An all-encompassing South Island guided walk showcases the highlights of South Island over ten days, and offers unforgettable walking journey through the top to the bottom of South Island including Queen Charlotte Track Marlborough Sounds, Abel Tasman, Fiordland National Park, Hollyford Track and Milford Sound.
The South Island of New Zealand showcases the purest natural landscapes, waiting to be experienced on foot, in the air, and from the water. The region is renowned for its lofty mountains, fiords, lakes, glaciers, beautiful coves and inlets, turquoise waters, flush rainforest, and golden sand beaches, nature's best flourishes against a palette of dramatic scenes.
Apart from walking on the finest tracks with stunning landscapes, the walk also offer broad and varied experiences such as scenic boat trip in Marlborough Sounds, a jet boat across Lake McKerrow, and a spectacular helicopter ride from Milford Sound into Martins Bay.
Food and wine is a big part of the tour. You'll visit Forrest Estate Winery in New Zealand’s premier Sauvignon Blanc region and finest producer of Pinot Noir in Central Otago region. Most meals are included for the duration of the walk. At night, you'll dine with your fellow walkers as a group at hand-picked restaurants focusing on local produce and Kiwi meals of a high standard. There is one dinner not included, so you can head out and explore the options on your own. With dinner every night, you’ll also provided with local wines to enjoy with your meals.
Accommodation is included each night and chosen based on their quality, and their location. On this trip, you'll stay at The Portage Resort sitting on the shores of Kenepuru Sound, Awaroa Lodge in the Abel Tasman National Park, Crown Plaza featuring stunning views over Lake Wakatip, mountain view Milford Sound Chalets in Milford Sound, and tranquil Martins Bay Lodge.
The tour starts from Blenheim and concluded in Queenstown. All transfers as well as guiding are included. Small groups of twelve walkers are hosted by highly experienced and knowledgeable guides. The walk is easy graded and fully supported. You only need to carry a day pack each day.
The South Island Top to Bottom Gourmet 10 day walk is to relax, escape the day to day, and indulge in the incredible sights, sounds and tastes.