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7 Day Luxury Southern Lakes Adventure
7 Day Luxury Southern Lakes Adventure
7 Day Luxury Southern Lakes Adventure

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Enjoy 7 days of indulgent luxury and adventure in the South Island. Stay at the renowned Blanket Bay Lodge near the alpine resort center of Queenstown and soak in the tranquil atmosphere of this peerless lakeside retreat. Journey on a private helicopter to visit Milford Sound and take in the iconic Fiordland landscape. Head south to Te Anau and your Fiordland Lodge retreat, where you will spend a day fishing for trout in the local fishing hot spots. Finish up your luxury adventure with an evening in the heart of Queenstown, exploring the many boutiques, cafes and restaurants on offer.

The approximate total driving distance and time for this itinerary is: 335 kms / 208 miles, 4.0 hours

You can expect to spend around NZ$49 in fuel cost on this itinerary based on an intermediate sized car.

 

Day 1

Arrive Queenstown, collect your rental car and head to Matakauri Lodge

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Welcome to Queenstown

Renowned for its adrenaline inducing activities Queenstown is synonymous with adventure. Parked on the shores of Lake Wakatipu this small alpine town is nestled below soaring vistas of The Remarkables Mountain Range. While arguably the brightest gem in New Zealand’s crown, Queenstown offers far more than an action-packed getaway. Spend time on the Gibbston valley wine trail and end with a meal at Michelin star chef Josh Emett’s restaurant, Rata. Take a trip down memory lane on a 100 year old steamship the TSS Earnslaw. Soak in the scenery on your walk around the lake, or venture further afield into Fiordland National Park. Head over the hill to resort town Wanaka, or re-live scenes from Lord Of The Rings by four wheel drive. But - if you really do want that rush - head out on the Shotover Jet, dive off the Nevis Bungy, freefall on the Canyon swing or Zip line the Gondola. Just be sure it's done on an empty stomach  – don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday

Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday

Collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday.  You can choose from an extensive range of late model cars and 4WD vehicles, from Europcar, Budget or Hertz.

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Your accommodation - Matakauri Lodge

Style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Dinner

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Includes dinner
  • Hairdryer
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking
Matakauri Lodge
Matakauri Lodge
Matakauri Lodge
Matakauri Lodge
 

Day 2

A full day to relax and enjoy the facilities at Matakauri Lodge or explore Queenstown

Enjoy your free day exploring Queenstown and the surrounding countryside

Enjoy your free day exploring Queenstown and the surrounding countryside
Enjoy your free day exploring Queenstown and the surrounding countryside
Enjoy your free day exploring Queenstown and the surrounding countryside
Enjoy your free day exploring Queenstown and the surrounding countryside

Although celebrated as New Zealand's ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown offers far more than a fast paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders.Head down the Gibbston Valley wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100 year old Steamship - the TSS Earnslaw -  to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett's ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four wheel drive trip to Macetown.Take a leisurely lakeside stroll or ride the gondola for breathtaking views. Venture further afield into the Fiordland National Park or head over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country - or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. And after all of that - if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Nevis Bungy, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or Heli-ski.

Your accommodation - Matakauri Lodge

Style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 3

Today take a helicopter trip to Milford Sound where you enjoy a cruise on the fiord

Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise

Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise
Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise
Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise
Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise

Breathtaking, magnificent and truly spectacular, a Milford Sound Heli Tour is a must do when visiting New Zealand. Descend through carved glacial valleys to Milford Sound where you'll join an informative cruise on the fiord itself. The unique character of Milford Sound is due to the huge volume of rainfall this region receives - resulting in a surreal world of moss, rainforest, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. You'll cruise the waterways carved by glaciers all the way to the wild west coast. On your return flight to Queenstown experience an alpine landing where you can step foot on pristine wilderness rarely seen by people. 

Your accommodation - Matakauri Lodge

Style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 4

Journey south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park

Driving distance and time: 164 kms / 102 miles : 1.9 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Queenstown to Te Anau

Queenstown to Te Anau
Queenstown to Te Anau
Queenstown to Te Anau
Queenstown to Te Anau

Following the shores of Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables mountain range towers over you as you approach township of Kingston. You'll venture into Southland before crossing the rolling tussock-lands of Mossburn (deer capital of New Zealand) and shortly arriving into Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park.

Your accommodation - Fiordland Lodge

Style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Includes dinner
  • Room service available
  • All rooms non smoking
Fiordland Lodge
Fiordland Lodge
Fiordland Lodge
Fiordland Lodge
 

Day 5

A day of adventure - a private guide will take you fly fishing in Fiordland's rivers

Fiordland Guides Fly Fishing

Fiordland Guides Fly Fishing
Fiordland Guides Fly Fishing
Fiordland Guides Fly Fishing
Fiordland Guides Fly Fishing

Fiordland is world renowned for the quality of its fly fishing. The crystal clear unpolluted waters are managed as a wild fishery producing good stocks of large Brown and Rainbow trout. Fiordland Guides specialise in upstream sight fishing and all fishing is catch and release. Experience true wilderness fishing amongst stunning scenery on remote rivers in Fiordland. (Optional helicopter fly ins direct from the Lodge), or try back country fishing on rolling New Zealand farmland. Fiordland Guides organise multi-day trips for variety of water and scenery: an unforgettable experience each day. Fiordland Guides have 30 years of fly fishing experience and are a licenced owner-operator guiding service whose licence permits to guide on rivers and water ways in most regions of the South Island of New Zealand. Most of the fishing is in the Fiordland and Southland regions, though you can travel further afield if required. There are over forty rivers and streams within 1 hour 30 minutes travel of Te Anau. They vary from small spring fed streams to moderate sized rivers. These waters are all managed as a wild fishery. The mountains of Fiordland are clothed in rich rain forest and here true wilderness fishing is as good as it gets. During settled weather, the rivers run clear, and large brown and rainbow trout can be seen cruising in deep pools. Away from the mountains and forest, the rivers flow across farm land with an ever changing landscape. Access along the river banks is some what easier than in the mountains and good stocks of both brown and rainbow trout abound.

Your accommodation - Fiordland Lodge

Style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 6

A short drive back to Queenstown. Spend the day exploring the boutique stores and great cafes and restaurants

Driving distance and time: 164 kms / 102 miles : 1.9 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Te Anau to Queenstown

Te Anau to Queenstown
Te Anau to Queenstown
Te Anau to Queenstown
Te Anau to Queenstown

Today you’ll cross vast tussock lands on your way to Queenstown. Pass through Mossburn, the deer capital of the nation. Continue on through the Southland countryside where the road begins to hug the lake edge and the Remarkables mountain range towers over your approach into the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Your accommodation - Sofitel Queenstown

Style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 1-2 mins
  • Parking: valet paid parking NZ$40-NZ$50 per 24 hrs
  • Internet facilities: On site free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: Drycleaning service available
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking
Sofitel Queenstown
Sofitel Queenstown
Sofitel Queenstown
Sofitel Queenstown
 

Day 7

Depart Queenstown today

Driving distance and time: 8 kms / 5 miles : 0.2 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Enjoy your final morning in Queenstown before driving to the airport for your onward flight

Enjoy your final morning in Queenstown before driving to the airport for your onward flight
Enjoy your final morning in Queenstown before driving to the airport for your onward flight
Enjoy your final morning in Queenstown before driving to the airport for your onward flight
Enjoy your final morning in Queenstown before driving to the airport for your onward flight

Take in the sights of Queenstown one more time before returning your car to the airport and catching your onward flight.

 
 
price from
NZ$ 10,767.00 pp (small car, low season - details)

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