Two Great Walks of New Zealand
March 24 - April 9, 2017
CMC Members: $3,820
On this trip we will do two of New Zealand's Great Walks, the Milford Track and the Abel Tasman Coast Track, each distinctly unique from each other. The 4-day Milford Track in Fiordland is New Zealand's most famous Great Walk and heralded as perhaps "the finest walk in the world". It is justly renowned for its glacier carved valleys, forests, alpine flower fields, waterfalls, and towering peaks. We will complete the walk with an overnight cruise of the Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea on the Milford Wanderer, accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The Abel Tasman Coast Track is by far the easiest of the Great Walks, but it represents coastal hiking at its very finest: golden crescent beaches lapped by the clear Tasman Sea back onto sections of verdant forest.
This adventure will also include a trip from Te Anau to Queenstown on the Backroads Bus along via the Von Valley through high country farms. This is an unforgettable journey through a land long forgotten by tourist maps. See historic sites, Lord of the Rings filming locations, free-wandering livestock, and have a cuppa at Mavora Lakes. Then board the TSS Earnslaw, an historic steamship, & cruise the sparkling waters of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown.
We conclude with a crossing of Cook Strait to Wellington via the Interislander Cook Strait ferry, recognized as one of the most scenic cruises in the world. The following day we will have an overnight stay on Kapiti Island. Famous the world over, the Kapiti Island Nature Reserve is abundant with native endangered birds which thrive in this unique, predator free environment. After a talk and welcome by a nature guide, we are free to hike and view rare and beautiful native birds. After dinner in the lodge and maybe a dip in the hot tub, we will enjoy a guided Kiwi spotting night tour with an experienced guide.
Activities / Difficulty
Moderate difficulty trekking. Should be in condition to do multiple day hikes with some steeper elevation gain. Must be able to carry a pack on the Milford Track that includes a sleeping bag, toiletries, extra clothing and all of your food for three nights/four days. Must be able to maintain a moderate pace throughout the trek.
Mostly hotels and lodging with twin rooms, double occupancy. Three nights will be in DOC huts (dormitory) and one night aboard the Milford Wanderer (twin rooms, double occupancy).
Several hikes will be posted on the CMC website prior to the trip; several will be scheduled for early fall 2016 and several in late spring 2017.
Trip Leader: Denise Snow
Denise has been a CMC Trip leader since 1993 and a past instructor for Basic Mountaineering School and HAMS. She has led many CMC Adventure Travel trips, including a climbing trip of Via Ferrata in the Dolomites in 2000, a trek of the Haute Route in 2014, a cycle tour of Tuscany in September, 2015 and a trek of the Alta Via I in the Dolomites in September, 2016.