Option 1 Great Walks Discovery: Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound
Variety is the spice of life and that’s exactly what this option is all about - hike three of New Zealand’s Great Walks and take an overnight cruise, all in five days - it’s unheard of! Kick things off with a relaxed breakfast, and a drive to the lakeside town of Manapouri, where your journey into Doubtful Sound begins. You’ll board a boat for the cruise across Lake Manapouri, before a drive over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove where you’ll board the Fiordland Navigator for your overnight cruise. Doubtful Sound is a large and remote wilderness area, where you’ll have the opportunity to take a kayak out on the water or hop aboard the tender craft for a guided exploration of the fiord, and in the right season you may catch a glimpse of the rare Fiordland crested penguin. Tonight, you’ll sleep in a quad share room aboard the Fiordland Navigator, though there is the option to upgrade to a private ensuite room, if you prefer. Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Option 2 Milford Track Guided Walk: Boat ride, hike Milford Track (additional cost, see Price section for details) (1.6km/1 hour hiking with overnight backpack)
The 5-day/4-night Milford Track is one of the first-established and best-known walking tracks in the country. It takes in glacial peaks, a mountain pass, New Zealand's highest waterfall and the dense rainforest of Fiordland. You'll have four days of exercise, good food and great scenery as you walk 53 kilometres (33 miles) from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound. Because you're doing the guided walk, you'll just be carrying a few essentials and a packed lunch each day, so your pack won't be much heavier than what you'd bring on a regular day hike. Everything else is provided, including excellent meals at the lodges and on the trail, hot showers, bedding, specialist Milford Track guides, and even hairdryers in the rooms! For the first three nights, you'll stay in a private room in comfortable mountain lodges. On the fourth night, you'll stay at Mitre Peak Lodge, a hotel exclusively for Milford Track Guided Walk hikers. From Queenstown, you'll head to Lake Te Anau, stopping for lunch along the way. You take a boat to the head of the lake to the start of the Milford Track. It's a short, easy walk to Glade House, where you stay your first night. Accommodation: Glade House, Milford Track. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.