An overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner is the ultimate dinner, bed and breakfast experience. Cruise the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.
The Milford Mariner then anchors in a sheltered cove, where you can join the nature guide and explore in the vessel’s tender craft (small boat) and kayaks. Or, if you prefer, you can simply relax on deck.
As evening falls, enjoy a lavish carvery buffet in the dining saloon. Then relax in the company of fellow travellers or indulge in some star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin.
In the morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) and exploring more of the fiord.
The alpine resort of Queenstown is exciting, sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Perhaps the most famous of all South Island cities, Queenstown’s pulse thumps to the beat of action, adrenalin and visual wonder. Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with the towering peaks of the Southern Alps in the background, this is the place that is often referred to as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’. Alive with activity all year round, there is enough activity to keep you entertained all day and all night. Most visits to Queenstown will involve some form of outdoor adventure, as well as simply relaxing and taking in the scenery from one of the many cafés. And then as night falls it’s time to discover the town’s energetic nightlife!
Enjoy the fun and thrills of the Dart River Funyak Safari. Your adventure begins with a jet boat ride on the crystal clear, glacial fed waters of the Dart River as you journey into the enchanted wilderness of the Mt Aspiring National Park, a World Heritage listed area. Then it’s into your unique Funyak (inflatable canoe) for the fun downstream journey. Your specialist guide will point out sights and share stories of this awe-inspiring area as you explore the shimmering channels of the Dart River as well as hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms. You’ll stop along the way and enjoy a delicious wilderness buffet lunch amidst spectacular surrounds before continuing downstream to ‘Paradise’. Return to Queenstown via a back-country route through the spectacular locations and scenery that formed some of the epic backdrops for the hit-movie, ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
- Category: Family Holiday
- From: Queenstown to Queenstown
- Duration: 5 Days
- Valid: 1 Apr 2017 to 30 Apr 2018
- Tour Code: SBZQN5M
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- Day1On arrival make your way to Garden Court Suites & Apartments, where you'll be staying in a lakeview suite.
- Day2Early this morning you will be collected from your accommodation and taken to Milford Sound by coach for your overnight cruise.
- Day3Return to Queenstown by coach. Optional scenic flights available.
- Day4Dart River Funyaks Safari.
- Day5At leisure for last minute shopping or sightseeing before making your way to Queenstown airport and departing for your next destination.
Short Break Inclusions
- 3 nights self-contained apartment style accommodation at Garden Court Suites & Apartments
- Complimentary continental breakfast daily - optional cooked breakfasts
- Overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner in a private familiy cabin including 3 course evening buffet meal and cooked breakfast
- Kayaking and tender craft (small boat) activities included
Short Break Exclusions & Extras
Additional travel arrangements can be organised by Relaxing Journeys based on your requirements. International & domestic flights within New Zealand are not included in this package price.<
Short Break Small Print
Valid for the following travel periods:
- 1st April 2017 to 16th September 2017 (NZ $1086 pp)
- 17th September 2017 to 30th April 2018 (NZ $1300 pp)
Accommodation & activities are offered subject to availability at the time of booking. A credit card deposit is required to secure a booking. Please refer to our booking terms and conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I want check availability on this short break what do I do?
Relaxing Journeys needs to confirm availability and provide you with an emailed quote based on the number of people travelling & room type. Select your start date on the right and complete our 'Request Quote' form and one of our tour consultants will be in touch within 24 hours (during business hours).
Isn't it cheaper just to book it all ourselves?
You won't pay more by booking your short break holiday with Relaxing Journeys. We have access to discounted industry rates and special deals, only available to those in the travel trade. So the amount we make on each short break, is the difference between these rates and retail rates that you would pay if you booked it all yourself. Of course, you also get peace of mind that all is organised professionally and you get our fantastic service thrown in! There will be occasions where a property may release a 'walk in' deal that may better our quote, however our prices are the best available at the time of booking.
What happens after I 'Check Availability'?
Your dedicated tour consultant will email you through a quote. If it looks good, then full payment is required to confirm the booking (within 45 days) or a deposit of $100 per person is required outside this period. This must be paid by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only). We do not charge credit card fees on our short break packages. If the properties listed in the holiday package are unavailable at this time, we will provide you with alternatives until you are happy.
Can I book this short break if I'm not in NZ, and how do I pay?
We welcome bookings from anywhere in the world. You can see how much each package is using our currency converter on this page. Only the New Zealand Dollar (NZ$) prices on this site are accurate. Prices in other currencies have been converted for your convenience, and are there to help you to compare to your own currency. All of our New Zealand tours are charged in New Zealand Dollars. Your credit card company will convert the amount paid from your currency into NZD automatically for you.
Can I book things like internal flights & car hire to go with my short break if it's not included?
Some short break packages do not include (or may not require) a hire car, or internal flights. Relaxing Journeys can organise these extras for you and include them in your quote if you wish - or you can just book the short break 'as is', and organise everything else yourself. These extras can be requested after choosing your date and clicking 'Confirm Availability' on the right of this page.
What about airport transfers? If not, what would you recommend we do on arrival?
The cost of getting to & from the airport to your accommodation is generally not included, although on some occasions it is, in which case we have specifcally mentioned it in the itinerary. There are always plenty of taxis or shuttles waiting at the airport. You also have the option in most cases to catch a bus into the city centres.
What happens once I have booked my short break?
Once your deposit has been paid and you have received your deposit confirmation, we will organise your short break and when completed (normally within 48 hours) we will email you confirmation. When you pay your balance (45 days before the start date) we will email you a 'Short Break Voucher' shortly after along with your arrival information and everything else you need. Print this off and take it with you to NZ.
What happens once I have booked my short break?
Your deposit is non-refundable. Relaxing Journeys would have already booked and confirmed all the components of your holiday and we will have to cancel everything and adhere to each suppliers cancellation policy. Should it become necessary for you to cancel your reservation 45 days or more prior to departure date, your deposit only shall be forfeited. Cancellations made within 45 days of departure date will incur the following charges: (Expressed as a percentage of the confirmed tour & holiday price plus your deposit).
44-22 days prior to departure - 25%
21-10 days prior to departure - 35%
9 days or less prior to departure - 50%
Why should I book this short break with Relaxing Journeys?
That's a no-brainer! All of the short break holidays on our website are exclusive and unique to Relaxing Journeys. We are New Zealands' leading inbound touring specialist, with an in-depth knowledge of New Zealand and it's regions. Our expertise will ensure your New Zealand holiday is second to none, and we have locals on the ground in NZ in case anything needs attending to while you are here.