This tour links from our BEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND tour on tuesdays in Queenstown.
Independent departures (minimum 2 passengers) commence Queenstown every tuesday and thursday 26 April - 06 September, 2022.
Independent departures with 2 nights Te Anau and 1 night cruise on Doubtful Sound commences most days October, 2022 - April 2023. Early bookings are essential.
Day 1. Tuesday/Thursday ARRIVE QUEENSTOWN
Arrive Queenstown and you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2. Wednesday/Friday QUEENSTOWN (B)
Free day with many options available - extra expense.
We recommend the cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the historic steamer "Earnslaw" and a barbecue lunch at the Colonel's Homestead departing at 12pm and returning at 3.45pm. Extra cost $129 - not available May 29 - July 08 as "Earnslaw" is on survey.
Day 3. Thursday/Saturday QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUND - TE ANAU (BL)
A day of fabulous scenery as we drive to Te Anau then on through the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys and through the Homer tunnel to magnificent Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise to the head of the Sound under majestic Mitre Peak with picnic lunch included and see the Bowen Waterfall before returning to Te Anau for accommodation at Luxmore Hotel.
Day 4. Friday/Sunday TE ANAU - DOUBTFUL SOUND (BD)
Late morning we transfer to Manapouri and cruise across the bush clad lake to the West Arm. Drive across Wilmot Pass, and join our cruise ship "Fiordland Navigator, or "Milford Wanderer". Sail mid afternoon. Doubtful Sound is much more extensive then Milford Sound. Explore the fiords and travel to the entrance with the Tasman Sea. See the seals and often dolphins and other wildlife are to be seen. Dinner included on board. Anchor overnight in a quiet bay.
Day 5. Saturday/Monday. CRUISING DOUBTFUL SOUND. (BLD)
Full day cruising Doubtful Sound. Optional exploring by kayak or ships tender to get up close and personal with the fiord. All meals on board.
Day 6. Sunday/Tuesday. DOUBTFUL SOUND - QUEENSTOWN (B)
We retrace our steps to Manapouri and return to Queenstown arriving mid afternoon.
Why not enjoy an exciting jet boat ride this afternoon and dinner at the Skyline restaurant high above Queenstown - extra expense.
Day 7. Monday/Wednesday QUEENSTOWN DEPART (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for departure.
You are welcome to stayover in Queenstown and explore further if you wish.
Tour cost per person.
2 per room/cabin $2,290. Single $2,980
Tour cost includes:
** Return transfers from Queenstown airport to your hotel.
** 4 nights accommodation and breakfast at hotels,
** Full day tour to Milford Sound including cruise, and picnic lunch.
** 2 nights aboard "Milford Wanderer" or Fiordland Navigator including 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, and 1 lunch while cruising.
DISCOVER STEWART ISLAND - summer only
Travel on our FABULOUS FIORDLAND tour and on returning to Manapouri sunday transfer to Invercargill via the scenic route via Tuatapere and Riverton for one night. Cruise to Stewart Island and enjoy a tour of Oban and cruise to Ulva Island bird Sanctuary. Owing to a great shortage of accommodation on Stewart island it is usually necessary to return to Invercargill tonight before departing tuesday. Overnight on Stewart Island and cruise back to Invercargill tuesday and transfer to Queenstown for 2 night ending thursday.
Total cost 9 days/ 8 nights $$2,650 share twin
The ending is flexible. Stay longer on Stewart island, fly back from Invercargill, or join our 3 day/2 night tour departing Queenstown thursday for 1 night at Franz Josef Glacier, 1 night at Hokitika, then on to Punakaiki finishing in Christchurch saturday afternoon.
SOUTHERN SERENITY INCLUDING FABULOUS FIORDLAND. 13 days $3,900
For a more complete experience of the South Island commence Christchurch Sundayy 16 May on our SOUTHERN SERENITY driver escorted mini bus tour for 1 night at the Hermitage, Mt Cook, 2 nights in Queenstown then on to Milford Sound, 1 night Te Anau, 2 nights Doubtful Sound cruise, 3 nights Queenstown, Wanaka, Lake Matheson, Franz Josef for 1 night, Hokitika for 1 night returning to Christchurch over Arthurs Pass arriving friday afternoon.
Total cost 2 per room $3,990