Stay at Mount Cook before celebrating New Year’s Eve in style by dining at Walter Peak Station - complete with stunning views of Lake Wakatipu - before returning to Queenstown to watch the fireworks. We take a scenic jet boat ride on the Upper Waiau River and visit the Te Anau glowworms. Cruise overnight on a warm summer's evening at Milford Sound - it's the ultimate Milford experience. Moored in a sheltered cove, the sound is virtually ours alone. You'll love exploring Milford Sound in a small group - it's just like travelling with good friends!

7 Day / 6 Night Tour departing Auckland, visiting Mt Cook, Queenstown, Te Anau with an overnight cruise on Milford Sound

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Day 1: Auckland - Christchurch - Aoraki/Mt Cook

Aoraki Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki - Queenstown New Years Eve Tour

Your included flight departs Auckland mid-morning. We depart Christchurch in time for a private lunch at the Silverstream Lodge with Kathy and Grant Gallat. After lunch sweeping vistas of Burkes Pass and the Mackenzie Country open up ahead. The small church on the edge of aquamarine Lake Tekapo and a statue celebrating the high country sheep dog make irresistible photo stops. 

We continue on past Lake Pukaki before taking the road alongside the lake to Aoraki/Mt Cook. We enjoy a special dinner this evening in the The Hermitage’s Panorama Room where Aoraki/Mt Cook dominates the view.

What you'll love today
  • Explore the legendary Mount Cook region home to New Zealand's highest mountain 
  • Dine in the Panorama Room at the Hermitage Hotel where Aoraki/Mt Cook dominates the view

Day 2: Aoraki/Mt Cook - Lindis Pass - Queenstown

Steamship Earnslaw Lake Wakatipu - Queenstown New Years Eve Tour

We wake at the foot of Mt Cook, at 3,754 metres New Zealand's highest mountain and known in Maori as Aoraki "the cloud piercer". We head down the mountain rimmed Mackenzie Basin and over the golden grass of the Lindis Pass and through the Kawarau Gorge.

We continue alongside the gorge to Queenstown. Your hotel is a located a short walk from the centre of this alpine resort. This evening we cruise out on Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamer TSS Earnslaw to dine at Walter Peak Station and celebrate the New Year back in Queenstown.

What you'll love today
  • Drive through the stark beauty of the Lindis Pass
  • Take a  New Year's Eve cruise on the TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu

Day 3: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Kinloch

Lake Wakatipu Views - Queenstown New Years Eve Tour

Our first destination is the leafy village of Arrowtown where gold mining history comes alive beside the Arrow River. Take a stroll along the main street and beside the river or browse the shops to enjoy the charms of this historic town.

We return to Queenstown and ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for lunch with a scenic overview of this picturesque resort. It’s a beautiful drive alongside Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy and Paradise. Further around the lake we reach historic Kinloch Lodge where we stop for dinner before returning to Queenstown.

What you'll love today
  • Gold mining history comes alive in historic Arrowtown
  • Catch the Queenstown gondola to stunning lake and mountain views

Day 4: Queenstown - Te Anau - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

Milford Sound Overnight Cruise - Queenstown New Year's Eve Tour

We leave this resort town for the peace and tranquility of an evening on the world famous Milford Sound. We lunch in Te Anau before driving the dramatic road to Milford Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park where we board the “Milford Mariner”.

Cruise by Mitre Peak and out to the Tasman Sea as your nature guide points out waterfalls and sea birds. Where the sound reaches the Tasman Sea seal colonies lounge on the rocks. Moored in a sheltered cove this evening we dine on board – the sound is virtually ours alone.

What you'll love today
  • View the wildlife of Milford Sound
  • Dinner and overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner

Day 5: Milford Sound - Te Anau glowworm caves - Te Anau

Milford Road - Queenstown New Years Eve Tour

We wake up in magnificent Milford Sound and breakfast on the “Milford Mariner” then return down the Milford Road and through the Homer Tunnel to Te Anau. The Milford Road is a panorama of high mountains and deep valleys studded with glaciers, waterfalls and mirror lakes.

This afternoon we cruise across to the western shores of Lake Te Anau to visit the glowworm caves floating in a small boat into a peaceful grotto away from the roar of an underground waterfall. Returning to Te Anau there’s time to stroll the waterfront before we dine in your lakeside hotel this evening.

What you'll love today
  • Experience the Milford Road and Homer Tunnel
  • Cruise into a glowworm cave system on the western shore of Lake Te Anau

Day 6: Te Anau - Lake Manapouri - Te Anau

Lake Te Anau - Queenstown New Years Eve Tour

We visit the wildlife centre to see the rare, flightless Takahe only found in the wild in the remote Murchison Mountains across the lake from Te Anau. We take a scenic jet boat ride on the Upper Waiau River which flows into Lake Manapouri then cruise out across this mountain fringed lake before returning up the river to look for brown and rainbow trout lurking in deep, clear pools.

Later at a boutique cinema relax and enjoy “Ata Whenua – Shadowland”, a 35 minute movie which perfectly captures the region's magnificent scenery and isolation.

What you'll love today
  • Explore the remote Upper Waiau River by jet boat
  • “Ata Whenua – Shadowland” showcases the essence of Fiordland

 

Day 7: Te Anau - Dunrobin Farm Homestead - Queenstown - Auckland

Dunrobin Farm - Queenstown New Years Eve Tour

We depart Te Anau for Dunrobin Homestead at Mossburn for our farewell lunch hosted by Aileen and Ian Grant. First Ian steps on board our coach to take us on a tour of this sheep and deer farm which was once part of a large hill country station.

Catch up on last minute shopping for New Zealand classics such as merino clothing in the boutique stores at Queenstown airport. 

Our flight departs for Auckland in the late afternoon.Thank you for choosing your New Years Eve New Zealand tour with MoaTrek.

What you'll love today
  • Meet the locals and relax over a private lunch at Dunrobin Farm
  • Browse the many art galleries or shop for possum fur or merino wool clothing a local speciality

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