Deep South Scenic Tour
(eight days/seven nights)
Please note : B, L, D refers to Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided as part of the cost of the tour.
Day 1: Queenstown (B-D)
Pick up is from Queenstown Airport or from your accommodation.
We spend the day in Queenstown; New Zealand’s adventure capital. Queenstown is world famous for its extreme sports, outdoor activities and breath-taking alpine scenery.
After a grand tour of Queenstown we head to the beautiful and historic village of Arrowtown; the former gold mining centre of the region. In Arrowtown we will visit the historic Chinese village followed by the interesting Lakes District Museum for a little bit of history.
We return to Queenstown where we will spend the night.
Day 2: Queenstown-Milford Sound-Te Anau 412 kms (B-L)
This morning we head for the spectacular and remote Milford Sound. We travel along the coast of the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and then across rolling expanses of farmland to the small alpine and lakeside town of Te Anau. From here we continue through Fiordland National Park, one of the most spectacular natural beauties of the world until we reach Milford Sound.
After arriving at Milford Sound, we enjoy a 1.45 hour cruise as far as the Tasman Sea, with a picnic lunch on board, before returning late afternoon and spending the night in Te Anau.
Day 3: Te Anau – Southern Scenic Route - Catlins 250kms (B-D)
Today we head into the deep south of New Zealand as far as the historic city of Invercargill, where we make a special visit to “Henry,” the 130-year-old Tuatara (native lizard) at the museum.
Continuing From Invercargill we travel East via Curio Bay (home of a fossilized forest) and Porpoise Bay (famous for the Hector dolphin, native to New Zealand), then on to ‘The Catlins’, a region celebrated for its superb natural scenery.
We spend the night in the Catlins at the comfortable and welcoming McLean Falls Eco-Holiday park.
Day 4 : Catlins – Dunedin 110 kms (B-L)
The morning is spent exploring the verdant forest (or “bush” as the locals say), waterfalls, gorgeous little beaches, unique fauna, seals and sea lions.
Early afternoon we drive to Dunedin, capital of the province of Otago. Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island and boasts a population of around 120,000. Fiercely proud of its Scottish origins, the settlement took its name from the Gaelic form of Edinburgh, capital of Scotland. Dunedin’s architectural heritage draws admiring visitors from all over the world and has all the shopping and nightspots of an international city. We spend the night in Dunedin.
Day 5: Dunedin ( B-D)
In the morning we take a walk to the Dunedin Botanic Gardens to see New Zealand birds (the famous Kea and Kaka which are our native parrots) and the huge range of exquisite and historic flora such as the Rhododendron Dell.
After this we drive down to view Baldwin Street; the steepest street in the world and then on to the city centre, university, churches and the iconic railway station.
In the afternoon we visit the Otago Peninsula to spot some more wildlife, albatross, cormorants, penguins and seals. We spend tonight in Dunedin.
Day 6: Dunedin –Ranfurly -Clyde 200 kms (B-L)
From Dunedin will take the Pig root (this is the colloquial spelling – route is the meaning!) and travel inland into the heart of the Maniototo region to the small town of Ranfurly.
We will stop here to admire the Art Deco townscape built after a number of fires destroyed significant buildings here in the 1930’s.
From here we will travel onto the tiny village of St Bathans for lunch. Here you will experience untouched scenery in a remote and dramatic landscape. Lunch is at the Vulcan Hotel; one of the oldest pubs in the South Island dating from 1882. It even has its own resident ghost.
After lunch we take a walk around the Blue Lake; the stunning man-made lake developed by miners in the late 1800’s gold rush and still surrounded by old sluicings and the remnants of mining equipment.
After lunch we head to the historic village of Clyde where will have a wine tasting at the Clyde Village Vineyard. We spend the night here in Clyde.
Day 7: Clyde-Queenstown 100kms (B-D)
From Clyde will drive to the Earnscleugh area of Alexandra and visit award winning 3 vineyards to taste the magnificent wines. Some of the tasting rooms will take you back in time to give you a glimpse of life as a gold miner in the late 1800’s. The growers will talk you through their wines and how they are produced. A highlight of the tour will be visiting Central Otago’s first winery built by French gold miner Jean Desire Feraud in 1864. This historic building has been lovingly restored to reflect how it was when Feraud made wine in the 1860s.
From here we travel a short distance to Alexandra, the gateway to Central Otago and a renowned Pinot Noir wine region to have lunch.
After Lunch we drive to back to Queenstown through the magnificent Kawarau gorge. We spend the night in Queenstown.
Day 8: Queenstown
- Transfer to the Airport or to different accommodation. End of tour.
Tour prices for 2014/15
- Group of 4 to 6 people : price is per person in a double or twin room NZD $2600.00
- Group of 7 to 10 people : price is per person in a double or twin room NZD $2200.00
- Supplement for a single room : $700.00
- 6 to 10 people in a confortable minibus with a driver-guide for 8 days
- The tour departs from Queenstown and returns to Queenstown
- Accommodation B&B, Motel or 3 star Hotel
The price includes :
- A comfortable Minibus or car
- A Professional driver-guide for 8 days
- 7 nights accommodation B&B or Motel, 3 star Hotel
- 8 Breakfasts
- 4 evening meals and 3 lunches (drinks not included)
- Activities: Entrance to the Lake Districts Museum, the scenic cruise on Milford Sound, the Invercargill Museum and 4 different wine tastings.
The price does not include :
- All optional activities
- Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance
To take into consideration:
The South Island of New Zealand is situated close to Antarctica and the weather can be very changeable: we can have four seasons in one day!!!. For this reason you will need to bring some warm clothes, a good waterproof jacket, a good warm jumper and comfortable walking shoes. Dont forget your camera!