Taking a boat trip is a must do in New Zealand. Cruise near ancient fiords, through a glacier lake or to idyllic beaches.
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Mitre Peak is just one of the highlights on a cruise of Milford Sound. Kayak on the ancient fiord, under towering peaks and near misty waterfalls. Keep a lookout for seals, dolphins and the rare Fiordland Crested Penguins. If you cruise to Milford Sound with Southern Discoveries(opens in new window) you'll have access to New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory. Te Anau is the gateway to Milford Sound and a great place to base yourself for a few days.
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The TSS Earnslaw is known as "The lady of the lake" and is a Queenstown icon. This grand old steamship was launched the same year as the Titanic (1912) and was originally used as an essential link between isolated farmers and the outside world. Today, the ship is still hand-fired and has been restored to its original condition. Cruising across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw with Real Journeys is a must-do experience when in Queenstown.
Glacier Explorers operate the only glacial boat tour in New Zealand. The tour starts at the Hermitage hotel(opens in new window) and begins with a 25 minute alpine walk to the lake front. You'll be surrounded by snow capped alps and the tour allows plenty of time for photos. Onboard the boat your expert driver will navigate you through icebergs and the Tasman Glacier wall. You'll be treated to 60 minutes of amazing scenery and time to get up close to huge icebergs!
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A tour onboard Whale Watch Kaikōura is the ultimate marine life experience. As the skipper finds the best spot to view sperm whales, make sure you also keep a lookout for humpbacks, orca, southern right whales and dolphins. You'll no doubt come across a few New Zealand fur seals and albatross with impressive wingspans.
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