Top 3 Cruise Experiences of New Zealand's South Island

04 December 19

New Zealand is ‘a world in miniature’, packed full of the best experiences people travel to many countries in search of.

Home to some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, New Zealand has thousands of rivers, fiords and lakes, all carved out by volcanic activity and glaciers.

Spectacular sounds entwine in rugged mountain ranges soaring towards the sky and the best way to enjoy the surroundings are on a scenic cruise.

Three of the top cruising experiences on New Zealand’s South Island include Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Lake Wakatipu.

Milford Sound was carved out by glaciers during the ice ages and has been described a an ‘eighth wonder of the world’. Towering mountain peaks create cascading waterfalls which run into the dark waters of the fiord. Its natural wonders make an attractive home for wildlife including dolphins, seals, albatross and the rare Fiordland crested penguins.

A Milford Sound Lunch & Cruise experience can be enjoyed on your Affordable Coach Holiday in New Zealand.



For an enhanced experience, board the Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise. As evening falls, enjoy a delicious meal, relax in the company of friends and indulge in some star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin.
The Milford Sound Overnight Cruise is available on the 19 Day Rail, Cruise & Coach Holiday.



Escape to the peace and tranquillity of Doubtful Sound, a pristine wilderness, buried deep in the heart of the Fiordland National Park. Doubtful Sound is the second largest fiord and with no road access, the untouched beauty makes it a very special place.

Spend an unforgettable night on board the Fiordland Navigator on a 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience. Witness the same scenes that greeted early Maori and European visitors.



Lake Wakatipu touches the lively city of Queenstown, offering 360 degree views of impressive mountain ranges including the well-known ski destination, the Remarkables. The magnificent alpine scenery can be appreciated whilst cruising on board a restored steamship, TSS Earnslaw.

The Edwardian twin screw steamer offers a distinctive experience as the only remaining passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the southern hemisphere. Relax on board ‘The Lady’ as you journey across to Walter Peak High Country Farm to enjoy a historical farmyard tour.

As you make your way back into Queenstown enjoy a sing-along around the piano – an unforgettable memory of your holiday in New Zealand.



Enjoy Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Lake Wakatipu on your New Zealand Coach Holiday with Grand Pacific Tours.

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