This four-day tour is the complete guide to the very best of what Fiordland has to offer and is perfect for small or large groups.
Day 1 - A full day boat cruise on the beautiful and isolated Doubtful Sound. This trip takes guests across Lake Manapouri on a comfortable boat cruise, with endless photo opportunities. The cruise is followed by a coach trip over the epic Wilmot Pass through Fiordland’s rainforest and into Doubtful Sound. Guests will then enjoy a three-hour cruise of Doubtful Sound, exploring the beautiful Fiordland waterways and eventually meeting the Tasman Sea. Doubtful Sound is ten times larger than Milford Sound and the vast landscape, never-ending waterfalls, sheer cliff faces, dense native bush, and the resounding sound of silence will take your breath away. On board guests will get the chance to view Fiordland’s wildlife, including dolphins, fur seals and even occasionally penguins. There is also the option to swap the boat cruise for a three-hour kayak. With an experienced guide and only a small group of kayakers on each trip, guests will get a true taste of Doubtful Sound and all it can offer.
Day 2 - Enjoy a full or half day guided or independent walk through one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’. The Great Walks are part of New Zealand’s premier track network and Fiordland is blessed to be home to four - the Routeburn, Milford, Hump Ridge and Kepler tracks. Depending on interests and skill level, guests can be matched to one of the four jewels of the Fiordland National Park. On guided walks, guests will learn about the spectacular natural surrounds from local, knowledgeable guides. Fiordland is the ‘Walking Capital of the World’, so no visit to the area is complete unless experienced by foot. Exploring the lush forests, imposing mountains, glacier-carved valleys, waterfalls, inky-blue lakes, and thriving bird life is a ‘must do’ for any visit to Fiordland.
Day 3 - A full day tour of Milford Sound by coach, boat, and helicopter, exploring the most renowned area of the Fiordland National Park. Guests will be driven by coach, with a local and knowledgeable guide, through the Milford Road. This road is a journey in itself and just as spectacular as the destination, with never-ending photo opportunities and incredible local stories that will keep the small group aboard entertained and informed. Upon reaching Milford Sound, guests will be taken on a boat cruise to enjoy the incredible natural wilderness, with the chance to see the local wildlife, including seals, dolphins, penguins and Fiordland’s rare black coral. Following the two-hour cruise, a helicopter will arrive for guests’ return flight through the Fiords, above the hidden lakes, snow-capped peaks and lush forests, back to Cabot Lodge. This is the ultimate Milford Sound experience.
Day 4 - A full or half-day private guided fishing experience. There are few places more special to fish for oversized trout than Fiordland. With dozens of rivers and lakes to choose from, there are options for all skill levels. Trophy rainbow and brown trout are just a cast away. Cabot Lodge works with knowledgeable and friendly guides, who know every secret spot to bring the best out of every fisherman and woman, with all equipment provided. Guests will be collected after breakfast and taken to far flung waterways across the Fiordland National Park to experience the breathtaking scenery, as well as the thrill of the hunt, for the prized Fiordland trout. Listening to nothing but the sound of flowing water underneath, and the call of birds’ overhead, visitors will be entranced during this memorable day out on the water.
This package includes four nights’ accommodation in either of our Deluxe Suites with breakfast, evening drink and canapes, as well as daily on-farm activities also provided.
The Ultimate Fiordland package starts from $6,760 NZD for two persons.