Milford Sound Nature Cruise (Day 1)
Start your Milford Sound tour with hotel pickup in Queenstown and a scenic drive, taking in the picturesque landscapes en route to UNESCO World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park.
On arrival, hop aboard the vessel for a 2-hour nature cruise on Milford Sound, a famous fiord where sheer rock faces may be mist-shrouded or cascading with waterfalls into deep, dark waters below, depending on the season. Navigating the length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea, the knowledgeable skipper provides live commentary and points out wildlife sightings, such as the bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and rare Fiordland crested penguins that call the frigid waters home.
After your cruise, you’ll be taken back to your Queenstown hotel before your tour resumes on Day 2.
Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour (Day 2)
Make your way to the Steamer Wharf at Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, and board the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamship that delivers you to Walter Peak High Country Farm.
During the cruise, learn about the history of the coal-powered vessel at its on-site museum, and peek at the original steam engines from the open viewing area. Join a sing-along as the onboard pianist plays a variety of old favorites to set the mood.
At Walter Peak High Country Farm, you’re treated to either morning or afternoon tea at the Colonel's Homestead with homemade baked goods and a cup of tea or coffee. Watch sheep dogs herding and see other traditional farming practices demonstrated at the farm, including sheep shearing and wool spinning.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the lakeside gardens before the return journey by steamship to Queenstown.