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Travel Classics International 2014

Auckland, New Zealand

Fiordland - Mountains, Rivers and Sounds
Sunday 27 April - Wednesday 30 April

Fiordland is one of the world's last great wildernesses and the essence of New Zealand's untamed splendor. Imagine standing high in the mountains, looking over a vast landscape of soaring peaks, glistening fiords, and mighty rivers winding through native rainforest. Here colossal waterfalls tumble hundreds of feet into ice-carved valleys and the pure air echoes with birdlife.

27 April

A one hour 45 minute flight from Auckland takes you to Queenstown, from where it is a two hour drive to the township of Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. After enjoying lunch on the shores of Lake Te Anau, it's a short drive to the Upper Waiau River, where you'll experience the thrill of a jet boat ride on the 60-minute scenic journey down the river to beautiful Lake Manapouri surrounded by the impressive Cathedral Peaks. Continue on to Te Anau-Manapouri Airport and experience the glamour of the 1940s on board a beautifully restored DC3 aircraft during a 30-minute twilight flight over Fiordland National Park.
Milford Sound
photo: Martin Sliva
photo: Destination Fiordland
Milford Track
photo: Destination Fiordland

28 April

Your journey starts with the scenic drive to Milford Sound through soaring snow-capped mountains. Arriving in Milford, take a guided walk on the 'finest walk in the world', the Milford Track. This 6-mile walk meanders alongside the cascading river to the spectacular waterfall Giants Gate and is suitable for all abilities. Your nature guide will point out the native fauna and flora and share the fascinating human heritage of the track.

Return to Milford in time for a boat cruise on Milford Sound. Surrounded by jagged mountains, including the iconic Mitre Peak, and punctuated by crashing waterfalls, Milford Sound is often described as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

29 April

Fiordland's West Coast is deeply indented by 14 fiords spanning 134 miles of coastline. Steep mountains, covered by ancient native forest, rise up from the ocean and the air rings with bird calls. Known as the "Sound of Silence", Doubtful Sound offers visitors a serene Fiordland experience. Doubtful is the deepest of the fiords and is rich in flora and fauna; New Zealand fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins can be seen on many of the small islets at the fiord's entrance, while dolphins regularly accompany the boats to play in the wake.

Your Doubtful Sound overnight adventure begins with a cruise across the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapouri and then it is over Wilmot Pass, stopping along the way to experience some of Fiordland's densest rain forest. On reaching Deep Cove, you will board your boat. There is plenty of time to enjoy the stunning views and to discover the hidden arms of Doubtful Sound. Activities include wildlife viewing, kayaking and exploring the Sound with a nature guide.

April 30

Returning from your Doubtful Sound overnight experience around midday, you will be transported back to Te Anau in time for lunch and a last look around Te Anau before the scenic drive to Queenstown and your flight back to Auckland.




Tour are offered complimentary to Travel Classics delegates and include all transport, accommodation, meals and activities as stated on the itinerary. Delegates may choose either one pre-tour or one post-tour.

Partners of Travel Classics delegates are welcome to join this tour at the special rate of US$900. This includes accommodation shared with delegate, transport, meals and activities as outlined on itinerary. This rate is at-cost.

Tour registration deadline is 15 October, and delegates will be advised of their tour assignments by 30 October. Please state your first, second and third choice of tour as capacity is limited to 6 pax per tour.

To register for a tour please download the registration form, fill it in and email to: Yves Gentil, DQMPR,

Please do not make payment until you have received confirmation of your assigned tour in October. After you have been notified of the tour on which you and your partner are confirmed, use the Paypal button below to pay the partner fee.

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