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5 Day Milford and Fiordland Hike Bike and Kayak

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5

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$2695

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Overview

Milford Sound CycleA cycling adventure to one of New Zealand's most scenic destinations - Milford Sound. Overnight in the magnificent fiord onboard your own floating hotel and have the option to swim or kayak. Walk amongst the towering peaks and trails of this area. Cycle around Te Anau and the hidden Mavora Lakes, a site featured in The Lord of the Rings. Cycle back to Walter Peak Station and arriving at Queenstown on the lake steamer TSS Earnslaw.

Trip Highlights

  • Combine the Round the Mountains trail with a visit to the majestic Milford Sound
  • Kayak to Pidgeon Island on the shimmering Lake Wakatipu
  • Hike part of the Kepler, Routeburn and Milford Tracks, three of New Zealand's great walks.
  • Bike to the remote Humboldt Falls (3rd tallest in NZ) in the Hollyford Valley
  • Hike to Key Summit and take in the impressive scenery and huge mountains of Fiordland National Park
  • Overnight on a floating hotel amidst spectacular Milford Sound, a once in a lifetime experience!
  • Stay the night in comfortable lodge accommodation amongst tussock covered hill country and mountain fed lakes
  • Cycle to the Mavora Lakes and Von Valley on remote backcountry roads

"If I had known in advance how fantastic this trip was I would have stayed for a month! Bas, our guide, did an excellent job entertaining all of us, I have never been on a guided trip where the guide did such an excellent job meeting everyone's needs. Too bad it came to an end. Next year I definitely come back to New Zealand and book another trip!" Phillys Ruper

Tour Grading:  Medium     

This trip is ideal for Recreational Cyclists.  All tours can be adapted by the guides for recreational or stronger cyclists wanting to cover more ground.

Milford Sound Cycle Tour

Cyclists on Milford Sound Cycle Tour

Milford Sound Cycle Tour

Cyclists on Milford Sound Cycle Tour

Milford Sound Cycle Tour

Cyclists on Milford Sound Cycle Tour

Milford Sound Cycle Tour

Cyclist on Milford Sound Cycle Tour

Milford Sound Cycle Tour

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound Cycle Tour

TSS Earnslaw steamship at Walter Peak Station on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown,...

Milford and Fiordland Hike Bike and Kayak

Around the mountains

Milford and Fiordland Hike Bike and Kayak

Kayaking

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Arrive Queenstownup to 20kms Warm up ride

Important: The night before your tour your guide will call your pre tour accommodation to advise what time they will collect you the following morning. (Please make sure you have given us information as to where you are staying).

Your guide will collect the group from a central city location around 8:00am and we will have a tour briefing and then a bike fitting. Then it’s time to drive to Glenorchy where we take an easy 45 minute kayak on Lake Wakatipu to Pidgeon Island, a wildlife paradise. The scenic mountain landscapes towering over the lake make this a highlight of the trip. After paddling back from the island, we then head back to Queenstown where we have the chance to explore the nearby Queenstown Trails by bike. After some time to refresh we then head out to dinner to talk over plans for the next few days!

Meals: L,D

Day 2Queenstown to Te AnauCycling Distance: Up to 50km; Walking Distance: 9km

From Queenstown we drive the narrow lakeside road alongside Lake Wakitipu to Kingston. From here we can connect with the Around The Mountains cycle trail, a dedicated cycle path that allows you to enjoy the scenery of sheep & cattle country surrounded by spectacular mountains free from traffic. We stop for lunch at the remote Five Rivers station cafe, passing through rich farm lands by the banks of the Oreti River, to the town of Mossburn. Here we load up and drive through to Te Anau, our stop for the night and the gateway to our coming adventures exploring Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound.

Note: Tonight you will need to pack an overnight bag for the next night of the tour. When staying overnight in Milford Sound you will be able to take a small bag and the majority of your luggage will be secured in the vehicle.

Meal: B

Day 3Te Anau to Milford Sound

This morning we drive into the Fiordland National Park amid the beech forests and mountains, that the region is famous for. The beautiful Milford road tracks through the wilderness and we stop to enjoy some of the short walks and views on the way, before arriving at The Divide.

This morning we drive into the Fiordland National Park amid the beech forests and mountains, that the region is famous for. The beautiful Milford road tracks through the wilderness and we stop to enjoy some of the short walks and views on the way, before arriving at The Divide. From here we walk to Key Summit, a 3 hour return hike that gives spectacular views of the Hollyford Valley and Humboldt and Earl mountain ranges. We coach through the Homer Tunnel and onto Milford Sound, stopping en-route to explore the famous Chasm walkway before arriving at our accommodation for the night, our very own floating hotel! This boat takes us out of the Milford Sound and into the open seas beyond before returning to a sheltered spot for the night. 

Note to solo travellers: All cabins on the Milford Sound Cruise are shared.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 4Milford Sound to Te AnauHollyford Road 27km

By 9am the next morning, after a hearty breakfast and further exploring of the fiord, we return to shore and we bid a sad farewell to the majestic Milford Sound. We climb back to the Homer Tunnel by bus, if weather conditions allow, we hop on the bikes here and enjoy the wonderful cycle down the Milford Sound Highway and along the very quiet and scenic Hollyford road. From here there is chance to walk to see the 275m high Humboldt Falls (30 mins return) which are particularly spectacular after rain.

We have lunch and transfer by bus back to Te Anau, stopping at more view points along the way to admire the wonderful Fiordland scenery and rain forest vegetation. We spend a second night in Te Anau and meet in the early evening for our final group dinner together.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 5Te Anau to QueenstownUp to 46 km Riding distance

Out of Te Anau we journey into the hidden Mavora Lakes, a site of scenes from Lord of the Rings. We cycle by the lakeside and through the beech forest before continuing on to the isolated Von Valley for lunch.

We farewell our supporting coach as we cycle on to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and down to Mount Nicholas station. Here we are greeted by stunning views of the surrounding mountains and snow covered Mount Earnslaw at the head of the lake. We are met by our hosts and shown around the remote high country sheep station, before enjoying a light ploughman's afternoon tea.

Our tour concludes with a boat journey across the shimmering waters of Lake Wakatipu back to Queenstown. Its time to say a sad goodbye as we pick you up from the wharf and drop you off in downtown Queenstown.

Meals: B,L

Cost per person

November 2019 - April 2020

  • Twin: NZ$2,695

Single supplement: NZ$495
Bike Rental: NZ$170
E - Bike Rental: NZD$400
High Season Supplement: NZ$100

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Arrive Queenstownup to 20kms Warm up ride

Important: The night before your tour your guide will call your pre tour accommodation to advise what time they will collect you the following morning. (Please make sure you have given us information as to where you are staying).

Your guide will collect the group from a central city location around 8:00am and we will have a tour briefing and then a bike fitting. Then it’s time to drive to Glenorchy where we take an easy 45 minute kayak on Lake Wakatipu to Pidgeon Island, a wildlife paradise. The scenic mountain landscapes towering over the lake make this a highlight of the trip. After paddling back from the island, we then head back to Queenstown where we have the chance to explore the nearby Queenstown Trails by bike. After some time to refresh we then head out to dinner to talk over plans for the next few days!

Meals: L,D

Day 2Queenstown to Te AnauCycling Distance: Up to 50km; Walking Distance: 9km

From Queenstown we drive the narrow lakeside road alongside Lake Wakitipu to Kingston. From here we can connect with the Around The Mountains cycle trail, a dedicated cycle path that allows you to enjoy the scenery of sheep & cattle country surrounded by spectacular mountains free from traffic. We stop for lunch at the remote Five Rivers station cafe, passing through rich farm lands by the banks of the Oreti River, to the town of Mossburn. Here we load up and drive through to Te Anau, our stop for the night and the gateway to our coming adventures exploring Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound.

Note: Tonight you will need to pack an overnight bag for the next night of the tour. When staying overnight in Milford Sound you will be able to take a small bag and the majority of your luggage will be secured in the vehicle.

Meal: B

Day 3Te Anau to Milford Sound

This morning we drive into the Fiordland National Park amid the beech forests and mountains, that the region is famous for. The beautiful Milford road tracks through the wilderness and we stop to enjoy some of the short walks and views on the way, before arriving at The Divide.

This morning we drive into the Fiordland National Park amid the beech forests and mountains, that the region is famous for. The beautiful Milford road tracks through the wilderness and we stop to enjoy some of the short walks and views on the way, before arriving at The Divide. From here we walk to Key Summit, a 3 hour return hike that gives spectacular views of the Hollyford Valley and Humboldt and Earl mountain ranges. We coach through the Homer Tunnel and onto Milford Sound, stopping en-route to explore the famous Chasm walkway before arriving at our accommodation for the night, our very own floating hotel! This boat takes us out of the Milford Sound and into the open seas beyond before returning to a sheltered spot for the night. 

Note to solo travellers: All cabins on the Milford Sound Cruise are shared.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 4Milford Sound to Te AnauHollyford Road 27km

By 9am the next morning, after a hearty breakfast and further exploring of the fiord, we return to shore and we bid a sad farewell to the majestic Milford Sound. We climb back to the Homer Tunnel by bus, if weather conditions allow, we hop on the bikes here and enjoy the wonderful cycle down the Milford Sound Highway and along the very quiet and scenic Hollyford road. From here there is chance to walk to see the 275m high Humboldt Falls (30 mins return) which are particularly spectacular after rain.

We have lunch and transfer by bus back to Te Anau, stopping at more view points along the way to admire the wonderful Fiordland scenery and rain forest vegetation. We spend a second night in Te Anau and meet in the early evening for our final group dinner together.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 5Te Anau to QueenstownUp to 46 km Riding distance

Out of Te Anau we journey into the hidden Mavora Lakes, a site of scenes from Lord of the Rings. We cycle by the lakeside and through the beech forest before continuing on to the isolated Von Valley for lunch.

We farewell our supporting coach as we cycle on to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and down to Mount Nicholas station. Here we are greeted by stunning views of the surrounding mountains and snow covered Mount Earnslaw at the head of the lake. We are met by our hosts and shown around the remote high country sheep station, before enjoying a light ploughman's afternoon tea.

Our tour concludes with a boat journey across the shimmering waters of Lake Wakatipu back to Queenstown. Its time to say a sad goodbye as we pick you up from the wharf and drop you off in downtown Queenstown.

Meals: B,L

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