This week is planned for you to experience some of the best food, wine and accommodation in the Queenstown area. A balance of dining, activities, shopping and relaxing with all the arrangements taken care of. We have added the spectacular drive to Milford with the overnight cruise and the breath-taking experience of a flight back to Queenstown.
HOSTS – Mary and Terry Houghton
will host you for your time at Gibbston House. We, at Pukekohe Travel have known Mary for over twenty years, first in her role with a cruise specialist and then our friendship has continued when she and Terry became involved in the hospitality industry.
Terry is an ex-military man, a keen aviator and is into anything sport. Mary loves entertaining, is a keen traveller with a passion for cruising.
The invitation is open to a maximum of 10 to enjoy this treat in one of New Zealand’s jewel regions.
Midmorning fly Auckland to Queenstown (other destinations available). On arrival you will be met by Terry Houghton, one of your hosts for your stay in Queenstown. Travel by luxury Mercedes van to Gibbston House located in a vineyard in the Gibbston Valley. Settle into your luxury accommodation for a four night stay. Meet in the guest lounge for cheese and a glass of wine before heading to Kinross Restaurant and winery for dinner with matched wines.
This morning your 4WD vehicles and driver/guides will meet you at Gibbston House to travel to Arrowtown to then follow the miner’s old wagon trail to the historic gold mining town of Macetown. This area has now been transformed by the Department of Conservations into a reserve. The narrow rugged road has 25 river crossings of the Arrow River. There will be time to explore the remains of Macetown and pan for gold – always fun. Return to Arrowtown for lunch of your own choice before a return to Gibbston House to relax. Tonight’s dinner is a Gibbston Valley winery restaurant with matching wines.
Today the choice is yours. Golf at Millbrook, Spa at Millbrook, hire a bike to explore the area, return to Arrowtown or just relax. Any special requests, Mary and Terry will assist.
After a relaxing breakfast, Terry will take you to Queenstown to shop, enjoy coffee or whatever you wish. At about 1 pm, Terry will meet you to drive to Amisfield for one of their legendary lunches with paired wines. Return to Gibbston House for a nap!! This evening cheese and wine in the guest lounge will probably suffice.
Today travel by coach along Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. The first highlight is the Eglinton Valley with its rock sides and golden tussock floor, further along pass the Mirror Lakes. The Homer tunnel, hewn from sold granite took 20 years to complete. After the winding but specular section of the road arrive at Milford Sound. Board the Milford Marina, for an unforgettable overnight cruise. Cruise in the Sound with the on-board specialist nature guide before anchoring in a sheltered cove. There is time to explore by tender or kayak or relax and soak up the beauty of this place.
Dinner is a buffet carvery.
Breakfast is on-board with more exploring of the Sound. Return to the wharf and board your aircraft for your scenic flight to Queenstown. Soar above Milford Sound and see the contrast of icy blue water, cascading waterfalls, luxuriant mosses and ferns and immense peaks rising from the ocean depths. Fly across the mountain ranges, over the Sunderland Falls before reaching Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. On arrival transfer to your quiet central accommodation, Browns Boutique Hotel. Before dinner your host invites you to a meet and greet with wine and cheese provided. Tonight’s final dinner is a short walk away.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight.
· Return Air New Zealand flight Auckland – Queenstown (other destinations – please ask)
· Five nights boutique accommodation with breakfast
· All transport as described, by luxury van and coach to Milford Sound
· 4WD experience
· Two winery restaurant dinners with matched wines
· One lunch with matched wines
· Farewell dinner Queenstown
· Overnight accommodation on board Milford Mariner in a double or twin cabin with private facilities
· Flightseeing return from Milford to Queenstown (weather permitting)
· Hosted at Gibbston House and Browns Boutique Hotel
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
(Gibbston House 1 only)
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
• Items of a personal nature
• Optional cancellation insurance
• A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person will secure a place on this tour
• Final payment by 05 February 2021
• Final payment – non-refundable
• Deposit – non-refundable
• All cancellation charges are on a per-person basis.
• After 05 February 2021 – no refund
We strongly advise all participants take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs. Please ask for a quote.
To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a moderate to good level of fitness is required.
* Itinerary subject to schedule changes and weather permitting
Spend the night aboard the iconic Milford Mariner and wake up to dawn in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. It’s the ultimate Milford Sound experience!
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* Itinerary subject to change