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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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Just arrived home yesterday after a month in Australia following on from New Zealand. Yes, we had a fantastic time in New Zealand which exceeded our expectations. We were blessed with good weather on the way to Mount Cook and the views over Lake Tekapo just got better and better as we approached. The weather held good for us all round the South Island and so we saw Te Anau, Queenstown and Wanaka at their best - just stunning. I could mention more places but I'm sure you've heard it all before. We were having our mid tour break with L's family in Christchurch when cyclone Gita arrived so that didn't affect us much although we did have a bit of a detour heading up to Picton because of a road closure due to a landslide.

The motels that you chose for us were very good, all with a similar standard of amenities. I was struck by how all the motel managers give such a friendly welcome and were so helpful. Athol and Lorraine Potterill at Harbour View Motel even booked our tickets to watch the New Zealand v England cricket match at Tauranga.

In summary, I would say that for us the South Island has the edge in terms of scenery although we did enjoy Napier and Bay of Islands in the North. The people we met were incredibly friendly and helpful. We would love to come back.

Thanks for doing a good job.

A & L, UK - Feb 2018
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