Queenstown - Wanaka

Fly total time: 5 days

Your clients will experience the unsurpassed beauty of the Southern Lakes region. They will see awe inspiring scenery including towering mountains and crystal clear lakes. They will wake up one morning in one of the most magical places in New Zealand – an overnight cruise in Fiordland National Park is a very special, once in a lifetime experience.

To ensure your clients are well rested after their flight, we recommend they stay a night or two in their arrival city before collecting a rental vehicle. Driving in a new country can be challenging and will be even worse if the driver is tired. The driver should always be well rested, take regular breaks during the journey and plan to drive for only 1-2 hours at a time.

New Zealand has unique road rules and driving conditions that your clients may not be used to. For a safe and enjoyable journey make sure your clients know where to find information on New Zealand’s road rules before they depart for their holiday.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Day 1 - Auckland - Queenstown

    Drive Fly 2 hours 1555 KMS 966 MI
    When your clients arrive in Auckland they will take a domestic flight directly down to Queenstown (approximately 2 hours direct). Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is New Zealand’s premier four season lake and alpine resort.

    Recommended activities:

    • Enjoy the thrill of jet boating in Queenstown
    • Enjoy the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu on a boat cruise and visit a high country station
    • Ride on the gondola to the Skyline complex and enjoy a thrilling luge ride or ziplining adventure
    • Grab a bike and go cycling on the Queenstown Trail – options are available to suit everyone, including  electric mountain bikes
    • Grab a burger at the famous Fergburger and eat it at the lakeside
    • Experience the home of bungy jumping at The Kawarau Bridge Bungy – if your clients aren’t keen on jumping, they might like to try the zipride at the same location.
    • Enjoy a private, steaming soak overlooking the Shotover River at Onsen Hot Pools
  • Day 2 - Queenstown

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    Today will be at your clients’ leisure
  • Day 3 - Queenstown - Milford or Doubtful Sound

    Drive Fly 2 hours and 30 minutes 288 KMS 178 MI
    Today your clients will travel to either Manapouri (for a Doubtful Sound overnight cruise) or Milford Sound (for a Milford Sound overnight cruise). There are overnight carparks where your clients can leave their vehicles.
    The drive from Queenstown to Manapouri takes approximately 2.5 hours. The drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound takes approximately 4.5 hours.
    Enjoy a magical overnight cruise in Fiordland. To see the options available, use the product search on the trade website by selecting ‘Fiordland’ as the region and ‘Boat Cruises – Overnight’ as the Activity Type. Don’t forget to tick ‘Commission applies’.  Then view the search results.
  • Day 4 - Milford or Doubtful Sound - Wanaka

    Drive Fly 4 hours and 40 minutes 342 KMS 212 MI
    When your overnight cruise returns to port, you will drive through to Wanaka. If they are driving from Manapouri it will take approximately 4 hours and if they are driving from Milford Sound it will take approximately 5.5-6 hours.
    Lake Wanaka’s spectacular location at the foot of the Southern Alps with the wilderness of the Mt Aspiring National Park nearby makes it a magnet for outdoor lovers the world over. In winter, skiers flock to Wanaka from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. 

    Recommended activities:

  • Day 5 - Wanaka

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    Today will be at your clients’ leisure.
  • Day 6 - Wanaka - Queenstown - Depart New Zealand

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    Today your clients will drive back over to Queenstown to drop their rental car off and take a domestic flight to Auckland Airport where they will leave New Zealand.