Active Fiordland Adventure - A Small Group Journey (2022)

With a distinguished reputation as New Zealand’s adventure capital and scenic surrounds like no other, Queenstown is the perfect start to this unique active experience in the South Island.

Journey Overview

With a distinguished reputation as New Zealand’s adventure capital and scenic surrounds like no other, Queenstown is the perfect start to this unique active experience in the South Island. Joining no more than eight others, your days will be full of hiking and lake expeditions, the mountain peaks and awe-inspiring fiords leaving you spellbound. Your expert outdoor host, Phil Smyth, will reveal his passion and knowledge for the native flora and fauna, the terrain and the many scenic attractions. At the end of each action-packed day, you’ll bed down in two of New Zealand’s finest lodges where every last detail is taken care of. This short sojourn will take you away from the everyday and is guaranteed to leave you reinvigorated and renewed.

Journey Highlights 

  • Intimate group size of no more than eight guests 
  • Soak up majestic landscapes, deep fiords, ancient forests and glacier-carved valleys 
  • Visit the studio of a prominent New Zealand artist 
  • Indulge in a private wine tasting in the cellars of a pioneering winery 
  • Take to the water on scenic cruises to Mou Waho Island and Milford Sound 
  • Hike the Kepler Track, summit Mou Waho and tramp the Milford Track for a day

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Queenstown

Afternoon arrival into New Zealand’s adventure capital where you are met and transferred to your accommodation with a city tour en route. Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the dramatic Remarkables Range, Queenstown offers a plethora of adventure activities as well as a happening art scene, cosmopolitan eateries, great shopping plus vineyards and golf courses nearby. A highlight today is meeting a prominent local artist in his studio-gallery converted from an historic cheese factory before reaching Azur Lodge which is just five minutes’ drive from the centre of town with breathtaking vistas of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains. A welcome dinner is included tonight in town at the Boardwalk on Steamer Wharf. With a spectacular waterfront setting the restaurant dishes up simple, fresh fare with an impressive wine list to match.
Azur Lodge | D

Day 2: Design Your Day Queenstown

After breakfast, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities: a cycle tour of Queenstown along the beautiful Arrow River Trail, viewing the Kawarau Suspension Bridge, home of the world-famous Bungy jump and concluding over a two-course lunch with pairing of Gibbston Valley wines; a 4WD adventure to the historic Skippers Canyon, viewing awe-inspiring scenery with an opportunity to pan for gold in the Shotover River; a private Lord of the Rings immersion visiting many of the magical film locations gaining an understanding of why this beautiful country was chosen to portray Middle-earth; or a hike through stunning native beech forest following historic Twelve Mile Creek, an old gold mining area where relics include a large sluiced canyon and tail race tunnel and an old miner's hut, and enjoying superb views of Lake Wakatipu and Lake Dispute. After your chosen activity, return to the lodge. The rest of your day is at leisure before being welcomed to dinner in the home of Steve and Tracy McLean, a Queenstown couple with a passion for the great outdoors. Nestled between the Remarkables mountain range and the shores of Drift Bay, Lake Wakatipu, the house has spectacular views and you’ll dine on a traditional 3-course kiwi style meal with wines to match. Enjoy a convivial evening of camaraderie as you get to know the McLeans and their family
Azur Lodge | BD

Day 3: Cromwell & Lake Wanaka

This morning you are driven from Queenstown through the beautiful Kawarau Gorge and on to the fruit growing region of Cromwell stopping along the way at the celebrated Mrs Jones Orchard and Fruit Stall. In Cromwell there’s time to explore the old historic precinct with its galleries, artisan studios, specialist shops and cafés. Continue the journey to pristine Lake Wanaka, gateway to the World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park. Board your private boat for the cruise to Mou Waho Island. Hike to the summit through verdant vegetation alive with the calls of native birds. On the way, explore the “island’s secret” – a lake cradling a cluster of smaller islands. At the top enjoy sweeping 360-degree views of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding World Heritage Southern Alps with the opportunity to plant a native tree on the island before travelling back to Queenstown via the Crown Range on the highest sealed road in New Zealand, and taking in the glorious views discovered by early farmers in the 1860s.
Azur Lodge| BLD

Day 4: Queenstown – Te Anau

A day of active adventure in store on the legendary road trip to Fiordland, following the shores of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables. Departing Queenstown, prepare for a morning of adrenalin-pumping activity on a breathtaking jet boat ride through the narrow twisting canyons of the Waiau River. After taking on the thrilling white water, rest and recover over morning tea at a beach landing on Lake Manapouri. Then it’s a guided walk along the Kepler Track (approx. 3 hours), taking in mountains, native forest, waterfalls and glacier carved valleys along the way. A picnic lunch is included in the wilderness and this afternoon the hike is on a gentle, well-maintained track along the edge of Lake Te Anau through ancient beech forest. Stop for tea on a pretty beach and soak up the view. From here the track spreads out and winds through open grassland to a wildlife park where there is ample opportunity to see the rare flightless takahe as well as native waterfowl, parakeets, weka, tui, kea and pigeon.

Later this afternoon you arrive at Fiordland Lodge which is situated on a hill amidst farmland on the edge of magnificent Lake Te Anau and surrounded by almost 1.2 million hectares of mountains, lake, fiord and rainforest. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at the lodge. Fiordland, one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand, has achieved World Heritage status and is renowned as the home of the famous fiords of Milford and Doubtful.
Fiordland Lodge | BLD

Day 5: Fiordland

After breakfast today, head out on a private guided walk (approx. 4 hours) along the world-famous Milford Track to Giant’s Gate Falls on spectacular Milford Sound. With ancient trees towering above emerald-green ferns and birdsong echoing through the canopy, this is a unique World Heritage area best explored on foot. The track, which is flat and well-maintained, leads through superb forest, river and lake scenery. After lunch, cruise the calm waters of Milford Sound between sheer cliffs carved by centuries of ice erosion, and catch sight of majestic Mitre Peak and the many cascading waterfalls that thunder into the depths below.
Fiordland Lodge | BLD

Day 6: Fiordland - Queenstown

After breakfast, return by road to Queenstown (approx. 2 ¼ hours) stopping en route for morning tea.

Journey Inclusions

All accommodation as detailed with private facilities; Meals as specified; Bottled water during transfers and touring; Airport welcome; Assistance with luggage and group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle; Services of an A&K Resident Tour Director; All entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Please Note: Design Your Day options will be selected on tour with your Resident Tour Director.

Tailor-Made Travel with A&K

If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, please talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey for you, or your own small group with family or friends.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Azur Lodge, Queenstown

Active Fiordland Adventure - A Small Group Journey (2022)

Azur is a contemporary luxury lodge overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand, and consists of nine private villas, ... Read more

Fiordland Lodge, Te Anau

Active Fiordland Adventure - A Small Group Journey (2022)

A member of Luxury Lodges of New Zealand, Fiordland Lodge is set in the World Heritage Fiordland, renowned home of the famous Milford and ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Mar 18, 2022 - Mar 23, 2022
Price AU$7,475pp Single Supplement AU$2,595 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book

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