THE GREAT WALKS
This four night package is for the keen hikers, with three hikes in three days, capturing the best of the iconic Milford, Routeburn and Kepler tracks.
Nights: Four night stay
Maximum number of guests: Two guests
- - Four nights’ accommodation in our Deluxe Suite;
- - Daily cooked breakfast;
- - Daily lunch;
- - Daily set-menu evening meal;
- - An on-farm activity;
- - Heli-hike on the Kepler Track with picnic lunch;
- - Privately guided Milford Track hike with gourmet lunch and drinks; and
- - Privately guided Milford Sound experience followed by a hike on the Routeburn Track.
Cost: $7,200 NZD
Our Great Walks package is usually $9,061 NZD, but this special offer for our walking aficionados is available until 31 December 2021. Simply quote 'GREAT WALKS FOLLOWER' when making a booking enquiry to receive this fantastic offer.
This adventurous package has been crafted to ensure guests get the very best from the 'Walking Capital of the World' with both guided and independent hiking, as well as the opportunity to experience some of Fiordland's renowned scenery from the air and water.
Day One – Guests will begin their first day of adventure with a helicopter pick up from outside their suite at 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. At the hut guests can enjoy a picnic lunch before setting off independently on their five mile downhill hike, crossing through alpine terrain and descending into lush rainforest. Upon reaching the shores of Lake Te Anau, guests will take a water taxi across the lake where they will be met by Cabot Lodge staff for the short return drive to Cabot Lodge.
Day Two – Guests will be collected from the Lodge by their private guide and transferred to Lake Te Anau for a scenic cruise across to New Zealand’s most renowned Great Walk, the Milford Track. Led by our incredibly knowledgeable local guide, guests will learn about the rich history of the area while exploring the lush beech forests, glacier-carved valleys and waterfalls along the flat and easy-going nine mile hike. Guests will enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by thriving bird life and crystal clear waters. A hand-picked selection of New Zealand wine and beer await guests on their return to toast a breathtaking day ticking off another Great Walk from the bucket list.
Day Three - Guests will be collected from the Lodge by their private guide to journey along the dramatic Milford Road for a full day tour of Milford Sound and the stunning Routeburn Track. The Milford Road is a journey in itself and just as spectacular as the destination, with never-ending photo opportunities. The drive will include a number of stops on route to showcase the hidden gems of this renowned location. Upon reaching Milford Sound, guests will enjoy a two-hour boat cruise to spot local wildlife, including seals, dolphins and penguins. While out on the water, guests can savour their picnic lunch and get up close and personal with their surroundings, cruising under waterfalls and marveling at the sheer granite cliffs that tower above the water. Following the cruise, guests will set off on their privately guided walk to Key Summit on the Routeburn Track. This spectacular walk ascends through lush, temperate rainforest and onto a unique alpine herb field. At the summit, guests will experience panoramic views of mountains, alpine lakes, and deep glacial carved valleys. This five mile return walk is an inspiring place to enjoy the natural beauty of the Fiordland National Park. Guests can then make the return journey to Cabot Lodge for a well deserved soak in the tub.