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Book up to May 31
& save up to $500 per couple as we have
a limited amount of FREE tickets on Ferry
Stewart Island return + FREE Transfer return
between Invercargill and Bluff Ferry Station

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Winter Safari
Deep Southern Self-Guided Tour

TRIP PROFILE
Dates: All year around
Trip Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Start: Dunedin
Finish: Invercargill / Stewart Island
Price:
  • Couples NZD 2890
  • Family 2 adult + 1 child* NZD 3235
  • Family 2 adult + 2 children* NZD 3850

Includes accommodation, rental car, ferry tickets, transfers

A deposit of  NZD 199 per person will secure a place on this trip.
100% COVID RISK FREE GUARANTEE
all deposits are transferable to other dates or tours
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • WILDLIFE from massive marine sea lions to majestic royal albatross and the adorable penguin evening waddle
  • LANDSCAPES, elemental, raw natural scenery complete with one of NZ’s instagram worthy locations, Purakaunui waterfalls
  • HERITAGE gold mining buildings and relics now museums & cafes
  • NATIVE bush reserves where the birdsong greets the day
  • INVERCARGILL the town in the deepest south, fun is guaranteed
  • STEWART ISLAND – the kiwi reigns supreme in a forested wilderness
TRIP INCLUDES
  • 6 nights hotel/motel accommodation as detailed in the day by day Itinerary
  • All hotel taxes and service charges (except personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.)
  • 5 days Rental Car, Ferry ticket Stewart Island return, Transfer
  • Unlimited Mileage, Loss Damage Waiver, Roadside Assistance, Taxes, Surcharges & Fees
  • An Explorer Kit containing Maps, Information, Driving Instructions…
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    ITINERARY
    About Trip
    Winter Safari
    Deep Southern Self-Guided Tour

    Dunedin, home of the Albatross and chicks getting ready for their sea voyage.

    The Catlins is the region between Balclutha and Invercargill / Bluff. The climate could be off putting for some visitors. The Catlins are not the tropics, rather the area is a mild summer day folded into a cool mist the next. Who wants cocktails on a balmy beach when visitors have massive sea lions to gawp at. Adorable blue penguins waddle into our hearts together with soaring majestic albatross making for a spectacular start to the holiday.

    Pack your swimmers (togs) and a good raincoat. Take your time to linger and savour southern hospitality. You could rush through in an afternoon however this would not do justice to the region. Distances are not far and a leisurely wander through the southernmost part of New Zealand.

    DAY 1
    Otago Peninsula
    Dunedin

    Highlights of the day

    • Observing native birds in Glenfalloch Garden
    • Royal Albatross Centre encounters with blue penguins & albatross
    • Monarch Wildlife Cruise – meet a fur seal colony, whakahao, the rarest species of sea lion in the world, dolphins & marine bird life
    • New Zealand’s only Fully Restored Edwardian Villa
    • Larnach Castle – New Zealand’s only castle

    Drive: 90 – 120 km (3 hours)

     

    Pick and choose between focusing on wildlife or time spent in strolling through an Edwardian garden. The Otago Peninsula, Dunedin is situated on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

    @MonarchWildlife

    Stay

    Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge @Heritage Hotels

    Welcome to Dunedin’s only garden hotel. Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge is located within two acres of beautifully kept garden, and just a six-minute drive from the city centre (or seven, in rush hour).

    Bordering the Dunedin Botanic Gardens the location is a short stroll to Otago Museum and the University of Otago.

    Meals provided: none

    DAY 2
    Hidden Gems of Otago
    Beaches, Alpacas, View Point, Lookout, Museum

    Highlights of the day

    • Tunnel beach
    • Lake Waihola view point
    • Whale Fossils Lookout
    • Tokomairiro Church and Museum
    • Kooinda Alpacas farm tour
    • Sod Cottage

    Drive: 135 km (2.5 – 3 hours)

     

    Striking coastal scenery is a great start to the day. Alpacas, packanimals of South America are intelligent and interesting companions on our farm tour. Photo moments in front of a glorious art deco former post office and a heritage cottage are your memorable experiences for the afternoon.

    Dunedin harbour view

    Stay

    @rosebanklodge

    Rosebank Lodge or similar

    Located on the southern hill of Balclutha heading toward Gore, the Rosebank Lodge is our superior hotel offering a “One Stop” shop.

    The Rosies Bar & Bistro offers convenient, relaxed & affordable Bistro styled meals from 10.00am to 9.00pm daily. Whilst Picasso’s restaurant offers fine food for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

    Meals provided: none

    DAY 3
    Balclutha - New Haven
    Reserve Walk, Lighthouse, Sea Lions, Heritage

    Highlights of the day

    • Awakiki Bush Reserve
    • Kaka Point
    • Nugget Point Lighthouse
    • Tokata & Roaring Bay

    Drive: 65 km (1.5 hours)

     

    Today is scenery, wildlife and the wild rugged landscapes of the Catlins.

    The Catlins is home to the smallest penguin, the smallest dolphin and the most endangered sea lion. Lots of reasons to spend time observing their natural habitat and experience the joy of sharing moments with New Zealand’s wildlife. Wild, remote yet accessible from well maintained boardwalks and pathways it’s a privilege to get up close and personal with New Zealand’s wildlife in their natural habitat.

    Lighthouse on Nugget Point

    Stay

    @Surat Bay Lodge

    Surat Bay Lodge

    Our friendly hostel is situated in New Haven on the edge of the Catlins Estuary right next to a beautiful beach (Surat Bay) inhabited by native New Zealand Sea Lions. This is a spectacular and inspiring place to base yourself for a few days, and experience one of New Zealand’s finest natural havens of wonderful scenery and wildlife in its native environment.

    We are 5 kilometres from Owaka (the main town in the Catlins) and off the Southern Scenic Route that runs between Te Anau, Invercargill and Dunedin. We are a member of BBH (Budget Backpacker Hostels) – the largest hostel network in New Zealand – and we offer guaranteed discounts for BBH Club Card members.

    DAY 4
    New Haven - Curio Bay
    Waterfalls, walks and wonders in the Catlins

    Highlights of the day

    • Wild natural coastal scenery
    • Natural spaces where slowing down is a given
    • Waterfalls off the beaten track
    • Jacks Blowhole
    • Matai Falls & Horseshoe Falls
    • Purakaunui Falls
    • Cathedral Cove
    • McLean Falls

    Drive: 75 km (1.5 hours)

     

    The Catlins are not on the tourist circuit. Waterfalls with easy family friendly tracks plus glorious displays of sheets of water cascading over segmented rocks, curtains of water and water veils invoking a sense of magic. Visitors could drive through the Catlins in a number of hours. Rather indulge in a slow leisurely exploration of New Zealand’s spectacular waterfalls. The Catlins is a treasure worth a detour at the bottom of Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Horseshoe Falls @adrianbullockphotography

    Stay

    @Lazy-Dolphin-Lodge-Catlins

    Curio Bay – Lazy Dolphin Lodge or similar

    Lazy Dolphin Lodge is ideal for retreats, family gatherings, school camps and group bookings, sleeping up to 15. We offer split level budget accommodation with queen beds, twin beds and shared rooms available – no bunks. We provide fully made up beds in all rooms.

    Rooms / Beds available: 4x double rooms, 1x twin room, 1x shared room which sleeps 3 & 1x family room sleeping 4.

    We offer shared bathroom facilities, fully equipped kitchen facilities (one on each floor) and 2 guest lounges to relax and unwind. Telephone, Email, Internet, Wi Fi and Laundry facilities are available for a small fee as well as some food items if you get caught short.

    Meals provided: none

    DAY 5
    Curio Bay - Invercargill
    Ferry to Stewart Island

    Highlights of the day

    • Tumu Toka – Breakfast
    • Natural spaces where slowing down is a given
    • Lighthouses and waterfalls to tempt dedicated fans
    • Wetlands and cliffs
    • Slope Point, the southernmost point

    Drive: 145 km (2.5 – 3 hours)

    Today is a chance to have a photocall at the furthest most southern point and to ponder the fate of shipwrecks. The dramatic coast has another lighthouse to walk around while the constant roar of the surf reminds visitors of the wild meets southern oceans. Another photo moment with an entire row of trees artfully curated by natural elements to slope towards the ocean. You will arrive in Invercargill mid afternoon.

    Windswept coastal trees at Slope Point

    Stay

    South Sea Hotel @Southland, New Zealand

    Unspoilt, relaxing and incredibly beautiful, Stewart Island is a showcase for untouched New Zealand. Just a 1 hour ride by Stewart Island Ferry from Bluff, Stewart Island is one of New Zealand’s largely undiscovered eco-tourism destinations. With its network of stunning bays, inlets, golden sand beaches and densely forested hills, Stewart Island combines a spectacular mix of breathtaking landscapes.

    The South Sea Hotel/Motel (or similar) is a Stewart Island icon, with a strong footing in Island life, both past and present.  The hotel has a fully licensed bar, restaurant, hotel and motel accommodation.

    Situated in the middle of Halfmoon Bay just a stone’s throw from the beach, the hotel is an ideal base for your Stewart Island holiday.  The staff can advise you on local attractions and activities and help you with your booking.

    When you arrive onto the island, either by ferry or plane, the hotel is only a 3 minute walk away.

    DAY 6
    Stewart Island
    A showcase for untouched New Zealand

    Highlights of the day

    • Rakiura Track
    • Birdwatch on Ulva Island
    • Carve your own Greenstone

    Drive: 0

     

    Unspoilt, relaxing and incredibly beautiful, Stewart Island is a showcase for untouched New Zealand. Just a 1 hour ride by Stewart Island Ferry from Bluff, Stewart Island is one of New Zealand’s largely undiscovered eco-tourism destinations. With its network of stunning bays, inlets, golden sand beaches and densely forested hills, Stewart Island combines a spectacular mix of breathtaking landscapes.

    Aurora Australis @DeviantArt

    DAY 7
    Stewart Island
    Finish your trip in style: Scenic Flight & Golf

    Highlights of the day

    • Walking / Tracking
    • Golf at Ringa Ringa

     

    Drive: 0

    Our island offers a special experience – a glimpse into a simpler, slower lifestyle, in rhythm with the sea and the tides, attuned to the natural world of bush and beach. Stewart Island residents make everyone feel welcome, including the pooch occupying the local cinema.

    Stewart Island Bathing Beach @BackpackerGuide

    Trip includes / Trip exludes / Important notes

    Tautuku River and McLean Falls @Chris Gregory_s Alphathreads

    Your Tour Package Includes:

    • 6 nights hotel/motel accommodation as detailed in the day by day Itinerary
    • all hotel taxes and service charges (except personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.)
    • 5 days Compact Category Rental Car for Couples and Family of 3 / SUV Category for Family of 4
    • Including Unlimited Mileage, Loss Damage Waiver (LDW), Roadside Assistance, Taxes, Surcharges & Fees
    • Ferry ticket Stewart Island return
    • Transfer return between Invercargill Airport (rental car drop off) and Bluff Ferry Station
    ADD-ONS

    @MonarchWildlife

    TRIP ADD-ONS

    • Monarch Wildlife Cruise
    • Larnach Castle
    • Albatross & Blue Penguin Combo Tour
    • Greenstone Workshop
    • Ulva Island Walk
    • Explore Ulva Island by Land and Sea
    • Motor Scooters Hire

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