Te Anau, Milford, Doubtful Sound, Mavora Lakes and Walter Peak Station
Door to Door pickups, Flights, Transport, Cruise, All Tours Fully Escorted, Accommodation All entries, Meals as listed
Monday May 3rd DAY ONE D
Flying south we skip over snow-covered mountains to land in spectacular Queenstown. This is the time to visit, to enjoy the intense autumn colours. We will meet our tour guide and travel the edge of Lake Wakatipu making our way through to Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland, enjoying the scenery and a local’s perspective of the area. Once checked into our lakeside accommodation we will meet for dinner and discuss the day’s events and plan for the next.
Tuesday May 4th DAY TWO B, L, D
Enjoy breakfast, whilst taking in the lake and mountain views. At 9.00am we meet our bus then we will immerse ourselves in the vast and untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound, the second largest fiord in Fiordland National Park. With its rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets, Doubtful Sound will take your breath away. Home to abundant wildlife you may see bottlenose dolphins and fur seals at play or catch a glimpse of a rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. Getting to Doubtful Sound is an adventure in itself. With no direct road access, the only way you can get to Doubtful Sound is by a cruise across Lake Manapouri and a coach trip over Wilmot Pass. This isolation makes the fiord a very special place, a place only those in the know get to see. Snacks and sandwiches are available for purchase on board. We will arrive back to our accommodation freshen up then enjoy another lovely dinner, feeling uplifted and inspired.
Wednesday May 5th DAY THREE B, L, D
We have got a great day ahead of ourselves a Coach-Cruise-Coach to Milford Sound. We will enjoy a luxury air-conditioned, 51 seater coach with extra legroom, reclining seats, dual exits, glass roof and wide windows for fantastic viewing. Experienced guides will give you informative commentary on your journey; you can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Dramatic precipitous sides soar up; this is a wonderful opportunity to experience the sheer magnificence of this region Numerous photo stops at the best places along the "Milford Road", Scenic Cruise at Milford Sound in a spacious modern ship with large indoor and outdoor viewing decks. The Coach has 2 DVD Screens - watch a movie on the way back to Queenstown, travel in comfort both ways, arriving back to the hotel late in the afternoon.
Thursday May 6th DAY FOUR B, MT, L
This morning we meet our guide pick up our picnic lunch then head up the Mararoa River following its braided path until reaching Mavora Lakes, one of the treasures of Southland and part of South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area. They are situated amongst an impressive landscape of mountains, lakes, Beech forest and tussock grassland. We will enjoy a hot drink and our picnic morning tea in this wonderful spot, then travel on up the hidden burn following the Von River We will have the Thompson Mountains on one side, Eyre Mountains on our other. We will pass through the high-country Station of Mount Nicholas before edging around Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station, enjoying wonderful views few get to experience. At Walter Peak walk around the wonderful homestead gardens and buildings. For lunch the BBQ will be fired up and enjoyed before its time to board the TSS Earnslaw for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu and back to Queenstown, Arriving at Rydges our Lakeside accommodation. The restaurant is available for those still with an appetite.
Friday May 7th DAY FIVE B
Alas, it is time to head home; we will be catching our flight back home, full of wonderful memories.
Consider joining the Autumn in Queenstown Tour, staying on to join this tour Autumn In Queenstown leaves 28th April.
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Next Tour Date
Mon, 04th of May 2020