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Ben Lomond, Fiordland, Stewart-Island & Hollyford Heli-Hike 7D6N, Fully Guided

Ben Lomond, Fiordland, Stewart-Island & Hollyford Heli-Hike 7D6N, Fully Guided

Ben Lomond, Fiordland, Stewart-Island & Hollyford Heli-Hike 7D6N, Fully Guided

$3,550.00

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At A Glance Departures

Departing from Queenstown, discover the awe-inspiring Milford Sound, Hollyford Valley and unspoiled natural beauty of the wildlife-rich Stewart Island on foot over seven days. Ben Lomond Track, Stewart Island, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Routeburn Track, Kepler track and Hollyford Heli-hike are all on show in this incredible trip.

Kick off your trip in the 'adventure capital' Queenstown where you hike the lower slopes of Ben Lomond for extensive panoramic views over Lake Wakitipu. Crossing over to Stewart Island you will enjoy some short walks as well as a free day to explore this remote island on foot, kayak or even try to sight New Zealand's iconic flightless bird ‐ the Kiwi.

Stewart Island is one of the few places in the country with the greatest chance of seeing this very shy creature. Returning to the mainland, journey into Fiordland National Park for the Kepler track and Milford Sound walks. Then you'll take a breathtaking helicopter flight over dramatic peaks into uninhabited Martins Bay in the heart of the Hollyford region. Explore this amazing landscape on foot with a walk through lush forest and coastal heath to a rocky bay, which is frequented by penguins and seals in season. Jet boat to the Hollyford River and walk along the Hollyford Valley, following the footsteps of early explorers through native beech forest speckled with elegantly flowing waterfalls. Hike the Routeburn Track up to Key Summit for sweeping views over the beautiful Hollyford Valley before heading back to Queenstown.

Accommodation is included each night and has been carefully selected to provide comfort and value in the best locations possible. On this trip, you'll stay at an Homestead Villa Motel, South Sea Hotel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel, and Martin's Bay Lodge.

All meals are included for the duration of the walk. Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for vegetarian diets and can assist with medically recommended diets (allergies and intolerances).

All transfers to and from Queenstown as well as guiding are included. Small groups of twelve walkers are hosted by highly experienced and knowledgeable guides.

The walk is graded easy to moderate and fully supported. 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.

This seven-day-six-night hiking tour takes you to discover some of the country's most pristine and spectacular landscapes in the deep south of New Zealand.

Route Map


Trip Highlights:
- Hike to magical viewpoints on Ben Lomond, above Queenstown
- Visit Stewart Island to see the bird life and maybe spot a Kiwi
- Trek in Fiordland with spectacular viewpoints and towering rocky walls
- Enjoy a magical helicopter ride over Milford Sound to the secluded Martins Bay
- Indulge in a luxury lodge in a serene remote environment
- Experience the magnificence of the remote Hollyford wilderness
- Hike small sections of the iconic Routeburn, Kepler and Rakiura Tracks

2019 Departure Dates:
November: 17

2020 Departure Dates:
January: 9
April: 8
December: 6

2021 Departure Dates:
March: 21

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for other departure dates and availability. Or simply book online. A date of your choice is available for groups of 6 or more people. Subject to availability. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • FEATURES

    Fiordland - Walking Capital of the World: Fiordland is one of the southern hemisphere's great wilderness regions and has achieved World Heritage Status for its stunning natural features, exceptional beauty and role in demonstrating the earth's evolutionary history.

    Stewart Island: Stewart Island: Stewart Island/Rakiura is the third-largest island of New Zealand, offering walks for all different fitness levels and ability ranges where one can enjoy our diverse bush, birds, scenery and landforms.

    Hollyford Track: Travelling from the mountains to the sea at Martins Bay, The Hollyford Track gives you a fantastic all round experience of Fiordland National Park. Journey into the dramatic Hollyford Valley and enter a world that looks the same today as it did thousands of years ago, walk through the remote landscape and experience the very essence of New Zealand's wilderness and its rich history.

    Milford Sound: is a fusion of spectacular natural features with amazing visual cues around every corner. A helicopter flight into Milford Sound is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and offers bird's-eye view of wilderness forests, pristine lakes, waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls and towering Mitre Peak.

    The Kepler Track: offers vistas of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri. It winds past the alpine grassland of the Jackson Peaks, beech forest, mountains, native forest, glacier-carved valleys and waterfalls. Huge limestone formations make for great photos, and large river flats give your legs a rest from climbing. Plenty of native birds can be spotted when you winding through mossy beech forests.

    The Routeburn Track: offers spectacular alpine views and alpine flowers. Think soaring peaks, enormous valleys, waterfalls, and alpine lakes. Look out for the cheeky kea, the world's only alpine parrot, as well as tomtits, robins and fantails.

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  • Accommodation

    6 nights' accommodation at four selected hotels.

    Homestead Villa Motel (4 star)
    Located in central Invercargill, Homestead Villa Motel is less than 5 minutes' walk from Botanical Gardens.

    South Sea Hotel (4 star)
    The South Sea Hotel is a Stewart Island icon. Situated in the middle of Halfmoon Bay, it's just a stones throw from the beach.

    Distinction Luxmore Hotel (4 star)
    It's conveniently located in the heart of Te Anau's town shopping centre and a short stroll from Lake Te Anau.

    Martin's Bay Lodge (Boutique)
    Located on the lowland flats near the mouth of the Hollyford River and close to the coast, this secluded West Coast lodge offers 'go bush' in style.

    Please contact us for accommodation or room upgrades. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • Food

    Breakfast
    A continental breakfast or full breakfast is included each day. Usually a selection of cereals, fruit, bread/toast and quality coffee and tea. Lunch
    Picnics in some beautiful spots along the walking tracks including bread rolls, wraps, deli-meats, sandwich and salad. Dinner
    Usually 2 or 3 courses. Snacks
    There is always plenty of trail snack available such as muesli bars and fresh fruit. If you have special dietary requirements, please ensure that you let us know.

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  • Experiences

    Includes:
    - Expert guided seven-day-six-night trekking tour
    - Guided hike to magical viewpoints on Ben Lomond
    - Ferry to Stewart Island
    - Guided hikes in Fiordland including iconic Routeburn, Kepler and Hollyford tracks
    - Enjoy a magical helicopter ride over Milford Sound to the secluded Martins Bay
    - Indulge at Martin's Bay Lodge in a serene remote environment
    - Small groups of 12 walkers or less are hosted by experienced local guides
    - Four nights accommodation. Three night with private facilities and 1 night with shared bathroom at Martin's Bay Lodge
    - 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
    - Return group transfer from/to Queenstown

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  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • DAY 6

  • DAY 7

  • What's included

    - 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
    - 5 nights hotel/motel ensuite accommodation on a twin share basis
    - 1 night exclusive use of Martin's Bay private lodge (shared bathroom)
    - Ferry to and from Stewart Island
    - Helicopter over Milford Sound into Martin's Bay (Hollyford)
    - Professional qualified driver/guide
    - Private vehicle transport
    - Water and snacks while trekking
    - Packs and poles (on request if required). Please let us know at booking
    - Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

  • walk distance

    Day 1: Approximately 5 - 7 km, 2 - 3 hours
    Day 2: Approximately 10 km, 4 hours
    Day 3: Free day on Stewart Island
    Day 4: Approximately 5 - 7 km, 2 - 3 hours
    Day 5: Approximately 5 - 7 km, 2 - 3 hours
    Day 6: Approximately 20 km
    Day 7: Approximately 7 - 10 km, 5 hours

    Total: Approximately 52 - 57 km
  • WALKING GRADING

  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Queenstown, New Zealand.
    - Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Queenstown.


    We provide private car or helicopter transfer service. Please contact us to quote and arrange private transfer. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Weather and Climate

    In New Zealand, January and February are the warmest months of the year (Summer). The temperature is in the 75F/25C range. February is generally regarded as the best weather month which means it's also popular on the trail.

    March temperatures average at 70F/21C and is the most stable time of year to visit weather-wise, with little rain and low wind. April and May start to get a little cooler in the South, but it offers crisp clear evenings for stargazing.

    June to August is Winter. Temperatures in the far south experiences an average of 47F/8C.

    September to November start to warm up with flowers dotting the green forests. The average temperature is 58F/15C in the South.

  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to ONLYLUXE CLUB. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price. The current surcharge for all credit cards is 3% of the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    Liability
    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. OCT 4 PTY LTD and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which OCT4 Pty Ltd or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure OCT4 Pty Ltd will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    Evacuations
    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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    reviews Excellent itinerary: good balance of different tracks Great accommodation - excellent food (well catered). Good management: good information, excellent communications, great organisation overall. We were extremely happy with the trip,
    Review by Josie & Catherine / (Posted on 2/25/2018)
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    reviews The tour was very well organized. Our eating requirements were fully met with well prepared and delicious meals. We totally loved Stewart Island and Milford Sound. The scenery was absolutely beautiful with plenty of wildlife. Everybody involved in this tour was lovely and couldn’t do enough for you. Great holiday.
    Review by Peter & Kay / (Posted on 3/8/2018)
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    reviews A group of us planned this trip to try something new and to maximize the experience of New Zealand. Hiking and kayaking gave us that opportunity. Every day was action packed and we got to try new things, test a few of our limits that we wouldn't have normally done.
    Review by John's group / (Posted on 3/11/2018)
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