zealand's most scenic drives and follows the rugged shoreline of Lake Wakatipu. You will then enter the wilderness sanctuary of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Relish the invigorating 6.5km (4 mile) walk up the wide and smooth track to Routeburn Flats, with time to linger by the river as it meanders across the alpine meadow. Enjoy a hot drink with lunch at Routeburn Flats Hut while taking in the splendour of the surrounding mountains. For those who want a little more adventure, the 300 metre climb over 3km to Routeburn Falls promises to be the highlight of your day. The walk up to the waterfall is somewhat more challenging than the first section of the track, but most of our walkers make the effort and agree the view makes it all worth it.


Start and Finish Guide: Links:

Daily Departures: 1 November 2011 to 23 April 2012

7:40 - 8:00am Pick up from Queenstown Accommodation

6:00pm Approximate return to Queenstown

Duration: 10 hours - 6 hours on the track (13 to 19km).


Milford Track Day Encounter

Your day begins at the Ultimate Hikes Te Anau Office where you will meet your guide and board your coach for a short journey along the shores of Lake Te Anau to the Te Anau Downs Boat Harbour. You will then cruise for an hour to the spectacular northern end of the lake and enjoy a hot drink on board with your guide. After disembarking at the start of the track we walk 1.6km to the historic Glade House, one of the original Milford Track Lodges dating back to the 1890's. Enjoy hot soup from the kitchen with your lunch, all included in your walk. From here the track follows the Clinton River as it meanders through rich Beech Forest for a further 3.2km. Your guide will point out the bird life and unique aspects of the valley, then take you off the track to show you a few places you might otherwise miss. For those who want a little more of a challenge there will be the option of returning via the Glade Burn Track, giving you one final vista of Lake Te Anau, before boarding the return launch.


Start and Finish Guide: Links:

Daily Departures: 01 November 2011 to 23 April 2012 (excluding Christmas Day)

9.15am Pick up from Ultimate Hikes Office (behind Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas), Lakefront Drive

6.30pm Approximate return to Te Anau

Duration 9 hours - 5.5 hours on the track (approx 10 km).


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vanessa.carey@anzcro.com.au (Administrator) Multi-Day Tours Tue, 11 Jan 2011 01:11:40 +1000
Real Journeys Milford Sound Overnight Cruises http://nztravel.com.au/index.php/15964i.html http://nztravel.com.au/index.php/15964i.html
Real Journeys Milford Sound Overnight Cruises

milford-soundWhen the day visitors depart a silence descends on Milford Sound. Be one of the privileged few to experience the long southern twilight and the dawning of a new day in this magnificent world heritage region.

Departing from Milford wharf, cruise the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea, where subject to favourable weather conditions, the sails are hoisted for a period before returning to sheltered waters to anchor in Harrison Cove.

The friendly crew and expert nature guides are always available to answer your questions and help with the activities such as kayaking and exploring the coastline by tender craft. Passengers have the opportunity to visit the Underwater Observatory as an optional extra. (Self driving only).

An overnight cruise in Milford Sound is the ultimate dinner, bed and breakfast experience. Explore the fiord in the quiet of the late afternoon and venture out in our kayaks or small craft. In the morning, awake to the beauty of the fiord.

There are 2 Overnight cruise options available on Milford Sound:

Milford Mariner

  • Private cabins with ensuite bathrooms

Milford Wanderer

  • Twin share compartments and Quad share rooms.  All have shared bathroom facilities.

Also, check out the Overnight Doubtful Sound Cruise - Less well known, but just as spectacular as Milford Sound.

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Main Office:
Visitors Centre

State Highway 94, Milford Sound

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Help Notes:

Cancellation Policy: Strict cancellation penalties apply for travel within 35 Days. Full payment is required 35 days prior to departure. 

All cruise departures are subject to weather conditions so it is required to reconfirm your tour 48 hours prior to departure.  At this time your departure point and time will be verified.

What to bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes/boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Woollen sweater/fleece jacket
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Swimwear (optional)
  • Cash for bar and snacks
  • Camera and lots of film
  • Overnight bag only

IMPORTANT NOTE for self-drive passengers:  There is no fuel available in Milford Sound so it is important to fill up in Te Anau before departing on the 124 km round trip between Te Anau & Milford Sound. 


Available Activities:
Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise

The Milford Mariner offers a very special dinner, bed and breakfast experience. Designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand coastal trading scow to reflect Fiordland’s heritage, the Milford Mariner caters for visitors who enjoy comfort, combined with activity. The vessel has been purpose built to accommodate passengers in private cabins with ensuite bathrooms. It has a spacious dining saloon, observation lounge and large open deck areas for viewing the scenery of Milford Sound.

Departing from the Milford Wharf, the Milford Mariner cruises the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. The vessel explores in a leisurely way many points of interest, with plenty of time available to view waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with the experienced nature guide. After reaching the open sea, subject to weather and favourable conditions the sails are hoisted for a period. The vessel returns to the fiord and anchors overnight in sheltered Harrison Cove.
Activities include kayaking and exploring the shoreline on the tender craft.

The overnight cruise includes a delicious four course buffet evening meal and hearty cooked breakfast. Beverages are sold at the licensed, on board bar. The next morning following breakfast, there is further cruising before returning to the Milford Wharf. Suitable for most ages, except infants. Not suitable for wheelchair clients due to steep stairs.

Self-Drive Passengers (not using Real Journeys coach or flight connections) also have an opportunity to visit the Underwater Observatory as an optional extra.

Key Points:

  • Spacious viewing decks, dining saloon, fully licensed bar and observation lounge.
  • Accommodation is in private cabins with ensuite bathrooms (twin, double or single occupancy)
  • Three course evening buffet meal and cooked breakfast included.
  • Capacity – sleeps 60
  • Kayaking and tender craft (small boat) activities included
  • Specialist nature guide on board
  • Milford Sound Discovery Centre (underwater observatory) option for self drive customers only (extra cost)
  • Coach connections from Queenstown and Te Anau available (extra cost)
  • Fly out option, Milford to Queenstown ( Weather permitting and not advisable for customers with connecting flights or other restricted travel arrangements)
  • Suitable for all ages
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Departures: Daily departures from Milford at 4.30pm. Returns 9.15 am (Off-Peak) & 10.15am (Peak) on Day 2.

Seasons: 

Off-Peak: October, April, May & September

Peak: November to March

Duration: 2 days / 1 night

Room Types: Double, Twin, Single or Quad Share* occupancy available.

* During May & Sep quad-share accommodation is available on board the Milford Mariner

Min Child Age: 1 year old

Max Child Age: 14 years old

Infants: (0 - 12 months) carried free of charge if sleeping in a cot, otherwise child rates apply. Infants may travel in twin/double cabins only. Passengers to provide their own cot, unless by prior arrangement.


Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise

An overnight cruise on board the Milford Wanderer is a unique adventure. Begin your overnight experience with a full length cruise of Milford Sound accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The atmosphere on board is friendly and relaxed, and you’ll quickly get to know your crew and fellow travellers.

As you explore the fiord, keep a lookout for wildlife, especially fur seals basking on the rocks. In the late afternoon, the Milford Wanderer will moor in a sheltered cove, allowing you to go exploring with a nature guide in the kayaks and tender craft (small boat). If you’re feeling brave, you can even go swimming in the fiord’s pure, but cold waters.

As the shadows deepen, the Milford Wanderer will return under sail (weather permitting) to Harrison Cove for the night. Enjoy a three course meal in the cosy saloon and relax in the company of like-minded travellers.  


Key Points:

  • Spacious viewing decks, cosy dining saloon and fully licensed bar.
  • Twin-share compartments and shared bathroom facilities.  Limited Quad-share accommodation is also available also with shared bathroom.
  • Three course evening meal and cooked breakfast included.
  • Kayaking and tender craft (small boat) activities included
  • Specialist nature guide on board
  • Capacity – Sleeps 61 quad-share or 40 twin-share
  • Milford Sound Discovery Centre (underwater observatory) option for self-drive customers only (extra cost)
  • Coach connections from Queenstown and Te Anau available (extra cost)
  • Fly out options, Milford to Queenstown available (weather dependent and at extra cost)
  • Suitable for all ages with exception of infants
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Departures: Daily departures from Milford at 4.30pm. Returns 9.30am on Day 2.

Seasons:

Off-Peak: October to April

Peak: November to March

Duration: 2 days / 1 night

Room Types: Twin Share or Quad Share with shared bathroom facilities. Please note: We endeavour to assign compartments as " all female " or " all male " but we cannot guarantee this.

Min Child Age: 5 years old

Max Child Age: 14 years old

Infants: Not suitable to accommodate children under the age of 5 years.


FAQ's:

What is the difference between the Milford Mariner and Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruises?
Each cruise has the same focus on sharing the wonders of Milford Sound through in-depth commentaries and a variety of activities (wildlife viewing, kayaking and cruising in the tender craft).  The Milford Mariner offers private cabins with ensuite bathrooms and the Milford Wanderer offers quad share bunk-style compartments with shared bathroom facilities and from November 2011 offers twin share rooms with bathroom facilities.

How long does it take to travel to Milford?
If you are travelling from Queenstown it will take around 5 hours to reach Milford.  Te Anau to Milford is around 2 hours and 20 minutes.  This timing allows for stops along the way for photos or short walks to places of interest.  If driving make sure you fill your vehicle with petrol in Te Anau before travelling to Milford as there are no petrol stations at Milford Sound or en route.

What are the road conditions to Milford like in the winter?
Driving conditions during winter (May to September) can be difficult.  Extreme care is needed as freezing temperatures mean the road can ice over in shaded places.  During the winter it is mandatory to carry snow chains in your vehicle as the road can sometimes be covered in snow.  These are available for hire from petrol stations in Te Anau and Queenstown. If you are not confident about driving in winter conditions then take a Real Journeys coach to Milford Sound and relax and enjoy the stunning scenery.

Where do you park and check in at Milford?
There is a large car park at Milford Sound.  You will need to allow around 10 minutes to walk from the car park to the Visitor Terminal where you check in for your cruise.  Check in is required 20 minutes prior to departure. See our map of Milford Sound.

Is there secure luggage storage at Milford Sound?
There is a limited amount of luggage storage available so customers who are walking the Milford Track are able to store their luggage safely.

What happens if the weather changes and we can’t fly out from Milford?
Your travel agent or the outlet where you purchased your Milford Sound trip will refund the flight component of your ticket.  You will return to Queenstown by coach.

Are linen and towels provided on the Milford and Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises?
Yes.

Overnight Cruises and Quad share - We are a group of three people and would like to book a shared quad-share room. Will this mean we would be sharing with another person?
Yes, you could potentially be sharing with another guest. Alternatively you could choose to pay for the entire quad cabin, or two double cabins, to ensure privacy.

What is the difference between Milford and Doubtful Sounds?
Milford Sound at the mountainous north end of Fiordland National Park is the classic fiord - a deep water inlet between steep sided high mountains.  Milford Sound is a middle-sized fiord at around 13 kms in length and it is famous for its dramatic scenery, especially Mitre Peak.  This fiord is the most accessible of Fiordland National Park’s 14 fiords and it can be reached by road (coach or car) or by flight connections from Queenstown.

Doubtful Sound is located in the heart of Fiordland National Park where the mountains are still very impressive but not as high as Milford Sound.  Doubtful Sound is three times longer and  has a sea surface area roughly ten times larger than Milford Sound.  Its three arms are Hall, Crooked and First Arm.  It is famous for its wilderness scenery and wildlife sightings.  To travel to Doubtful Sound visitors first take a launch trip across Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass.

Visitors with enough time choose to experience both fiords as they have different characters.

What is the difference between a sound and a fiord?
A fiord is a glaciated valley - typically narrow and steep-sided - that has been flooded by the sea after the glacier’s retreat.  A sound, on the other hand, is a river valley flooded by the sea following a rise in sea levels or depression of the land, or a combination of both.

What weather can I expect in Fiordland?
Fiordland’s weather is what gives the region its unique character. Rainfall is what makes Fiordland a land of lakes, rivers, streams, waterfalls and fiords. Visitors should always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during their stay. It is recommended to bring sensible clothing for cool and wet weather to fully appreciate your stay.
The temperatures you can expect in the different seasons are as follows:

Summer (December-February) 19-23 Celsius

Autumn (March-May) 8-18 Celsius

Winter (June-August) 5-9 Celsius

Spring (September-November) 10-19 Celsius

Is it worth going to Milford or Doubtful Sounds on a wet day?
Many say you have not seen Fiordland unless you have seen it in the rain.  When it rains in Fiordland the landscape is dramatic. Rock faces stream with waterfalls, mist hangs around the tops of the mountains and rivers and streams rage.  From a dry comfortable vantage point on board the coach or vessel this landscape is spectacular.

Do you pick up from local accommodation in Queenstown or Te Anau?
If you have booked a coach and cruise to Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound our coaches pick up from most accommodation in Queenstown and Te Anau.  When booking either from our website or directly with our staff, please let us know if you want to be picked up from your accommodation or from our Visitor Centre.

How likely are we to see wildlife in Fiordland?
While we cannot guarantee you will see wildlife, sightings of fur seals are reasonably common in both Doubtful and Milford Sounds.  A pod of bottlenose dolphins resides in Doubtful Sound so you have a good chance of seeing these fascinating mammals, and in Milford Sound dolphins are occasional visitors.  In both sounds the rare Fiordland crested penguin can at times be observed.

Are the vessels licensed to sell alcohol?
Alcohol is available on all our excursions.

Do you offer vegetarian meals?
Overnight cruises include vegetarian options. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements when booking.

 

Optional Extra's:

Exclusive Coach Transfers from Queenstown or Te Anau

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The journey to Milford from Te Anau and Queenstown is magnificent.
The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. No other road in Fiordland offers such a diverse glimpse into New Zealand’s alpine zone. Our luxury coaches have been purpose built for travelling the Milford Road, incorporating the latest technology for comfort and safety. The seats are tiered and angled towards the windows to maximise your views, and the expansive glass roof provides breathtaking sights of the snow-capped peaks.
Our drivers have been selected for their experience and knowledge, and our schedule includes plenty of time for short nature walks and photo opportunities along the way.

Coach connections with Milford Sound Overnight Cruises:
During  the summer season (October to May), Real Journeys operates coach services from Queenstown and Te Anau connecting with our Milford Sound Overnight Cruise options. Excursions depart from Real Journeys Visitor Centres:
  • Queenstown: Visitors Centre, Steamer Wharf  (Beach St)
  • Te Anau: Visitors Centre, Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau

Courtesy transfers from most Queenstown and Te Anau accommodation if pick up address is advised in advance
Lunch can be purchased en route in Te Anau


Scenic Flight Connections from Queenstown

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Flying over the Southern Alps between Queenstown and Milford is the ultimate way to experience southern New Zealand’s dramatic alpine scenery.
A hidden landscape unfolds below, revealing glacial lakes, waterfalls, deep valleys and cloud-piercing summits.
Our aircraft are specially selected for the mountainous terrain of Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks. All our pilots are specifically trained for alpine flying and provide an informative commentary along the way.

On landing at the Milford Sound airstrip you are transferred to the harbour where you board your selected Real Journeys cruise.

You can choose to fly both ways or to fly back to Queenstown after travelling the spectacular overland route to Milford Sound on our luxury coach. Fly-back options are available with all daytime and overnight cruises.

  • Flights depart daily from the Real Journeys Visitor Terminal, Lucas Place, Queenstown Airport
  • Courtesy transfers from most Queenstown accommodation if pick up address is advised in advance
  • All flights are weather dependent
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Child rates apply for 4 - 14 years
  • Infants 0 - 3 years carried free of charge where the infant sits on parent's knee, otherwise child rates apply

Milford Discovery Centre - Underwater Observatory

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Guided visits to the Milford Discovery Centre are available as an add-on with most Milford Sound Nature Cruises and Overnight Cruises (bookings essential, extra cost). Due to the delayed return, this option is not available to passengers travelling by Real Journeys coach or plane.

After an informative introductory talk, you will descend to the underwater viewing chamber to observe the fascinating corals, anemones, sponges, sea horses and fish species in their natural habitat.

Please request this add-on at time of booking.

Please note: If you choose a visit to the Milford Discovery Centre you will return to the Milford Wharf by water taxi approximately 30 minutes later than the scheduled cruise return.


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Information displayed on these pages are representative of products and services available through ANZCRO. ANZCRO does not take responsibility for failure of any individual products or services to provide accurate information, or for the accuracy of photographs supplied by the product/service providers for use in these pages.

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vanessa.carey@anzcro.com.au (Administrator) Multi-Day Tours Tue, 11 Jan 2011 01:11:40 +1000
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Real Journeys Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Doubtful SoundDoubtful Sound is a massive wilderness area of rugged peaks, rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets - all deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park.
Known for its pristine beauty and wildlife, Doubtful Sound is the second largest of the 14 fiords in Fiordland National Park and is three times longer and 10 times larger than Milford Sound. It is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals - both of which are often seen. In season, you may also catch a glimpse of the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin.
In Maori legend, this colossal fiord was created by the godly figure Tu Te Raki Whanoa. Four young sea gods assisted him by carving the fiord’s long, sheltered arms.
Today, Doubtful Sound remains an unspoilt wilderness of many moods; one minute clear blue and sun-drenched, the next mysterious and mist-cloaked.

Real Journeys offers daytime Wilderness and Small Boat cruises, as well as overnight cruises at Doubtful Sound.


Help Notes:

Wheelchair Policy:  Not recommended for wheelchair clients, however they will accommodate if client really wants to do tour.

Cancellation Policy: Strict Cancellation Penalties apply for travel within 35 Days - so full payment is required 35 days prior to departure.

All cruise departures are subject to weather conditions so it is required to reconfirm your tour 48 hours prior to departure.  At this time your departure point and time will be verified.

Driving times:
Queenstown - Milford (one way) 5 hours 291 kms
Te Anau - Milford (one way) 2hrs 30 mins 170 kms

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Main Office:
Visitors Centre

Pearl Harbour, Manapouri

What to bring:
  • Comfortable walking shoes/boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Woollen sweater/fleece jacket
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Swimwear (optional)
  • Cash for bar and snacks
  • Camera and lots of film,
  • Overnight bag only.
Available Activities:
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Doubtful Sound on an overnight cruise.
Your excursion begins with a short cruise across island-studded Lake Manapouri and a coach trip over Wilmot Pass. You will then descend to Doubtful Sound to meet the crew of the Fiordland Navigator awaiting you in Deep Cove. The Fiordland Navigator is designed along the lines of a traditional sailing vessel, combining the charm of a bygone era with all modern comforts including spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon/fully licensed bar and an observation lounge.
During the afternoon, you will cruise the full length of the fiord, weaving through hidden coves and waterways. Bottlenose dolphins are often encountered, fur seals bask on the rocks and, at times, rare penguins can be seen. As evening draws near, the crew will drop anchor in a sheltered cove, allowing you to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender craft (small boat) with a nature guide. For the more adventurous, there’s even a chance to go swimming.
In the evening, enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our onboard chef and relax in the saloon before retiring to your cosy bed.

Key Points:

  • All activities (kayaking and tendercraft/small boat), meals and accommodation included
  • Three-course buffet dinner & cooked breakfast
  • Sleeps 70
  • 18 private cabins with ensuite bathrooms and 8 quad share bunk - style compartments
  • Picnic lunch options can be pre-ordered
  • Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections with courtesy transfers from most accommodation
  • Suitable for all ages with exception of infants in quad share
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Departures:

 - Daily departures from Manapouri at 12 - 12.30pm (returns 11.45am - 12 noon day 2)

 - Daily* departures from Queenstown at 8.30am (returns 3.15pm/3.30pm day 2) *May & Sep coach connections depart Monday, Wednesday and Friday only

 - Daily departures from Te Anau at 11am/11.30am (returns 12.30pm/12.45pm day 2)

Seasons:

Off-Peak: October, April, May & September

Peak: November to March

Duration: 2 days / 1 night

Room Types: Double & Twin, Single or Quad Share* occupancy available.

* Quad-share: we endeavour to assign compartments as "all female" or "all male" but we cannot guarantee this

Min Child Age: 1 years old

Max Child Age: 14 years old

Infants: (0 - 12 months) carried free of charge if sleeping in a cot, otherwise child rates apply. Infants may travel in twin/double cabins only. Passengers to provide their own cot, unless by prior arrangement.


FAQ's:

How long does it take to travel to Manapouri?
From Queenstown to Manapouri by car or coach takes around 2 hrs 45 mins and from Te Anau around 30 minutes.

Is there car parking at Manapouri?
Overnight car parking is 950m from the Manapouri Visitor Centre and daytime car parking is provided adjacent to the Visitor centre. See our map of Manapouri

What are the road conditions to Manpouri like in the winter?
Driving conditions during winter (May to September) can be difficult.  Extreme care is needed as freezing temperatures mean the road can ice over in shaded places.  During the winter it is mandatory to carry snow chains in your vehicle as the road can sometimes be covered in snow.  If you are not confident about driving in winter conditions then take a Real Journeys coach and relax and enjoy the stunning scenery.


What is the difference between Milford and Doubtful Sounds?
Milford Sound at the mountainous north end of Fiordland National Park is the classic fiord - a deep water inlet between steep sided high mountains.  Milford Sound is a middle-sized fiord at around 13 kms in length and it is famous for its dramatic scenery, especially Mitre Peak.  This fiord is the most accessible of Fiordland National Park’s 14 fiords and it can be reached by road (coach or car) or by flight connections from Queenstown.

Doubtful Sound is located in the heart of Fiordland National Park where the mountains are still very impressive but not as high as Milford Sound.  Doubtful Sound is three times longer and  has a sea surface area roughly ten times larger than Milford Sound.  Its three arms are Hall, Crooked and First Arm.  It is famous for its wilderness scenery and wildlife sightings.  To travel to Doubtful Sound visitors first take a launch trip across Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass.

Visitors with enough time choose to experience both fiords as they have different characters.

What is the difference between a sound and a fiord?
A fiord is a glaciated valley - typically narrow and steep-sided - that has been flooded by the sea after the glacier’s retreat.  A sound, on the other hand, is a river valley flooded by the sea following a rise in sea levels or depression of the land, or a combination of both.

What weather can I expect in Fiordland?
Fiordland’s weather is what gives the region its unique character. Rainfall is what makes Fiordland a land of lakes, rivers, streams, waterfalls and fiords. Visitors should always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during their stay. It is recommended to bring sensible clothing for cool and wet weather to fully appreciate your stay.
The temperatures you can expect in the different seasons are as follows: summer (December-February) 19-23 Celsius, autumn (March-May) 8-18 Celsius, winter (June-August) 5-9 Celsius, spring (September-November) 10-19 Celsius.

Is it worth going to Milford/Doubtful Sounds on a wet day?
Many say you have not seen Fiordland unless you have seen it in the rain.  When it rains in Fiordland the landscape is dramatic - rock faces stream with waterfalls, mist hangs around the tops of the mountains and rivers and streams rage.  From a dry comfortable vantage point on board the coach or vessel this landscape is spectacular.

Are linen and towels provided on the Milford and Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises?
Yes.

Overnight Cruises and Quadshare -  We are a group of three people and would like to book a shared quad-share room. Will this mean we would be sharing with another person?
Yes, you could potentially be sharing with another guest. Alternatively you could choose to pay for the entire quad cabin, or two double cabins, to ensure privacy.

 

Do you pick up from local accommodation in Queenstown or Te Anau?
If you have booked a coach and cruise to Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound our coaches pick up from most accommodation in Queenstown and Te Anau.  When booking either from our website or directly with our staff, please let us know if you want to be picked up from your accommodation or from our Visitor Centre.

How likely are we to see wildlife in Fiordland?
While we cannot guarantee you will see wildlife, sightings of fur seals are reasonably common in both Doubtful and Milford Sounds.  A pod of bottlenose dolphins resides in Doubtful Sound so you have a good chance of seeing these fascinating mammals, and in Milford Sound dolphins are occasional visitors.  In both sounds the rare Fiordland crested penguin can at times be observed.

Are the vessels licensed to sell alcohol?
Alcohol is available on all our excursions.

Do you offer vegetarian meals?
Overnight cruises include vegetarian options. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements when booking.

Optional Extra's:

Exclusive Coach Transfers from Queenstown or Te Anau

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The journey to Doubtful Sound from Te Anau and Queenstown is magnificent.
Our drivers have been selected for their experience and knowledge, and our schedule includes plenty of time for short nature walks and photo opportunities along the way. 

Coach connections depart from Real Journeys Visitor Centres:
  • Queenstown: Visitors Centre, Steamer Wharf  (Beach St)
  • Te Anau: Visitors Centre, Te Anau

Courtesy transfers from most Queenstown and Te Anau accommodation if pick up address is advised in advance
Lunch can be pre-ordered, please advise at time of booking.


Manapouri Underground Power Station

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The Manapouri Underground Power Station, located deep beneath Fiordland, harnesses the energy of rushing water to generate electricity.

The construction of this power station was one of New Zealand's greatest engineering achievements, with the majority of the work completed underground in a remote location. The only external signs are the above-ground control building, a switchyard and two sets of transmission lines that loop across the head of the lake on their way to join the national grid. 

A visit to the Manapouri Underground Power Station begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri. You will then travel by coach down a 2km (1.2 miles) spiral tunnel to view the immense underground machine hall and learn the story behind this power station.

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Tourmasters South Pacific Ltd (Thrifty Tours) http://nztravel.com.au/index.php/697s.html http://nztravel.com.au/index.php/697s.html
Tourmasters South Pacific Ltd (Thrifty Tours)

Thrifty Tours

 

Thrifty Tours offer a comprehensive selection of flexible New Zealand coach tours departing daily from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. We offer a range of single island trips, full New Zealand wide tours and special themed itineraries such as rail, nature, wine and Middle Earth tours. Enjoy the freedom of travelling independently, whilst based around scheduled coach, rail and ferry services.

 

Benefits of Thrifty Independent Touring:

  • Variety of scheduled transport services (coach, train and ferry)
  • Extra days can be added at time of booking
  • Full commentary provided by experienced drivers
  • Visit major sightseeing attractions
  • FREE Bonus offers
  • Daily departures with no minimum passenger numbers
  • Touring routes designed to utilise time efficiently
  • Comprehensive touring wallet on arrival into New Zealand

Please Note: These tours are not fully escorted coach tours. Pre and Post tour transfers and accommodation can also be arranged at additional cost.

Payment Terms

A non refundable deposit of $200 per person must be received by us within 7 days. Full payment must be received 30 days prior to departure.


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Pre-Tour Information: 
Documents for your Thrifty Tour will be left at your pre tour accommodation for collection upon arrival, please ask for these at check in. Refer to the Thrifty Tours itinerary for your reporting instructions and pick up details. For this reason it is important Thrifty Tours are aware of your pre-tour accommodation.


Minimum Child Age:

2 years old.

Maximum Child Age:

11 years old.


Tour Accommodation:

Your New Zealand holiday accommodation is in specially chosen properties, generally centrally located and of a high standard.

Thrifty Tours New Zealand offers a choice of five levels of accommodation:
Tourist Motel Bronze Hotel
Silver Hotel Gold Hotel Apartment
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Centrally located motel accommodation for those on a budget. Clean and comfortable hotel accommodation. Great value for money.
Tourist hotels with full facilities on site.
First class tourist hotels providing excellent locations and services.
Modern apartment style accommodation featuring separate bedrooms and kitchen facilities.

Available Independent Tours:
2 Days Classic Rotorua
2 Days Glaciers Overnight
2 Days Classic Rotorua Map

Indulge yourself in the rich culture of New Zealand's Maori heritage, including a traditional hangi and concert.

 

2 Days Glacier Overnight Map

A perfect introduction to the spectacular sights and stunning landscapes of the South Island.

 

3 Days Lakes Discovery 
3 Days Bay of Islands Leisurely 
3 Days Lakes Discovery

Discover Rotorua and Taupo, famous for their spectacular lakes and the mighty Huka Falls.

 

3 Days Bay of Islands Leisurely

Visit the Bay of Islands, a year round destination and birthplace of our nation.

 

3 Day Capital Gateway 
3 Days West Coaster 
3 Day Capital Gateway

Visit the award winning Martinborough wine region before discovering the best that Wellington has to offer on this 3 day getaway.

 

3 Days West Coaster

A perfect introduction to the spectacular sights and stunning landscapes of the South Island.

 

4 Days Look North 
 4 Days Bay of Islands Retreat
4 Days Look North

Join the Coastal Pacific train heading north for a fascinating journey. Experience the different sights and tastes offered by both major islands.

 

4 Days Bay of Islands Retreat

Visit the Bay of Islands, a year round destination and birthplace of our nation.

 

5 Days Alpine Explorer 
 5 Days Bay of Islands and Rotorua Combo
5 Days Alpine Explorer

Just like a picture perfect postcard! Take in all the sights that make the South Island so special.

 

5 Days Bay of Islands and Rotorua Combo

Experience our cultural heritage, past and present, amid the natural beauty of Northland and Rotorua.

 

5 Days Lakeland Tour 
 5 Days Essential South
5 Days Lakeland Tour

Focusing on the South Island, the Lakeland Tour is an in-depth look at this beautiful part of New Zealand.

 

5 Days Essential South

Enjoy the stunning beauty of the South Island's unmissable destinations.

 

6 Days Northern Express
 6 Days Trains, Fiords and Glaciers
6 Days Northern Express

This tour of the north has it all - stunning scenery, Overlander Train journey, cultural experiences and wine tasting.

 

6 Days Trains Fiords and Glaciers

The name says it all, an absolutely magical experience including the very best of the South Island.

 

7 Days Glacierland
 9 Days Majestic New Zealand
7 Days Glacierland

Begin your journey traversing the island by rail, then continue on to see for yourself the contrasting scenery of the East and West Coasts.

 

9 Days Majestic New Zealand

If time is short but you still want to experience New Zealand in all its majestic glory, this is the tour for you. Journey underground on a subterranean adventure through limestone chambers and passages, weave between steaming thermal springs, marvel at boiling mud and be captivated by some of the world's most stunning scenery at Milford Sound.

 

9 Days Mainland Express 
 10 Days New Zealand Explorer
9 Days Mainland Express

Discover a world like no other - untouched, uncrowded and idyllic. Travelling through the countryside you'll witness the delights of the north, including magical glow-worms and active geysers. Journey through Cook Strait and enjoy the highlights of the South Island, affectionately referred to as 'New Zealand's Mainland'.

 

9 Days New Zealand Explorer

From the north to the south, this tour will ensure you have a truely magical experience. Discover the very best of these stunning islands and contrasting scenery.

 

10 Days Essential New Zealand 
13 Days The Scenic South 
10 Days Essential New Zealand

From the north to the south, this journey will see you experience all the essential New Zealand destinations. Get up close and personal with the Maori culture, be amazed by the scenery on-board the TranzCoastal Train and cruise on the world renowned Milford Sound. A once in a lifetime opportunity that is too good to be missed.

 

13 Days The Scenic South

Take the time to experience all the stunning beauty that surrounds you in New Zealand. From day one this tour will not disappoint. Enjoy an insight into the traditional Maori culture in Rotorua, take a tour of the nation's capital, board the world renowned TranzAlpine train and visit the lakeside settlement of Wanaka.

 


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vanessa.carey@anzcro.com.au (Administrator) Multi-Day Tours Tue, 11 Jan 2011 01:11:40 +1000
ANZCRO Guided Tours - NZ http://nztravel.com.au/index.php/201852s.html http://nztravel.com.au/index.php/201852s.html
ANZCRO Guided Tours - NZ

ANZCRO Guided Tours

 

At ANZCRO we know a coach tour is the very best way to see and enjoy all the wonderful scenery and activities New Zealand has to offer.  With a comprehensive selection of flexible tours all you need to do is simply choose the itinerary that best suits you and let us take care of the rest!

 

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Minimum Child Age:

2 years old.

Maximum Child Age:

15 years old.

 

Benefits of ANZCRO Guided Touring:

  • Premium coach touring with over 40 years experience taking the worry out of planning, wasting time backtracking or missing the "must do" places.
  • Highly knowledgeable coach captains who provide a full commentary enroute and will happily arrange any optional tours or requirements along the way. 
  • Exceptional quality coaches with all the modern amenities including toilets.
  • Daily seat rotation.
  • Personal travel kit including bag, ticket wallet, umbrella, diary, local travel information and more.
Payment Terms

A non refundable deposit of $150 per person must be received by us within 7 days.  Full payment must be received 45 days prior to departure.

 


 

Tour Range:

We offer three levels of touring with many options available; all that is left is for you to decide which tour is the right one for you.

Classic Tours Highlights Tours Ultimate Tours
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Tailored to those who like to sit back, relax and let their Coach Captain show them New Zealand.

3.5 to 4 Star Centrally located accommodation

If you only want to see the essentials and have more free time then our Highlight Series is the way to go.

3 to 3.5 star Centrally located accommodation

If you enjoy getting out in the open and exploring more, then our Ultimate Series is for you.

4 to 4.5 Star Accommodation


Available Independent Tours:
8 Day Classic Northern Discovery 9 Day Classic Tranz Alpine
8 Day Classic Northern Discovery Map

Discover the best of New Zealand's North Island with its golden beaches, rich cultural heritage, magnificent lakes, art deco city and award winning wine region.

 

9 Days Classic TranzAlpine Map

See the contrasting scenery and stunning landscapes of the beautiful South Island.  Enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner while overlooking  picturesque Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world and journey on the world renowned TranzAlpine train. 

14 Day Classic Scenic Explorer 17 Day Highlights of New Zealand
14 Day Classic Scenic Explorer

Experience New Zealand in all its majestic glory. Be captivated by breathtaking scenery at Milford Sound and marvel at boiling mud and a spouting geyser in Rotorua.

 

17 Day Highlights of New Zealand

This tour offers more free time to choose the sightseeing that best suits you while allowing you to still experience authentic Kiwi attractions like the 'Hole in the Rock' cruise and an traditional Maori Village, Hangi and concert.

18 Day Classic New Zealand Panorama 23 Day All New Zealand Ultimate
18 Day Classic New Zealand Panorama

From the north to the south, this journey will see you experience all the essential New Zealand destinations. Enjoy an insight into Maori culture and be amazed by the scenery while cruising the Milford Sound.  A once in a lifetime opportunity that is too good to be missed.

 

23 Day All New Zealand Ultimate

A great way to see New Zealand, taking in many of the iconic locations that others miss.  Discover the natural wonders of the Coromandel Peninsula and enjoy an exclusive Milford Sound overnight cruise.  This tour is designed for people who wish to experience exploring off the beaten track.

 


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vanessa.carey@anzcro.com.au (Administrator) Multi-Day Tours Tue, 11 Jan 2011 01:11:40 +1000
Hollyford Track Guided Walk http://nztravel.com.au/index.php/381s.html http://nztravel.com.au/index.php/381s.html
Hollyford Track Guided Walk

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Departure points:
Queenstown: The Station Building
Duke Street Entrance, Queenstown

Te Anau: from the Luxmore Hotel, Main St, Te Anau

Departures: Up to 3 times a week depending on dates and minimum numbers.

Departs from: Either Queenstown or Te Anau. If staying in Queenstown you will be picked up on Day 1 from your hotel/accommodation between 6:30am and 7:00am to depart, or if staying in Te Anau you will need to make your way to the Sandfly Café by 9:00am. On Day 3 you will arrive back in Te Anau at approximately 4:30pm and Queenstown at approximately 7:00pm.

Parking: For clients with hire cars or self drive, please make arrangements to leave your car in Queenstown. Generally the hotels/motels where you are staying will store you vehicle while you are walking, if you are staying on your return. It would however pay to confirm this with your accommodation.

 

Season: Late October – Late April

Child Age: 8 to 14 years.

Location: Hollyford Track is located amidst the stunning scenery of the Hollyford Valley, Fiordland National Park.

Transport: Transport is provided, beginning and ending in either Queenstown or Te Anau

Maximum Numbers:16

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Help Notes:

Payment Terms:

A deposit of $250 per person is required immediately upon confirmation to hold the booking.  Full payment required in our office 6 weeks prior to departure.  Deposit non refundable within 90 days of walk.

Pre Track Breifing:

Pre-departure briefing is at 5.30pm, the day prior to departure (Check in at 5.15pm) at Ground Floor of 'The Station' building. Duke St entrance (look for the Hollyford Track Briefing signage). In Te Anau the Pre-Track Briefing is held at the Luxmore Hotel, Main Street. Packs and jackets are available at briefing.

Dietary requirements:
If you have any food allergies, or if you are a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or other preference, please let us know in advance so that we can make your time with us as comfortable as possible.

Fitness Requirements:

Undulating walk. Moderate difficulty. Total 37km's walking distance over 3 days. Average level of fitness required

Accomodation:

Is based on Twin Share rates. Guests can request to be 'paired' up with someone if travelling as a single, and can still pay the twin rate. If they request their own private single room they may need to pay a surcharge (depending on availability), surcharge on application.

What the package includes:

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Specialist, experienced guide for the complete itinerary
  • Track accommodation in well-appointed private lodges with twin share rooms and shared bathroom facilities
  • All meals on the track
  • Duvets, towels, shampoo, soap, hairdryers and hot water bottles
  • Captivating jet boat journey
  • Scenic flight to Milford Sound
  • Return coach transport to Queenstown and Te Anau (Queenstown transport not available if you choose to overnight in Te Anau or Milford)
  • Use of backpacks and rain jackets if required

Please note, suitacases cannot be stored whilst guests are on the track; these should be stored at your hotel.


Available Activities:

 Hollyford Track Guided Walk 

The Hollyford Track is an incredible ‘memories last a lifetime’ 3 Day/2 Night all inclusive Guided Wilderness Experience.

Itinerary:

Day One: Waterfalls, Pyke River Lodge, Glow Worms

Walking Distance: Approx 17kms (10.6miles)

Depart Queenstown at 7am, travel alongside the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and on to Te Anau. Those starting in Te Anau join the trip at 9am. After a brief comfort stop, depart for the Hollyford Valley and travel through the majestic Eglington Valley to the start of the Track in the Hollyford Valley visiting Gunn's Camp museum on the way. Then re-trace the footsteps of early explorers along the Hollyford River to Pyke River Lodge. As the Track undulates gently through native beech forest and beside tumbling waterfalls enjoy interesting historical tales and interpretation of the forest and bird life. In the evening you can visit our nearby glow-worm colony.

 

Day Two: Lakes, Jet Boating, 1000 Year Old Trees and Wildlife Experience

Walking Distance: Approx 12kms (7miles)

Begin your day with a short walk to Lake Alabaster and learn of the history and geology of the area whilst in the midst of stunning surroundings. Cross Fiordland's longest swing bridge and then enjoy a captivating Jet Boat journey down the Hollyford River and across Lake McKerrow to the historic site of Jamestown, the intended capital of the South Island in the late 19th century. Walk through the ancient Podocarp forest (New Zealand native pines) with huge Rimu, Totara and Kahikatea trees wrapped in massive Rata vines. Then visit the fur seal colony at Long Reef on the wild West Coast. You may see the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. Spend the night at Martins Bay Lodge.

 

Day Three: Martins Bay Beach and Coastline /Scenic Flight to Milford Sound

Walking Distance: Approx 8kms (5 miles)

Travel by Jet Boat to the beach and explore the seven kilometre Martins Bay Beach, sand dunes and lagoon. Learn about its history and its plant, sea and bird life. Return to Martins Bay Lodge and then enjoy a scenic coastal flight to Milford Sound. Board your coach for your return journey to Queenstown or Te Anau. Arrive back in Te Anau by 5 pm and Queenstown by approximately 7.30 pm.


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vanessa.carey@anzcro.com.au (Administrator) Multi-Day Tours Tue, 11 Jan 2011 01:11:40 +1000
Great Sights Overnight Cruise http://nztravel.com.au/index.php/200981s.html http://nztravel.com.au/index.php/200981s.html
Great Sights Overnight Cruise
Experience the wonders of the Bay of Islands with an overnight cruise showcasing the beautiful natural surrounds and fascinating history of this region. With 144 islands and abundant marine and bird life, the Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s finest sub-tropical maritime parks - stunning during the day, and unforgettable at night. 

Location: Maritime Building, Paihia.

 

Departures: Daily from 01 September to 31 May.

 

Child Ages: 2 to 14 years.

 

Please Note: Single supplement surcharges apply.

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Help Notes:

All cabins include full sized ensuites and panoramic sea views so that you can watch the sun rise and set from the privacy of your cabin.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:


What Do I Need to bring with me? An overnight bag only should be brought onboard for your convenience.  Please bring swimwear, sunscreen, sun hat, comfortable shoes, warm jackets, change of clothes and a camera. 

 

What meals do I Receive Onboard? Afternoon tea, buffet dinner (entree, main and dessert), breakfast and complimentary tea and coffee.

 

How Many Passengers will be Onboard my Overnight Cruise? Ipipiri has 30 ocean view cabins, catering up to a maximum of 70 passengers.


Available Activities:
Bay of Islands Overnight Cruise - ex Paihia

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Your overnight cruise will take you back to the roots of New Zealand human history. Northland (Te Tai Tokerau), is regarded as the birthplace of New Zealand. Your cruise will follow this historical and cultural path from the arrival of Maori and Europeans to the region, to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 between Maori and the British Crown. As the sun sets behind the islands of the Bay and your cruise ship finds a sheltered cove to moor overnight, the ambience transforms aboard Ipipiri. New Zealand wines, local cuisine and knowledgeable crew help create the perfect setting. Immerse yourself into the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands at night. Enjoy a Buffet Dinner in the dining room featuring local produce and traditional kiwi dishes.

Departure Day One: 12.30pm check-in at the Paihia Maritime building.

Arrival Day Two: 10.30am arrive back at the Paihia Maritime building.

Includes: One nights accommodation, on-board activities, afternoon tea, dinner (entree, main and dessert) and breakfast. Bar charges are not included.

Minimum Numbers: No minimum numbers

Maximum Numbers: No maximum numbers

Suitable for Children: Yes.


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