Doubtful Sound & West Coast Odyssey

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Doubtful Sound & West Coast Odyssey

Doubtful Sound & West Coast Odyssey

7 Day / 6 Night Tour visiting Queenstown, Wanaka, Franz Josef Glacier and an unforgettable overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound

 

You’ll never forget the beauty of remote Doubtful Sound reached by a launch ride across Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass. It’s a unique 24 hour excursion, staying overnight in an en suite cabin and exploring the Sound’s many arms. Two nights in Queenstown, visiting Arrowtown, Cardrona, Wanaka, Haast Pass, Franz Josef Glacier and Arthur’s Pass, conclude this adventure.

Tour at a Glance

Price:

$4,590 per person, share twin

$700 single supplement

Tour Dates:

31 Jan – 6 Feb, 2022

16 – 22 Mar, 2022

6 – 12 April, 2022

Fitness Level

Moderate walking with some uneven ground

Group Size Limited

maximum 18 travellers

INCLUSIONS

• Return airfares from Auckland (please ask us about flights from other airports – there could be a price adjustment).
• All meals.
• Entrance fees.
• All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
• Services of your knowledgeable guide.
• Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”.

VARIATIONS

• Land Only price on application.
• Travel Insurance.

Tour Itinerary

For full details please request a Free Information Pack (Form to the right)

Day 1Fly to Queenstown - Arrowtown - Queenstown

Your flight departs mid-morning, after arrival in Queenstown we drive to Arrowtown to lunch at Provisions Cafe in a tree-lined street famous for its autumn colours and to check out the shops. We visit the Chinese miners’ settlement alongside the Arrow River at the end of the town where harsh conditions were endured in their search for gold.

Later we check out Queenstown’s boutique shops and wander the lakefront. We stay two nights in this resort town and dine in this evening.

Day 2Queenstown - Glenorchy - Wakatipu Cruise - Queenstown

We have the day to explore Queenstown. We take the Gondola ride to the Skyline on Bob’s Peak to enjoy the magnificent views over Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables Range and drive beside the lake to Glenorchy.

This afternoon we board the coal-fired steamship TSS Earnslaw to cruise on Lake Wakatipu returning to stroll the shops and the Botanic Gardens.

Day 3Queenstown - Lake Manapouri - Doubtful Sound

We drive alongside Lake Wakatipu to Manapouri where we board a launch to cruise to the head of the lake. We travel by coach through beech forests and over Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound where our small ship, “Fiordland Navigator” awaits.

We cruise the sheltered arms of this beautiful fiord out to the Tasman Sea with the ship’s nature guide keeping a lookout for marine and bird life. Seals bask on the islands at the entrance to the Sound.

Later the ship anchors in a peaceful cove and we get even closer to the shoreline on an inflatable craft with your nature guide.

Day 4Doubtful Sound - Manapouri - Five Rivers Retreat - Crown Range - Cardrona

Wake up to the perfect stillness and mirror reflections of this remote wilderness. As breakfast is served the ship cruises the inner arms of the sound and returns to Deep Cove where we disembark at 10am. We retrace our steps over Wilmot Pass and across the lake to Manapouri.

At Manapouri we rejoin our coach and head tor a private lunch with Paula and Roger on the farm at Five Rivers Retreat. We drive over the tussock-covered land of the dramatic Crown Range, descending into the valley we stay at quaint Cardrona Hotel where we dine this evening.

Day 5Wanaka sightseeing

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day with breakfast at Cardrona Hotel before visiting the artisan, family owned Cardrona Distillery & Museum for a tour and tasting.

This afternoon we drive into Wanaka to visit the town and tour the region’s sights driving out around the lake. Tonight we dine back at our hotel, the Edgewater, right beside Lake Wanaka and not far from that famous willow tree in the lake.

Day 6Wanaka - Haast Pass - Franz Josef Glacier

We drive beside Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka and through the superb mountain and river scenery of the Haast Pass. We walk to the Blue Pools where trout lurk and take short walks to waterfalls in the Haast Pass. On the coast at Ship Creek we wander along the wild beach and on a boardwalk through swampland rainforest.

We continue through lush rainforest to Lake Matheson and Fox Glacier and over the hill to Franz Josef to check into our accommodation at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier.

We continue through lush rainforest to Lake Matheson and Fox Glacier and over the hill to Franz Josef to check into our accommodation at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 7Franz Josef Glacier - Hokitika - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch

The Coast scenery is stunning – we pass mirror lakes, boulder-laden rivers and catch glimpses of the Southern Alps as we drive north to visit Hokitika’s artisan craft galleries. Turning eastwards we drive up the Otira Gorge on a spectacular cantilevered highway to the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass.

We continue through a magnificent alpine landscape to Porters Pass and across the Canterbury Plains. Your flight departs from Christchurch in the late afternoon.

Partnership

Some great news… while we wait for international borders to re-open, there is no better time to see a bit of our own backyard and help our local communities get back to business. 

We’re excited to let you know that we have partnered with MoaTours, one of New Zealand’s leading and most trusted local tour operators since 1971. MoaTours offers a range of small group tours all over New Zealand that we think you’ll love — from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island.  

A a family run business just like Tours Direct, MoaTours has great connections and unbeatable local knowledge of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. They also share common values so we know you will be well looked after and have a great experience.

Twenty hours cruising the empty, bushclad arms of Doubtful Sound stays with you forever. Leaving the world behind at Manapouri, crossing the lake, coaching over Wilmot Pass it’s an adventure. Cardrona Hotel brings a connection to earlier times and finally there’s the beauty of Haast and Arthur’s Pass to enjoy.

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