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7 Day Doubtful Sound and West Coast Odyssey

Days
7

Pricing From
$4590

South Island
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Overview

Enjoy the superb untouched beauty of Doubtful Sound on this overnight cruise. Spend some time in Queenstown and Wanaka, visit Arrowtown during the gorgeous autumn season and tour along the West Coast to Franz Josef before making your way back of Arthur's Pass.

Included Sightseeing & Exploring

  • Visit leafy Arrowtown and browse the shops.
  • Sightsee around the Queenstown region.
  • Travel through the beech forests over the Wilmot Pass.
  • Seals bask on the islands at the entrance to Doubtful Sound.
  • Wake up to the stillness and mirror reflections of Doubtful Sound.
  • See the Great Southern Lakes of Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea.
  • Tussock-covered land of the dramatic Crown Range.
  • Sightsee in and around Wanaka.
  • Superb mountain and river scenery of the Haast Pass.
  • Stroll in Haast Pass’ mountain beech forests to waterfalls and clear blue pools.
  • At Ship's Creek take a stroll along the wild beach and through swampland rainforest.
  • View the Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson.
  • Visit Hokitika’s artisan craft galleries.
  • Drive the exciting Otira Gorge, see cheeky kea birds and towering mountains.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Arthur's Pass.

Arrowtown

Arrowtown

Historic Building in Arrowtown

Historic Building in Arrowtown

Skyline Gondola, Queenstown

Skyline Gondola, Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Cardrona Hotel, Wanaka

Cardrona Hotel, Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

Wanaka Moonrise

Wanaka Moonrise

Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland - Queenstown

Your included flight departs Auckland mid-morning. On arrival in Queenstown we drive to Arrowtown to lunch at Provisions Cafe in a tree-lined street famous for its autumn colours and to check out the shops. We visit the Chinese miners’ settlement alongside the Arrow River at the end of the town where harsh conditions were endured in their search for gold.

Later we check out Queenstown's boutique shops and wander the lakefront. We stay two nights at Copthorne Lakeside Hotel and dine in this evening.

Day 2Glenorchy - Walter Peak Station

We have the day to explore Queenstown. We take the Gondola ride to the Skyline on Bob's Peak to enjoy the magnificent views over Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables Range and drive beside the lake to Glenorchy. 

This evening we board the steamship TSS "Earnslaw" and, with the pianist playing old favourites, cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station for dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. We return to our hotel in the mid evening.

Day 3Queenstown - Doubtful Sound

We drive alongside Lake Wakatipu to Manapouri where we board a launch to cruise to the head of the lake. We travel by coach through beech forests and over Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound where our small ship,  “Fiordland Navigator” awaits.

We cruise the sheltered arms of this beautiful fiord out to the Tasman Sea with the ship's nature guide keeping a lookout for marine and bird life. Seals bask on the islands at the entrance to the Sound. Later the ship anchors in a peaceful cove and we get even closer to the shoreline on an inflatable craft with your nature guide.

Day 4Doubtful Sound - Wanaka

Wake up to the perfect stillness and mirror reflections of this remote wilderness. As breakfast is served the ship cruises the inner arms of the sound and returns to Deep Cove where we disembark at 10am. We retrace our steps over Wilmot Pass and across the lake to Manapouri.

At Manapouri we rejoin our coach and head tor a private lunch with Paula and Roger on the farm at Five Rivers Retreat. We drive over the tussock-covered land of the dramatic Crown Range, descending into the valley we stay at quaint Cardrona Hotel where we dine this evening.

Day 5Wanaka

We breakfast at the Cardrona Hotel with a history that goes back to goldmining days.

Nearby we take a guided visit and tasting at the artisan, family owned Cardrona Distillery & Museum.

Later we drive into Wanaka to visit the town and lunch with locals in their home with views out to the lake and the mountains. We tour the regions's sights driving out around the lake. Tonight we dine back at our hotel, the Edgewater, right beside Lake Wanaka.

Day 6Wanaka - Franz Josef Glacier

We drive beside Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka and through the superb mountain and river scenery of the Haast Pass. We walk to the Blue Pools where trout lurk and take short walks to waterfalls in the Haast Pass. On the coast at Ship Creek we wander along the wild beach and on a boardwalk through swampland rainforest.

We continue through lush rainforest to Lake Matheson and Fox Glacier and over the hill to Franz Josef to check into our accommodation at  the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 7Franz Josef Glacier - Christchurch - Auckland

The Coast scenery is stunning - we pass mirror lakes, boulder-laden rivers and catch glimpses of the Southern Alps as we drive north to visit Hokitika’s artisan craft galleries. Turning eastwards we drive up the Otira Gorge on a spectacular cantilevered highway to the alpine village of Arthur's Pass.

We continue through a magnificent alpine landscape to Porters Pass and across the Canterbury Plains. Your flight departs from Christchurch in the late afternoon.

Cost per person

2021-2022

Twin:   NZ$4,590

Single: NZ$5,290

10% Deposit per person on booking, balance 60 days before departure

Baggage Please note:  Try to keep to one suitcase weighing around 23kgs and one small carry on bag. 

Pricing: Twin share price is based on 2 people sharing one room. Please enquire for single price.

 

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland - Queenstown

Your included flight departs Auckland mid-morning. On arrival in Queenstown we drive to Arrowtown to lunch at Provisions Cafe in a tree-lined street famous for its autumn colours and to check out the shops. We visit the Chinese miners’ settlement alongside the Arrow River at the end of the town where harsh conditions were endured in their search for gold.

Later we check out Queenstown's boutique shops and wander the lakefront. We stay two nights at Copthorne Lakeside Hotel and dine in this evening.

Day 2Glenorchy - Walter Peak Station

We have the day to explore Queenstown. We take the Gondola ride to the Skyline on Bob's Peak to enjoy the magnificent views over Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables Range and drive beside the lake to Glenorchy. 

This evening we board the steamship TSS "Earnslaw" and, with the pianist playing old favourites, cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station for dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. We return to our hotel in the mid evening.

Day 3Queenstown - Doubtful Sound

We drive alongside Lake Wakatipu to Manapouri where we board a launch to cruise to the head of the lake. We travel by coach through beech forests and over Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound where our small ship,  “Fiordland Navigator” awaits.

We cruise the sheltered arms of this beautiful fiord out to the Tasman Sea with the ship's nature guide keeping a lookout for marine and bird life. Seals bask on the islands at the entrance to the Sound. Later the ship anchors in a peaceful cove and we get even closer to the shoreline on an inflatable craft with your nature guide.

Day 4Doubtful Sound - Wanaka

Wake up to the perfect stillness and mirror reflections of this remote wilderness. As breakfast is served the ship cruises the inner arms of the sound and returns to Deep Cove where we disembark at 10am. We retrace our steps over Wilmot Pass and across the lake to Manapouri.

At Manapouri we rejoin our coach and head tor a private lunch with Paula and Roger on the farm at Five Rivers Retreat. We drive over the tussock-covered land of the dramatic Crown Range, descending into the valley we stay at quaint Cardrona Hotel where we dine this evening.

Day 5Wanaka

We breakfast at the Cardrona Hotel with a history that goes back to goldmining days.

Nearby we take a guided visit and tasting at the artisan, family owned Cardrona Distillery & Museum.

Later we drive into Wanaka to visit the town and lunch with locals in their home with views out to the lake and the mountains. We tour the regions's sights driving out around the lake. Tonight we dine back at our hotel, the Edgewater, right beside Lake Wanaka.

Day 6Wanaka - Franz Josef Glacier

We drive beside Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka and through the superb mountain and river scenery of the Haast Pass. We walk to the Blue Pools where trout lurk and take short walks to waterfalls in the Haast Pass. On the coast at Ship Creek we wander along the wild beach and on a boardwalk through swampland rainforest.

We continue through lush rainforest to Lake Matheson and Fox Glacier and over the hill to Franz Josef to check into our accommodation at  the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 7Franz Josef Glacier - Christchurch - Auckland

The Coast scenery is stunning - we pass mirror lakes, boulder-laden rivers and catch glimpses of the Southern Alps as we drive north to visit Hokitika’s artisan craft galleries. Turning eastwards we drive up the Otira Gorge on a spectacular cantilevered highway to the alpine village of Arthur's Pass.

We continue through a magnificent alpine landscape to Porters Pass and across the Canterbury Plains. Your flight departs from Christchurch in the late afternoon.

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