of New Zealand
Departure Date: April 25, 2003
A fantasy on the South Island offers an exciting week
of exploration in two of the most dramatic areas of
Milford Sound, in the Fiordlands, is the jewel of New
Zealand. An overnight cruise on Milford Sound offers
you the opportunity to experience sundown and sunrise
in this magnificent fiord. In the morning take the tender
craft to shore in Harrison Cove for a hike, enjoy kayaking
in the cove or relax on deck, the choice is yours. The
fly-out option leaves the remainder of the day free
for sightseeing in Queenstown. Marlborough Sounds, at
the top of the South Island, is the sunniest area in
all of New Zealand.
Marlborough is the arts and jewelry center, wine capital,
garden center, and gourmet capital of New Zealand. Our
destination is Kenepuru Sound, an idyllic refuge situated
on Queen Charlotte Track and the unspoiled shore of
the sound. Our lodgings give us a breathtaking view
of the sounds and the hills around us. A day of adventure
gives you a choice of activities for every taste. A
day of wine and roses will take you to the best wineries
and rose gardens in New Zealand.
'The Sounds of New Zealand' is geared to every taste
and activity level. An exciting tour for romantics or
Queenstown Gondola and dinner - Ride a cable car to
the summit of Bob's Peak followed by buffet dinner overlooking
Queenstown and the surrounding mountains.
Overnight Cruise - Travel by coach along "the
most beautiful road in all New Zealand" en route
to Milford Sound in the Fiordlands. Private cabins,
en suite facilities, dinner and breakfast, kayaking
or hiking are all included in your excursion.
Kenepuru Sound - Take Your Choice - A day to spend
doing what you most want to do. Choose one of the five
excursions on offer:
- Arts and Crafts Tour
- Kayaking Tour
- Cruise the Sounds
- Trek the Track
- Roses and Wine Tour - A day visiting the premier
gardens and great wineries of New Zealand.
Your tour cost includes all accommodations, meals, tours,
flights within New Zealand, transfers and entry visas
as noted in the itinerary. International airfare is
Queenstown - The Millennium
- (Breakfast, Dinner)
Flight from Sydney, Australia to Queenstown,
New Zealand. Queenstown sits beside a glacial
lake beneath the mountain range, the Remarkables.
This evening, after checking into the Millennium
Hotel, a five star hotel overlooking the city
and mountains, we will be transported to the famous
Queenstown Gondola for a cable car ride to the
summit of Bob's Peak, 790 meters above sea level.
After experiencing the unparalleled view of the
city and scenery of Queenstown, we will dine at
"Taste of New Zealand" six course buffet.
The floor to ceiling windows offer a magnificent
view of Lake Wakitipu and the Remarkables.
||Queenstown to Milford Sound
- Milford Mariner (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast at our hotel, we depart by coach
for Milford Sound in the Fiordland region and
our Overnight Cruise on the Milford Mariner. Prior
to departure, your picnic lunch will be delivered
to your hotel room.
The drive from Queenstown to Milford via Te Anau
is one of the most beautiful drives in New Zealand.
From Te Anau to Milford sound we will be traveling
on The Milford Road, perhaps most magnificent
drive in all of New Zealand. Heading north, we
will have our first view of the majestic Mitre
Peak as we near Milford Sound. En route to the
Sound, we will enjoy our picnic lunch, provided
by the Millennium.
Milford Sound is perhaps the most famous site
in all of New Zealand. The Sound, a nine mile
long fiord, leads to the Tasman Sea. Enclosed
by rock walls and guarded by Mitre Peak, Milford
Sound is breathtaking. The best way to see this
magnificent natural wonder is by boat, Stirling
Falls, the most spectacular of all of the waterfalls
can be seen only by boat. All of the falls are
at their most magnificent in the rain!
We will cruise the full length of Milford Sound
to the Tasman Sea and return under sail, weather
permitting. We anchor for the night in the shelter
of Harrison Cove.
A hearty dinner is served buffet style. Enjoy
an after-dinner drink in the cash bar before retiring
to your private cabin for the night.
Luggage will be left at the Millennium, take
an overnight bag for our cruise.
||Milford Sound - Queenstown
Our day begins with breakfast on board the Milford
Mariner. Watch the sun rise over Milford sound.
Our boat is equipped with kayaks and tender craft,
go exploring with the nature guide or relax on
deck with hot coffee or tea. Whatever you choose
to do, make sure you have plenty of film.
This morning we return to Queenstown. You may
drive back by coach, arrival in Queenstown approximately
3:30 p.m. or take an optional flight, weather
permitting, arrival in Queenstown approximately
11:30 a.m. Optional flight is $94.00 per person.
If you choose the optional flight, please reserve
at time of booking.
Afternoon at leisure in Queenstown. Autumn is
the most scenic of seasons. The trees turn to
red and gold, the new wines are in and the days
are warm and sunny. Spend the afternoon in the
Mall in the center of Queenstown, a pedestrian
only walkway. Shop, have lunch, enjoy the new
wines. Rent a car for the afternoon and drive
to Arrowtown for the last day of the Arrowtown
Autumn Festival, the annual celebration of Arrowtown's
history, art and culture. Or drive to Glenorchy
to see filming sites of The Lord of the Rings.
Stretch your legs on one of the beautiful Queenstown
area tracks such as the One Mile Creek Walkway
or the Queenstown Hill Track. If you are looking
for adventure, check out the bungy jumping!
Tonight have dinner in one of the wonderful restaurants
of the area. You might try The Boardwalk Seafood
Restaurant, visited by President Bill Clinton
on his visit to Queenstown.
||Queenstown - Marlborough Sounds
- Kenepuru Sound - Portage Resort (Breakfast, Dinner)
After an early breakfast in our hotel, we will transfer
to the airport for our flights to the northern tip
of the New Zealand's South Island, Marlborough Sounds.
Marlborough Sounds' sunny warm climate has been
a traveler's destination for years. Marlborough
is the largest wine producing area in New Zealand,
it is home to artisans, great chefs, and some of
the most beautiful waterways in the world. You can
walk on numerous tracks, cruise to see seals and
whales, kayak into hidden coves, bicycle, bird watch,
golf or take a water taxi to visit islands in the
We will arrive at the Portage Resort, which features
contemporary New Zealand architecture and design,
in the afternoon. Relax in the spa, or if you
are looking for adventure go sea kayaking before
dinner, perhaps you will happen on dolphins!
Tonight, your three course dinner will be served
overlooking the beautiful Kenepuru Sound.
||Kenepuru Sound - Portage Resort (Breakfast,
Making the decision of which adventure to take
today will be the hardest thing you have to do.
Your choice of one of the following activities
is included in your tour. The activities on offer
today are :
Arts & Crafts Tour - visit the studios of
some of Marlborough's top artists, jewelry designers
and potters. Enjoy tea, wine tasting, and lunch
at the famous Mussel Boys restaurant while on
One Day Guided Kayaking Tour - An introduction
to sea kayaking and the Marlborough Sounds. Experience
the beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound. Morning tea
and lunch are included.
Eco Tour Cruise - Cruise the sounds and spot wildlife
in their natural habitat. Keep your eye out for
Penguins, seals and Dolphins. Light refreshments
served on board
Walking - Take one of the well known walks with
a guided tour company or walk alone.
Golf - Play nine holes at Noopera Golf Course,
look out for the sheep in the fairway!
Or just relax. Paddle in the water around the
resort. Visit the spa or take a swim in the pool.
||Kenepuru Sound - Portage Resort (Breakfast,
After breakfast we will depart for The Roses
and Wine Tour. Marlborough has established itself
as one of the world's premier garden areas and
wine producing regions of the world. We will be
transported across the sound to begin our tour
to some of finest Rose Gardens and most acclaimed
winemakers of the area. The tour includes morning
Wines of the region include Chardonnay, Riesling,
Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and the new
rising stars, Pinot Noir and the finest Pinot
||Today we bid farewell to the Sounds
of New Zealand as we begin our journey homeward.
$1900.00 Double Occupancy
$287.00 Single Supplement
All Meals as Noted
All Tours as Noted
All Domestic Flights
Meals not noted in itinerary
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