It is highly recommended to take a cruise on the waters of Milford Sound. This magnificent experience allows you to see some of the wildlife as well as the scenery. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and has an urban population of approximately 1.5 million people. Five international airports are available in New Zealand that accept arrivals from all parts of the world.
While you need to stay clear of the mussel farms when sailing, there will be opportunities to get top quality seafood both at restaurants and to bring back to the boat. The centre of Marlborough wine country is in Blenheim, a short drive from Picton, and local wines will be available at stores and restaurants. Wine lovers should consider an extra day or three off the boat to visit the many wineries.
The Otago Peninsula is just a short drive from the city center and offers unique wildlife experiences including the only mainland Royal Albatross colonies in the world. Fresh, green farm scenery will accompany us to Balclutha, which has a distinctive arched concrete bridge. Known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, Dunedin is South Island’s second
You can take a walk along the river or spend the afternoon at one of the parks nearby. The sets were dismantled following filming, but it’s worth a visit to the mountain for spectacular views of the Rangitata River or the Hakatere Conservation Park. It’s a great stop on a scenic drive through the south and can be accessed on your way to Lake Heron and Lake Tekapo. You can choose from a North and South combination, a single lodge stay or a two-night stay.
You’ll be able to experience the beauty, diversity, and culture of each area, including the Abel Tasman National Park and the Bay of Islands, Milford Sound, Hawke’s Bay and the Bay of Islands. You can find something for everyone on this island and you will have plenty of time to explore the other stunning islands. An early start this morning as we embark on a stunning scenic drive into the heart of Fiordland National Park to join our morning cruise on spectacular Milford Sound. By choosing to cruise early in the morning, we will experience a quieter environment in which to enjoy all the wonders this beautiful fiord has to offer. Towering cliffs and peaks can be seen, including the famous and well-photographed Mitre Peak rising more than a kilometre from the sea. Waterfalls cascade into the fiord and luxuriant rain forest clings to sheer rock faces.
Queenstown smiles south over Lake Wakatipu to an unbeatable alpine scene The lakefront is surrounded by willows and poplars, and the lake seems to glow every shade of blue. Today has been left free to take advantage of the incredible variety of activities available in and around New Zealand’s most glamorous alpine resort. For a relaxing experience, follow Queenstown’s wine trail, an enjoyable day excursion of wine tasting and sightseeing. You can also take a leisurely cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat.
Later, we return to Te Anau to enjoy the delights and charm of this charming township. Incredible scenery today as we travel across the Haast River Bridge and via Clark Bluff along one of the most exciting scenic roads ever built. Travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea as we enter New Zealand’s Central Otago region.
There are many peaceful spots to stay in the protected bays surrounding the islands. Marlborough is a premier wine-producing region. You can admire the stunning scenery while you travel through it. Time your day to arrive at lunchtime with a view to sampling some of the delicious wines created here. Head towards the Kaikoura Coast, which offers incredible opportunities to view some of the native wildlife. To the east is the South Pacific Oceana and the Kaikoura Ranges are found to the west. Kaikoura is one of the few places worldwide where whales can be seen year-round.
If you have any last-minute needs, such as fishing gear or sunscreen, two chandleries are available. If you’ve rented a car to drive from Auckland, daily parking is available through the Bay of Islands marina for a small fee. You can also rent a car or take a bus to the Bay of Islands. It’s a four hour drive, or a six hour bus ride to Opua on InterCity buses. The bus leaves from the airport and goes to Auckland, where it stops in Opua. Opua is just a short walk from waterfront.
You’ll journey through the Marlborough Sounds for around an hour of your journey, a region which is covered by mountains, islands and crystal-clear waters. Extending from Waihi in the south to Port Jackson in the north, the Coromandel Peninsula is a stunning region that provides some truly spectacular mountain scenery. The area was once a popular gold mining area. There are still known deposits in the area of gold, silver and lead. This is a really diverse area, with many secluded bays, tranquil towns and a rich pioneer history to explore. You can take a private transfer from your airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours for leisure. This is New Zealand’s largest city with a cosmopolitan vibe and a friendly atmosphere.