Start your tour in the North of New Zealand in Taupo; surrounded by lakes and lush greens, with back drops of mountains and volcanoes. Enjoy the one day Tongariro hike. Extend your time in the area with some Fly Fishing. End your day resting with a glass of wine and a lake view of the area. Head South to Queenstown, and prepare to experience some of New Zealand's most divine scenery including beautiful lakes and glacial valleys dwarfed by majestic mountains during this exploration of the Hollyford Wilderness. Located in the spectacular Fiordland National Park, the dramatic Hollyford Track guided wilderness experience is one of New Zealand’s greatest walks. Explore undisturbed and inspiring scenery that has remained largely untouched for thousands of years. From the snow capped mountains of the majestic Southern Alps, ancient native rainforest, pristine rivers and lakes to the remote sand dunes, reef and surf of the rugged West Coast. Your expert guide will bring to life the diversity of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife within this beautiful valley, as well as the captivating stories of the original Maori and early pioneers. End each day with a glass of wine and a comfortable lodge or hotel to rest and relax.
Private transfer Taupo Airport to Accommodation.
Acacia Cliffs Lodge is a unique boutique lodge offering luxury accommodation in stunning Lake Taupo. This luxury lodge accommodates up to eight guests in four boutique accommodations and is architecturally designed to maximize the spectacular lake and mountain views. There is a wonderful sense of seclusion and privacy at Acacia Cliffs Lodge complemented by its breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Taupo, Mount Tauhara and the Kaimanawa Ranges which are absolutely superb. Relax in luxury; and eat superb cuisine and drink fine wine in genuine New Zealand hospitality served by your hosts at the Lodge.
Today you will be collected by Multi-day adventures for your Tongariro Crossing Hike. Said to be the greatest 1-day hike in the world, the Tongariro Crossing is known for its unique, extraordinary landscapes, its showcasing in Lord of the Rings movie sets and fascinating cultural significance. This 18.5km trail offers unrivalled adventure while accompanying guides provide interesting commentary regarding sacred areas along the way. Although this hike is very popular and a must do for the intrepid traveller, it is important to understand this experience is best suited for those with a level of fitness capable of completing the 8 hour trek over hilly and arduous sections containing uneven ground. Appropriate footwear and clothing necessary for safe tramping is a must. Inclusions: Professional Guides, Ketatahi Springs Koha, Department of Conservation Concessions, Return Transportation, Tongariro Shuttle Fees, Satellite Phone Support, Trail Snacks and Delicious Packed Lunch.
Fitness required: Medium to Challenging
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
A private vehicle will provide a transfer between the airport and your hotel.
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa allows you to experience a new level of sophistication. Inspired by the charms of Paris with the charisma of Queenstown hospitality, be mesmerized by its tasteful combination of French antique chic and local avant-garde design. Centrally located, it offers 82 elegantly appointed bedrooms and suites, featuring Vie Restaurant, Nue Lounge, LeSpa and newly introduced Left Bank Café - part French kitchen, part tea room opened for breakfast and lunch.
Depart from Queenstown in the direction of Te Anau through some of New Zealand's most divine scenery of beautiful lakes and glacial valleys dwarfed by majestic mountains to the start of the track in the Hollyford Valley.
Shadowing the swift clear waters of the Hollyford River and beneath the gaze of the mighty Southern Alps, including Fiordland National Parks two highest peaks of Mt Tutoko (2746m) and Mt Madeline (2537m), you will re-trace the footsteps of original Maori and early pioneer explorers, as the track undulates gently through native beech forest and beside impressive tumbling waterfalls.
At the end of your first day’s adventure you’ll be welcomed at Pyke Lodge by your friendly lodge hosts. Here you’ll enjoy hot showers, impressive 3 course cuisine and the opportunity to relax with a post dinner drink and savour the majesty of Mount Madeline while reflecting on a great first day on your guided nature walk experience.
As the morning light drapes the background mountains, a tasty cooked or continental breakfast puts everyone on track before being rewarded with a mystical forest, reflections like a mirror on Lake Alabaster and the satisfaction of an optional crossing of Fiordland’s longest swing bridge.
After a short walk you'll board a jet boat for the next portion of this adventure. Jet boats were invented in New Zealand for the shallow rivers of the South Island. These powerful and safe boats provide a captivating scenic ride along the Hollyford River and down Lake McKerrow, skimming along the glassy water whisking past and mountains which rise dramatically above. You may even encounter a family of Bottlenose Dolphins who are regular visitors to the lower river and lake.
Human history in the Hollyford Valley is as incredible as the scenery. Today you'll stop to discover the tragedies and triumphs of the ill-fated Jamestown. Prepare for an outstanding walk through the ancient forest giants including the native Rimu, Totara and Kahikatea, some believed to here for some 1000 years. Soon the towering lowland podocarp forest transforms into a tenacious coastal garden. Thunderous surf on the rugged West Coast is a prelude to a bay of boulders where the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin is a seasonal visitor. A little farther on, Long Reef plays host to a colony of native New Zealand Fur Seals where you’ll marvel at their nimble skills in the crashing surf and relax as they laze on the rocks.
Martin’s Bay Lodge completes a special second day and glasses are raised to the traditional ‘Hollyford Toast’ as a memorable way to finish your day.
After another hearty breakfast you’ll explore Martin’s Bay Spit, a famous landmark separating the powerful Tasman Sea from the Hollyford Valley, and a coastal landscape that is a world away from the previous days.
Enjoy visiting the historical sites of the Maori people which occupated the area. It was here where chief Tutoko and his people guarded entry into the Hollyford Valley, controlling access into and out of highly valued pounamu (greenstone / jade) gathering areas. Your guide will also highlight the plant and wildlife of this unique environment helping you to discover the diversity of this truly remote area. You will also have the opportunity to explore on your own time the isolated beach and sand dunes or to just wander at your own pace along the coast of the Tasman Sea as you and your companions and reflect upon this intrepid journey.
Returning to Martins Bay Lodge for lunch, your lodge hosts bid you farewell as you board your aircraft for a scenic flight along the rugged coast and into the truly spectacular and dramatic Milford Sound where you'll marvel at the grandeur of vertical granite walls rising from the sea. Once in Milford you’ll be met by your return shuttle host and travel the impressive Milford Road up through the famous Homer Tunnel cutting through a divide of sheer granite rock, and stopping at the source of the Hollyford Valley and River before embarking on your journey back to Te Anau and Queenstown.
The Onsen Hot Pools experience is all about unwinding and soaking-up Queenstown's spectacular scenery. Immerse yourself in the views, the pure waters, and the fresh mountain air, as your mind and body surrenders to the deep penetrating warmth and gentle massage of our private pools. Complete privacy, total cleanliness, spectacular scenery, beautiful surroundings.
Sit back and relax during this short transfer travelling between the airport and hotel, or vice versa.
VISA/PASSPORTU.S. and Canadian citizens eligible for a visa waiver do not need a visa for tourist stays of three months or less.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of New Zealand for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/new-zealand.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Wellington. Government: Constitutional monarchy since 1907. Language: English is the common and everyday language, but other languages are also spoken, including Maori, which is New Zealand’s second official language (spoken by the indigenous Maori people who constitute approximately 15% of the population). Religion: 55% Christian: Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and Methodist are all represented. Time: New Zealand: GMT + 12 (GMT + 13 from the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April). Chatham Island: GMT + 12.75 (GMT + 13.75 from the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April). Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Most hotels provide 110-volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. Telephone: Country code: 64. Most public phones take cards purchased from bookstalls; some also accept credit cards, but very few still accept coins. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. Internet: There are Internet cafes in cities and smaller town central business districts. Travelers may access the Internet at many hotels and youth hostels.
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