Queenstown New Year
6 Day / 5 Night Tour visiting Aoraki/Mt Cook, Queenstown, Te Anau and an overnight cruise on Milford Sound

Stay at Aoraki/Mount Cook and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Queenstown beside Lake Wakatipu. We take a scenic jet boat ride on the Upper Waiau River. Cruise overnight on a long 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!

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Queenstown New Year's Eve
$4390.00 pp twin
$4990.00 pp single
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Day 1: Fly to Christchurch – Geraldine – Aoraki/ Mt Cook

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

Your flight departs mid-morning, after arriving in Christchurch we head south to Geraldine. 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 village. 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
  • Enjoy the scenery of the Mackenzie country
  • Explore the legendary Mount Cook region home to New Zealand's highest mountain 

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

TSS Earnslaw Steamship on Lake Wakatipu

We wake at the foot of Aoraki/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. From your hotel take a  short walk down to the lake waterfront to town to join the New Year's Eve celebrations.

What you'll love today
  • Drive through the stark beauty of the Lindis Pass
  • Celebrate New Year's Eve in Queenstown

Day 3: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Glenorchy - Queenstown

Views of Lake Wakatipu & Queenstown from the Gondola

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 at the Stratosphere Restaurant to enjoy a scenic overview of this picturesque resort. It’s a beautiful drive alongside Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy. We return to Queenstown to stroll the shops and the waterfront and dine back at our hotel this evening.

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

Dolphin right next to our boat in Milford Sound

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
  • Experience the dramatic road to Milford Sound
  • Dinner and overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner

Day 5: Milford Sound - Hollyford Valley - Te Anau

Sunrise on Milford Sound on the Mariner Overnight Cruise boat

We wake up in magnificent Milford Sound and breakfast on the “Milford Mariner” then return down the Milford Road and through the Homer Tunnel taking our time to check out the beauty spots along the way including Gunn’s Camp and museum in the Hollyford Valley. The Milford Road is a panorama of high mountains and deep valleys studded with glaciers, waterfalls and mirror lakes.

Returning to Te Anau there’s time to stroll the waterfront before we dine in your lakeside hotel the Distinction Te Anau this evening. 

What you'll love today
  • Wake up to the seclusion of beautiful Milford Sound
  • Stroll the lakeside in Te Anau

Day 6: Te Anau – Upper Waiau River – Queenstown – Fly to Auckland

Group enjoying jetboat ride on the Waiau River

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.

We lunch and enjoy the hospitality of Paula and Roger Thompson on their farm Five Rivers Retret then In the mid afternoon drive to Queenstown Airport in time for your return flight.

What you'll love today
  • See the Takahe one of our rarest birds
  • Explore the remote Upper Waiau River by jet boat