4 Day Routeburn Valley & Queenstown Nature Walk

4 Day Routeburn Valley & Queenstown Nature Walk

The best way to experience and appreciate the natural beauty and outdoors of Queenstown as well as the surrounding area is with a guided, interactive walk. Join two of the region’s most popular day walks on this 4 day Queenstown escape.

Tour Info

Tour Name: 4 Day Routeburn Valley & Queenstown Nature Walk
From: Queenstown to Queenstown
Valid: May 18 - Mar 19
Price:
From (NZD) $1087 per person
Duration: 4 Days
Tour Code: SBZQN4T

Inclusions

3 nights boutique hotel accommodation at Hotel St. Moritz
Full day guided walk of the Routeburn Valley including lunch
Half day guided Lakeshore, Forest & Bird walk

Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Queenstown

Kia Ora. Welcome to Queenstown – a walking, bungee and hiking paradise. After making your way through the terminal, through customs and baggage collection, make your way to the Hotel St. Moritz.

The rest of the day is yours to harness – what will you do first? This magnificent alpine resort town offers a wide variety of adventure and leisure activities from extreme to relaxed exploration. It is also a great base from which to explore the Fiordland National Park, gateway to the famous Milford and Doubtful Sounds.

Local activities include jet boating, white water rafting, bungy jumping, flying foxes, wine tours, 4WD adventures, scenic flights, golfing, skiing, fishing plus much, much more.

Day 2
Routeburn Valley

Enjoy a full day guided walk into the world famous Routeburn Valley. The Routeburn is one of New Zealand’s great walks. Located in the Mount Aspiring National Park, it is a gradual ascent through beech forest, ferns, mosses and lichens.

Your day walk commences with a journey to the head of Lake Wakatipu where your guide will introduce you to the history and landscape of the region. Just beyond the charming hamlet of Glenorchy, the road crosses the blue ribbons of the Rees and Dart Rivers to reach the dense verdant belt of the Routeburn Valley.

Here your trek begins among towering ancient beech, climbing gradually through blankets of forest moss, fern and skirting the thundering Routeburn River through the gorge it has carved over the millennia. After walking for just 2½ hours, the woodlands part to reveal the rich grassland of the Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud-scraping mountains.

The Flats is a pristine site to stop for a delicious Kiwi style picnic lunch. Later you’ll enjoy the valley in reverse, exploring the old paths of the Maori travellers as you travel along their old ‘Greenstone’ trails. Native and migratory birds welcome your return to the forest and a plentiful array of species will accompany your journey back to civilisation.

Due to the nature of the terrain, altitude and alpine conditions, the duration of this walk is entirely flexible and dependent on fitness levels will be anything from a 16km to 23km return journey.

Day 3
Queenstown

The ‘Lakeshore Forest and Bird’ guided walk is a unique nature interpretative experience taken at a leisurely pace through native beech forest. The track leads down to the edge of Lake Wakatipu and great views can be had looking out through the trees as well as over the water to the mountains beyond.

The track is good but uneven and winds around the lake shore with the option of a steeper climb to a lookout with magnificent views in all directions. Native birds are readily seen or heard, so keep a look out. Your guide will introduce you to an array of edible as well as medicinal plants used by Maori along with European settlers on this fun half day walk.

Day 4
Queenstown

Free time for some last minute sightseeing before making your way to Queenstown airport to depart for your next destination.

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4 Day Routeburn Valley & Queenstown Nature Walk
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Tour Code: SBZQN4T
From (NZD) $1087 per person
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Departures: May 18 - Mar 19

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