Day 1: Dunedin – Otago Peninsula
Welcome to Dunedin! Today 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 the incredible Larnach Castle with access to the castle and gardens plus partake in a memorable dinner in the Castle.
Day 2: Otago Peninsular Catlins Coast
Enjoy breakfast at Larnach Castle, then its off 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, lorence Hill Lookout, and Cathedral Caves. Overnight accommodation at Mohua Park Eco Cottage, with dinner included.
Day 3: Catlins Coast – Invercargill – Stewart Island
After breakfast, 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. After settling into your accomodation, this evening enjoy an included kiwi spotting excursion.
Day 4: Stewart Island
Enjoy breakfast, and then take a 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. Enjoy your second night on Stewart Island.
Day 5: Stewart Island
Have a hearty breakfast, as this morning you will enjoy a short cruise along the stunning coastline including historial commentary, followed by a half day walk of the Port William coastal track, part of the Rakiura Great Walk, and is one of the islands most popular itineraries. Discover the former Maori Beach sawmill settlement on this 3-hour hike through the varied Rakiura National Park forest to Lee Bay.
Day 6: Stewart Island – Bluff – Invercargill
It’s your last breakfast in Stewart Island, say goodbye to your hosts and new found friends. A shuttle transfer is provided to the ferry terminal, where you will transfer across Foveaux Strait to Bluff. From here you will connect with your coach transfer to Invercargill.