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7 Day Southern Odyssey: Stewart Island and the Catlins

Days
7

Pricing From
$4390

South Island
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Overview

Stewart Island and the Ulva Island bird sanctuary are two fantastic places for nature lovers to visit at least once. Witness all the natural wonders of the Catlins Coast and see the yellow eyed penguins come ashore. Delight in the vibrant atmosphere of the resort town of Queenstown and learn all about the Scottish heritage of Dunedin and its flourishing mainland albatross colony. 

Included Sightseeing & Exploring

  • Wind alongside Lake Wakatipu to Kingston.
  • Drive most of Stewart Island's 28km of road.
  • Explore the Catlins including dramatic Nugget Point lighthouse.
  • Tour along the coast to the Taieri River mouth.
  • Explore the Otago Peninsula.
  • In Dunedin tour the city sights, bays and beaches.

The Catlins

The Catlins

Stewart Island

Stewart Island

Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island

Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island

Kaka on Ulva Island

Kaka on Ulva Island

Kaka preening on Ulva Island

Kaka preening on Ulva Island

Variable Oystercatchers on Stewart Island

Variable Oystercatchers on Stewart Island

Sea Lion at Stewart Island

Sea Lion at Stewart Island

Sun Orchids on Stewart Island

Sun Orchids on Stewart Island

Nugget Point, Catlins

Nugget Point, Catlins

Olveston House, Dunedin

Olveston House, Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway, Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway, Dunedin

Albatross, Otago Peninsula

Albatross, Otago Peninsula

Gore

Gore

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland - Queenstown - Invercargill

Your included flight from Auckland arrives in Queenstown before midday. We lunch nearby and continue southwards to the Croydon Aviation Heritage Trust Museum and factory at Mandeville Airfield. Tiger Moth flights are a specialty and you could take a  quick spin at your cost.
 
In Gore we visit the Eastern Southland Gallery, sample a dram of whisky and catch up on the history of the prohibition days on a guided tour with Jim Geddes at Hokonui Moonshine Museum.

Stay 1 night Ascot Park, Invercargill

Day 2Invercargill - Stewart Island

It’s all about wheels at Invercargill's two excellent museums -  Bill Richardson Transport World and Classic Motorcycle Mecca. Burt Munro’s Indian Scout is also on display at E. Hayes & Son, a classic old style hardware store in the centre of town. 

We check out the famous signpost at Bluff then In the mid afternoon we take the 20-minute flight from Invercargill to Stewart Island. We are met on arrival and transferred to the Bay Motel. We dine at the South Seas Hotel.

Stay 2 nights Bay Motel, Stewart Island

Day 3Stewart Island Sightseeing

Wake up to the sounds of bird calls - kaka and tui. After a leisurely breakfast enjoying the views of the bay we drive most of Stewart Island's 28km of road -  including Oban and the surrounding beaches and the gateway to Rakiura National Park. Our on board local guide provides insights into Stewart Island’s community.

This afternoon we cruise the sheltered waters of beautiful Paterson Inlet and land at Ulva Island, a world acclaimed open sanctuary, Wide and flat wooden walkways take us into the heart of the island. Returning to Oban that evening.

Day 4Stewart Island - The Catlins - Kaka Point

We fly back to Invercargill and visit Waipapa Point, Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay. We take our time in the Catlins - strolling to lakes and waterfalls. This region’s history includes whaling, logging native forest and farming yet seals, penguins and bird life abound.

We lunch at Niagara Cafe and have fun winding "rustic automata" at the Lost Gypsy Gallery in Papatowai.  We dine by the sea at the Point Café and Bar at Kaka Point.

Stay 1 night Nugget View Motel, Catlins

Day 5Kaka Point - Dunedin

We start our day with a short visit to the stunning views at Nugget Point Lighthouse before winding our way to Balclutha and along the coast to the Taieri River mouth and onto the Otago Peninsula.

We drive out to Taiaroa Head on the tip of peninsula to visit the Royal Albatross Centre perched on the clifftops. This only mainland albatross colony in the world and there's every chance you will see albatross chicks. Later we drive back down the peninsula and into the city to check into our inner city hotel. We dine in this evening.

Stay 2 nights Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin

Day 6Dunedin Sightseeing

We take a guided tour of historic Olveston House built in 1904 for a Dunedin merchant. We sightsee in and around Dunedin driving to Signal Hill and famously steep Baldwin Street. We lunch  at Carey's Bay hotel before returning to the city. Founded in 1848, Dunedin's Scottish ancestry shows and Robbie Burns’ statue takes pride of place in the Octagon.

Later we visit the Discovery World Tropical Forest at the Otago Museum home to exotic butterflies and a range of tropical plants and fish before returning to our hotel. We dine in this evening.

Day 7Dunedin - Auckland

There's time for further sightseeing this morning - visiting Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and the inner city where Dunedin's Scottish ancestry shows and Robbie Burns' statue takes pride of place in the Octagon.  

We lunch nearby in the Warehouse Precinct and in the mid afternoon transfer to Dunedin Airport for our return flight. 

Cost per person 

October 2020 - March 2022

  • Twin:   NZ$4,390
  • Single: NZ$4,990

20% Deposit per person on booking, balance 60 days before departure

Baggage Please note:  Try to keep to one suitcase weighing around 23kgs and one small carry on bag.

Pricing: Single share price is base on one person in a single room. Twin share price is based on 2 people sharing one room.

  • Payment can be made by cheque, internet banking, Visa or Mastercard.
  • Please note, payments made by credit card will incur an additional merchant fee of 2%.

Cancellations and amendments

Cancellation fees depend on when we receive notice of your cancellation:

  • The 20% deposit is not refundable and not transferable.
  • Bookings cancelled between 59 days and 45 days incur 50% of tour cost.
  • Bookings cancelled between 44 days and 31 days incur 75% of tour cost.
  • Bookings cancelled within 30 days or less of tour departure incur 100% of tour cost.
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland - Queenstown - Invercargill

Your included flight from Auckland arrives in Queenstown before midday. We lunch nearby and continue southwards to the Croydon Aviation Heritage Trust Museum and factory at Mandeville Airfield. Tiger Moth flights are a specialty and you could take a  quick spin at your cost.
 
In Gore we visit the Eastern Southland Gallery, sample a dram of whisky and catch up on the history of the prohibition days on a guided tour with Jim Geddes at Hokonui Moonshine Museum.

Stay 1 night Ascot Park, Invercargill

Day 2Invercargill - Stewart Island

It’s all about wheels at Invercargill's two excellent museums -  Bill Richardson Transport World and Classic Motorcycle Mecca. Burt Munro’s Indian Scout is also on display at E. Hayes & Son, a classic old style hardware store in the centre of town. 

We check out the famous signpost at Bluff then In the mid afternoon we take the 20-minute flight from Invercargill to Stewart Island. We are met on arrival and transferred to the Bay Motel. We dine at the South Seas Hotel.

Stay 2 nights Bay Motel, Stewart Island

Day 3Stewart Island Sightseeing

Wake up to the sounds of bird calls - kaka and tui. After a leisurely breakfast enjoying the views of the bay we drive most of Stewart Island's 28km of road -  including Oban and the surrounding beaches and the gateway to Rakiura National Park. Our on board local guide provides insights into Stewart Island’s community.

This afternoon we cruise the sheltered waters of beautiful Paterson Inlet and land at Ulva Island, a world acclaimed open sanctuary, Wide and flat wooden walkways take us into the heart of the island. Returning to Oban that evening.

Day 4Stewart Island - The Catlins - Kaka Point

We fly back to Invercargill and visit Waipapa Point, Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay. We take our time in the Catlins - strolling to lakes and waterfalls. This region’s history includes whaling, logging native forest and farming yet seals, penguins and bird life abound.

We lunch at Niagara Cafe and have fun winding "rustic automata" at the Lost Gypsy Gallery in Papatowai.  We dine by the sea at the Point Café and Bar at Kaka Point.

Stay 1 night Nugget View Motel, Catlins

Day 5Kaka Point - Dunedin

We start our day with a short visit to the stunning views at Nugget Point Lighthouse before winding our way to Balclutha and along the coast to the Taieri River mouth and onto the Otago Peninsula.

We drive out to Taiaroa Head on the tip of peninsula to visit the Royal Albatross Centre perched on the clifftops. This only mainland albatross colony in the world and there's every chance you will see albatross chicks. Later we drive back down the peninsula and into the city to check into our inner city hotel. We dine in this evening.

Stay 2 nights Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin

Day 6Dunedin Sightseeing

We take a guided tour of historic Olveston House built in 1904 for a Dunedin merchant. We sightsee in and around Dunedin driving to Signal Hill and famously steep Baldwin Street. We lunch  at Carey's Bay hotel before returning to the city. Founded in 1848, Dunedin's Scottish ancestry shows and Robbie Burns’ statue takes pride of place in the Octagon.

Later we visit the Discovery World Tropical Forest at the Otago Museum home to exotic butterflies and a range of tropical plants and fish before returning to our hotel. We dine in this evening.

Day 7Dunedin - Auckland

There's time for further sightseeing this morning - visiting Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and the inner city where Dunedin's Scottish ancestry shows and Robbie Burns' statue takes pride of place in the Octagon.  

We lunch nearby in the Warehouse Precinct and in the mid afternoon transfer to Dunedin Airport for our return flight. 

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