Tour 305.     DEEP SOUTH AND STEWART ISLAND    

 

Day 1. Tuesday.            DUNEDIN ARRIVE. 

Arrive Dunedin today and transfer to your accommodation in Dunedin for 2 nights. 

Day 2. Wednesday.                       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. Thursday.    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 and take the ferry to Stewart Island. Accommodation and breakfast at Stewart Island Lodge. 

Optional evening Wild Kiwi Encounter with a high chance of seeing our iconic native birds on the beach - extra expense.

Day 4. Friday.  STEWART ISLAND - INVERCARGILL     (B)

Wake up to the Kereru and Tui visiting in front of the Lodge and 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 for a photo stop at the famous signpost. Overnight in Invercargill at the Kelvin Hotel or similar.                 

Day 5. Saturday.    INVERCARGILL - MILFORD SOUND - TE ANAU.   (B)

We take the scenic back roads via Riverton and Tuatapere to Te Anau and enjoy the  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 visiting the underwater aquarium and  retracing our steps to Te Anau. Overnight at Luxmore Hotel or similar.

Optional  cruise across the lake to the Te Anau glowworm caves ($99) or a scenic flight by floatplane over magnificent Fiordland.

Day 6. Sunday. TE ANAU - DOUBTFUL SOUND      (BD)

Late morning drive 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 and join your overnight  cruise exploring Doubtful Sound to the Tasman Sea. Anchor overnight in a quiet bay and you have the opportunity to kayak up to the massive cliffs or take a cruise in the ships tender. A picnic lunch is included as you cross Lake Manapouri and dinner on board.

Day 7. Monday.  DOUBTFUL SOUND - QUEENSTOWN.    (B)

Disembark after breakfast and retrace your steps across Wilmot Pass and Lake Manapouri and drive to Queenstown arriving mid afternoon. A visit to historic Arrowtown will be made en route.

Day 8.  Tuesday.                QUEENSTOWN                           (B) 
Free day with many optional activities available. We strongly recommend the exhilirating Shotover jet boat ride. This evening cruise across the lake on the historic steamer "Earnslaw" to Walter Peak for a barbecue dinner at the Colonels homestead.

Day 9.  Wednesday           QUEENSTOWN                (B)

Free day to enjoy Queenstown

Day 10. Thursday.            QUEENSTOWN DEPART     (B)

You will be transferred to the airport for departure. 

You are welcome to stay in Queenstown as long as you like or continue on our MAGNIFICENT SOUTH ISLAND TOUR to Wanaka, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, Hokitika and Christchurch

   

 

 

 

            

 

Tour 305       DEEP SOUTH AND STEWART ISLAND 

10 days/9 nights.

Commence Dunedin - end Queenstown  

2022: October 25 - November 03

2023: February 20 - March 01 

Includes 

**  Arrival and departure transfers

**  All travel from Dunedin to Queenstown

**  8 nights hotel accommodation and breakfast   - 1 night cruise.

** 2 nights Dunedin including "Olveston House", Chinese Gardens, Octagon, and the world's steepest street. 

** Otago Peninsula tour including Larnachs Castle, Royal Albatross Colony, seals and penguins. 

**  Catlins scenic drive from Dunedin to Invercargill including Nugget Point light house, Cannibal Bay, Owaka, Curio Bay, forests, waterfalls, petrified forest, and beaches.  

**  Cruise to Stewart island and 1 night in Oban. Cruise on Patterson Inlet and guided nature tour of Ulva island.

 **  One night Invercargill      

 **   Milford Sound cruise including lunch

**   One night Te Anau. 

**   Overnight Doubtful Sound cruise including cruise across Lake Manapouri, drive across Wilmot Pass, and cruise on Doubtful Sound. Picnic lunch included, dinner, and breakfast included

**   2 nights Queenstown - extendable.    

**  "Earnslaw" cruise and Walter Peak dinner. 

Tour cost per person 

2 per room                               $3,970 

3 per room                               $3,500 

Single room                              $4,990

 

 

 

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