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Escape for Easter break to the enchanting landscapes of Fiordland, the most south western corner of our country. Carved by glaciers over 100,000 years the landscape is one where waterfalls cascade hundreds of metres into deep black fiords; where ancient rainforest clings to mountains and where shimmering lakes and granite peaks look as they did a thousand years ago. Encompassing two of the fiords, experience the pure and remote Doubtful Sound and tick off the bucket list by spending a night on the beautiful Milford Sound and waking up to the sun rising over the dramatic vistas of Milford Sound.
✔ 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners as stated in the itinerary
✔ TSS Earnslaw cruise and BBQ dinner at Colonel's Homestead
✔ Guided tour of Te Anau Glowworm Caves
✔ Doubtful Sound day cruise
✔ Milford Mariner overnight cruise
✔ Jet boat ride with Fiordland Jet
Focus on Fiordland Easter Tour (6 days)
From $2700 per person share twin
Single supplement from $690 per person
Tour date: Thursday 1 April – Tuesday 6 April 2021
Day 1: Thursday 1 April 2021
This morning we are transferred to Auckland Airport for our flight to Queenstown. On arrival in Queenstown we will have a brief orientation tour before being transferred to our accommodation. Tonight we cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the coal fired vintage steamer TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Station for a delicious BBQ buffet dinner enjoyed at the Colonel’s Homestead. On the return journey join a sing-a-long with the ship’s pianist then return to Steamer Wharf.
Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel , Queenstown
Day 2: Friday 2 April 2021
QUEENSTOWN – TE ANAU
Travel around Lake Wakatipu through to Te Anau - gateway to the Fiordland National Park. Te Anau is the closest town to Milford Sound. Located on the shores of Lake Te Anau and bordering Fiordland National Park, Te Anau township is an attractive town that is a destination in its own right as well as a base for trampers and visitors to the Fiordland National Park. On arrival we have time for lunch within the Te Anau village before departing on a cruise across Lake Te Anau to the Te Anau-au Caves. Experienced guides take visitors into the caves by path and small boats underground. Highlights include incredible limestone caverns, whirlpools, waterfalls and the glowworm grotto. On conclusion of tour, return to Te Anau by launch. Dinner is included.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Lake Te Anau – 2 nights
Day 3: Saturday 3 April 2021
DOUBTFUL SOUND DAY CRUISE
Depart Te Anau early and drive through rolling countryside to Pearl Harbour at Manapouri. From here cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm, then travel by coach over Wilmot Pass through dense rainforest. There are opportunities along the way to examine the plant life and view the spectacular scenery. Once at Deep Cove at Doubtful Sound, board the comfortable catamaran, for a three-hour cruise of this remote and pristine fiord. Wonder at the magnificent surroundings of rainforest and towering mountains with cascading waterfalls and watch for the resident pod of bottlenose dolphins and the fur seals which like to bask on the rocks. On the return journey back to Deep Cove, the vessel’s engines are turned off so visitors can experience ‘the Sound of Silence’. Enjoy a picnic lunch on board This afternoon we retrace our steps back to Manapouri and back to our accommodation in Te Anau. Dinner is included.
Day 4: Sunday 4 April 2021
OVERNIGHT MILFORD SOUND CRUISE
Travel into Fiordland National Park and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Eglinton Valley formed by an ancient glacier. View rivers, lakes, tussock flats, beech forests and everywhere precipitous mountains surround the traveler.
Pass by the Hollyford Valley then the road climbs to the Homer Tunnel hewn out of a solid rock wall. Drive through the tunnel and out into the Cleddau Valley that descends to majestic Milford Sound. There are magnificent snow capped peaks to be viewed en route to Milford Sound. Later this afternoon we board the Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise. Designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand coastal trading scow to reflect the heritage of the Fiordland area, the Milford Mariner caters for visitors who enjoy comfort, combined with activity. The vessel has been purpose built to accommodate passengers in private cabins with en-suite bathrooms. Cruise the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. The vessel explores points of interest, with plenty of time available to view waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with the experienced nature guide on board. The vessel returns to and anchors overnight in sheltered Harrison Cove. Conditions permitting you will have the opportunity to explore the shoreline by kayak or by tender craft. Dinner and breakfast tomorrow served on-board.
Overnight Cruise: Onboard Milford Mariner
Day 5: Monday 5 April 2021
MILFORD SOUND – QUEENSTOWN
After breakfast today our boat cruises back to the Milford Sound Marina and we commence our return journey to Queenstown. In Te Anau we disembark the coach to enjoy the thrill of jet boating down the majestic trout filled Waiau River, to the serene Lake Manapouri, to learn all about this unique location among the Fiordland National Park. Get a taste of adventure as you explore the ancient surrounds with your jetboat guide. Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area. Step back in time as you experience prehistoric crown ferns and ancient, native beech forest! Learn about indigenous Māori culture and the early pioneers of European history in New Zealand. Back on dry ground we continue our journey back to Queenstown. Following check in the rest of the evening is at your leisure for you to explore the local restaurants, cafes and bars.
Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel, Queenstown
Day 6: Tuesday 6 April 2021
QUEENSTOWN TO HOME CITIES
After breakfast this morning we say farewell to Queenstown as we fly home to Auckland and are transferred back home.
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