7 Day Southern Lakes

7 Day Southern Lakes

From soaring mountains to a wild and dramatic coastline, golden hill country to crystal alpine lakes, you will experience one of the most diverse and beautiful regions in New Zealand on this 7 day self-drive.

Book your self drive tour this month and receive a discount of 7.5%. If you pay by 30 September 2018.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Queenstown to Queenstown
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $2173 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 7 Days
Tour Code: GNSL

Inclusions

6 nights accommodation
Rental vehicle of your choice including airport collection charges
Overnight Milford Sound Cruise including dinner
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

Book your self drive tour this month and receive a discount of 7.5%. If you pay by 30 September 2018.

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* Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling).
* 2 Bedroom Motel pricing also available with Exclusive Specials. Please request a quote for prices.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Queenstown

Kia Ora. Welcome to Queenstown – a walking, bungee and hiking paradise. After making your way through the terminal, through customs and baggage collection, pick up your rental car and travel to your comfortable accommodation. The rest of the day is yours to harness – what will you do first?

Your choice of accommodation

Day 2
Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

This morning depart Queenstown for your journey to Milford Sound. The road from Te Anau to Milford is one of New Zealand’s most scenic drives. Look for the ‘Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain’ and the Mirror Lakes. Then the rough hewn Homer Tunnel brings you into Milford Sound, an amazing 22km-long fiord dominated by Mitre Peak. Make sure you allow for plenty of time to stop at the numerous viewing points or short walking opportunities en route.

Once in Milford Sound you will board the Milford Mariner for your relaxing overnight  cruise. Milford Sound is nothing short of heart-stopping, inducing subconscious smiles in the hard to please and easily bored almost instantly; it’s simply magnificent. Cruise the entire length of the Sound to the Tasman Sea and keep an eye out for dolphins, seals and penguins! (B/D)

Your choice of accommodation

Day 3
Milford Sound - Queenstown

After breakfast on board, there is further cruising this morning before returning to the Milford Wharf. Disembark and rejoin your rental car to retrace your steps back to Queenstown. (2 nights)

Your choice of accommodation

Day 4
Queenstown

It’s time to make memories in Queenstown. Pick and choose from a long list of adventures – from thrilling funyak tours along the Dart River and horse-riding in Glenorchy, or taking a tour of Lake Wakatipu via the TSS Earnslaw, there is certainly something for every speed. Or, if you’re not ready to break the spell of the last few days a scenic walk may do the trick, exploring the diverse range of stunning trails the region delivers in troves.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 5
Queenstown - Arrowtown - Wanaka

Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy some time to stroll through this historic village, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s.

The shortest route to Wanaka is over the Crown Range Road. It’s a challenging drive, but the views are amazing. More conservative drivers can take the route that runs beside the Shotover River, Lake Dunstan and the Clutha River. The vineyards of the Gibbston area and bungy jumpers at the Kawarau River Bridge are interesting distractions along the way.

The lakeside resort town of Wanaka can provide you with an appealing mix of fine living, family fun and adventure. It has a high concentration of cafes, restaurants and interesting shops. You’ll also find some unique attractions, like the 3D maze at Puzzling World.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 6
Wanaka - Queenstown

Wanaka spoils every traveller with walks, hikes and marked paths for every level of fitness. Loosen those limbs and try the Mount Iron track, a half hour walk that finishes with 360 degree views – beware though, the 250m ascension may have you tired before your time if you’re not already fit.

If nothing short of epic will suffice, we suggest the Rob Roy Glacier Trek, lined with waterfalls and sheer drops; or the Outlet Track, an easy amble that follows the Clutha River. Relax, go for a stroll and get to know the Otago landscape personally.

Alternatively, you may just make the short drive today through the historic goldfields of Central Otago back to Queenstown.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 7
Depart Queenstown

Sadly your holiday is at an end and you will return your rental car to Queenstown airport today for your onward flight. Here, we bid you a fond farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

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There are 6 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 5 out of 5.

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15/12/2015
Expectations were exceeded! Our tour consultant, Mani, was very polite & patient & did an outstanding job of customizing our travel needs. Highly recommend this tour.
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20/12/2014
Excellent!! So very helpful and fabulous customer service and responsiveness.
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10/02/2014
We had a great time. Such a beautiful part of the world. The weather was great and the accommodation booked for us was 1st class. This was our first trip to New Zealand but it wont be our last.
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13/01/2014
From the beginning to the end of our trip to the Southern Lakes tour, we encountered no problems of concern whatsoever. Apart from the fact that Southern Lakes offer magnificent scenery, vineyards, and many places of interest, we've had a wonderful and memorable trip to the Southern Lakes. The services provided by the car rental, accommodation at the Browns Boutique Hotel, and the overnite cruise at the Milford Sound were excellent, and the entire trip was relaxing and enjoyable. Keep up with the excellent planning and organisation for the tour to the Southern Lakes. You folks have represented a truly firendly spirit of great New Zealanders! Well done!
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04/02/2013
The arrangements were splendid, the hotels superb, the scenery fantastic and the weather unbelievable - sun an 24 degrees every day! No problems at all and Kirby was most helpful setting it all up. Many thanks.
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15/01/2011
Loved it. Everything was organised exertly. Even at the aiport where our TomTom wasn't available we got an upgrade in terms of vehicle instead. We loved the Fijordland Lodge and wished we had stayed there longer. It was fantastic in terms of quality of accomodation, food and luxury. Unfortunately that meant that the Watersedge in Wanaka was less than it might have been and was probably our least favourite accomodation. All activities were very special from the gondola and luge in Qweenstown to the Dart River jet boat and Funjak and the Quad Biking in Cardroma. Milford Sound was unfortunately visited on a wet and miserable day so not at its best. Travel distances and times we found were less than quoted - quite significantly - but perhaps we had good travel days - Christchurch accomodation was great too. So, only thing we would have changed would be longer in Fijordland Lodge and perhaps stay in the Lodges of New Zealand generally which from a bocklet we found at Fijordland seemed lovely. Thanks for your help and perseverance Jarrod.
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7 Day Southern Lakes
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Tour Code: GNSL
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Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
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