Stay at Mount Cook before celebrating New Year’s Eve in style by dining at Walter Peak Station - complete with stunning views of Lake Wakatipu - before returning to Queenstown to watch the fireworks. We take a scenic jet boat ride on the Upper Waiau River. Cruise overnight on a warm summer's evening at Milford Sound - it's the ultimate Milford experience. Moored in a sheltered cove, the sound is virtually ours alone. You'll love exploring Milford Sound in a small group - it's just like travelling with good friends!

6 Day / 5 Night Tour departing Auckland, visiting Mt Cook, Queenstown, Te Anau with an overnight cruise on Milford Sound

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Day 1: Fly to Christchurch – Geraldine – Aoraki/ Mt Cook

Aoraki Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki - Queenstown New Years Eve Tour

Your included flight departs Auckland mid-morning. We head south from Christchurch to Geraldine. After lunch sweeping vistas of Burkes Pass and the Mackenzie Country open up ahead. The small church on the edge of aquamarine Lake Tekapo and a statue celebrating the high country sheep dog make irresistible photo stops. 

We continue on past Lake Pukaki before taking the road alongside the lake to Aoraki/Mt Cook. We enjoy a special dinner this evening in the The Hermitage’s Panorama Room where Aoraki/Mt Cook dominates the view.

What you'll love today
  • Enjoy the scenery of the Mackenzie country
  • Explore the legendary Mount Cook region home to New Zealand's highest mountain 

Day 2: Aoraki/Mt Cook - Lindis Pass - Queenstown

Guests enjoying a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown

We wake at the foot of Mt Cook, at 3,754 metres New Zealand's highest mountain and known in Maori as Aoraki "the cloud piercer". We head down the mountain rimmed Mackenzie Basin and over the golden grass of the Lindis Pass and through the Kawarau Gorge.

We continue alongside the gorge to Queenstown. Your hotel is a located a short walk from the centre of this alpine resort. This evening we cruise out on Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamer TSS Earnslaw to dine at Walter Peak Station and celebrate the New Year back in Queenstown.

What you'll love today
  • Drive through the stark beauty of the Lindis Pass
  • Take a  New Year's Eve cruise on the TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu

Day 3: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Kinloch

Lake Wakatipu Views - Queenstown New Years Eve Tour

Our first destination is the leafy village of Arrowtown where gold mining history comes alive beside the Arrow River. Take a stroll along the main street and beside the river or browse the shops to enjoy the charms of this historic town.

We return to Queenstown and ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for lunch with a scenic overview of this picturesque resort. It’s a beautiful drive alongside Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy and Paradise. Further around the lake we reach historic Kinloch Lodge where we stop for dinner before returning to Queenstown.

What you'll love today
  • Gold mining history comes alive in historic Arrowtown
  • Catch the Queenstown gondola to stunning lake and mountain views

Day 4: Queenstown - Te Anau - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

Dolphin right next to our boat in Milford Sound

We leave this resort town for the peace and tranquility of an evening on the world famous Milford Sound. We lunch in Te Anau before driving the dramatic road to Milford Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park where we board the “Milford Mariner”.

Cruise by Mitre Peak and out to the Tasman Sea as your nature guide points out waterfalls and sea birds. Where the sound reaches the Tasman Sea seal colonies lounge on the rocks. Moored in a sheltered cove this evening we dine on board – the sound is virtually ours alone.

What you'll love today
  • Experience the dramatic road to Milford Sound
  • Dinner and overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner

Day 5: Milford Sound - Te Anau

Sunrise on Milford Sound on the Mariner Overnight Cruise boat

We wake up in magnificent Milford Sound and breakfast on the “Milford Mariner” then return down the Milford Road and through the Homer Tunnel taking our time to check out the beauty spots along the way including Gunn’s Camp and museum in the Hollyford Valley. The Milford Road is a panorama of high mountains and deep valleys studded with glaciers, waterfalls and mirror lakes.

Returning to Te Anau there’s time to stroll the waterfront before we dine in your lakeside hotel the Distinction Te Anau this evening. 

What you'll love today
  • Wake up to the seclusion of beautiful Milford Sound
  • Stroll the lakeside in Te Anau

Day 6: Te Anau – Upper Waiau River – Queenstown – Fly to Auckland

Group enjoying jetboat ride on the Waiau River

We visit the wildlife centre to see the rare, flightless Takahe only found in the wild in the remote Murchison Mountains across the lake from Te Anau. We take a scenic jet boat ride on the Upper Waiau River which flows into Lake Manapouri then cruise out across this mountain fringed lake before returning up the river to look for brown and rainbow trout lurking in deep, clear pools.

In the mid afternoon we drive to Queenstown Airport in time for your return flight.

What you'll love today
  • See the Takahe one of our rarest birds
  • Explore the remote Upper Waiau River by jet boat

 

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