Tailored Itinerary for Debbe Simmons

14 March 2025 - 23rd March 2025

Summary Itinerary

Included below is a brief itinerary, upon booking a detailed itinerary will be provided.

Day 1 – Friday 14th March 2025

Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand (Own arrangements)

Your private transfer will be waiting to take you to your accommodation.

Settle in & enjoy this afternoon at your leisure.

Accommodation: The Rees Luxury Hotel & Apartments 


 

Day 2 – Saturday 15th March 2025

This morning you will be collected by Adventure South from a central location in Queenstown and start your adventure with a nearby mountain hike. You’ll take the gondola above the township and then access the walking track to Ben Lomond, slowly meandering your way to a highpoint lookout. With the amazing views over Lake Wakitipu and the Queenstown basin this is an inspiring start to this fantastic walking trip. After descending, you’ll head south along the scenic shoreline of Lake Wakatipu to New Zealand’s southernmost city, Invercargill, a good base to start your journey to remote Stewart Island the following day. You’ll spend overnight in Invercargill.

*Lunch & dinner included

Accommodation: Adventure South NZ Accommodation


 

Day 3 – Sunday 16th March 2025

This morning you & your group will  drive a short distance to the windswept coastal town of Bluff. Here, you’ll meet the morning ferry for the one hour (approx) crossing to Stewart Island, off the southern coast. Home to New Zealand’s newest national park and the remote community of Oban, you’ll arrive on Stewart Island ready for some walking activity. After a casual lunch you’ll walk for about 10km (4hrs) on part of the Rakiura Track with lovely coastal views and prominent bird life. You will then take a water taxi one way and the availability of this will influence the direction and location of your walk. Arriving back into Oban village late in the afternoon, you’ll have time to check into your accommodation, freshen up and explore the various options on offer for tomorrow. It’s then time to regroup for dinner, the fresh local Blue Cod, or the famous Bluff Oysters are a must try.

*Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Accommodation: Adventure South NZ Accommodation


 

Day 4 – Monday 17th March 2025

Stewart Island is very diverse environment and today is a free day to allow you to wander as you please. The activity options range from a visit to the unique predator-free Ulva Island, to sea kayaking the interior coastline around Patterson Inlet, or even a hike on the many coastal walkways, such as the one to Ackers Point lighthouse. Whatever you choose, this will be a magical day in a magnificent location.

*Breakfast included

Accommodation: Adventure South NZ Accommodation



Day 5 – Tuesday 18th March 2025

Departing on the early ferry from Stewart Island back to the mainland, you’ll then travel through small towns and rural landscapes to Te Anau, on the edge of World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Here you can enjoy a fine walk on one of the lower reaches of the Kepler track, passing through wetlands and mosses and ancient native forests. There are a couple of options for return hikes to remote and secluded bush-clad bays on either Lake Manapouri or Lake Te Anau, the choice will depend on the weather. This evening you will have a briefing on the upcoming Hollyford adventure and enjoy dinner with an air of anticipation for the next couple of days.

*Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Accommodation: Adventure South NZ Accommodation


Day 6 – Wednesday 19th March 2025

Today you’ll drive into the world famous Milford Sound to enjoy a few short walks and stops at points of interest along this incredibly scenic journey. By late morning you’ll arrive at Milford Sound and prepare to board a helicopter for the truly spectacular flight over the peaks and rugged west coast to Martin’s Bay in the Hollyford region. On arrival you’ll meet your hosts and are treated to a picnic lunch. It’s then time to begin exploring this amazing landscape on foot with a walk through lush forest and coastal heath to a rocky bay. If you’re lucky you may spot fur seals and the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin (in season) that inhabit these shores. Returning to Martin’s Bay Lodge by jet boat you’ll enjoy a gourmet meal and relax in cosy accommodation in this very special uninhabited wilderness location.

*Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Accommodation: Adventure South NZ Accommodation



Day 7 – Thursday 20th March 2025

After a hearty breakfast you’ll journey once again by jet boat up Lake McKerrow to the Hollyford River, the dramatic mountainscapes leaving you in awe of the beauty of this region. A little further along you’ll leave the boat to commence your 20km hike along the Hollyford Valley, following the footsteps of early explorers through native beech forest speckled with elegantly flowing waterfalls. The undulating track brings us to the trail head, with a lunch stop and interesting interpretation of your surrounds along the way. You’ll then be transferred to your accommodation back in Te Anau, and meet again in the evening for your final dinner.

*Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Accommodation: Adventure South NZ Accommodation



Day 8 – Friday 21st March 2025

On your final morning you’ll enjoy one more iconic walk, this time along the Routeburn Track to Key Summit, where you can take in sweeping views over the beautiful Hollyford Valley. Along the trail you will have the chance to reflect on a week of exceptional walking experiences with our new found friends before boarding the vehicle for a late afternoon drive back to Queenstown. Trip arrangements conclude with a drop off in central Queenstown at your accommodation. 

*Breakfast & lunch included

Accommodation: Eichardt’s Private Hotel


 

Day 9 – Saturday 22nd March 2025

Enjoy this morning at your leisure – Perhaps a massage will be on the cards!

This afternoon is for rafting on the famous Shotover River!

Enjoy your final night in Queenstown at your leisure.

Accommodation: Eichardt’s Private Hotel


 
Day 10 – Sunday 23rd March 2025 – Departure

Today you will be privately transferred to Queenstown airport for your flight home (Own arrangements) 


Accommodation

Includes all accommodation as follows:

  • 1 night in a Lake View One Bedroom Apartment at The Rees Luxury Hotel & Apartments, Queenstown
  • 6 nights accommodation during your guided hike with Adventure South NZ (3-4 star hotel / motel style accommodation & 1 night at a lodge)
  • 2 nights in a Heritage Suite at Eichardt’s Private Hotel, Queenstown

Inclusions:

  • The Rees Luxury Hotel & Apartments – Full breakfast
  • Adventure South NZ Guided Hike: Tasty cafe breakfasts (x6), gourmet picnic or cafe lunches (x6), two course restaurant dinners (x5) catered to all dietary requirements.
  • Eichardt’s Private Hotel – Daily A la Carte Breakfast, Non-alcoholic Mini Bar, $100 Dining Credit per stay (excludes beverage)*, One Nightly Pre-Dinner Wine, Beer or Sparkling Wine

Activities

Includes all activities as follows:

  • Milford, Hollyford & Stewart Island 7 day Guided Hike with Adventure South NZ
  • Shotover River Rafting

Transport

  • Private transfer from Queenstown airport to your accommodation (return)
  • All transfers within your Adventure South NZ guided hike

Cost

USD $6,127* NZD$10,219

Price is per person based on 2 adults
•This quote is valid for 7 days from 18th November 2023 and subject to availability
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Payment

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