Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 67 km / 41 miles, 1.5 hours
Arrive in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Collect your rental car from the airport and drive over the Crown Range to Wanaka, admiring the fantastic views along the way. Be sure to stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Wanaka, an alpine town boasting panoramic views and a relaxing atmosphere.
Stay 4 nights in Wanaka.
Enjoy the Warbirds Practice Day. A special World War I centenary celebration on the Wanaka lakefront will be free for locals and visitors. The aim is to educate new generations about the role aircraft and New Zealand pilots played in the Great War 100 years ago. Come and see these extraordinary aircraft flying over Lake Wanaka.
Package includes a Silver Single Day Pass, which can be booked for today or the following day. The Silver Pass provides tiered seating for the Airshow along the runway, with onsite amenities but with no covered facility. Refreshments include a selection of different coffee and food stalls with tasty morsels, craft beers and wine, within 50 metres of the stand (own cost). Please enquire for upgrade options.
Today the choice is yours, enjoy the last day of Warbirds Over Wanaka or relax and explore Wanaka.
Driving time Wanaka to Dunedin 275 km / 170 miles, 4 hours
Drive through historic Central Otago – past farmland, orchards, and vineyards – to reach Dunedin, one of the best
Stay 2 nights in Dunedin.
Today, join the Taieri Gorge Railway for one of the world’s great train trips, an experience not to be missed. Departing from Dunedin’s beautiful railway station, the Taieri Gorge Railway begins its scenic journey into some of New Zealand’s most rugged, ever-changing scenery. The train travels into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep canyon carved out over aeons by the ancient Taieri River. The train negotiates the gorge with ease as it travels through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts. The train will stop or slow down at various scenic points along the way, and you will get the chance to take photos or disembark to look around. Stand on the open-air platforms while the train moves, or enjoy a quiet drink and food from the onboard café while the train manager tells the story of the nature and history of the area.
Driving time Dunedin to Te Anau 289 km / 179 miles, 4 hours
Venture inland to heartland New Zealand as you travel to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.
In the afternoon, explore a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Your Te Anau Glowworm Cave adventure begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Te Anau on board the catamaran Luminosa to the western side of the lake. On arrival, there is time to view the interesting displays at Cavern House before your friendly guides accompany you underground in small groups. As you explore by path and small boat, your senses will be overwhelmed. In this mysterious underground world, discover fossils and rock formations and view rushing waterfalls and whirlpools. Learn how the caves are still being carved out by the incredible and relentless power of nature before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight!
Stay 2 nights in Te Anau.
Driving time Te Anau to Manapouri 21 km / 13 miles, 20 minutes
Doubtful Sound and the Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise are the next step up from Milford Sound! In Manapouri, board your luxury catamaran and cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri, followed by a trip across Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. In Doubtful Sound, you will board another catamaran for a three-hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise, your knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter, including dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin.
Driving time Te Anau to Queenstown 174 km / 108 miles, 3 hours
Venture past Lake Wakatipu, a picturesque glacial lake framed by rugged mountains, on your return to Queenstown.
Relax and explore Queenstown this afternoon, with the option to visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, the Underwater Observatory, or the Ivan Clarke Gallery; ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin, or simply enjoy a lakefront stroll or a bit of boutique shopping.
Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.
Enjoy your final day in Queenstown, with the option to add on a Central Otago wine tour, a helicopter flight, or a 4WD tour to make the most of your time.
In the evening, raise a glass to a fantastic holiday!
Drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown at your leisure.
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