• Ben Lomond hiking trail.
    Ben Lomond hiking trail.
  • Our forth day was spent on the last section of the Kepler track hiking through scenic bush land.
    Our forth day was spent on the last section of the Kepler track hiking through scenic bush land.
  • Our group enjoying the sites of Milford Sound out on deck.
    Our group enjoying the sites of Milford Sound out on deck.
  • A quick paddle before dinner. The Milford Mariner is equiped with 20 canoes and a speed boat for her guests to get out on the water.
    A quick paddle before dinner. The Milford Mariner is equiped with 20 canoes and a speed boat for her guests to get out on the water.
  • Happy hikers enjoying the close encounters with Milford Sounds many waterfalls.
    Happy hikers enjoying the close encounters with Milford Sounds many waterfalls.
  • The Milford Mariner. We’re our tour enjoyed a luxury buffet and wine as we sailed the Milford Sound. A treat at night for any astronomy enthusiasts.
    The Milford Mariner. We’re our tour enjoyed a luxury buffet and wine as we sailed the Milford Sound. A treat at night for any astronomy enthusiasts.
  • Our guide, Brad, leading our small group to the summit of Mt Luxmore
    Our guide, Brad, leading our small group to the summit of Mt Luxmore
  • New Zealand’s Milford Sound. A popular destination for the cruise liners. Our preference will always be the smaller more intimate cruise.
    New Zealand’s Milford Sound. A popular destination for the cruise liners. Our preference will always be the smaller more intimate cruise.
  • Our home for three nights. The Fiordland Lounge. The hot tubs we’re a welcomed feature after a awarding days hike.
    Our home for three nights. The Fiordland Lounge. The hot tubs we’re a welcomed feature after a awarding days hike.
  • Day 3 we make our way from Te Anau a long the Milford Road to start our overnight cruise of Milford Sound. A popular stop on route, Mirror Lakes. A photography’s paradise.
    Day 3 we make our way from Te Anau a long the Milford Road to start our overnight cruise of Milford Sound. A popular stop on route, Mirror Lakes. A photography’s paradise.
  • A Heli-Hike from Te Anau to the Luxmore Hut to commence the hike to the summit of Mt Luxmore. NZ Great Walk; Kepler Track.
    A Heli-Hike from Te Anau to the Luxmore Hut to commence the hike to the summit of Mt Luxmore. NZ Great Walk; Kepler Track.
  • Milford Sound at dusk, taken from the deck of the Milford Mariner.
    Milford Sound at dusk, taken from the deck of the Milford Mariner.
  • Taken on Day 2, NZ’s iconic Milford Track.
    Taken on Day 2, NZ’s iconic Milford Track.
  • Our adventure on day 2 hiking the Milford Track, started here. A 30km/50 min thrilling private speed boat taxi across Lake Te Anau.
    Our adventure on day 2 hiking the Milford Track, started here. A 30km/50 min thrilling private speed boat taxi across Lake Te Anau.
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Great Walks was invited along to experience the launch of Life's an Adventure's five-day Fiordland Walks of New Zealand experience.

The guys at LAA have consulted with local guides and operators to build the perfect taster tour where hikers experience rainforest hiking on the Milford Track, summit mountains on the Kepler Track, with the added thrill of a heli-hike where LAA hikers are choppered into the Luxmore Hut to embark on a rewarding hike to the summit of Mt Luxmore.

Within the taster tour, LAA guests experience the Milford Sound on a boutique overnight boat cruise abroad the Milford Mariner where guests enjoy a generous buffet and local wines.

Inclusions within this tour offer hikers multiple speed boat excursions between hiking track departure and ending points, luxury accommodation and of course local wines to accompany the five-star three course meals LAA guests enjoy at the Fiordland Lounge, where hot-tubs are awaiting to sooth tired feet.

The photos in this gallery a small selection of the sites this tour offers, the best of the South Island was experienced within a well-structured timeframe over five days taking in two of NZ's Great Walks, the picture perfect Milford Sound while enjoying luxury accommodation and wines over the four night experience.

LAA guests will come away from this tour feeling challenged, refreshed and well informed by LAA's local Kiwi guide Bard, who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of local fauna and flora and is a member of the local Maori tribe.

For more info on this trip click here.

Words and photos_Bobby Butler

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