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Thursday 04 June, 2015

Milford Sound Overnight Cruise - enchanting!

If experiencing New Zealand's more "natural" side is high on your holiday priority list, then here is a 13 day South Island off-the-beaten-track tour with a genuine difference, that includes the magnificent Milford Sound Overnight Cruise.

In just 13 days you’ll truly experience the South Island from some very unique angles.  Of course the Tranz Alpine train is a “must” to completely immerse you in the absolutely stunning and majestic scenery of the snow-capped Southern Alps.  Staying at small town Hokitika on the West Coast offers amazing ocean sunsets and dramatic beach walks right from your hotel’s front door.  The small village of Franz Josef is dominated by the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.  The opportunity to take a scenic flight over both the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier has got to be high on your list.  The relaxed alpine town of Wanaka, some say a smaller, more laid back version of Queenstown, offers an outstanding cruise to Stevensons Island’s nature reserve.  And all this time you have the extraordinary backdrop of the Mt Aspiring National Park’s snow-capped mountains.  This is one of NZ’s lesser known National Parks, but one of it’s most dramatic and beautiful.

Graceful Lake Wanaka with Mt Aspiring National Park backdrop

Graceful Lake Wanaka with Mt Aspiring National Park backdrop

The option to hike the Hollyford Track has got to be one of this tour’s outstanding features.  The dramatic Hollyford Track guided wilderness experience is one of the greatest nature walks in New Zealand.  You’ll explore undisturbed and inspiring scenery that has remained large untouched for thousands of years.  This track is pleasantly challenging and highly rewarding, without being out of reach for people with an average fitness level.  The average age of walkers is 40+ but many people in their 60’s and over have taken up the challenge and enjoyed this unique experience.

Milford Mariner overnight cruise

Overnight sailing Milford Sound on the Milford Mariner

Milford Sound is world renowned and a very special way to experience it is on a Milford Sound overnight cruise, after all the day trippers have disappeared.   Cruise the full length of this tranquil Sound to the vast Tasman Sea.  There is a nature guide on board to explain the natural features of the region.  The vessel anchors in a sheltered cove for the evening, the quality of the on-board meals is outstanding and your experience can include a gentle kayak on the dark green waters of the fiord. And the really good news is that the twin and double bed cabins have a very small, but private, ensuite!

These are just some of the excellent “off the beaten track” features of this 13 day Ultimate Southern Highlights.  You’ll still experience the iconic South Island landmarks, and so much more.  Tour groups are limited to just 30 per departure.  All departures are guaranteed (yay!).

Tour details and pricing, including early bird discounts.

And if you have more time and want to include the North Island as well, the 20 day Ultimate New Zealand is just the ticket.

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Our trip was awesome! New Zealand is indeed a great country.

We enjoyed all the hotels you picked for us, specially in Taupo (Suncourt Hotel and Conference Centre), Queenstown (Aspen Hotel Queenstown) and Franz Josef (Punga Grove). The rooms were amazing and the views were beautiful.
The car rentals were flawless as well. They gave us a Nissan Qashqai in both Auckland and Queenstown.
The itinerary you proposed for us was spot on. The domestic flight in the middle of the trip helped because it shortened a bit our total driving time. Queenstown is a great city and it was a very good idea to spend a few more days there. Greymouth was the only town where we didn't find that many things to do, but it was a convenient stopover between Franz Josef and Christchurch.
The activities you booked for us also turned out as planned, including Tamaki Maori Village, for which we had made those awkward reservations...
Again, thanks so much for assisting us on our first visit to New Zealand!
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