Day 1: Auckland, New Zealand
Arrive in Auckland. Connect to Queenstown, New Zealand’s “adventure capital.”
Day 2: Queenstown / Milford Track
Embark on a boat trip to the spectacular northern end of Lake Te Anau. Enjoy a hot shower and dinner before embarking on the Milford Track, some of New Zealand’s most isolated and rugged backcountry.
Day 3: Milford Track
Hike across the emerald green Clinton River and up the valley to the Hirere Falls. Continue through the beech forest and a meadow that captures the true nature of the ice-carved Clinton Canyon.
Day 4: Milford Track
Embark on the most challenging day of hiking. The track leads to Lake Mintaro at the head of the Clinton Valley, before climbing the Mackinnon Pass in a series of switchbacks. Descend into the Arthur Valley. Visit Sutherland Falls, among the world’s highest waterfalls.
Day 5: Milford Track
Rise early for the final day of hiking the Milford Track. Hike through the Arthur Valley to Boatshed, past MacKay Fall and Bell Rock, and on to a lunch spot at Giant’s Gate Waterfall. The final stretch of the track follows tranquil Lake Ada to Sandfly Point.
Day 6: Milford Track / Queenstown
Board a luxury vessel for a cruise on the Milford Sound. Visit the heart of Fiordland National Park. Enjoy an evening on Queenstown on your own.
Day 7: Queenstown
Spend the day touring local wineries.
Day 8: Queenstown / Rotorua
Fly north to Rotorua, New Zealand’s geothermal hot spot rich with Maori culture.
Day 9: Rotorua
Take a self-guided walk visiting towering stands of Rimu trees and crystal-clear streams. Visit Wai-o-Tapu, a thermal wonderland of geysers and boiling mud pots.
Day 10: Rotorua / Waitomo / Auckland / Depart for Home
Tour the renowned Glowworm Caves in Waitomo. Enjoy a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny glowworms. Continue to Auckland and depart for home.
This itinerary includes hiking a total of 32 miles on uneven terrain. Travelers should be capable of hiking 5-8 hours per day. The maximum elevation is 3,786 feet at Mackinnon Pass.