Discover New Zealand’s deep south. The Catlins is a major highlight of the Southern Scenic Route - with its rural heartland and podocarp forest, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls, stunning natural landscapes and extraordinary wildlife, it is a unique and special part of NZ. Just across the water enjoy a short flight and birds eye view of NZ’s 3rd island - Stewart Island. Enjoy 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.
- Car rental Dunedin to Invercargill, 2 days, unlimited kms, standard insurance
- 1 night one-bedroom cottage at Mohua Park Eco Cottages, The Catlins
- Scenic flight Invercargill to Stewart Island
- 2 nights one-bedroom apartment Rakiura Retreat, Stewart Island, including car rental
- Evening guided Kiwi Spotting tour
- Half day Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary
- Meals as detailed – B (cooked breakfast) & D (dinner)
- Afternoon ferry Stewart Island to Bluff with coach transfer to Invercargill
- Detailed day by day itinerary
- Stewart Island Visitor levy fee
- 15% GST government tax
Day 1 Dunedin – Catlins Coast (D)
Collect your rental car and head off through Balclutha to The Catlins. The coast encompasses the area from Kaka Point in the North to Fortrose in the South – 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, and NZ Fur Seals, and many species of seabirds. Enroute highlights include Nugget Point Lighthouse, Surat Bay, Florence Hill Lookout, and Cathedral Caves. Overnight accommodation at Mohua Park Eco Cottage.
Day 2 Catlins Coast – Invercargill – Stewart Island (B)
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. Evening guided kiwi-spotting at world class Mamaku Point Conservation and Ecological Reserve. Overnight accommodation at Rakiura Retreat.
Day 3 Stewart Island (B)
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. Overnight accommodation at Rakiura Retreat.
Day 4 Stewart Island – Bluff – Invercargill (B)
Shuttle transfer to Ferry terminal. Farewell Stewart Island - crossing Foveaux Straits by ferry to Bluff. Connect with your coach transfer to Invercargill.