Southern Coast and Stewart Island Nature Tour

16 Days / 15 Nights
From NZ$4,967 per person Double / Twin Share
Double / Twin Share

In Dunedin you’ll enjoy a full day encounter with the unique marine life that inhabits the Otago Peninsula before heading south along the wild Catlins coastline to the deep south.  A real highlight of this tour is exploring the remote Stewart Island, including a guided walk on Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary. As well as the iconic Milford Sound, you’ll also venture into Mt Aspiring National Park on a Dart River Jet boat Safari from Queenstown.  On the beautiful West Coast you’ll marvel at the glaciers during your on-ice adventure, before crossing the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch.

Departure Dates

Any date to suit your plans

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch 
Accommodation: Terra Vive Luxury Suites and Apartments 

Day 2: Take the scenic drive to the French settlement of Akaroa, where you can swim with the hectors dolphins 
Accommodation: Criterion Motel 

Day 3: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country 
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels 

Day 4: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin 
Accommodation: Motel on York 

Day 5: Discover the variety of wildlife that live on the Otago Peninsula 
Accommodation: Motel on York 

Day 6: Take the Southern Scenic Route through the beautiful Catlins region 
Accommodation: Tower Lodge Motel 

Day 7: Fly to Stewart Island and Rakiura National Park 
Accommodation: Kowhai Lane, Stewart Island 

Day 8: Explore Stewart Island and take a guided trip to the wildlife sanctuary of Ulva Island 
Accommodation: Kowhai Lane, Stewart Island 

Day 9: Back on the Mainland, continue on the Southern Scenic Route to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park 
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge 

Day 10: Journey along the magnificent Milford Road to Milford Sound, allowing plenty of time for photo stops 
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge 

Day 11: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown 
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments 

Day 12: The ultimate jet boat adventure along the Dart River into Mt Aspiring National Park 
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments 

Day 13: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast 
Accommodation: Aspen Court Franz Josef 

Day 14: Get up close to the glacier with a thrilling Helihike 
Accommodation: Aspen Court Franz Josef 

Day 15: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch 
Accommodation: Terra Vive Luxury Suites and Apartments 

Day 16: Depart Christchurch today 

Description & Highlights

In Dunedin you’ll enjoy a full day encounter with the unique marine life that inhabits the Otago Peninsula before heading south along the wild Catlins coastline to the deep south.  A real highlight of this tour is exploring the remote Stewart Island, including a guided walk on Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary. As well as the iconic Milford Sound, you’ll also venture into Mt Aspiring National Park on a Dart River Jet boat Safari from Queenstown.  On the beautiful West Coast you’ll marvel at the glaciers during your on-ice adventure, before crossing the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch 
Accommodation: Terra Vive Luxury Suites and Apartments 

Day 2: Take the scenic drive to the French settlement of Akaroa, where you can swim with the hectors dolphins 
Accommodation: Criterion Motel 

Day 3: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country 
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels 

Day 4: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin 
Accommodation: Motel on York 

Day 5: Discover the variety of wildlife that live on the Otago Peninsula 
Accommodation: Motel on York 

Day 6: Take the Southern Scenic Route through the beautiful Catlins region 
Accommodation: Tower Lodge Motel 

Day 7: Fly to Stewart Island and Rakiura National Park 
Accommodation: Kowhai Lane, Stewart Island 

Day 8: Explore Stewart Island and take a guided trip to the wildlife sanctuary of Ulva Island 
Accommodation: Kowhai Lane, Stewart Island 

Day 9: Back on the Mainland, continue on the Southern Scenic Route to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park 
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge 

Day 10: Journey along the magnificent Milford Road to Milford Sound, allowing plenty of time for photo stops 
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge 

Day 11: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown 
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments 

Day 12: The ultimate jet boat adventure along the Dart River into Mt Aspiring National Park 
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments 

Day 13: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast 
Accommodation: Aspen Court Franz Josef 

Day 14: Get up close to the glacier with a thrilling Helihike 
Accommodation: Aspen Court Franz Josef 

Day 15: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch 
Accommodation: Terra Vive Luxury Suites and Apartments 

Day 16: Depart Christchurch today 

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