THE WALKS

Fiordland Coast Walks

 Features our walks include:

  • Scenic helicopter flights to and from some walks, either out of the world-famous Milford Sound or the West Coast location of Jackson Bay and Haast.
  • Queenstown departure and return.
  • Maximum 6 clients per guide.
  • Maximum group size 7 people, including guides.
  • The Haast to Hollyford Coastal Walk and the Cascade Plateau Loop are limited to 15 or 18 people per season.
  • You carry only your personal gear on some walks. We provide and transport the rest, including all meals, accommodation and camping provisions.
  • Options exist to vary the walks to suit, such as additional days, alternative fixed wing plane, boat or foot access, faster or slower pace. Please enquire.

We also specialise in Personalised Walks. If you prefer something that caters to your particular needs then let us know.

Haast to Hollyford
Coastal WalkThe Haast to Hollyford, Guided Walk, Fiordland

 

With untouched Te Wahi Pounamu wilderness coastline and one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, the Hollyford Track, this walk is without doubt one of New Zealand’s best. We are running three of these walks this season and invite you to join us. 

The Haast Hollyford coastal route has long been known as a route between the West Coast and Southland regions. It is spectacularly scenic. It is remote. It will leave you spellbound.

The
Forgotten Coast
The Forgotten Coast 3 Day Guided Walk Fiordland

 

This walk is the most remote. It passes along an ancient coastal route, deep blue sea to the west and deep green bush to the east. This is a walk that will inspire and invigorate with its lost nature, untouched environment, blue seas and blue skies, strident human endeavours and sheer stunning beauty.

If you wish, the walk can be extended to 7 or 8 days and continue south to Big Bay, Martins Bay and Kaipo Bay, a walk completed by few people.

Cascade
Plateau Loop
The Stafford Coast 3 Day Guided Walk

 

Departing from the road-end at Jackson Bay, we hike straight into the wilderness, over the hill and down the riverbed to Smoothwater Bay for lunch, a location so named due to its calm and sheltered nature. The afternoon takes us around a coastline varying from rocky platform to sandy beach to quiet cove to the hut at Stafford Bay. The day is an easier one allowing time to explore and relax...

Personalised
Walks
Fiordland Coast Walks Personalised Walks

 

We at Fiordland Coast Walks love this entire coastline and could spend days and weeks and months ambling along and taking in its entire spectrum of possibilities. You may be similarly attracted to such a place, but wish to go about it in a different manner. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities. We are sure we can provide the journey you are after....

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The Southern Bays - 3 days

-> SCENIC FLIGHTS   -- COAST WALK

This walk takes in flights through Milford Sound and the three beautiful sweeps of Kaipo Bay, Martins Bay and Big Bay.

Day
1

Distance: 13 km (5-6 hours)

Accommodation: DOC hut at the rivermouth, or camping.

Difficulty: Easy. Mostly beach walking with some minor rocky coastline.

Depart Queenstown early for the scenic drive to Milford Sound where we board our helicopter flight out of this most dramatic of fiords and north along the coast to land at Kaipo Bay. Left alone in a Fiordland Bay we hike around a rocky sandy coast into Martins Bay at the opening of the Hollyford Valley. This bay featured in early Maori and European settlement and remnants, such as Gunn's Camp and Chief Tutoko's habitat, still exist. We continue along a virgin New Zealand beach past the ancient earth and human history and across the Hollyford River to our first night's stay at the rivermouth.

Day
2

Distance: 14 km (6-7 hours)

Accommodation: DOC hut at Big Bay, or camping.

Difficulty: Average. Morning is mostly stoney beach and some rocky coast. Afternoon is sandy beach walking.

We head out past Long Reef with its impressive seal colony, followed by a morning wandering and exploring the beaches and coves around and along the coast towards Big Bay for lunch. We pass a myriad of streams and waterways running over the shoreline to the sea and do our best to locate some seafood for the evening's meal along this stretch of coast. The afternoon brings a leisurely walk along the broad expanse of sandy beach to the cosy hut behind the dunes at Big Bay for the night.

Day
3

Distance: 8 km (3 hours)

Difficulty: Average. Mostly rock and boulder-hopping.

We head out of Big Bay over the Awarua River and along the rocky coast to Awarua Point. This is the southern end of the Tehei Mauri Ora pounamu route and has seen earlier prospectors pass along in search of riches, always to end in an early trip home. New Zealand's largest recovered pounamu boulder was discovered on this coast in the 1990's. Awarua Point sticks out into the deep blue southern Tasman Sea. From here we are collected for the helicopter flight back to Milford Sound and drive back to Queenstown.

Cost $2,295 per person.
Departures On demand, please enquire.
Minimum Numbers 3 people.
  2 people additional cost $495 per person.

 

              

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Stafford Coast - 3 days

-> SCENIC DRIVE -- COAST WALK

This circular walk starts from Jackson Bay and heads west towards Cascade Point, passing through river valley bush and along beach and rocky coast, all of which are laden with wildlife.

Day
1

Distance: 11 km (4-5 hours)

Accommodation: DOC hut near the rivermouth, or camping.

Difficulty: Average. Formed and unformed track, rocky and sandy coast.

Departing from the road-end at Jackson Bay, we hike straight into the wilderness, over the hill and down the riverbed to Smoothwater Bay for lunch, a location so named due to its calm and sheltered nature. The afternoon takes us around a coastline varying from rocky platform to sandy beach to quiet cove to the hut at Stafford Bay. The day is an easier one allowing time to explore and relax.

Day
2

Distance: 16km (5-6 hours)

Accommodation: DOC hut near the rivermouth, or camping.

Difficulty: Average. Mostly gravel and boulder coast.

We hike further down the coast along stunning, empty and wild beach, flush with wildlife, to Teer Creek. The coast runs below the Cascade Plateau, a giant and ancient glacial moraine laden with pounamu and with the full array of flora, fauna spilling down onto the beach. We continue further towards Whisky Creek where some of New Zealand’s largest fur seal colonies exist. Returning back in the afternoon, this coast is well known for its lobster (crayfish) and other shellfish and, if conditions allow, this may supplement the evening meal back at Stafford Bay hut – a true delight.

Day
3

Distance: 11km (4-5 hours)

Difficulty: Average. Riverbed, track and bush.

Today we hike inland heading up the Stafford River and over the saddle back into the Smoothwater River valley, a valley resplendent with gorgeous streams and waterways. We should also experience a wide array of native birdlife. Then finally we hike back over the hill to our starting point at Jackson Bay.



Cost: $1,195 per person.
Departures: On demand. Please enquire.
Minimum Numbers: 3 people
2 people, additional cost $395 per person.


Two-Day Walk Option.

A two-day walk option is available which moves the Day two walk along to Whiskey Creek. Please enquire.

Cost: $795 per person.

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Personalised Walks


 

Fiordland Coast Walks

We at Fiordland Coast Walks love this entire coastline and could spend days and weeks and months ambling along and taking in its entire spectrum of possibilities. You may be similarly attracted to such a place, but wish to go about it in a different manner. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities. We are sure we can provide the journey you are after. Such possibilities may include:
 

  • slower and shorter daily hikes allowing more time for exploration
     
  • hiking the entire length of coastline over six or more days
     
  • rest days allowing for personal activities 
     
  • corporate team-building adventures
     
  • school and other youth groups
     
  • disabled groups and people with other limitations
     
  • physical activities such as fishing, swimming, diving, seafood gathering, hunting, inland exploration
     
  • interests such as archaeology; gemstones and other fossicking; artistic or photographic; or perhaps spiritual or simple time alone
     
  • greater physical exertion with faster and longer daily hikes
     
  • private hikes for a special occasion.

Let us know. This coastline is boundless in its possibilities.

 

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