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  • Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, and Walk from Te Anau

    1. Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, and Walk from Te Anau

    Enjoy a leisurely small-group day excursion to Milford Sound from Te Anau, with an extended nature cruise along the full length of the fiord. Your tour includes all the best scenic stops, including short walks. In the summer (1 November - 30 April) you can also select a 2.5 hour self-guided hike to key summit on the renowned Routeburn Track. From Te Anau, travel along the spectacular Milford Road with local, experienced nature guides who are eager to share their stories, knowledge, and passion for the area. Upon reaching Milford Sound, you will join a nature cruise traveling out to the Tasman Sea. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to view waterfalls, rainforest, mountains, and wildlife. On completion of the cruise, passengers will board a small coach and begin their journey overland. If you prefer shorter walks, stay with the nature gu...

    Great trip, little stops along the way, boat tour was great, guide was welcoming and informative, recommend this tour!

  • Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Scenic Cruise and Walk with Morning Tea

    2. Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Scenic Cruise and Walk with Morning Tea

    Begin your tour at the historic wharf of Lake Te Anau, where you'll be greeted by your crew and welcomed aboard. After a safety briefing and check-in, you'll be free to explore the ship. Enjoy some light refreshments on the scenic 40-minute journey to the Hidden Lakes wharf.   Upon arrival, leave the ship for a guided 45-minute walk through the Fiordland National Park. Learn about the surrounding flora and fauna from your guide. Once back at the ship, enjoy a delicious morning tea with a selection of canapes and desserts in the peaceful cove. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the journey back to Lake Te Anau.

    It was a very relaxing and organised trip delivering everything promised. The walk into the native forest was gorgeous and informative and arrived back to a very special morning tea. Nothing was a problem and both the skippers/guides had a lot of information which you could accept or not and a healthy sense of humour. The Faith is a gorgeous ship and sitting out the back was a fantastic experience. Thanks for the memories.

  • From Te Anau: Full Day Guided Walk Along the Routeburn Track

    3. From Te Anau: Full Day Guided Walk Along the Routeburn Track

    Enjoy a guided day excursion from Te Anau to Key Summit on the renowned Routeburn Track. Begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Milford Road to the Divide Shelter which is the starting point for the guided walk to Key Summit. There will be opportunities for photo stops along the way. Departing from the Divide, the walk ascends through lush, temperate rainforest on a well maintained track. The steady climb takes approximately 2 hours at a leisurely pace. Your guide will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the natural and human heritage of Fiordland. Gaining an elevation of 400 metres, emerge from the forest into the alpine environment, with extensive panoramic views of high snowy peaks, alpine lakes, and deep bush clad valleys. Enjoy lunch along the way, perhaps on the Summit amidst the alpine tarns, or below in the Greenstone Valley beside lovely Lake ...

  • Milford Sound: Milford Track Day Hike

    4. Milford Sound: Milford Track Day Hike

    Hike the world-famous Milford Track and enjoy flat, easy-going terrain and amazing bush, mountain, and waterfall scenery. See the mighty beech and rimu trees and the crowds of birds feeding on nectar at Fuschia trees. Listen to the sound of birdsong as you wander along the trail. Spot the resident grey warblers, fantails, tui, bellbirds, and more. Visit Giants Gate Falls, one of the highlights of the Milford Track. Take in the spectacular views at your own pace and enjoy a family-friendly adventure in Milford Sound.

  • Milford Sound Return Flights, Hike & Cruise from Queenstown

    5. Milford Sound Return Flights, Hike & Cruise from Queenstown

    Fly from Queenstown airport over the Wakatipu Basin and into Fiordland, sweeping the length of Milford Sound where you can take in unparalleled views of world famous fiord. Upon landing in Milford Sound, take a short boat ride to where your walk on the Milford Track begins. The three and a half hour guided walk takes you along a well formed track to the half way point, Giant Gate waterfall. After your walk, transfer back to the boat terminal where you’ll board a Mitre Peak Cruise through Milford Sound. An informative guide will point out scenic highlights along the way, such as the Bowen Falls, snow-capped Mount Pembroke, and the awe-inspiring Mitre Peak itself, towering 1692 metres from the ocean floor. Fly back over the Milford Track before having your breath taken away when you first view the 548 metre Sutherland Falls. This scenic flight will allow you to take in magnificent views ...

    Unfortunately we were unable to do the hike part as the guides were unable to get to Milford as the road was closed following an earth slip. However the flights were fabulous and the cruise was great with a very informative captain.

  • Flight and Hike Trip: Milford Sound, Milford Track & Picnic

    6. Flight and Hike Trip: Milford Sound, Milford Track & Picnic

    Fly from Queenstown airport over Lake Wakatipu, taking in the grandeur of the Southern Alp as you fly deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park. Sweep the length of Milford Sound where you can take in unparalleled views of world famous Milford Sound and Mitre Peak before landing at Milford Sound airport. Upon landing you will meet your guide for the day and take a short boat ride to begin your walk on the Milford Track. You'll begin your 3.5-hour guided walk, meandering alongside the cascading Arthur River then Lake Ada, on a well-formed track. Your destination and half-way point is Giant Gate waterfall. After enjoying a delicious picnic lunch, return by boat transfer and board your plane for a scenic flight back over the Milford Track and Fiordland to Queenstown.

  • Milford Sound: Half-Day Guided Milford Track Walk

    7. Milford Sound: Half-Day Guided Milford Track Walk

    Spend some time in nature in the beautiful Fiordland National Park on a half-day guided walk to Giants Gate on the world famous Milford Track. Departing Milford Sound Wharf, the walk begins with a short boat ride to Sandfly Point. It is then an easy 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) alongside the cascading Arthur River, then Lake Ada, on a well-maintained track. Your destination is the Giants Gate. This scenic waterfall is best viewed from the large swing bridge spanning the river. On your return, you will be walking under ancient temperate rainforest surrounded by an array of ferns, mosses and lichens in vibrant shades of green. The small group of 12 walkers per guide provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the fascinating human heritage of the track. On completion of the walk, take the opportunity to take photos at the sign marking the end of the track, a site festooned with the b...

    I Can highli recommend this trip if you just want a taste of the 4 day hike at Milford Track. It’s beautiful - very very wet, but beautiful.

  • Milford Sound: Full Day Guided Hike and Scenic Cruise

    8. Milford Sound: Full Day Guided Hike and Scenic Cruise

    Your full-day Milford Sound package begins with a morning walk along the Milford Track. A short boat ride will take you across Milford Sound’s Deep Water Basin to Sandfly Point for the start of a guided hike. The walk will take you alongside the cascading Arthur River and then on to Lake Ada. Stop at Giant's Gate Waterfall, a stunning and much-photographed site that is best viewed from the large swing bridge. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery of the Milford Sound from the comfort of a modern, spacious boat. With outstanding viewing opportunities, you’ll take in the geological drama of sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls and more. Be on the lookout for wildlife, such as seals basking on the rocks or dolphins playing near the boat.

    Unbelievable. The views from the cruise we’re stunning. The walk, rainy in the rain forest, was about 20,000 steps, but well worth it

  • From Te Anau: Full Day Kepler Track Guided Heli-Hike

    9. From Te Anau: Full Day Kepler Track Guided Heli-Hike

    On this enjoyable full-day tour from Te Anau you will enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over New Zealand’s beautiful landscape, an easy-going hike on the Kepler Track, and a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Te Anau. You will begin your Kepler Track guided heli-hike with a spectacular scenic flight by helicopter from the town of Te Anau. Fly over the hidden lakes and beech forest of Mount Luxmore to arrive at Luxmore Hut, the first hut on the Kepler Track Great Walk. With your knowledgeable local nature guide, you will explore the alpine area and learn about the fauna and flora in the surrounding tussock herb fields. Enjoy a true wilderness tea break, before you begin the descent on a well-formed track. Descending through magnificent mountain and silver beech forest, the effects of different altitude and weather conditions experienced in Fiordland are clear to see as the trees and undergrowt...

    We had a lovely day walking the last part of the Kepler track through a forest, the guide was really friendly and helpful in suggesting a different hike due to cloud cover at our original location. It was really worthwhile having the guide as she explained all about the local plants and trees as well as interesting information about local and Maori history. The Helicopter ride was really exciting and definitely worth the money, I can see why people love to travel like this.

  • Fiordland National Park: Hidden Hankinson Day Hike

    10. Fiordland National Park: Hidden Hankinson Day Hike

    Embark on a full-day adventure to Lake Hankinson by private boat with a knowledgeable private guide. Visit a special part of Fiordland people rarely get to see and enjoy a short hike through lush beech forests, a gourmet lunch and the opportunity to hand-feed the native eels. Depart Te Anau Downs, take a boat ride across the South Island’s largest lake, Lake Te Anau for a sense of how big Fiordland is. Take a short walk through the beech forest to find the hidden lake. Don’t expect a sealed path here, it’s a short, moderate trek through the Fiordland bush. Arrive at a hidden boat shed for your first glimpse of the glacial lake that time forgot, Lake Hankinson. Jump aboard a second boat and venture further into Fiordland with a boat ride up Lake Hankinson. As the bush clears, spot the oldest remaining hut in Fiordland National Park, Hankinson Hut. Admire its rich with history, full of s...

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What people are saying about Southland

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Andrew,our friendly,informative guide at Trips and Tramps made sure everything went seamlessly, personalising our trip to make the most of the day. This included a walk up to Key Summit on the way back which was a highlight for us both, and we really appreciated being able to benefit from his local knowledge and enthusiasm throughout the day. The well organised Mitre Peak Cruise on Milford Sound included interesting commentary and personalised service. A great value, memorable day!

This was an excellent day trip, a highlight of our trip. Geoff the guide was interesting and passionate about the local area, he had lots of interesting stories and info to share

Fantastic trip, Neil was an excellent, knowledgeable guide. Short walks were lovely, boat ride spectacular. Highly recommended.

Great trip, little stops along the way, boat tour was great, guide was welcoming and informative, recommend this tour!

Amazing knowledge and service. Highly recommend for a more personal cruise