The Classic

Want to do it all? The ‘Classic’ combines the Milford & Routeburn walks together with an overnight stay in Te Anau.

8 days, 95km (59.2mi)Departs Nov - Apr

From $3155 low season

Difficulty: Hard

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The Milford Track has long been known for its splendour and beauty, and the Routeburn Track has become one of the world's most renowned walking tracks. Now you have the chance to experience the very best of both tracks with The Classic.

Set in the stunning surroundings of two national parks and Te Wahipounamu, South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Enjoy close encounters with the native birdlife: the Robin; Kea; Weka; Fantail; Tui; Parakeet; Bellbird; even Kiwi have been spotted on the Milford Track. Experience Fiordland National Park at its most spectacular: deep lakes; silent fiords; luxuriant forest and sheer canyons carved out of imposing granite define this landscape. Then Mount Aspiring National Park with it's mountainous peaks, alpine basins, inquisitive native birdlife, emerald bush, turqoise rivers and million dollar views around every corner.

The Classic is an 8 day / 7 night Queenstown to Queenstown all-inclusive guided walk through the heart of Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. The package includes transport, accommodation, meals, snacks, backpacks and rain jackets. Track accommodation is in our comfortable lodges and you will be led by our expert guides.

History

The history of the Fiordland region goes right back to the earliest days of young New Zealand. From the discoveries of Milford Sound and the MacKinnon Pass and the Goldrush in Central Otago, these areas are synonomous with New Zealand's pioneering spirit.

Whilst The Classic (formerly known as the Ultimate Hike) is a new walk, combining the Milford and Routeburn Tracks, the route is not a new one at all. In the 1930s parties of walkers would leave from the Wakatipu, cross the Harris Saddle and from the Hollyford Valley enter the Eglington Valley then cross Dore Pass to Glade House and continue on to Milford Sound via Mackinnon Pass.

The route follows that of Mackinnon and Mitchell as they searched for an overland route to Milford Sound, Sutherland's trail to his famous falls and the goldminers, as they tried in vain to make a passable route from Lake Wakatipu to the West Coast.

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"Ultimate Hikes has it down to an art and it would be difficult to see how anyone could do it better."Peakbggr (Trip Advisor), USA

 
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