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Routeburn & Southern Wilderness Experience

This 13 day tour starts in Queenstown and finishes in Queenstown.


Starting and finishing in Queenstown this tour begins with the stunning beauty of the Routeburn Track. Your fully guided and supported 4 day hike is with Ultimate Hikes and you spend the evenings in the wonderfully equipped lodges before returning to Queenstown. From Queenstown you drive north-west to the pristine wilderness of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, where you immerse yourself in the natural wonders at Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge and the West Coast Glaciers. Continuing north, you board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train to Christchurch.  From Christchurch you journey south to Mt Cook National Park, where Sir Edmund Hillary prepared to conquer Everest, and it's here we've saved the best for last.  You'll get a bird's eye view of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps on the ultimate scenic flight, with a snow landing on the remote Tasman Glacier. 


Accommodation type on this tour is: Boutique lodges & hotels.

Rental car insurance included

Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.

This tour can be customised to suit you precisely - just request here.


This tour also features:

6 dinners

All breakfasts

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Mt Cook Ultimate Scenic Flight

Routeburn Track Guided Walk with Ultimate Hikes

Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge Experience


Itinerary summary for: Routeburn & Southern Wilderness Experience

Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown
Accommodation: Sofitel Queenstown

Day 2: Explore Queenstown today & attend your RouteburnTrack briefing this afternoon
Accommodation: Sofitel Queenstown

Day 3: Travel from Queenstown to the start of the Routeburn Track, then hike to Lake Mackenzie
Accommodation: Routeburn Track Lodges

Day 4: Fantastic mountain views today and tonight you stay at the Routeburn Falls Lodge
Accommodation: Routeburn Track Lodges

Day 5: Descend to the forested lowlands, before you return by coach to Queenstown
Accommodation: Sofitel Queenstown

Day 6: Your rental car is delivered and then drive to Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge
Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge, Lake Moeraki

Day 7: Explore the pristine wilderness of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area
Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge, Lake Moeraki

Day 8: Free day to explore the West Coast Glaciers
Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 9: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: The George Hotel

Day 10: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country to Mt Cook National Park
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus

Day 11: Explore Mt Cook National Park by air with the ultimate scenic flight to the Tasman Glacier
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus

Day 12: Scenic drive through the arid lands of the MacKenzie Country to Queenstown
Accommodation: Sofitel Queenstown

Day 13: Depart Queenstown today