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7 Day Luxury Southern Lakes Adventure

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7 Day Luxury Southern Lakes Adventure
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 Blanket Bay

Welcome to Queenstown

Welcome to Queenstown
Welcome to Queenstown
Welcome to Queenstown
Welcome to Queenstown

On arrival into Queenstown domestic airport you will be met from your flight by one of our representatives. They will deliver your tour document pack containing everything you will need and assist you on your way.

Your tour documentation pack and support

Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support

Once you touch down in New Zealand your detailed tour pack will be hand delivered by one of our trusted representatives. The pack contains everything you need for the duration of your stay. It will include a comprehensive, printed and bound version of your itinerary as well as clear driving instructions and maps for each leg of your journey. It also contains all the reservation details for your accommodation and activities - along with relevant brochures and information. While in New Zealand we offer 24 hour support - details on how to contact us at any time will be well documented.

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.

GPS navigation system

Use the latest GPS technology as you tour New Zealand. Your portable GPS features a simple touch screen interface with automatic route calculation and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions including street name announcement. The automotive-grade GPS unit is easy to use and has multiple language options.

Your accommodation - Blanket Bay

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 cooked breakfast
  • Includes dinner
  • Bar on site
  • Room service available
  • Hairdryer
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking
Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay
 

Day 2

A day of tranquility at this exquisite lodge. Relax and enjoy

Blanket Bay

Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay

One of New Zealand’s premier lodges, Blanket Bay, lies within sprawling grounds on the bush-clad fringes of Lake Wakatipu. Built in grand alpine style, finished with native New Zealand timber and stone, this secluded paradise is luxurious sanctuary.   The long driveway meanders across a rich green pastures opening up to magnificent views of Mount Earnslaw. While further along Lake Wakatipu and the Humboldt mountain range can be seen. Directly opposite the renowned Greenstone and Routeburn Tracks begin.  

Your accommodation - Blanket Bay

Style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 3

Today a helicopter will collect you from the lawn and whisk you to Milford Sound where you enjoy a cruise

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 - Blanket Bay

Style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 4

Today journey south 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 tussocklands 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

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

 
 
price from
NZ$ 7,864.00 pp (small car, low season - details)

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