id_26.jpgThis vacation package combines the highlights of Wanaka and the scenic splendour of Mt Aspiring National Park & Milford Sound with the opportunity to explore Central Otago's famous wine region or Trails of Middle Earth for LOTR fans, or Wanaka River Journey's mountain river eco-journey.

4 Days / 3 Nights

Day 1 Arrive Wanaka

Arrive at Minaret Lodge and check in. This afternoon enjoy a leisurely stroll or mountain bike down to the lake and around to Bremner Bay. Walk or bike on the Beacon Point walk, passing some of Wanaka's finest homes to Penrith beach with great views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

id_27.jpgDay 2 Mt Aspiring - Milford Sound

Depart after breakfast to Wanaka Airport to join the ultimate scenic flight covering almost the entire Mt. Aspiring World Heritage National Park. View glaciers, hidden lakes, rain forest and fly the full length of Milford Sound. After landing at Milford, explore the dramatic Milford Sound on board a scenic cruise. The return flight extends via the world famous Milford Track and over the Fiordland National Park before returning over Glenorchy and Lake Wakatipu back to Wanaka. (duration 4 hours)

Afternoon at leisure, enjoy a optional visit to Puzzling World or a leisurely stroll or mountain bike along the lake shore. This evening enjoy a 3 course dinner at the Lodge featuring a selection of Central Otago's finest wines.

id_28.jpgDay 3 Wanaka

Day at leisure to explore the Wanaka area or Central Otago. Alternatively you may like to participate on one of the following optional tours:

  • A day trip around Lake Dunstan. Around its pristine shores are many talented artists working in a variety of mediums from wood through to canvas and clay. Pass vineyards on the way to Cromwell and Bannockburn area, famous for its world award winning Pinot Noir wines. Visit one of the vineyards and a orchard & juice factory then into old Cromwell town for lunch. Return through the old gold mining area of Bendigo where there are now many new vineyards being established, to Tarras for a stop at its delightful historic church before returning back to Wanaka. (duration 5 hours)
  • id_29.jpgOur Lord of the Rings tour visits nearly 20 film locations with DVD support. These locations are in areas of stunning beauty and include a mountain river walk &lunch in an old gold mining town. Depending on his schedule, we may meet the author of your Location Guide Book for his autograph. (duration 7 hours)
  • Wanaka River Journeys eco jet boat journey up the Matukituki Valley , through Lord of the Rings locations towards the Mt Aspiring National Park.

Day 4 Depart Wanaka

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Lodge, check out later this morning.



Nov 15-Mar 16 : $1095 per person ( single supplement $580)

Apr 16-Oct 16 : $1025 per person ( single room supplement $580)

Nov 16-Mar 17: $1150 per person (single room supplement $580) 

 Additional cost for Optional day tour on Day 3:

Vineyards $190 per person 

 LOTR - $299 per person 

 Wanaka River Journeys $229 per person.

Price includes: Accommodation for 3 nights at Minaret Lodge in a double room with ensuite including breakfast and aperitifs daily, 1 x 3 course dinner with wine, transportation and tours as specified, GST. NB. Supplement for round trip transfers from Queenstown to Wanaka return $70 per person. (all prices expressed in NZ$)