Otago, the Catlins & Stewart Island

6 nights Dunedin to Invercargill

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.

Dunedin to Invercargill October 2021 - May 2022 6 nights from $2349 pp share twin

Itinerary
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.

Includes
* 4 day rental car hire, Toyota Corolla or similar, pick up Dunedin Airport, drop off Invercargill Airport. Includes unlimited km’s and standard insurance
* 1 night Larnoch Castle Dunedin including dinner & breakfast the next day
* 2 nights in a 1 bedroom cottage at Mohua Park Eco Cottages, The Catlins including continental breakfast plus a BBQ dinner pack
* Yellow eyed penguin tour
* Scenic flight Invercargill to Stewart Island
* 3 nights accomodation on Stewart Island including cooked breakfasts
* Evening guided Kiwi spotting tour
* Half day Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary tour
* 1/2 day Port William transfer and track walk excursion
* Afternoon ferry Stewart Island to Bluff with coach transfer to Invercargill
* Stewart Island Visitor Levy Fee

Travel dates
October 2021 - May 2022

Book by
30 April 2022.
Space is strictly subject to availability at time of booking, and early booking is encouraged.

Price
6 nights from $2349 pp share twin
Domestic flights additional

Luxury Upgrade Offer!
Package from $2989 per person share twin, includes vehicle upgrade, accomoation at Larnach Castle Estate Country House plus Church Hill Lodge on Stewart Island

Terms & Conditions
Prices shown unless otherwise stated are in NZ$, and are subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, Eftpos, direct deposit or cleared cheque only.  Credit Card payments are also accepted but will incur a small surcharge, please enquire.  Important information: 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. Should any travel restrictions due to Covid-19 be enforced, please discuss with Ocean Escapes. Individual supplier amendment/cancellation and refund policies will apply.  Prices correct as at 30 August 2021  and are subject to change or withdrawal without notice. Other conditions may apply. CW