THE GREAT WALKS
This package is for the keen hikers, with three hikes in three days, capturing the best parts of the iconic Milford, Routeburn and Kepler tracks. These walks include a heli-hike, a guided walk and an independent walk to ensure guests get the best from the 'Walking Capital of the World'.
Day 1 – A half-day mountain heli-hike on the beautiful Kepler Track. Guests will begin their adventure with a helicopter pick up from Cabot Lodge, flying over Lake Manapouri towards the Fiordland Mountains. These dramatic mountains rise almost vertically and create a barrier between the east coast and the west coast of New Zealand. Once across the main divide, Doubtful Sound will present itself in magnificent fashion. Being 10 times larger than Milford Sound, there is plenty to see from the helicopter, including hidden alpine lakes and rushing waterfalls. Guests will enjoy a remote alpine landing with great photo opportunities, before being flown to the Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track. Guests can walk either guided or independently through the 8 kilometre (5 mile) downhill track. Upon reaching the shores of Lake Te Anau, guests will take a short boat trip into Te Anau where they will be met by Cabot Lodge staff for their return drive to the Lodge.
Day 2 – A full-day guided walk through the renowned Milford Track. This tour offers the chance to explore the Milford Track before anyone else, with a private nature guide on hand to ensure visitors get the full Milford experience. The adventure begins with a private water taxi to the start of the Milford Track at Glade Wharf, venturing on to the track before the influx of visitors arrive. On one of the more scenic parts of the trail, guests will begin an easy-going hike, soaking up the lush green rainforest and alpine views, listening out for the many native birds that thrive here. The experienced nature guide will explain the flora, fauna and history of the trail, which guests can explore for up to 14 kilometres (8 miles). The day includes a delicious gourmet packed lunch, arriving back at Cabot Lodge by 5pm.
Day 3 - A full-day alpine hike through the dramatic Routeburn Track. Enjoy a guided or independent day walk to Key Summit on the renowned Routeburn Track. This spectacular walk ascends through lush, temperate rainforest and onto a unique alpine herb field. At the summit, hikers experience panoramic views of mountains, alpine lakes, and deep glacial carved valleys. This 8 kilometre (5 mile) return walk is an inspiring place to enjoy the natural beauty of the Fiordland National Park. Guided trips provide the opportunity to learn about this stunning natural environment as well as hear the local myths and legends which surround this enchanting location.
This package includes three nights’ accommodation in our Deluxe Suite with breakfast, evening drink and canapes, as well as daily on-farm activities also provided.
The Great Walks package starts from $6,170 NZD for two persons.