OVERLAND- DUNEDIN TO MILFORD SOUND
During your voyage, enjoy a rare opportunity to explore the world’s most fascinating destinations in small, private groups, with knowledgeable guides to help you discover off –the-beaten- path gems. On an Overland Program, you’ll disembark the ship for one-night or more to enjoy a more authentic insider’s view, experiencing firsthand the colorful cultures, dramatic landscapes and exquisite landmarks before rejoining your ship.
Discover New Zealand’s unmistakable beauty and historic landmarks during this memorable overnight program to Dunedin, Queenstown and Milford Sound.
DAY 1 Sunday 11th February 2018
Upon disembarking the ship, you will be met by your driver-guide and travel through Port Chalmers village along the shore of the Otago harbor into Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South, where you will take a brief orientation tour of the city. Along the way, you will see the exquisite stone buildings constructed during the city’s most prosperous period in the 1880s, including the Law Courts, the First Church of Otago, the Otago Museum and Otago University.
Drive through the pastoral countryside south of Dunedin and historical gold-mining country. Continue through the Central Otago Township of Alexandra. Your drive continues north to Cromwell and then along the Kawarau River where a stop will be made at the Kawarau Bridge Center where A.J. Hackett began the first commercial bungy operation in 1988. Outside the center, you may see thrill-seekers taking the 120-foot plunge off the Old Kawarau Bridge.
Next, you will proceed to Arrowtown, formerly a bustling gold-mining town in the 1860s. Upon arrival, you will have an opportunity to stroll along its quaint, tree-lined streets filled with galleries, cafes and shops. Following this scenic, fun-filled day, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.
This evening you will catch the steamer transfer across Lake Wakatipu on board the TSS Earnslaw, a 1912 Edwardian vintage twin screw steamer. Disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm, one of the first farms set up in the region. Enjoy a gourmet BBQ dinner of New Zealand and local produce. Following dinner, an entertaining and informative farm demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country.
Overnight at the Hilton Queenstown or similar hotel.
DAY 2 Monday 12th February 2018
Depart from Queenstown and settle back to watch the most amazing scenery unfold before you. You will drive along the eastern shoreline of Lake Wakatipu in the shadow of the Remarkable Range to Kingston. Drive through the Five Rivers farming community to Lake Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland. Arrive in Te Anau where a light lunch is included.
Te Anau is nestled at the southern shores of a lake bearing the same name and also New Zealand's second largest lake. The largest body of fresh water in the South Island, it covers over 300 square kilometres and has 500 kilometres of shoreline.
After lunch, leave Te Anau and travel around the shores of Lake Te Anau into the rugged valley of the Eglinton River, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls. As the road passes Lakes Gunn and Fergus, beech covered mountains frame the view of distant peaks. The road then enters the Hollyford Valley and climbs to the Homer Saddle.
After driving through the 1200 meter long Homer Tunnel, the road drops down to follow the swiftly flowing Cleddau River into Milford Sound, an amazing 22km-long fiord dominated by Mitre Peak. Weather permitting, photo stops will be made at the stunning Mirror Lakes, then walk across the park’s Chasm.
On arrival at Milford Wharf, you will be tendering to rejoin the awaiting ship.
Land Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details and the timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.
7:30am Disembarkation at Dunedin port
8:00am Join the tour coach and depart from pier to Dunedin City
8:30am Dunedin city sightseeing drive
11:45am Arrive in Alexandra. Lunch is included at the Packing Shed Restaurant
12:45pm Depart for Arrowtown
1:45pm Stop at Kawarau Bridge center to view the bungy-jumping (subject to operation)
2:45pm Visit Arrowtown
3:30pm Depart Arrowtown for Queenstown
4:30pm Approximate arrival time at the hotel in Queenstown
5:15pm Depart hotel for the TSS Earnslaw cruise and Walter Peak dinner
10:00pm Return to the hotel
Overnight at the Hilton Queenstown hotel or similar hotel
Breakfast at the hotel
10:00am Depart the hotel for Te Anau
12:15pm Arrive in Te Anau where lunch is included
1:30pm Depart Te Anau
4:30pm Arrive in Milford Sound
4:45pm Tender from Milford Sound wharf and rejoin the ship
New Zealand's seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. This means that the warmest months are December, January and February, while the coldest are in June, July and August.
That said, on any given day the weather and temperature can change unexpectedly and sometimes dramatically. You should be prepared for that, particularly when hiking or doing other outdoor activities.
Queenstown – Dunedin Temp (C) Max 25 - Min 14, (F) Max 76 – Min 57
What to Bring:
Dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants and night-spots. Men are generally not expected to wear suits and ties, except in a few of the top formal bars and restaurants in major cities.
In summer a jacket and sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or you visit higher altitudes. You can expect some rain, so also include a light rainproof jacket or coat.
US dollars are generally accepted only in establishments such as souvenir stores. However credit cards are widely accepted. For small purchases it is strongly suggested that local currency be used. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centers. All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand.
Electricity is supplied throughout New Zealand at 230/240 volts, 50 hertz. Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt ac sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only.
Please note that power outlets only accept angled two or three pin Type I plugs (as also used in Australia) depending on whether an earth connection is fitted. We recommend bringing a travel adaptor for electronic devices.
1 overnight bag per person
Documents and Visa Requirements:
Guests must take their passports with them on the overland tour.
Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration web site http://www.immigration.govt.nz/
Alternatively, for Visa Free Countries see http://glossary.immigration.govt.nz/visafreecountries.htm
The Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa
79 Peninsula Rd, Kawarau Village,
Phone: 03-450 9400
*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.
Program Includes for guests:
•Meet and assistance on arrival at Dunedin wharf
•Motor coach transport with an English speaking driver/guide
•One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner (dinner and lunches include a choice of two glasses of house wine, local beer, soft drinks, bottled water, tea, coffee)
•TSS Earnslaw cruise with Walter Peak dinner and farm demo
•Accommodation at the Hilton hotel in Queenstown or similar for one night in guest rooms on a room and cooked breakfast basis.
•Launch tender from the ship to Milford Sound
•All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program
•New Zealand Goods and Services Tax of 15.0 percent on the above items
Program Excludes for guests:
•Wines (other than where included with meals), liquors, mineral waters, morning or afternoon teas, non-filtered coffee, telephone calls, laundry charges or any items of a personal nature
•Meals, other than those shown in the inclusions above
•Gratuities to drivers and guides
•Hotel incidentals including room service and mini bar
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Overland Programs must be purchased no later than 45 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 45 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.
Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.