• Pricing From $6,995 pp
  • Single Supplement $1,355
  • From Wellington
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Max Group Size 10
  • Activity Level Active
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With its multitude of jaw-dropping trails, New Zealand is truly a walkers paradise. Snowcapped peaks reaching into the clouds, a spectacular seacoast dotted with  deserted beaches, subtropical rainforests & crystal clear lakes – an ideal walking tour. The main destination on this journey is the magnificent Queen Charlotte track and the equally impressive Queenstown region.

Experience the spectacular Marlborough Sounds, the famous Routeburn Track and Lake Hayes walk. Our Walking Journeys are fully inclusive of superb  accommodation, exceptional meals, fine wines, a Journey Director and a guide on each of the walking days. Simply enjoy the dramatic scenery and exceptional walking tracks that have been chosen for you.

Hightlights

  • Spend 3 days exploring the stunning Queen Charlotte Track located in the Marlborough Sounds
  • Walk on the world renowned Routeburn Track – this is the ultimate alpine adventure, weaving through meadows, reflective tarns and alpine gardens
  • Discover historical Arrowtown and Lake Hayes by foot
  • Stay in stunning accommodation at the end of each walk – including Furneaux Lodge, Portage Resort and Millbrook Resort
  • Fully inclusive of all meals, transportation and accommodation
  • Specialised walking guides and a Journey Director throughout

Tour Departures

Tour Code WN1800
Departs 7 Nov 2018
Returns 15 Nov 2018
Price From $6, 995 pp
Single Supplement $1, 355
Day 1: Arrive Wellington

Your journey begins today in Wellington. Late afternoon enjoy a stroll along the Wellington Waterfront and meet your
fellow travellers. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner and a briefing on tomorrow’s walk.

Overnight: Sofitel Wellington Hotel or similar

Day 2: Wellington – Queen Charlotte Track

After a leisurely breakfast we fly to Picton and travel by water taxi to Furneaux Lodge. Looking out over the calm, clear waters
of Endeavour Inlet, Furneaux Lodge is the first stop on the renowned Queen Charlotte Track. Built in the early 1900’s at the foot of its namesake Mount Furneaux and surrounded by 2000 acres of New Zealand native forest, Furneaux Lodge is set on 3 acres of the most picturesque scenery in the Marlborough Sounds, which has been unchanged since Captain Cook’s first visit to the inlet in 1769. Part of the beauty of this historic destination is the isolation – no roads lead to Furneaux Lodge. This afternoon enjoy an easy walk back towards Ship Cove and visit the 100 year old Rimu tree.

Today’s walk will takes 2-3 hours (4 kms) on a well worn track.

Overnight: Furneaux Lodge or similar

Day 3: Queen Charlotte Track

Today’s mainly coastal walk takes you around Endeavour Inlet through regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other native birds. The track continues gently, following the coastline around and into Big Bay. From the head of Big Bay, continue beside the water’s edge and on to Camp Bay and catch a ferry to our accommodation the Portage Resort. The Portage is located at the heart of the Marlborough Sounds bridging both Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sound.

Today’s walk will take 4-5 hours (11.5 kms) and is on a well worn track.

Overnight: Portage Resort or similar

Day 4: Queen Charlotte Track - Nelson

This morning the group will take a water taxi to Mistletoe Bay. Beginning on the road above Mistletoe Bay, this section follows old bridle paths high above the water. The track rounds an obvious point and descends to Davies Bay. The final hour’s walking is on an easy path through mature beech forest to Anakiwa. On arrival in Anakiwa you will be transferred by water taxi to Picton where the group will then be transferred by road to Nelson.

Today’s walk will take 4-5 hours (12.5 kms) and is on a well worn track.

Overnight: Rutherford Nelson or similar

Day 5: Nelson - Queenstown

This morning the group will enjoy a morning at leisure before taking a stroll walk through the town of Nelson. Known as the sunniest region of New Zealand, Nelson is the oldest city in the South Island and the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand. Our walk will end at the Wearable Arts & Car Museum. The Museum showcases two very distinct collections that collide in a celebration of design, innovation and wonder. This is a stunning selection of more than 50 wearable art garments, alongside more than 140 veteran, vintage and classic cars. After an early lunch we transfer to the airport for our flight to Queenstown. On arrival transfer to Millbrook Resort whose inspirational and peaceful setting is unrivalled in the Queenstown area. Framed by the aptly named Remarkables Mountain Range and set on 500 acres of lush green fairways, rolling hills and gentle streams.

Today’s walk will take 1-2 hours and is on sealed pathways.

Overnight: Millbrook Resort or similar

Day 6: Arrowtown and Lake Hayes Loop

This morning we walk from Millbrook to Arrowtown and enjoy a walk along the Arrowtown River. We continue on to Lake Hayes. It’s easy to see why Lake Hayes is called ‘the most photographed lake in New Zealand’ or ‘mirror lake’. Reflecting the majestic mountains of the Wakatipu Basin and the earthy tones of the landscape, this lake offers a million and one Kodak moments. As you walk around Lake Hayes, you’ll experience a taster-plate of all that makes Queenstown special: Exquisite mountain and lake vistas, a boardwalk protecting local wildlife, historic cottages and a close-up view of some of the area’s most notable homes.

Today’s walk will take 4-5 hours (16 kms) and is on a flat well worn track.

Overnight: Millbrook Resort or similar

Day 7: Routeburn Track

A journey to the head of Lake Wakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendour of the world-famous Routeburn walk. As you travel towards Glenorchy on a road that clings to the very edge of the lake, your guide will introduce you to the history and landscape of the region. From time to time, the road rises to superb vantage points where you will enjoy unparalleled panoramas of jagged, snow-capped mountains, rolling alpine farmland and acre upon acre of glorious lake land tussock meadows.

This great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park starts with a gradual climb through a 130 million year old magical world of ferns, mosses, lichens and beech forest. We enjoy lunch surrounded by the grandeur of alpine meadows, meandering streams and majestic snow-capped mountains. On our return we explore the old forgotten paths of the Maori, as we travel along the old Greenstone trails, finding new enchantment around each corner, where native birds abound.

Today’s walk will take 7-8 hours (13 kms). The track climbs but is well graded.

Overnight: Millbrook Resort or similar

Day 8: Bob’s Cove

Your afternoon walk today will quickly emerge you in native vegetation, bird life, history, and scenic views. This half day walk is an easy stroll, through a unique microclimate where plants are protected from the elements so species are much larger than elsewhere. Native birds are readily seen and heard. You will be introduced to an array of edible and medicinal plants used by  Maori and European settlers on this fun half day walk. The walk begins in native shrub and beech forest, and the track leads  down through the forest to the edge of Lake Wakatipu. Great views can be had looking out through the trees and over the water to the mountains beyond. Tonight there will be a farewell dinner at a famous Queenstown restaurant.

Today’s walk will take 2-3 hours (3 kms) on a well worn formed rolling track.

Overnight: Millbrook Resort or similar

Day 9: Depart Queenstown

Your journey concludes after breakfast today. You will fly from Queenstown International Airport to your homeport or you may wish to spend more time in Queenstown.


About Walking Journeys 

Walking Tours of Distinction are fully inclusive luxury walking tours for the fit and active traveller. The difference between these journeys and other walking tours is  that at the end of each day of walking you come back to exceptional meals, fine wines, and stunning accommodation with private facilities. There is nothing else to worry about other than enjoying the dramatic scenery and exceptional walking tracks that have been chosen for you.

Fully Inclusive

When you travel with Bill Peach Journeys everything is included and arranged before you even leave home.  This means not only does your holiday include accommodation, dining and all excursions but every single one of these elements is the finest in its class.  Throughout the journey you will have a Journey Director on hand to look after you every step of the way.

Mode of Transport

A combination of air-conditioned coaches, boats and commercial flights will be used for this journey.

Level of fitness required: ACTIVE 

These Active Journeys are not suitable for people who may have any difficulty walking. The walking tours are rated active, averaging 10-15 kms per day. This  averages out to be 3-6 hours over uneven surfaces. The walking terrain throughout the journeys will be varied from well worn forest paths, glaciers, exposed trails  with rocks and roots, and stretches of sandy beaches. There is a guide to each of the days walking on the itineraries in this brochure. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the
right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating. We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers.  Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)