For many, New Zealand is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, an epic reward you give yourself for a job well done. If ever there was a time for that… now may be it!
Trekking in Fiordland, Mount Aspiring, Paparoa, and Aoraki Mount Cook national parks are all on the itinerary of this two-week tour.
In a country of seemingly relentless natural beauty — the mountains! the valleys! the lakelands and grasslands! — the Milford Sound fiord on New Zealand’s South Island still manages to be a spectacular standout. Designed for uber-keen trekkers, this two-week hiking extravaganza covers Milford Sound, as well as South Island’s other legendary trails, such as the Routeburn, Milford and Kepler tracks.
You will visit Fiordland, Mount Aspiring, Paparoa and Aoraki Mount Cook national parks, hitting topography that runs the gamut from beach to rainforest to glacial. You will cruise Milford Sound and even overnight on Doubtful Sound during this incredible hiking adventure.
- Hike the Inland Pack Track through limestone canyons and dense rainforest, then along the Punakaiki coastline, where you can see wild blue penguins and dolphins
- Trek from the stunning Diamond Lake track, carved by ice-age glaciers and peppered with shrubs and forest and shrubland, to the lovely village of Arrowtown before settling into a postcard-perfect lakefront hotel in the heart of Queenstown
- Experience the once-in-a-lifetime Milford Sound for days, climbing a series of switchbacks across McKinnon Pass to see the deep majesty of the Arthur Valley, spying the mighty Sutherland Falls, cruising around the fiord and spotting the local wildlife
Milford Hiking Adventure | ACTIVE ADVENTURES
Length/Departs: 14 days; Oct., Nov., Dec. 2022; Jan., Feb., March 2023 (ask operator about more departs in 2023).
Accommodations: B&Bs, lodges, apartments, overnight cruise.
Price: from $8,799. CDN (ask for details about what this includes).
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Please note: Active Adventures is now requiring “all guests over the age of 12 (13 years and above) travelling on trips departing from December 1, 2021, to be fully vaccinated, no matter the destination.” Proof of COVID vaccination is also required.
Active Adventures also has the SafeTravels Stamp from the WTTC. Feel free to ask about what this entails for this trip from the operator.