Milford Sound, New Zealand
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2 Days/ 1 Night
Travel from Milford Sound to Dunedin, taking in breathtaking scenery and enjoying a unique glimpse at the New Zealand way of life. The locals love Queenstown, situated on the shores of lovely Lake Wakatipu, and it's easy to see why.
Day 1 (L/D)
Board a chartered motorcoach and drive south from Milford Sound, passing through the magnificent Fiordland National Park.
Weather permitting, you'll stop for photos at the Chasm.
Pass through the legendary Homer Tunnel and south along the forest-clad Eglington Valley to Te Anau where lunch is served at a local hotel.
Depart for Queenstown, crossing the North Southland Plains to Kingston; then continuing along the eastern shoreline of Lake Wakatipu to Frankton.
Check into your hotel for the night.
This evening, transfer to the steamer wharf and board the 1913 historic steamship TSS Earnslaw for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Sheep Station. Enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner in the Colonel's House, which is splendidly sited overlooking the lake. A glass of New Zealand wine or beer will accompany the meal.
A short farm tour introduces you to life in the country. Watch a sheepdog demonstration and a sheep being shorn before you return on the TSS Earnslaw to Queenstown and transfer back to the hotel.
Day 2 (B/L)
After breakfast, depart Queenstown for Dunedin. Along the way, you will visit Arrowtown -- a beautifully preserved gold mining village retaining much of its 19th-century character. There's time here for some shopping and to walk along the quaint, tree-lined streets.
In the picturesque Kawarau Gorge, you will a stop at the Old Kawarau Bridge, where you may see a bungy-jumper leaping from the bridge. Opened in 1987, this was the first commercial bungy-jumping operation in the world.
Continue to Clyde and cross the Clutha River. Lunch is served in a former fruit-packing shed.
This afternoon's drive to Dunedin passes through the sheep-farming districts of Lawrence and Milton.
In Dunedin, a brief sightseeing tour will introduce you to the city known as 'the Edinburgh of the South'. Dunedin boasts a large number of fine Edwardian stone buildings, including the stunning Railway Station and the Law Courts.
At the quaint town of Port Chalmers, just a short distance from Dunedin, you will re-join the ship.
Milford Sound is a drop-off point only for guests participating in the Milford Sound to Dunedin Overnight Adventure only. No other shore excursions are offered at Milford Sound and no other landings or disembarkations are allowed. Due to this tour's popularity, exclusivity and strict booking conditions, tour bookings must be confirmed 45 days prior to the voyage start date, with no cancellations or refunds permitted thereafter. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
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