Catlins and Stewart Island
29 January - 6 February 2020
Duration: 9 DAYS
View the intriguing Moeraki Boulders on our way to our overnight stop in Dunedin. Enjoy the unspoilt scenery of the Catlins, where we
visit the beautiful Purakanui Falls and Nugget Point Lighthouse. Discover the McLean Falls, one of the world’s best petrified forests and
Slope Point – the southern most part of the South Island. Have the opportunity to see lots of unique wild life on this trip (time and
nature permitting); seals, sea lions, albatross, yellow-eyed penguins. We then travel on to Bluff to cross the Foveaux Strait, where we
sail to New Zealand’s third Island. Enjoy the peace and tranquility, spectacular sunrises and sunsets of this virtually undiscovered paradise.
From Stewart Island, it’s back to the main land to continue our journey to Cromwell, where we take in the popular views of Lake Wanaka
and visit Puzzling World. The journey back to Christchurch is via the awe-inspiring Mackenzie country with a brief stop at Lake Pukaki
then lunch at Lake Tekapo. “Yet again, one of your enjoyable trips… well organized, but at the same time relaxing…..” (Joyce)
Day 1 - Oamaru - Dunedin - D
You are picked up at 9 am at designated area (Christchurch city area only). We travel south through Oamaru,
stopping along the way for refreshments and for lunch. We will take a short break at the unique
Moeraki Boulders before continuing on to our comfortable accommodation in Dunedin.
Day 2 - Balclutha - Catlins - B & D
After a leisurely breakfast, we make for Waihola Lake for a morning cuppa. We pass the shoe fence on our
way to Balclutha where we stop for lunch then on to the spectacular Catlins where we are based for the next 3 nights.
Day 3 & 4 - Explore the Catlins Area - B & D
Over the next 2 days, we will explore this unspoiled, wind swept ‘nature’s paradise’ as we visit Nugget Point Lighthouse, the
magnificent Purakanui Falls, Cannibal Bay, Curio Bay, Surat Bay, the Petrified Forest (one of the worlds finest), Slope Point,
McLean Falls and Jacks Blowhole. We are almost guaranteed to see seals, sea lions and sea elephants in their natural habitat,
there is also the possibility of seeing the yellow-eyed penguins.
Day 5 - Bluff - Stewart Island - B
We depart the beautiful Catlins for Bluff, where we will board the ferry across to Stewart Island. We will relax and settle into
our accommodation, and in general soak up the peace and tranquility of the Island.
Day 6 - Bus Tour - Exploring Stewart Island - B
Today commences with a bus tour of the Island, the rest of the day is free to choose from the various
attractions available, visit the museum, or just go for a leisurely walk.
Day 7 - Stewart Island - Cromwell - B & D
We leave the island back across the Strait and make our way to Cromwell, where we will be staying for 2 nights.
The route will take us through Winton, Lumsden, Kingston and Frankton, with lots of beautiful scenery to take in.
Day 8 - Lake Wanaka - B & D
Enjoy a day trip to the beautiful shores of Lake Wanaka, where we will have a chance to browse around
the shops and have lunch. We will then take a Tiki tour through Hawea and onto the world famous Puzzling World,
with lots of fun and opportunities to take hilarious photos.
Day 9 - McKenzie Country - Lake Pukaki - Lake Tekapo - Geraldine - Christchurch - B
We will make our way home, travelling through the awe inspiring McKenzie Country. We will have a brief stop to look
at the stunning views of Lake Pukaki, followed by lunch at Lake Tekapo. We will pay a short visit to the Church of the Good
Shepherd, after which we make our way home via Geraldine and Ashburton,
arriving in Christchurch between 5.00pm and 6.30pm.
B = Continental Breakfast provided. D = Dinner provided (please note, any drinks will be at your own expense)
Morning cuppa and bikkies provided from the bus each day (weather permitting).
We stop at various places for you to purchase your own lunch.