Southern Odyssey and Stewart Island - MSOS

Number of Days: 7
Destination: New Zealand
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  • 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 and discover the Scottish heritage of Dunedin and its mainland albatross colony. Ride the Taieri Gorge train across the unique Wingatui Viaduct to Pukerangi.

    7 Days / 6 Nights Tour Departing Auckland, with stays in Invercargill, Stewart Island, the Catlins and Dunedin.

  • 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 and a guided tour of the Hokonui Moonshine Museum and visit the Eastern Southland Gallery. We stay at Ascot Hotel, Invercargill and dine in this evening.

    Accommodation - INVERCARGILL - ASCOT PARK


    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 Motor works Collection, Invercargill, New Zealand

    It’s all about wheels at the excellent museums - Bill Richard’s Transport World and Classic Motorcycles. Burt Munro’s Indian Scout is on display at E. Hayes & Son, a classic old-style hardware store in the centre of Invercargill. In the mid-afternoon, we take the 20-minute flight from Invercargill to Stewart Island where we are met on arrival and transferred to the Bay Motel. We dine at the South Seas Hotel.

    Accommodation - STEWART ISLAND - BAY MOTEL


    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.

    Accommodation - STEWART ISLAND - BAY MOTEL


    Day 4: Stewart Island - Catlins - Kaka Point

    Nugget Point - Stewart Island Tour

    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.

    Accommodation - CATLINS - NUGGET VIEW MOTEL


    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.



    Day 6: Dunedin Sightseeing

    Olveston House - Stewart Island Tour

    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 7: Dunedin - Taieri Gorge - Dunedin

    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. This classic train journey includes travelling through ten tunnels and across numerous bridges including the unique Wingatui Viaduct to Pukerangi where your coach awaits.

    We lunch nearby then continue to Dunedin Airport for your return flight.

  • General Inclusions

    • All transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
    • Services of your knowledgeable guide.
    • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place".
    • Return airfares ex Auckland.

    All Meals Are Included

    • All breakfasts (B).
    • All lunches (L) including special lunches at Niagara Falls Cafe in the Catlins, Carey’s Bay Hotel at Port Chalmers
    • All dinners (D) including special dinners at unique The South Seas Hotel, Stewart Island

    All Activities & Entrance Fees Are Included

    • Tour the Croydon Aviation Heritage Trust factory and museum, Mandeville.
    • Enjoy a dram of whisky from the Hokonui Moonshine Museum, Gore.
    • East Southland Gallery, Gore.
    • Bill Richardson’s Transport World, Invercargill.
    • Classic Motorcycles & Burt Munro’s Indian Scout, Invercargill.
    • Take the return scenic flight from Invercargill across the Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island.
    • On Stewart Island sightsee by coach with a local guide.
    • Cruise the sheltered waters of beautiful Paterson Inlet.
    • Land at Ulva Island, teeming with birdlife.
    • Lost Gypsy Curios and "rustic automata", Papatowai.
    • Visit the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head.
    • Guided tour of historic Olveston House built in 1904.
    • Visit the Discovery World Tropical Forest at the Otago Museum.
    • Catch the Taieri Gorge train from Dunedin to Pukerangi.

    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.


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    • $4,390 per person based on twin share. Single Supplement $600

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