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The ultimate 4-day walking holiday in the Kimberley or NZ’s Blanket Bay

Experience the full majesty of the Kimberley or New Zealand’s Blanket Bay on two Walk into Luxury all-inclusive walking holidays. With world-class accommodation, sumptuous food and wine and even heli-hiking, they’re setting new standards for luxury and indulgence.

Combining the breathtaking beauty of some of the world’s most spectacular locations with the finest accommodation and a range of special experiences, Walk Into Luxury’s signature breaks are an unforgettable way to experience nature at its very best.

Here are two of their four-day walking holidays in beautiful, untouched wildernesses. Expect a warm welcome waiting for you in the evenings at your lavish lodgings.

Two hikers cross a stream on the Blanket Bay walking holiday
Cross streams on your Blanket Bay walking holiday

Scenic Blanket Bay Walk in New Zealand

The Milford and Routeburn tracks snake through some of New Zealand’s most dazzling natural wonders. Ancient beech woodlands, cascading fjords and lush green valleys fringe Lake Wakatipu. The snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps form the dramatic backdrop for your adventure.

This extraordinary four-day, guided walking experience takes in the World Heritage Site’s most awe-inspiring scenery, with exquisite accommodation to match.

Blanket Bay lodge at dusk
Blanket Bay lodge at dusk

Guests stay at the five-star Blanket Bay Lodge, consistently voted one of the world’s best lodges. Its beautiful stone and timber architecture, log fires and floor to ceiling windows make it the ultimate comfort retreat.  

Set on the lakeshore a 45-minute drive from Queenstown, it’s become famous for exceptional service and unsurpassed luxury. After a day out on the trails, the outdoor pool, hot tub and spa are the perfect way to unwind. 

In the evenings, pre-dinner drinks and canapes are followed by a different five-course degustation feast each night.

travel by helicopter on this luxury walking holiday

An indulgent walking holiday itinerary

On day one, guests take a scenic boat cruise with views of Mount Earnslaw and the Routeburn Valley. Back at the lodge, your Walk into Luxury host will welcome you with drinks and a map briefing before dinner.

The following morning, a helicopter takes you on an unforgettable flight over the mountains around Milford Sound. From here, you’ll board a boat transfer to Sandfly Point at the start of the 9km Milford Track walk.

Take in Giant’s Gate Waterfall, crossing a classic New Zealand swing bridge on the way to a gourmet picnic lunch. Your specialist guide is a fountain of local knowledge so will talk you through the myriad of plants and animals around you.

Bridge crossing on the Scenic Blanket Bay walking holiday
Bridge crossing on the Scenic Blanket Bay walking holiday © Walk into Luxury

After a return flight over the lake, it’s time for sundowner drinks and a special Wine Cave dinner.

All of day three is spent on the Routeburn Track, widely considered the country’s best day walk. A relaxing massage before your evening meal is just what the doctor ordered.

On the final morning, a helicopter transports you to an unspoilt alpine wilderness. Here, you’ll walk past roaring waterfalls and tussock-covered meadows to the overhanging blue ice of Mount Earnslaw Glacier. 

It’s an extraordinary four days discovering the very best of New Zealand by day and enjoying luxury accommodation.

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Ultra-luxe Kimberley walking holiday

The rugged limestone ridges, lush grasslands and white water gorges of the Kimberley form a vast paradise. A walking holiday is the only way to fully appreciate its scale and beauty.

On this immersive, four-day adventure, a charter flight takes you to the heart of the region. Few tourists venture here so you can appreciate why it’s considered one of the Australia’s hidden treasures.

You’ll spend three nights in a luxurious lodge at the world-famous El Questro Homestead, a remote oasis nestled among burnt orange cliffs and avenues of frangipani trees where guest rooms are built out over the still waters of the Chamberlain River. 

Breakfast is served on the veranda with uninterrupted views of Chamberlain Gorge, bathed in the soft pink glow of morning.

Spend the evenings of your luxury walking holiday atEl Questro Homestead
El Questro Homestead

A walking holiday with a difference

During three days of walking the area’s best-loved tracks, specialist guides will take you to a series of Kimberley landmarks. You’ll visit Emma Gorge and the tranquil waterfalls of El Questro Gorge. The highlight is a scenic helicopter ride right over the three cascading Mitchell Falls and the sweeping hillsides either side with their tangled forests and rocky outcrops.

At the nearby plateau, your expert guide will show you Aboriginal art dating back thousands of years. You’ll have exclusive access to the warm rockpools at Zebedee Thermal Springs, bubbling invitingly under a canopy of pandamus palms.

After each day’s exertion, a friendly welcome and your favourite drink will await you at El Questro. Afterwards, you’ll sit down to a delicious,  locally-sourced dinner with matched wines under the star-filled night sky.

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This article was produced in partnership with Walk into Luxury and appeared in volume 41 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine. Subscribe to the latest issue today.