Experience what New Zealand was like before people arrived, a lush sub-tropical paradise providing a haven for unique birdlife & marine mammals. Fully guided Dunedin - Catlins - Stewart Island. 7 Day all inclusive tour with Kim Hayward - 10 years experience guiding small group tours to Stewart Island
Day 1 Meet at Dunedin Airport for your complimentary private transfer to the Distinction Hotel. Short city tour before check in. Refresh, then depart for the Otago Peninsula. included; a guided tour of the Royal Albatross Colony (nesting area tour).
Day 2. After a buffet breakfast, depart for the Catlins Coast. Full day of exhilarating nature walks & wildlife, enjoy picnic lunch at a secluded spot, arrive at Curio Bay mid-afternoon and check into our beach-front accommodation. Dinner at Niagara Falls Restaurant.
Day 3. Enjoy a full cooked breakfast with Kim, depart Curio Bay for Invercargill, couple of sighseeing stops along the way. Lunch at the Auction House Cafe. Fly Invercargill Airport to Oban Stewart Island mid-afternoon (15 minute scenic flight). Short tour of Oban and check in to the luxury lodge. Free time until dinner at South Sea Hotel Restaurant.
Day 4. Gourmet breakfast, morning pelagic wildlife cruise, picnic lunch, afternoon guided walk on Ulva Island. Gormet dinner at the lodge. Evening Kiwi Spotting guided tour.
Day 5. Gourmet breakfast, morning water taxi to Port William, walk the Rakiura Track to Lee Bay, taxi back to Oban. Or alternative (for non-walkers) private 2 hour sightseeing tour by Aurora Taxis. Or alternative e-bike half-day hire. Evening Freshwater River Cruise.
Day 6. Gourmet breakfast, morning free time in Stewart Island... visit the new Rakiura Museum, browse the shops and galleries, or enjoy some of the beautiful short walks in the area. Fly Oban to Invercargill mid-day. Lunch at Auction House Cafe before heading to Dunedin. Check-in Larnach Castle Lodge. Special heritage dinner in the Castle for our last night together.
Day 7. Check out Larnach Castle Lodge, tscenic drive to Dunedin City. Private transfer to Dunedin Airport when required.