Invercargill has fascinating transport museums and Stewart Island and Ulva Island bird sanctuary are a nature lover's playground. See the natural wonders of the Catlins Coast, enjoy the buzz of the resort town of Queenstown and discover the Scottish heritage of Dunedin and its mainland albatross colony. Ride the Taieri Gorge train and cruise out to lunch at Walter Peak Station on the vintage steamer TSS "Earnslaw" on Lake Wakatipu.

8 Days / 7 Nights Tour Departing Auckland, with stays in Queenstown, Stewart Island, the Catlins and Dunedin.

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$4390 pp twin
$4990 pp single

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Day 1: Auckland - Queenstown - Invercargill

Classic car and biplane at Mandeville Airfield in Southland

Your included flight departs Auckland mid-morning. From Queenstown we drive to the Croydon Heritage Trust factory and museum at Mandeville. In Gore enjoy a dram of whisky at the Hokonui Moonshine Museum and visit the Eastern Southland Gallery. Stay at Ascot Hotel, Invercargill.

What you'll love today
  • Flying into Queenstown is always a thrill
  • The Croydon Heritage Trust factory and museum

Day 2: Invercargill - Transport World - Indian Scout - Stewart Island

Burt Munro's 1920 Indian Scout -"The World's Fastest Indian" - courtesy of the E Hayes Motorworks Collection, Invercargill, New Zealand

It’s all about wheels at Bill Richard’s Transport World, Classic Motorcycles and Burt Munro’s Indian Scout on display at E. Hayes & Son. From Invercargill we take the 20-minute flight to Stewart Island. We are met on arrival and transferred to the Bay Motel. We dine at the South Seas Hotel.

What you'll love today
  • Classic cars, motorcycles and "the World's fastest Indian"
  • Take the scenic flight from Invercargill to Stewart Island

Day 3: Stewart Island Sightseeing

Ulva Island - Stewart Island Tour

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 teeming with birdlife. Wide and flat wooden walkways take us into the heart of the island. Returning to Oban that evening.

What you'll love today
  • An on-board local guide provides insights into Stewart Island’s community and sea-fearing history
  • Cruise the sheltered waters of beautiful Paterson Inlet and land at Ulva Island


Day 4: Stewart Island - Catlins - Kaka Point

Nugget Point - Stewart Island Tour

We fly back to Invercargil and visit Waipapa Point, Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay. We lunch at Niagara Café and 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 dine by the sea at the Point Café and Bar at Kaka Point.

What you'll love today
  • Take in the beauty of Catlins
  • The abundant wildlife of the Southern Coast

Day 5: Kaka Point - Otago Peninsula - Dunedin

Albatross colony at Otago Peninsula

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.

What you'll love today
  • Nugget Point Lighthouse
  • The Royal Albatross Centre is the only mainland albatross colony in the world

Day 6: Dunedin Sightseeing

Olveston House - Stewart Island Tour

This morning we take a guided tour of historic Olveston House built in 1904 for a Dunedin merchant. We sightsee in and around Dunedin driving along the harbour's edge to 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.

This afternoon we visit the Discovery World Tropical Forest at the Otago Museum. We come face to face with hundreds of beautiful exotic butterflies and a range of tropical plants, birds, fish, turtles and a gecko. We visit the Chinese Garden before returning to our hotel.

What you'll love today
  • Visit historic Olveston House for a guided tour
  • Visit Otago's Discovery World Tropical Forest, the only three-level, live butterfly experience in Australasia

Day 7: Dunedin - Taieri Gorge - Queenstown

Dunedin Railway Station - Stewart Island Tour

We board the Taieri Gorge train at Dunedin’s stunning Edwardian railway station to travel through the wildly scenic Taieri River Gorge to Pukerangi where your coach awaits.

We lunch nearby then drive through the small towns of the Maniototo Plain - Wedderburn, Becks, Lauder and Chatto Creek to the sweet, historic main street of Clyde. We continue through the Cromwell orchard region and through the Kawarau Gorge and Gibbston Valley's vineyards to Queenstown and your hotel close to the lakefront and shops.

What you'll love today
  • Catch the Taieri Gorge train from Dunedin to Pukerangi 
  • Sit back and enjoy the scenery as we drive through the small towns of the Maniototo Plain

Day 8: Queenstown - Auckland

Earnslaw Steamship Queenstown - Stewart Island Tour

On our final morning in Queenstown there's time to stroll the lakefront before boarding the 100 year old vintage steamship, TSS Earnslaw for a one and a half hour cruise on the lake to really enjoy the scenery of this resort town, where we have a delicious gormet BBQ lunch at Walter Peak on the far side of Lake Wakitipu. The engine room is open to visitors to see the giant steam engines at work and there's always a sing-along to join in with the pianist.



What you'll love today
  • Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the historic TSS Earnslaw
  • High country lunch at Walter Peak Station

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