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South Island Top to Bottom Gourmet Walk 11D10N, Fully Guided

South Island Top to Bottom Gourmet Walk 11D10N, Fully Guided

South Island Top to Bottom Gourmet Walk 11D10N, Fully Guided


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An all-encompassing South Island guided walk showcasing the highlights of South Island over ten days, and offering an unforgettable walking journey from the top to the bottom of South Island including Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough Sounds, Abel Tasman, Fiordland National Park 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, lush rainforest, and golden sand beaches. Apart from walking on the finest tracks with stunning landscapes, the walk also offers broad and varied experiences such as a 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 the 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 be provided with local wines to enjoy with your meals.

Accommodation is included each night and chosen based on their quality, and their location.

The tour starts from Nelson and concludes in Queenstown. All transfers 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.

The South Island Top to Bottom Gourmet 11 day walk is to relax, escape the day to day, and indulge in the incredible sights, sounds and tastes.

Trip Route: Nelson - Queen Charlotte Track - Abel Tasman National Park - Kaikoura Peninsula - Queenstown - Kepler Track - Milford Sound - Hollyford Track - Queenstown

Route Map

Trip Highlights
- Queen Charlotte Track
- Marlborough Sounds
- Abel Tasman National Park
- Fiordland National Park
- Queenstown
- Hollyford Track
- Milford Sound
- World Heritage Areas

2020 Departure Dates:
April: 4 (FULL)
November: 14, 28 (FULL)
December: 12, 19

2021 Departure Dates:
January: 16, 30 (FULL)
February: 27
March: 13
November: 13

2022 Departure Dates:
January: 15, 29
February: 26

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 


    Queen Charlotte Track: The Queen Charlotte Track is a 70km long New Zealand walking track. The spectacular walking track, stretching from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa, passes through lush coastal forest, around coves and inlets, and along skyline ridges offering breathtaking views of the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. It offers a spectacular journey by foot through the Marlborough Sounds.

    Abel Tasman National Park: is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coast track.

    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.

    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.

    Click here to view the detailed track information.
  • Accommodation

    10 nights' accommodation at five selected hotels in lovely 4 star accommodations located in beautiful and sometimes secluded places, with quiet rooms, great views, comfortable amenities and impeccable service.

    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.

    Furneaux Lodge (4 star)
    Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and make your way to Furneaux Lodge and its beautiful, tranquil grounds. With limited internet and cellphone reception, your stay here is guaranteed to be relaxing and stress free. This magnificent Marlborough Sounds accommodation is an exclusive bush retreat and eco resort that is steeped in history, making it perfect for a romantic weekend getaway.

    Awaroa Lodge (4 star)
    Located in the Abel Tasman National Park. Awaroa Lodge is beautifully secluded Surrounded by pristine waterways and native forest.

    Martins 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 

  • 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

    - 10 nights' accommodation on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional expenses).
    - Guided walks with experienced local guides
    - Transport on the ground from pickup at Nelson airport or your hotel until drop-off at Queenstown Airport
    - 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners. With dinner every night (where included), we’ll feature a couple of bottles of local wine.
    - Small group of 12 or less
    - All inclusive pricing

    Other Activities at Additional Charges:
    - Queenstown heli hikes
    - Wanaka heli hikes
    - Fly fishing
  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • DAY 6

  • DAY 7

  • DAY 8

  • DAY 9

  • DAY 10

  • DAY 11

  • What's included

    - 10 nights' accommodation on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional expenses).
    - Guided walks with experienced local guides
    - Transport on the ground from pickup at Nelson airport or your hotel until drop-off at Queenstown Airport
    - 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners. With dinner every night (where included), we’ll feature a couple of bottles of local wine.
    - Small group of 12 or less
    - All inclusive pricing
  • walk distance

    Day 1: A short walk from the water taxi drop-off point to our accommodation, visit winery
    Day 2: Undulating walking track, at first along the Abel Tasman coastline, then through native forest back to our accommodation
    Day 3: Optional walk on the Queen Charlotte Track. Short leg stretch on the banks of the Pelorus River
    Day 4: A day walk on the sublime Queen Charlotte Track
    Day 5: A short walk on the Kaikoura Peninsula to a viewpoint over the coastline, and along the peninsula back to the mainland
    Day 6: Whale-watching off the coast of Kaikoura, viewing the diverse wildlife of the Hikurangi Trench. Short flight to Queenstown
    Day 7: A free day at Queenstown
    Day 8: Several short walks in the Eglinton Valley, as well as the 15 minute loop track at ‘The Chasm’
    Day 9: Section of the Milford Track, and from the helicopter drop- off to Long Reef Point and back to the jetboat
    Day 10: Roughly 2.5 hours on a gentle trail through the most incredible, pristine forest anywhere in the world
    Day 11: Depart

  • Getting There

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

    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 5 item(s)

    Value for money
    reviews 5 star holiday. The walk was very pleasurable and the scenery of the island was devine. Everybody involved in this holiday was great - friendly and very informative. Would highly recommend this walk to anyone. Thanks Onlyluxe for making this holiday a rememberable experience.
    Review by Richie, L / (Posted on 2/22/2018)
    Value for money
    reviews Excellent holiday - well organised. Accommodation was all very nice and clean. Great experience - totally enjoyed everyday. Highlight - walking the Waterfall Trail and the Kepler Track - the natural beauty was unbelievable.
    Review by Nikki / (Posted on 2/22/2018)
    Value for money
    reviews Who would have thought that a walking holiday could be so relaxing, yet we experienced and did so much. The South Island was beautiful and full of natural wonders. We loved the scenic boat trip in Marlborough Sounds, the jet boat across Lake McKerrow, and the helicopter ride from Milford Sound into Martins Bay was spectacular. The accommodations were all delightful and the meals were all lovely. The guides were great - provided a lot of knowledge of the area. A must do holiday. Will recommend this experience to my friends.
    Review by Jones K & A / (Posted on 2/24/2018)
    Value for money
    reviews An Unforgettable holiday. Loved seeing and experiencing the island via three different means - on foot, in the air, and from the water. Highlight was the helicopter ride from Milford Sound into Martins Bay. We enjoyed our time spent at Forrest Estate Winery. New Zealand's wines are exceptional. The accommodation was great each night and the meals were amazing. It was great dinning with our fellow hikers, we made quite a few new friends. Look forward to doing the North Island with Onlyluxe.
    Review by Tony & Robyn / (Posted on 3/11/2018)
    Value for money
    reviews A very relaxing and rewarding holiday. We saw and experienced such much in 10 days This trip was worth every cent. We don't have a favourite experience as we enjoyed every moment of everyday. The other hikers were all lovely, we all got on well. The accommodation and food was 5 star. The guides were very professional - very knowledgeable and helpful all the way. A holiday that we will recommend to our friends and family.
    Review by Tanya M / (Posted on 4/8/2018)
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