Autumn In Queenstown
Door to Door pickups, Flights when Applicable, Transport, Cruises, Accommodation, Tours, all entries, Meals as listed (B breakfast, MT Morning tea, L lunch, D dinner)
Tuesday 28th April DAY 1 D
Once we’ve settled into our hotel in the spectacular alpine resort of Queenstown, we head down to the wharf on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The 105 year-old steamship TSS Earnslaw is ready to take us on a magical round trip lake cruise disembarking at the famous Walter Peak High Country Farm. We’ll be stopping here for a scrumptious gourmet buffet dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant where an expansive array of local produce is prepared by their top chefs. After dinner, there’s an entertaining talk and demonstration about the unique experiences of life on a high country station. As we steam our way back, the lights of Queenstown sparkle in the night air and there’s a pianist on board for those who feel like a sing-along. Our accommodation at the Queenstown Heritage Hotel awaits.
Wednesday 29th April DAY 2 B, MT, L, D
Central Otago is famous for its world-class pinot noir wines and its autumn colours. This morning we will start with the latter in the township of Cromwell. Viewing the pristine waters of Lake Dunstan is followed up with morning tea at Bannockburn Hotel. A scenic drive takes in the local vineyards, Bannockburn’s autumn display and the Clutha River to finish in Clyde for lunch at iconic Oliver's Restaurant. Here’s your chance to sample the local pinot noir. Post-lunch we’re split into two groups for a two-hour Clutha River Cruise exploring examples of historical gold mining sites and viewing the Clyde dam. A scenic drive through the magnificent scenery of Roxburgh via Alexandra is also included. We return for dinner at our hotel tonight.
Thursday 30th April DAY 3 B, MT, D
We’re off on an adventure today so have a good breakfast! Our 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon follows the deep meandering course of the Shotover River, rich in history and featuring spectacular geological formations. Awe-inspiring vistas of the southern high country provide ample opportunity for photos so be sure to capture the memories. Free time and lunch are at your leisure in the quaint and quirky village of Arrowtown today. Featuring delightful cafes, boutiques and historic stone buildings, the autumnal show will be in full bloom so a chance to appreciate further the radiant leafy displays of golds, yellows and reds of this region. Tonight’s dinner will be at a higher altitude as we head up in the gondolas for a fabulous meal at the Skyline’s Strosfare Restaurant.
Friday 1st May DAY 4 B, MT, L
For our final day, we’re taking a drive out to Glenorchy. Described as a fabulous paradise, this small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu is the gateway to some of the best walking tracks in the world including the Routeburn Track. Situated within the borders of Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, it’s here that many visitors the world over make the pilgrimage to stand and marvel at the astonishingly beautiful location of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy movies. After a morning tea in this superb spot, it’s time to head to the airport for the flights home to Tauranga.
Consider staying on in Queenstown to join the Te Anau (Doubtful / Milford Sounds) Tour 4th May, request a price.