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South Island Nature Trail
 

South Island Nature Trail

South Island Nature Trail 10 Days / 09 Nights

The wonderful journey starts from Christchurch and includes many attractions in New Zealand’s South Island region. Enjoy a drive across the stunning Canterbury Plains, explore rich wildlife in Dunedin, or admire diverse vistas of the Catlins region. The tour includes a drive to Te Anau via the Southern Scenic Route. Enjoy Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise to the core while the tour ends in Queenstown.

 

Tour Nights

  • Christchurch: 1 nights
  • Dunedin: 2 nights
  • The Catlins: 1 nights
  • Stewart Island: 2 nights
  • Te Anau: 1 nights
  • Doubtful Sound: 1 nights
  • Queenstown: 1 nights

Tour At a Glance

  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the beautiful Canterbury Plains
  • Take in the breathtaking views of the Southern Alps
  • Spot interesting flora & fauna in Dunedin and Coastal Otago
  • Marvel at the fascinating landscape and enthralling wildlife in the Catlins region
  • Enjoy the ferry ride to Stewart Island and half day guided tour to Ulva Island
  • Be a part of Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Explore the beauty of Manapouri en route to Queenstown
  • Tour code: STNZ05
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Private Tour

Itinerary details

Christchurch

Day 1

Arrive Christchurch

Meet and greet service with rental car pick up at Christchurch Airport. Read More

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Day 2

Christchurch - Dunedin (363 km) B

Straight flat roads lead through to the patchwork fields of the Canterbury Plains before you travel over a network of braided rivers with the Southern Alps as a scenic backdrop. Read More

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Day 3

Dunedin B

Day at leisure. Dunedin and Coastal Otago is often referred to as the eco-capital of New Zealand. It is a region of natural beauty overlaid with a fascinating cultural history. On Dunedin’s doorstep you will find incredible wildlife including the world’s rarest penguins and the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Read More

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Day 4

Dunedin - The Catlins (111 km) BD

The Catlins region is rugged, remote and endowed with large tracts of native rainforest. It has abundant wildlife, is sparsely populated and is very scenic and unspoilt. Here, close to the rich Sub-Antarctic feeding grounds, can be found some of the world’s rarest marine animals - three penguin species, Hooker's Sea Lions, Hector's Dolphins, Elephant Seals, as well as New Zealand Fur Seals. Notable seabirds include : Mollyhawks, Shags, Gannets and millions of Titi (Sooty Shearwaters). Rocky platforms carved by the sea, secret coves and sweeping beaches of gleaming, wave-combed sand are all part of the exhilarating variety of coastal scenery. Read More

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Day 5

The Catlins –Bluff (149 km) - Stewart Island B

Continue through the Catlins and on to Bluff. On arrival in Bluff, catch the ferry to Stewart Island (small additional charge for car storage in Bluff). Largely untouched by humans, Stewart Island provides an excellent habitat for native and endangered birds Residents on the island share their gardens with native birds and summer evenings resound with the melody of Kākā and cheeky Weka strut around Oban township. Read More

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Day 6

Stewart Island B

Today’s half day guided tour takes you to Ulva Island, an open bird sanctuary. Covered in unspoilt forest, the island is home to birds including the native Tui, Kaka, Rifleman and Fantail, as well as the endangered South Island Saddleback. Read More

Te-Anau

Day 7

Stewart Island – Bluff - Te Anau (180 km) B

This morning catch the ferry back to the mainland and collect your rental car. Travel to Te Anau is via the Southern Scenic Route, a drive featuring a myriad of landscapes shaped by natural processes in New Zealand’s young but varied geological history. Read More

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Day 8

Te Anau – Manapouri (22 km) - Doubtful Sound BD

Today’s Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise takes you into the wilderness of one of New Zealand’s most spectacular and pristine fiords. With stunning views of waterfalls, rainforest and mountains it is home to bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins. Dedicated nature guides provide specialist knowledge of the region’s history, flora and fauna and kayaking and exploring by tender craft is offered. Please note: As the overnight cruise does not operate over winter it will be replaced with a day cruise including lunch and additional night in Te Anau . Read More

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Day 9

Doubtful Sound – Manapouri - Queenstown (172 km) B

A memorable trip through some of the most magnificent scenery in New Zealand. Rivers and mountains provide endless photo opportunities enroute to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown. Read More

Queenstown

Day 10

Depart Queenstown B

Tour concludes with the return of your rental car to Queenstown city or airport depot. Read More

Dates and Prices

  • PERIOD OF TRAVEL
  • PRICE (PP)

Hotels

  • The Classic Villa
    The Classic Villa
    Christchurch

     

  • Greenvale Bed & Breakfast
    Greenvale Bed & Breakfast
    Stewart Island

     

  • Prospect Lodge
    Prospect Lodge
    Te Anau

     

  • Browns Boutique Hotel
    Browns Boutique Hotel
    Queenstown

     

  • The Brothers Boutique Hotel
    The Brothers Boutique Hotel
    Dunedin

     

  • Catlins Farmstay
    Catlins Farmstay
    The Catlins

     

  • Doubtful Sounds Cruise
    Doubtful Sounds Cruise
    Doubtful Sound

     

The Classic Villa

Christchurch
  • The Classic Villa

The Classic Villa is located along Worcester Boulevard, a pedestrian-only street, and adjacent to the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ten kilometers from the Wildlife Willow Bank and the Antarctic Centre, the pr

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Greenvale Bed & Breakfast

Stewart Island
  • Greenvale Bed & Breakfast

Greenvale Bed and Breakfast Stewart Island is situated less than five minutes walk to the centre of Oban township. It is the ideal location for visitors who wish to relax while taking in the stunning surroundings or for those

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Prospect Lodge

Te Anau
  • Prospect Lodge

Prospect Lodge hotel is Situated high up on a ridge with north facing unsurpassed views over Lake Te Anau, the Te Anau Township, and surrounded by farmland, the exclusive Prospect Lodge B&B opened in May 2011.

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Browns Boutique Hotel

Queenstown
  • Browns Boutique Hotel

Browns Boutique Hotel is located in the center of Queenstown, in Southern Lakes District of New Zealand's South Island. Just 3 minutes' walk from central Queenstown. Superbly situated in the heart of Queenstown in a quiet, s

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The Brothers Boutique Hotel

Dunedin
  • The Brothers Boutique Hotel

Hotel is located in the heart of Dunedin City. Hotel is 6 minute walk from the restaurants and bars of Dunedin city center.

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Catlins Farmstay

The Catlins
  • Catlins Farmstay

Hotel situated 10 minutes drive from the 160 year old fossil forest at Curio Bay where dolphins and penguins may also be seen. 5 minutes walk to the Museum and Information Centre where rich local history.

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Doubtful Sounds Cruise

Doubtful Sound
  • Doubtful Sounds Cruise

What's Included?

  • Meet and greet service
  • Rental car including Accident Excess Reduction and Airport/Ferry Collection Fees
  • 9 nights unique/boutique accommodation with breakfast included and 2 dinners
  • Ferry transfers to/from Stewart Island
  • Ulva Island Tour, Stewart Island
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise (Sep-mid May only)

What's not Included?

  • International Flights: Return economy class International flights from UK.
  • Travel Insurance: We recommend you take a comprehensive travel insurance to cover your holiday at the time of booking the tour.
  • Visa: UK citizens require entry visas. We can obtain visa on your behalf for a nominal fee.
  • Personal Expenses: Such as laundry, telephones calls, hard & soft drinks, meals other then specified, beverages and mineral water etc
  • Camera fee: Still and video camera fee at monuments and game parks.
  • Tips anywhere: To drivers, porters, bellboys, guides & waiters etc.
  • Free Days: Any car arrangements on free days / days at leisure.
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing.