Tour 305. SOUTH OF THE SOUTH INCLUDING STEWART ISLAND
Day 1. Wednesday. DUNEDIN ARRIVE.
Arrive Dunedin this morning and transfer to your accommodation. Accommodation in Dunedin for 2 nights.
Day 2. Thursday. DUNEDIN (B)
Visit historic "Olveston House", Dunedin Chinese Garden, Knox Church, The Octagon, and the world's steepest street. This afternoon tour the Otago Peninsula including Larnachs Castle, Royal Albatross Centre, and see the local wildlife including seals, and Yellow Eyed penguins.
Day 3. Friday. DUNEDIN - CATLINS - STEWART ISLAND (B)
Enjoy a scenic drive through the Catlins. one of New Zealand's most beautiful and unspoiled wilderness areas. See the wildlife, waterfalls,and beautiful coastal scenery and visit Nugget Point lighthouse and the petrified forest (available low tide only). Continue to Bluff, southernmost town in New Zealand and cruise across Foveaux Strait to Stewart island for 1 night accommodation.
Optional evening Wild Kiwi Encounter with a high chance of seeing our iconic native birds on the beach - extra expense.
Day 4. Saturday. STEWART ISLAND - INVERCARGILL (B)
Enjoy a guided one hour tour of Oban before cruising Patterson Inlet for a guided walk through the Ulva island wildlife sanctuary. Cruise back to Bluff and overnight in Invercargill at the Kelvin Hotel or similar.
Day 5. Sunday. INVERCARGILL - DOUBTFUL SOUND - TE ANAU. (BL)
We take the scenic back roads via Riverton and Tuatapere to Manapouri to join your scenic cruise across bush clad Lake Manapouri to West Arm. Join your coach to drive across Wilmot Pass through the lush rainforest to Doubtful Sound for a 3 hour cruise exploring Doubtful Sound to the Tasman Sea. Retrace our steps to Manapouri and overnight in Te Anau. A picnic lunch is included today during your cruise.
Optional overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound available returning to Manapouri midday Monday - extra cost $150. Option to tour to Milford Sound, cruise, and arrive Queenstown 9pm monday available - total extra cost $250.
Day 7. Monday. TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND - QUEENSTOWN (BL)
Another day of magnificent scenery as we drive through the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys. Visit the Mirror Lakes and Roaring Chasm and drive through the Homer tunnel before arriving in Milford Sound. Board your cruise to travel the length of Milford Sound under majestic Mitre Peak. See the seal colony and Bowen Falls before retracing our steps to Te Anau then on to Queenstown. A buffet lunch is included during your cruise.
Day 7. Tuesday. QUEENSTOWN (B)
Free day with many optional activities available. We strongly recommend the exhilirating Shotover jet boat ride and more placid evening cruise across the lake on the historic steamer "Earnslaw" to the Walter Peak sheep station for a barbecue buffet dinner at the Colonels homestead..
Day 8. Wednesday QUEENSTOWN DEPART (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for departrure.
You are welcome to stay in Queenstown as long as you like or