Focus on Fiordland

Moderate Fitness Level

From $4,285 per person

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Friday 09 – Thursday 15 September 2022 (7 Days)

Experience the enchanting landscapes of Fiordland.  Encompassing two well-known fiords, this tour includes the beautiful Milford Sound and it will be a memorable tick off your bucket list when you spend two nights on the pristine and extremely remote Doubtful Sound. Waking up onboard to the sun rising over the dramatic vistas that surround you is an experience that you’ll never forget!

Day 1              Friday 09 September 2022

This morning we are transferred to Auckland Airport for our flight to Queenstown. On arrival , we will have a brief orientation tour before arriving at our accommodation. Tonight, we cruise across Lake Wakatipu onboard the coal-fired vintage steamer TSS Earnslaw, heading over to Walter Peak High Country Station for a delicious BBQ buffet dinner enjoyed at the Colonel’s Homestead. On the return journey, join a sing-along with the ship’s pianist then return to Steamer Wharf in Queenstown.
Accommodation: Ramada Queenstown Central – 1 night

Day 2              Saturday 10 September 2022
Today we travel around Lake Wakatipu through deer-farming country to Te Anau - gateway to the Fiordland National Park, and the closest town to Milford Sound. Located on the shores of Lake Te Anau and bordering Fiordland National Park, Te Anau township is an attractive town that is our destination for an overnight stay, the town is famed as  a base for trampers and other adventurous visitors to the Fiordland National Park. On arrival we have time for lunch (own cost) within Te Anau before departing on a cruise across Lake Te Anau to the Te Anau-au Caves.  Experienced guides take visitors underground and into the caves via paths and on small boats. Highlights include incredible limestone caverns, whirlpools, waterfalls and the glowworm grotto. On conclusion of this magical tour, we return to Te Anau by motor launch.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau – 1 night

Day 3              Sunday 11 September 2022
We have a leisurely morning in Te Anau with time for you to purchase your lunch before we transfer to nearby Lake Manapouri, one of the South Island’s most scenic lakes. Here we cross the lake’s crystal waters by launch. We land at West Arm and meet up with a coach, which will transfer us across Wilmot Pass through some of New Zealand’s most dense rainforest. From this vantage point, we’ll get our first glimpse of Doubtful Sound before arriving at Deep Cove to board the Fiordland Navigator, our home for the next two nights. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Navigator blends old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with fully-licensed bar and an observation lounge. During our time on the vessel, we’ll cruise the full-length of the fiord all the way to the Tasman Sea. We’ll enjoy the stunning scenery of dense rainforest, steep cliff-faces and the amazing marine life that inhabits these waters. Dinner is served onboard this evening with the boat anchored in a sheltered cove for our first overnight stay – hear the total ‘Sound of Silence’ when the boat’s engines are switched off. Truly serene and breath-taking!
Accommodation:  Fiordland Navigator - 2 nights

Day 4              Monday 12 September 2022         
Our exploration of Doubtful Sound continues today as we cruise through some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery. The knowledgeable nature guides that we have onboard will provide commentary to ensure that you miss nothing, be it the pod of resident dolphins, fur seals or rare penguins you may encounter. Weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat – or, simply relax onboard. For the adventurous (or the very brave!), there’s a chance to go swimming in the deepest of New Zealand’s fiords. Buffet dinner, breakfast; plus, lunch will be prepared by the onboard chef and served in the dining saloon. If the skies are clear in the evening, you may wish to spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the myriad of stars filling the sky.

Day 5              Tuesday 13 September 2022
This morning, after breakfast onboard, we disembark from the Navigator and retrace our journey back over Wilmot Pass and across Lake Manapouri to arrive at Pearl Harbour. From Manapouri we travel back to Te Anau. This afternoon we enjoy the thrill of jetboating down the majestic trout filled Waiau River and back to the serene Lake Manapouri, where we will learn all about this unique location in the Fiordland National Park. Get a taste of adventure as we explore the ancient surrounds with our jetboat guide. Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area, and step back in time to experience prehistoric crown ferns and ancient, native beech forest! Learn about indigenous Māori culture, and the early pioneers of European history in New Zealand. We return to our accommodation in the late afternoon. Dinner is included in the hotel restaurant tonight.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau – 1 night

Day 6              Wednesday 14 September 2022
Today we travel into Fiordland National Park and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Eglinton Valley formed by an ancient glacier. View rivers, lakes, tussock flats, beech forests and at every angle we are surrounded by precipitous mountains. Passing through the Hollyford Valley, then the road climbs up to the Homer Tunnel which is hewn out of a solid rock wall. Drive through the tunnel and out into the beautiful Cleddau Valley which descends to majestic Milford Sound. Magnificent snow-capped peaks can be viewed all around us as we approach Milford Sound. We then depart on a Cruise of Milford Sound onboard a comfortable boat. The Sound is dominated by mountains the most famous being Mitre Peak which rises a mile high above the waters below. The cruise takes us past magnificent waterfalls all the way out to the Tasman Sea. Seals and dolphins are often seen in the clear waters of the fiord. Enjoy a picnic lunch onboard. We then retrace our journey by coach back to Queenstown via Te Anau. Following check-in, the rest of the evening is at your leisure to explore the local restaurants, cafes and bars.
Accommodation: Ramada Queenstown Queenstown – 1 night

Day 7              Thursday 15 September 2022
This morning, after breakfast, we say farewell to Queenstown as our tour concludes with our flight from Queenstown to Auckland.

Please note – the Fiordland Navigator has steep stairs and is not suitable for wheelchair passengers or those with very limited mobility.

Ramada Queenstown Central

Ramada Queenstown Central

This is the hotel chain’s flagship property, it’s perfectly positioned in the heart of Queenstown in an elevated position giving spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables Mountain Range and other spectacular elements of the iconic Central Otago landscape. The hotel is ideally located within easy walking distance to Queenstown’s central shopping, entertainment and restaurant areas too.

Distinction Hotel Luxmore Te Anau Front Exterior

Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

Conveniently located in the town centre and close to many attractions and activities the area has to offer. With 180 guest rooms all offering comfortable and luxurious stays, complete with all the in-room amenities a guest could need and access to the hotel's wider facilities..

Fiordland Navigator on Doubtful Sound

The Fiordland Navigator

Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with fully licensed bar and an observation lounge. Cabins have private ensuite facilities. The Fiordland Navigator was built in 2001, is 131ft in length, with the capacity to carry up to 70 passengers.


Tour Inclusions

  • Door-to-door home collection and drop off service is available from select areas – refer to the flyer for further information
  • Auckland – Queenstown return flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application/price on application
  • 6 nights’ accommodation - twin/double rooms/cabins, all with private facilities (single rooms available with surcharge)
  • Tour admissions as per itinerary
  • Touring in a modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L), Dinners (D) where indicated on your daily itinerary
  • Roadside Morning Teas – where practicable
  • TSS Earnslaw Cruise including Walter Peak BBQ Dinner
  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves Excursion
  • Two-night cruise on Doubtful Sound
  • Jet Boat Excursion on Lake Te Anau/Waiau River
  • Milford Sound Cruise

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Twin/Double Share $4,285.00
Single Supplement: $1,940.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking $1,000.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Wednesday 06 July 2022

Are door to door collections included on this tour? YES

Yes. Leisure Time Tours offers a free home collection and drop off service from selected Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua and most Auckland City areas. Our complimentary collections are based on your individual post code, other home collection locations available at an additional cost. Alternatively you may wish to meet us at our Hamilton depot in which case you can park your car in our secure yard free of charge for the duration of your holiday. For all tours that have a flight component, we can also offer door to door collections from Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin city areas.

Please refer to our Home Collection flyer for further information about this service.

Is the Guaranteed twin Share Price available on this tour? YES

Yes. Our Guaranteed Twin Share price is available for those passengers willing to share with another single traveller of the same gender. If there isn’t another passenger of the same gender to share with we GUARANTEE our twin share price. Leisure Times Tours accepts no responsibility for the compatibility of passengers travelling under this arrangement. If someone is not compatible with the person they have been matched up with, all additional costs incurred to assist with changing their shared room type to two single rooms will be at the expense of both travellers and will be subject to availability. Acceptance of a guaranteed twin share room is subject to the individual’s medical condition being suitable for this type of arrangement.

Please note that the guaranteed twin share pricing is not available to pre & post tour accommodation arrangements.

What fitness level is required for this tour? EASY LEVEL

To ensure that you select the right tour for you, we’ve developed a very clear set of fitness recommendations for our tours. These physical ratings clearly explain how much physical exertion is required to participate on each tour.

Level 1 – Easy

  • Relaxed paced tour
  • Be able to participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace.
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided

Level 2 – Moderate

  • Be able to participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks

 Level 3 – Active

  • Participate in walking tours without having to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground and walk through soft sand
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided
Will there be a daily seat rotation on this tour? YES

Passengers rotate seats in the coach daily so that all passengers have the opportunity to enjoy forward and window seating. All passengers are expected to participate as a booking condition.

Can you assist with pre & post tour accommodation? YES

Yes we can. Should you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer we can book in some pre and post tour accommodation for you. Please ask at the time of booking if you require this.

Is this tour a guaranteed departure? NO

This tour will be guaranteed once there are 10 passengers booked on the tour.

Are roadside morning teas included on our tours? YES

Yes. A point of difference is that wherever possible we offer our passengers roadside refreshments served from the coach. This gives all passengers the chance to mix and mingle over a hot cuppa allowing us to share our experiences as we journey together.

Do I need travel insurance?

Leisure Time Tours strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy. A comprehensive travel insurance policy may prevent you from spending extra money in case of an emergency and will help you feel protected during your holiday. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today. 

How much luggage can I bring?

Luggage is restricted to one suitcase and one small item of hand luggage per person. Baggage handling of one suitcase per person, at each hotel, is included in the trip price. Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guest and all personal items must be taken off the coach by you each day of the trip.

What clothing should I pack?

When on tour, dress is generally relaxed and casual with an informal dress standard on most occasions. Casual wear is recommended for travelling with something a little more formal for evening dining. If taking part in outdoor activities, make sure you have a waterproof coat, comfortable footwear and dress in layers to help you adjust to any sudden changes in climate. Be prepared for New Zealand’s powerful sun, even on cold windy days, bringing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

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