Otago Peninsula, The Catlins & Stewart Island

Including a stay at picturesque Larnach Castle

5 nights from $2,129 per person, twin share*

Sales from 28 September 2020 to 30 November 2020

Discover New Zealand’s stunning Otago Peninsula, and the Deep South. Otago Peninsula is the home of an abundance of magnificent wildlife – The Royal Albatross, the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin/Hoiho and the Blue Penguins at Pukekura. The Catlins is a highlight of the Southern Scenic Route - with its rural heartland and podocarp forest, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and waterfalls, stunning natural landscapes, and extraordinary wildlife. Just across the water from Invercargill - enjoy a short flight and birds eye view of NZ’s 3rd island, Stewart Island - a glimpse into a simpler, slower lifestyle, in rhythm with the sea and the tides, attuned to the natural world of land, sea and night-scapes.

Departures from November 2020 to March 2021

Departure DatePricing Single Supplement
Standard Package $2129pp $819pp
Luxury Upgrade Package $2759pp $1540pp

Important Note: Prices are per person twin share.

Itinerary
Day 1: Dunedin – Otago Peninsula
Collect your rental car and drive to the Otago Peninsula, an area rich with wildlife, beautiful gardens, spectacular coastline, and the iconic and romantic Larnach Castle. Yellow Penguin guided tour. Overnight at Larnach Castle with access to the castle and gardens plus a memorable dinner in the Castle. Overnight accommodation at Larnach Castle. D
Day 2: Otago Peninsula - Catlins Coast
South through Balclutha to The Catlins. The coast is a place where time has stood still. Some of the world ‘s rarest marine animals are found here – three penguin species, Hooker’s Sea Lions, Hector’s Dolphins, Elephant Seals, NZ Fur Seals, and many species of seabirds. Enroute highlights include Nugget Point Lighthouse, Surat Bay, Florence Hill Lookout, and Cathedral Caves. Overnight accommodation at Mohua Park Eco Cottage. B, D
Day 3: Catlins Coast - Invercargill - Stewart Island
Make your way out of The Catlins via Porpoise Bay and Curio Bay to Slope Point the southernmost point of the South Island and Waipapa Point famous for its lighthouse and bent over trees shaped by the wind, enroute to Invercargill Airport. Board your scenic flight to Stewart Island. Evening guided kiwi-spotting excursion. Overnight accommodation on Stewart Island. B
Day 4: Stewart Island
Short water taxi ride to Ulva Island – the southern-most bird sanctuary in the world. Half day walk/Bird watching discovering the unique, rare and endangered birds and plants at close quarters. Have your camera at the ready as you amble amongst a beautiful botanical forested garden alive with birdsong. Overnight accommodation on Stewart Island. B
Day 5: Stewart Island
Transfer & Walk excursion on Rakiura Track: The Port William coastal track, part of the Rakiura Great Walk, is one of the island’s most popular half day walks. After a short cruise along the stunning coastline including historical commentary, get dropped off at the Port William wharf. Discover the former Maori Beach sawmill settlement on the 3-hour hike through the varied Rakiura National Park forest to Lee Bay. Overnight accommodation on Stewart Island. B
Day 6: Stewart Island > Bluff > Invercargill
Shuttle transfer to Ferry terminal. Farewell Stewart Island - crossing Foveaux Strait by ferry to Bluff. Connect with your coach transfer to Invercargill. B

Inclusions

  • 3 days car rental Dunedin to Invercargill, unlimited kilometres, standard insurance
  • Yellow Eyed Penguin tour
  • 1-night accommodation Larnach Castle with Castle dinner
  • 1 night, one-bedroom cottage at Mohua Park Eco Cottages, The Catlins
  • Scenic flight Invercargill to Stewart Island
  • 3 night accommodation Stewart Island
  • Evening guided Kiwi Spotting tour
  • Half day Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary
  • Port William transfer & track walk excursion
  • Afternoon Ferry Stewart Island to Bluff with coach transfer to Invercargill
  • Stewart Island Visitor Levy fee
  • Meals as detailed


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Terms and Conditions: * Terms & Conditions: Sales by 30 Nov 2020. Package fares are NZD, per person, share twin, based on current promotional fares which are subject to change without notice. Package fare is made up of individual components from multiple suppliers and each component is subject to availability at the time of booking. Package inclusions as detailed. Vehicle hire includes Toyota Corolla (or similar), pickup Dunedin airport, drop off Invercargill Airport, unlimited kilometres, standard insurance. Vehicle hire does not include pickup fee $46 paid directly, fuel, or insurance excess for damages (optional full insurance recommended and additional); Domestic flight Invercargill to Stewart Island is 20 minutes, baggage allowance 15kg per person. Evening Kiwi Spotting tour subject to weather conditions, good level of fitness is required. Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary half day subject to minimum numbers. Accommodation is based on choice of packages – standard or Luxury upgrade twin/double share. Included meals – Larnach Castle dinner and breakfast; Mohua Park continental breakfast and BBQ Dinner pack, Rakiura Retreat - cooked breakfast. Full itinerary details provided at time of quoting, and can be customised for longer stays at accommodation. Child rates on request. Reservation, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Contact us for more details.