You’ll never forget the beauty of remote Doubtful Sound reached by a launch ride across Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass. It’s a unique 24 hour excursion, staying overnight in an en suite cabin and exploring the Sound’s many arms. Two nights in Queenstown, visiting Arrowtown and Wanaka in autumn, Haast Pass, Franz Josef Glacier and Arthur’s Pass, conclude this adventure.

7 Day / 6 Night Tour departing Auckland, visiting Queenstown, Wanaka, Franz Josef Glacier and an unforgettable overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound

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$3990 pp twin
$4890 pp single

Tour Map

Day 1: Auckland - Arrowtown - Queenstown

Arrowtown Autumn Leaves - Doubtful Sound Tour

Your included flight departs Auckland mid-morning. On arrival in Queenstown we drive to Arrowtown to lunch at Provisions Cafe and visit the Chinese miners’ settlement at the end of the town. We explore the history of Arrowtown where harsh conditions were endured by the miners in their search for gold.

In the afternoon there's time to check out Queenstown's boutique shops and wander the lakefront before boarding the steamship TSS "Earnslaw" and, with the pianist playing old favourites, cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station for dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead.

What you'll love today
  • We lunch in leafy Arrowtown and browse the shops
  • Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the historic TSS Earnslaw to dinner at Walter Peak

Day 2: Queenstown - Glenorchy - Kinloch - Queenstown

Queenstown Views - Doubtful Sound Tour

This morning we ride the Gondola up Bob's Peak to the Skyline to enjoy views over Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables Range.

We drive beside the lake to Glenorchy and on to historic Kinloch Lodge, one a sawyer's cottage, for lunch above the lake. We return to Queenstown in the late afternoon and dine in the Novotel Hotel this evening.

What you'll love today
  • Catch the Queenstown gondola to stunning lake and mountain views
  • Lunch at historic Kinloch Lodge, around the lake from Glenorchy

Day 3: Queenstown - Lake Manapouri - Doubtful Sound

Cruising on the Fiordland Navigator - Doubtful Sound Tour

Leaving Queenstown we drive alongside the lake and through undulating farmlands to Manapouri where we board a launch to cruise to the head of the lake. We travel through the beech forests over the Wilmot Pass by coach to Doubtful Sound where our small ship,  “Fiordland Navigator” awaits.

We cruise the sheltered arms of this beautiful fiord out to the Tasman Sea. The ship's nature guide keeps a lookout for marine and bird life. Seals bask on the islands at the entrance to the Sound. In the evening the ship anchors in a peaceful cove and there's the chance to get even closer to the shoreline travelling on an inflatable craft with your nature guide.


What you'll love today
  • Stay overnight on Doubtful Sound on the 38 metre "Fiordland Navigator" 
  • Take in views of wild mountain scenery, rivers and cascading waterfalls as we travel over the Wilmot Pass 


Day 4: Doubtful Sound - Manapouri - Crown Range - Wanaka

Dunrobin Homestead - Doubtful Sound Tour

Wake up to the perfect stillness and mirror reflections of this remote wilderness. As breakfast is served the ship cruises the inner arms of the sound and returns to Deep Cove where we disembark at 10am. We retrace our steps, returning over Wilmot Pass and across the lake to Manapouri.

At Manapouri we rejoin our coach and stop for lunch at Dunrobin Farm hosted by Ian and Aileen Grant. Then we head tor the tussock-covered land of the dramatic Crown Range. Descending into the valley we stop at the quaint and historic Cardrona Hotel where we dine and stay the evening.

What you'll love today
  • Meet the locals and relax over a private lunch at Dunrobin Farm
  •  We stay the night at the Cardrona Hotel built in 1863


Day 5: Wanaka sightseeing

Edgewater Resort Wanaka - Doubtful Sound Tour

We breakfast at the Cardrona Hotel with a history that goes back to goldmining days. We drive into Wanaka to visit the town and later lunch with locals in the beautiful Wanaka area.

This afternoon we sightsee in and around Wanaka including Stuart Landsborough's quirky Puzzling World where we experience a range of illusion rooms and puzzles. Tonight we dine at the Edgewater Hotel beside Lake Wanaka.

What you'll love today
  • Home hosted lunch with friendly locals
  • Visit Puzzling World


Day 6: Wanaka - Haast Pass - Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier View - Doubtful Sound Tour

We drive beside Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka and through the superb mountain and river scenery of the Haast Pass. We walk to the Blue Pools where trout lurk and waterfalls and the Haast Department of Conservation Centre gives us an insight into the colourful history, flora and fauna of the Coast. We stop at Ship Creek to take a short walk along the wild beach and through swampland rainforest.

We continue through lush rainforest to Fox Glacier, stopping to view the Glacier and then drive over the hill to Franz Josef to check into our accommodation at Punga Grove and Westwood Lodge.

What you'll love today
  • Drive through the Haast Pass and visit the Haast DOC centre 
  • View the extraordinary Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier


Day 7: Franz Josef Glacier - Hokitika - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch - Auckland

Otira Viaduct at Arthurs Pass - Doubtful Sound Tour

The Coast scenery is stunning - we pass mirror lakes, boulder-laden rivers and catch glimpses of the Southern Alps as we drive north to visit Hokitika’s artisan craft galleries. We continue up the coast and turn eastwards to drive up the Otira Gorge on a spectacular cantilevered highway to the alpine village of Arthur's Pass where we stop for lunch.

We continue through a magnificent alpine landscape to Porters Pass and across the Canterbury Plains. Your flight departs from Christchurch in the late afternoon.

What you'll love today
  • Take in Hokitika’s artisan craft galleries
  • Drive the dramatic Otira Gorge highway to Arthur’s Pass, see kea and towering mountains

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