By popular request we return to the far south. Explore the remote and rugged coastline of the Catlins and the spectacular scenery of Stewart Island on our small group escorted tour.
Our tour escort ensures your 7 day tour is relaxing, fun and memorable.This exclusive tour will include a two night stay on Stewart Island. The island’s densely forested hills, tiny
population and untouched coastline of rocky outcrops and creamy golden sand beaches make it a natural refuge for marine and bird life and a ‘must do’ for every New Zealander.
The Journey through the Catlins by luxury coach will include podocarp forests, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls.
Your adventure begins as we fly south to Dunedin. Begin with an afternoon city sights tour before enjoying a welcome dinner tonight at our central city hotel.
A free day to enjoy the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. Why not venture out to Signal Hill, the world’s steepest street or the Botanical Gardens. An optional tour to the Royal Albatross Centre on the Otago Peninsular is not be missed.
Optional Tour - Royal Albatross Centre. Albatrosses are the world’s largest seabirds. They normally breed on remote islands and spend at least 85 percent of their lives at sea, well away from land and human view. Dunedin’s Taiaroa Head is the only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony in the world and is a great day out from Dunedin. In March it is expected we will see a handful of chicks on their nests and if we are lucky an adult returning to feed- $55* per person *Includes transfers
After breakfast we drive south to the Catlins. Highlights include podocarp forests, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls. The natural landscapes are enthralling.
A relaxed morning before we fly to Stewart Island. On arrival we explore Oban with plenty of time for photo stops and short walks. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy the small township of Oban by foot. Stewart Island’s densely forested hills, tiny population and untouched coastline of rocky outcrops and creamy golden sand beaches make it a natural refuge for marine and bird life and a wonderful destination for people who value nature and wild places.
Optional Tour - Wild Kiwi Encounter - Cruise across Paterson inlet to Little Glory Cove. The walk, led by your nature guide, starts as dusk sets in and daylight diminishes, venture by torchlight through the native forest. The walk will take about 45 minutes and the track emerges on the to Ocean Beach. This wide sandy beach is where Southern Brown Kiwi are often feeding. - $215 per person
A leisurely start before we enjoy a cruise of the beautiful Paterson Inlet and Ulva Island. The balance of the day is free to enjoy any number of walks or simply relax and enjoy the local atmosphere. Dinner is included tonight.
After a leisurely start we fly to Invercargill. Free afternoon with time to explore New Zealand’s Southern most City before our farewell dinner.
New Zealand’s southernmost city has plenty of character and a warm, friendly heart. Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco heritage buildings give the city a
charming old-world character. Discover the world class vintage truck collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, alternatively, celebrate Invercargill’s motorcycle history at Classic Motorcyle Mecca and learn about the legend of speed - Burt Munro at E Hayes Motorworks. Take a guided tour through the
Invercargill Brewery and discover that good beer is so much more than just bending your elbow. Visit Blue River Dairy, Southland’s Sheep Milk Café, where you can enjoy cheese tasting and a chance to try the best cheeseroll in Southland.
After an early breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight home.
• Six nights hotel accommodation
• Cooked breakfasts daily
• Two lunches and six dinners
• All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified
• Commentaries provided by your experienced escort, drivers and local guides
• Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
• Return seat and bag airfares from Auckland - Dunedin and Invercargill
- Auckland and other destinations (conditions apply)
• Return flights Invercargill - Stewart Island
• Ulva Island Explorer Tour
• Oban Village and Bays Tour
• Catlins Experience Tour
• Dunedin City Sights Tour
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
*This is a cash or direct debit price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
• Cancellation insurance
• Items of a personal nature
A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person will secure a place on the tour.
• FULL PAYMENT is due no later than 09 December 2022
• Bookings made after 09 December 2022 will require full payment
• Deposit – non refundable
• 09 December 2022 – no refund
We strongly advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs. Please ask us for a quote.
Tuesday 24 Royal Albatross Centre (Dunedin) $55 per person * Includes transfers
Albatrosses are the world’s largest seabirds. They normally breed on remote islands and spend at least 85 percent of their lives at sea, well away from land
and human view. Dunedin’s Taiaroa Head is the only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony in the world and is a great day out from Dunedin. In March
it is expected we will see a handful of chicks on their nests and if we are lucky an adult returning to feed(numbers are limited).
Thursday 26 Wild Kiwi Encounter (Stewart Island) $215 per person 8.30pm - 12.30am
Cruise across Paterson inlet to Little Glory Cove. Ulva Island (a predator free sanctuary) and learn about Stewart Island’s rich history. The walk, led by your nature guide, is on a wellformed track across the peninsula, through spectator coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach. As dusk sets in and daylight diminishes, venture by torchlight through the native forest. The walk will take about 45 minutes and the track emerges on the to Ocean Beach. This wide sandy beach is where Southern Brown Kiwi are often feeding.
To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a good standard of fitness is required with the ability to comfortably walk unaided for 15 minutes. Mobility frames are not practical or permitted. We anticipate you will arrive on tour fit, healthy and ready to travel.
All travelers must be fully vaccinated and be able to provide a copy of the Ministry of Health Vaccine Record Card with proof of your full Covid-19 vaccination.
Covid-19 Tour Disruption
• If this tour is canceled/postponed due to Covid-19 Government travel restrictions Pukekohe Travel reserves the right, in addition to any supplier imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and administrative fee of $400 per person.
• If self-isolation restrictions are imposed by the Ministry of Health whilst on tour, Pukekohe Travel accepts no liability for any additional costs incurred.
• Pukekohe Travel will assist in every way possible to ensure any additional travel arrangements required are made with the minimal amount of disruption and in the most cost-effective manner.
• You cannot begin or continue to travel if you have received a positive Covid-19 test in the last 14 days.
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* Itinerary subject to change