Following breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Steamer Wharf in Queenstown to board the TSS Earnslaw steamship for a cruise to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains as you steam across Lake Wakatipu, taking time to explore the vessel and historic displays onboard.
From Walter Peak Station enjoy a road less travelled – the back road through the Von Valley and via the Mavora Lakes to Te Anau. You will travel along a scenic road into the remote Southland high country. The area is vast and unique with rolling hills covered in red tussock, with the occasional scattering of cattle and sheep, crystal clear rivers and distant snow-capped mountains. There are ample opportunities for photographic and scenic stops, as well as short walks. A picnic lunch will be included along the way.
On arrival into Te Anau you will visit the Fiordland Cinema for a viewing of ‘Ata Whenua – Shadowland,’ a 30-minute film showcasing the Fiordland World Heritage Status wilderness you would otherwise never see. Leaving Fiordland Cinema we travel a short distance to Fiordland Jet for a ‘Pure Wilderness’ jet boat experience exploring Fiordland National Park. Beginning with an exhilarating ride down the Waiau river, lined by ancient beech forest and featured in the Lord of the Rings movies. You will emerge from the river onto the breath-taking Lake Manapouri, surrounded by mountains carved by snow and ice over centuries. After a full day, check into the centrally located Distinction Luxmore Hotel in Te Anau for two nights. Dinner is included tonight