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Far South Island Gourmet Walk 10D9N, Fully Guided

Far South Island Gourmet Walk 10D9N, Fully Guided

Far South Island Gourmet Walk 10D9N, Fully Guided


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At A Glance Departures

Departing from Queenstown, this ten-day-nine-night far South Island walking tour offers you the opportunity to walk in an area like no other on the planet - the Wakatipu basin, Mount Aspiring National Park, Fiordland, Milford Sound, Routeburn Track, and Milford Track are all on show in this incredible trip.

The far south of New Zealand is defined by incredibly beautiful jagged landscapes waiting to be experienced on foot, in the air, and from the water. You'll walk amidst towering granite peaks, pristine alpine lakes, crystal clear rivers, isolated valleys, Fiords, glaciers and rainforests.

The Central Otago region is New Zealand's finest producer of Pinot Noir. Venture down the Kawarau River Gorge to a local winery. You'll enjoy a winery tour, taste and immerse yourself in the wine-making process before relaxing in Queenstown with views of the Remarkables and the surrounding peaks.

Accommodation is included each night and chosen based on their quality, and location. On this trip, you'll stay at Crown Plaza featuring stunning views over Lake Wakatip, mountain view Milford Sound Chalets in Milford Sound, Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas along the tranquil shores of the beautiful Lake Te Anau, and Edgewater Resort on the shores of Lake Wanaka.

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 be provided with local wines to enjoy with your meals.

All transfers to and from Queenstown as well as guides are included. Small groups of twelve walkers are hosted by highly experienced and knowledgeable guides. The walk is graded easy and fully supported. You only need to carry a day pack each day.

This Far South Island 10 day gourmet walk will enable you to relax, escape the day to day, and indulge in the incredible sights, sounds and tastes of New Zealand.

Trip Route: Queenstown - Routeburn Track - Milford Sound Cruise - Milford Track - Glenorchy - Dart River Jet Boat - Bobs Cove - Queenstown - Ben Lomond Track - Gibbston Valley Winery - Mount Iron - Diamond Lake - Queenstown

Route Map

2020 Departure Dates:
November: 21
December: 5, 19

2021 Departure Dates:
January: 9
February: 6, 20
March: 6
November: 20
December: 18

2022 Departure Dates:
January: 8
February: 5
March: 5

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

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


    Fiordland's National Park 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.

    Mount Aspiring National Park is a dreamland of mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes. A hiker's paradise.

    Wanaka is located in the stunning alps of the South Island in New Zealand. Wanaka's crystal-clear lakes and snow capped mountains and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park, makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities.

    The Milford Track is described as "the finest walk in the world". It is a must in Fiordland. The track winds past Fiordland's grandest landscapes; including crystal-clear lakes, soaring peaks and enormous, wide valleys. You will also have opportunity to get up close and personal with the native flora and fauna.

    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.

    Click here to view the detailed track information.
  • Accommodation

    9 nights' accommodation at five selected hotels. Find yourself in lovely 4 star accommodations located in beautiful and sometimes secluded places, with quiet rooms, great views, comfortable amenities and impeccable service. When touring to more off the beaten track places, you enjoy comfortable places to stay, in locations which might not even have road access!

    Scenic Suites (4 star)
    Scenic Suites Queenstown is located in the resort of Queenstown. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the centre, yet its quiet, hillside location offers great views over the lake and mountains.

    Milford Sound Lodge Mountain View Chalets (Boutique)
    The riverside chalets here are a touch of classy comfort in an isolated and wild place. The roar of the river and sound of local bird life will make your private chalet experience one to remember.

    Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas (4 star)
    Surrounded by extensive, colourful gardens and overlooking spectacular Lake Te Anau and the Fiordland ranges, this 4 star hotel and villa accommodation sets the tone for your stay in one of the world's most breathtaking regions. It offers chic, elegant accommodation and FREE unlimited WiFi for the perfect Fiordland getaway.

    Camp Glenorchy, Glenorchy (Wilderness)
    Camp Glenorchy is New Zealand’s first Net Zero Energy Retreat & Cabins. Here natural beauty surrounds you, both in the unforgettable landscape and in the warmth of the people of Glenorchy.

    Edgewater Resort Wanaka (4 star)
    Step into Edgewater's spacious guest rooms and you'll be mesmerised by views of the magnificent Southern Alps, deep blue Lake Wanaka and the surrounding lush lawns.

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

  • Food & Wine

    You will enjoy great New Zealand food and wine during the walking tour. A generous snack basket in the van during the walking tour.

    Breakfast A continental breakfast or full breakfast is included each day.

    Lunch Picnics in some beautiful spots along the walking tracks as well as cafe or restaurant meals. The picnics include cheese platters, meats, salads, antipasto dishes, fresh breads, etc.

    Dinner Enjoy gourmet meals at selected restaurants focusing on New Zealand produce or prepared by the guides. The meals prepared by the guides are classic Kiwi barbecue style. All the guides have food hygiene certificates and are well practised in the art of back country catering, so they can certainly deliver a delicious traditional Kiwi meal. Local wine is provided for each evening meal as well.

    If you have special dietary requirements, please ensure that you let us know.
  • what's included

    - 9 nights handpick 4 star accommodation
    - Meal: 8x breakfast, 7x lunch, 8x dinner
    - Guided walk in Gibbston Valley and experience the wine-making process
    - Guided walk in Fiordland National Park & the World Heritage area
    - Guided walk in Mildford Track & Scenic cruise
    - The Dart River jet boat in Glenorchy
    - Guided walk in Routeburn Track
    - Guided walk in the Glenorchy Walkway
    - Guided walk in the Mt Iron and wine tasting in Cromwell Winery
    - Guided walk in Mou Waho Island and lake cruise
    - Small groups of 12 walkers or less are hosted by experienced local guides
    - Return group transfer from/to Queenstown

    Other Activities at Additional Charges:
    - Queenstown heli hikes
    - Wanaka heli hikes
    - Fly fishing
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  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • DAY 6

  • DAY 7

  • DAY 8

  • DAY 9

  • DAY 10

  • What's included

    - 9 nights handpick 4 star accommodation
    - Meal: 8x breakfast, 7x lunch, 8x dinner
    - Guided walk in Gibbston Valley and experience the wine-making process
    - Guided walk in Fiordland National Park & the World Heritage area
    - Guided walk in Mildford Track & Scenic cruise
    - The Dart River jet boat in Glenorchy
    - Guided walk in Routeburn Track
    - Guided walk in the Glenorchy Walkway
    - Guided walk in the Mt Iron and wine tasting in Cromwell Winery
    - Guided walk in Mou Waho Island and lake cruise
    - Small groups of 12 walkers or less are hosted by experienced local guides
    - Return group transfer from/to Queenstown
  • walk distance

    Day 1: Arrival, approx. 1 hour gentle walk in Gibbston Valley
    Day 2: Approx. 3 hours flat walk in Kepler Track
    Day 3: Approx. 3 hours walk Milford Track
    Day 4: No walk (Glenorchy & Dart River Jet Boat)
    Day 5: Approx. 3 - 4 hours gentle walk along Routeburn River
    Day 6: Short walk on Glenorchy foreshore
    Day 7: Free day
    Day 8: Approx. 1.5 hours return walk in Mt Iron
    Day 9: Approx. 1 hour walk on Mou Waho Island
    Day 10: depart from Queenstown


  • Getting There

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

    Pick up Queenstown Airport, 11:00 am
    Drop off Queenstown Airport, 11:00 am (in time for 12:00 pm domestic flights or 1:00 pm international) or Queenstown town centre, 11:30am.

    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

    IIn 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

    Onlyluxe Travel 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 Travel.

    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 Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to 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.

    The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, 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
    Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

    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 Onlyluxe travel 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. Onlyluxe Travel 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 Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel 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 Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    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 Onlyluxe Travel 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.
  • Customer Reviews 3 item(s)

    Value for money
    reviews What a holiday experience. Totally loved everything about this holiday. The views were stunning, the local produce was devine and everybody we met was friendly. We made some new friends from the walk and we are planning our next walking experience together already. The guide was highly experienced and knowledgeable on all aspects of the tour. I must do walking experience - highly recommended
    Review by Katrina / (Posted on 2/24/2018)
    Value for money
    reviews Onlyluxe was absolutely fantastic and this was our best tour ever. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable, fun and took complete care of us. We stayed in some great places and the meals were lovely. This tour was the perfect combination of different activities and I can't recommend it highly enough. A once in a lifetime adventure.
    Review by Meredith / (Posted on 2/26/2018)
    Value for money
    reviews Our time away was incredible. It was very well organised. We definitely saw some incredible sights and very much indulged in some of New Zealand's great produce and wine. We totaly enjoyed our time in the Central Otago region - the wine region is absolutely beautiful. The holiday was very relaxing. Our guides and fellow hikers were all great. A must do - great holiday
    Review by Katrina / (Posted on 3/11/2018)
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