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A rural deserted beach at sunset, hypnotising rays of pink mirror across the sea, fishing boats float aimlessly, Halfmoon Bay, NZ

Stewart Island & The South East Coast Holidays


This idyllic and lesser traversed corner of New Zealand boasts an abundance of wildlife experiences and beautiful scenery. Explore the harbour city of Dunedin with its Scottish heritage and spot waddling penguins on a cruise around the neighbouring Otago Peninsula, or up the coast in historic Oamaru.

Get truly off the beaten track in Catlins Forest Park; see Nugget Point Lighthouse, tumbling waterfalls and rugged undulating coastline, dotted with vast deserted beaches. Offshore, rural Stewart Island is the country’s southernmost point, a haven for hikers and offers the best chance of spotting kiwis roaming free.

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OUR HOLIDAYS TO STEWART ISLAND & THE SOUTH EAST COAST

South Island Less Travelled
Fly Drive Holiday
11 days / 10 nights

Explore the path less trodden on this captivating journey encompassing the delights of Akaroa, abundant nature experiences on the scenic south east coast and the rural beauty of Stewart Island.
Stewart Island Adventure
Wildlife Experience
3 days / 2 nights

This three day package offers the unique opportunity to explore New Zealand’s remote third island at the southernmost tip of the country, where you can hike in Rakiura National Park and even spot kiwi roaming free. Come and delight in the wild, rural beauty of this magical place.
New Zealand's Food and Wine Trail
Fly Drive Holiday
17 days / 16 nights

Couple outstanding gourmet delicacies with world-class wineries on this foodie journey of the senses.
Down Under by Rail & Sail

20 nights

New Zealand Getaway
Guided Group Journey
15 days / 14 nights

Marvel at natural wonders, admire the spectacular scenery and soak up the Maori culture. This tour is the perfect introduction to the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’.
Southern Spotlight
Guided Group Journey
9 days / 8 nights

This shorter tour focuses on the South Island’s stunning scenery. Cruise Milford Sound, explore Franz Josef Glacier and ride the famous TranzAlpine through the Southern Alps.

OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN STEWART ISLAND & THE SOUTH EAST COAST

Stewart Island Lodge 3 Day Package
4 star

Stewart Island & The South East Coast

Nestled on a lush hillside, this peaceful lodge offers commanding views of Half Moon Bay. Relax in the pretty gardens, listening out for the call of the native Kaka and one evening enjoy a scenic cruise to Little Glory Cove to watch wild kiwi roaming, a truly memorable experience. Please note Lodge open seasonally Sep - May.
Pen-y-bryn Lodge
4 plus star

Stewart Island & The South East Coast

Meaning the ‘Top of the Hill’ in Welsh, this elegant Victorian heritage property dates from 1889 and offers warm hospitality, just a short distance from Oamaru’s historic town centre. Spend a leisurely afternoon meandering along Harbour-Tyne Street, lined with grand Whitestone buildings dating from the 19th Century and as dusk sets in, head down to the waterfront to see the town’s famous little blue penguins waddle up the beach to their nests. A truly magical sight! Evening dining is a highlight of any stay here and each gourmet meal is created using only the freshest local produce, much of which is grown in the lodge grounds and served in the beautiful setting of the grand dining room. For a unique and memorable stay, Pen-Y-Bryn is a wonderful choice.
Larnach Lodge at Larnach Castle
4 star

Stewart Island & The South East Coast

Set in the grounds of New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Lodge features a colonial farmhouse design and beautiful gardens. With its close proximity to the Otago Peninsula, Larnach Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore this fascinating area.

THINGS TO DO IN STEWART ISLAND & THE SOUTH EAST COAST

Oamaru Blue Penguin Experience
Approx 2 hours
  • Individual seating
  • Informative commentary

  • Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour
    Approx 4 hours
  • Royal Albatross colony
  • Otago Peninsula
  • Seasonal wildlife

  • Taieri Gorge Railway
    Approx 4 hours
  • Spectacular Taieri Gorge
  • 50m high Wingatui Viaduct
  • Live commentary
  • Open air platforms

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