Wild South: The Catlins and Stewart Islands Tour

Tautuku Bay
11th - 19th March 2021
Thursday 11th   Hometown to Dunedin           
Dinner

From your home town in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch mid morning, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Dunedin. On arrival in Dunedin you are transferred to the hotel for our two night stay.
Mercure Leisure Lodge or similar   2 nights 
 

Friday 12th   Dunedin Sightseeing        
Cooked Breakfast / Dinner

After a leisurely start this morning, we take a city sights tour of Dunedin, the capital of Otago. We drive to Signal Hill for uninterrupted views of Dunedin, stop at Baldwin Street—the steepest street in the world and enjoy a walk through the Botanical Gardens.

This afternoon we drive to the tip of the Otago Peninsula  - Taiaroa Heads, where the world’s only mainland colony of Royal Albatross is found.

View the interpretive displays and fascinating introductory “Attenborough” video before joining a guided tour to the Richdale Observatory where the colony and nesting sites can be viewed.

Late afternoon we visit Penguin Place, a private Yellow-Eyed Penguin conservation reserve.  A series of trenches and observation points throughout the reserve can have you within just a few feet of these endangered birds.


Saturday 13th   Dunedin –  Kaka Pt, Catlins         
Cooked Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner

This morning we journey along the Southern Scenic route to Kaka Pt. in the Catlins.
A number of stops will be made on route to view natural wonders, waterfalls, scenery and wildlife. Numerous walking tracks lead to awe-inspiring treasures of the Catlins. We will walk some of the shorter tracks that are of 10-45 minutes return.
Nugget View Motels, Kaka Pt or similar Bed & Breakfast 2 nights

Sunday 14th   Catlins Sightseeing      
Continental Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner

Today we continue our exploration of the Catlins region.
Monday 15th  Catlins to Stewart Island
Continental Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner

This morning we leave the Catlins region and travel to Curio Bay as we make our way to Invercargill where we board light airplanes for the 20 minute flight across the Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island.
Bay Motel, Oban      3 nights
 
Tuesday 16th   Stewart Island Sightseeing           
Continental Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner

Today we join "Wildfire" for a chartered cruise. Shortly after leaving Halfmoon Bay we disembark at Ulva Island for a guided walk of this truly amazing island abundant with birdlife. Ulva Island is one of the few open island sanctuaries accessible to the public. Late morning it’s back onto "Wildfire" for a leisurely cruise around Patersons Inlet and picnic lunch onboard. On the return to Oban watch for seabirds. Many kinds of Albatross, Shearwaters and other pelagic birds are usually seen.
 
Wednesday 17th   Stewart Island Sightseeing       
Continental Breakfast / Dinner

This morning we join a bus tour and gain an insight into Stewart Island's community, history and environment. Highlights include Rakiura National Park entrance at Lee Bay, Halfmoon and Horseshoe Bays and views of Paterson Inlet from Observation Rock. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the local area at leisure. There are many short walks in and around Halfmoon Bay, and the DOC visitor centre and Museaum both offer interesting displays.

Thursday 18th  Stewart Island to Invercargill                      
Continental Breakfast / Dinner

This morning we have a leisurely start before we farewell Stewart Island and join the short flight to Invercargill. 
The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city.
The Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill      1 night

Friday 19th   Invercargill to Hometown
Cooked Breakfast

This morning enjoy a leisurly buffet breakfast before we farewell to new friends and transfer to Invercargill airport for the return flight home.

General Information

  • Accommodation: With the remote areas visited, accommodation standards will vary and not be consistant from one property to the next. Some properties have varying room types and cannot supply similar rooms to the complete tour party. Therefore you may find you are allocated a two bedroom unit at one place and a studio unit at another. All rooms/units have private bathroom facilities and tea/coffee making facilities. 

 
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