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South Island Less Travelled
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.
- Style: Fly Drive Holiday
- Duration: 11 days/10 nights
- Starts in: Christchurch
Guide Price £1453
per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room)
- Stewart Island
Days 1-2 Christchurch to Akaroa
Pick up your car and drive east to beautiful Akaroa Harbour, nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Perhaps join a nature cruise to spot rare Hector’s dolphins, or explore one of the many picturesque walking trails before enjoying fresh fish and chips by the harbourfront.
Day 3 Akaroa to Oamaru
Today head down the coast to the charming and historic town of Oamaru, where grand Victorian buildings line the promenade. As the sun sets, head to the harbour to watch the resident blue penguins perform their nightly ritual as they surf to shore and waddle home to their nests.
Days 4-5 Oamaru to Dunedin
Continue south and stop off to admire the famous domed boulders of Moeraki Beach. Explore Dunedin with its unique Scottish architecture and the adjoining Otago Peninsula, home to sea lions and majestic albatross.
Day 6 Dunedin to Invercargill
Spend the day discovering the stunning Catlins Forest Park. Those who venture this far into rural Southland are rewarded with rugged scenery, towering waterfalls and an abundance of birdlife. This evening head to Invercargill.
Days 7-8 Invercargill to Stewart Island
A 20 minute drive takes you to Bluff for your ferry across to Stewart Island. Spend your first day exploring this unspoilt natural paradise and as dusk sets in, venture into the native forest with your experienced guide for a chance to encounter the loveable and curious wild brown kiwi. Enjoy another full day here and perhaps visit the Ulva Island Wildlife Sanctuary, home to rare bird and plant species.
Day 9 Stewart Island to Te Anau
Continue your journey to lakeside Te Anau and marvel at the glacial-carved wilderness of Fiordland National Park.
Day 10 Te Anau
For your final day, board a day cruise out to less explored Doubtful Sound, which is in fact 10 times larger than neighbouring Milford Sound and equally spectacular.
Day 11 Te Anau to Queenstown
Drive to Queenstown and continue your onward journey.
Optional Excursions:Pre-book These Unmissable Experiences:
Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour
per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room)
- 11 days Compact Inclusive Plus car hire including zero excess insurance & 15% discount (book by 30 Apr 20), unlimited milage, 24 hour Roadside Assistance & additional drivers
- Return ferry transfer from Bluff to Stewart Island
- 10 nights 4★ to 5★ accommodation
- 3 breakfasts
- Oamaru Blue Penguin Experience
- Wild Kiwi Encounter, Stewart Island
- Village & Bays Tour, Stewart Island
- Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise, from Te Anau
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