STEWART ISLAND ADVENTURE - Boutique Journeys for Solo Travellers

INCLUDING DUNEDIN, THE CATLINS AND INVERCARGILL

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Small group tour with a maximum of 7 passengers

17 to 26 January 2021 – 10 days

 

Come along with us on an adventure to Otago, Southland and Stewart Island.  Combining the rich heritage of Dunedin, to the ecologically unique Catlins, New Zealand as it was 20 years ago in Invercargill and the special experience of Stewart Island with a simpler, slower lifestyle along with the vast array of wildlife this is an area you will love.

Our tours are for solo travellers 50+ so come and share the joy of travel with people just like you.

Single $5,699 per person                        Twin $4,899 per person

NB flights are additional

 

Tour inclusions:

Accommodation for 9 nights

Transport throughout (Dunedin to Stewart Island to Invercargill)

Breakfast daily

2 lunches

Dinner daily

Sightseeing as specified

Services of a tour host

 

Itinerary

Sunday 17 January 2021

On arrival in Dunedin you will be met and transferred to our hotel.  Four nights Distinction Hotel (Studio room), this 1937 former Chief Post Office has been transformed into an elegant 4.5 star luxury hotel, located in the rejuvenated and vibrant Warehouse Precinct in the heart of the city.  Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at Tito Restaurant, located on the Esplanade at St Clair.

 

Monday 18 January 2021

Today enjoy a guided tour of the city including The World Steepest Street, Signal Hill Lookout for a view over the entire city, Dunedin Botanic Gardens – the oldest in NZ, Dunedin Railway Station – the most photographed building in NZ, take in the architecture of this wonderful city – the oldest in NZ and find out what all the fuss is about with a South Island Cheese Roll Experience.  Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant.

 

Tuesday 19 January 2021

Today we make our way over the high road to Portobello for an Albatross experience.  The Northern Royal Albatross breed here – the only place this close to civilization -   and see these magnificent creatures sitting on their nests.  We then enjoy an Albatross Wildlife and Harbour Cruise which will give us an in-depth insight into rare and endangered wildlife, harbour history and the local maritime industry.  After our cruise we carry on and visit Jan McLean, a famous doll maker, and be wooed in her amazing studio as she provides a local experience with high tea/light lunch (included).  After lunch we then take the back road to Allens Beach for a short stroll to see Sea Lions and seals in their natural habitat on this private beach, before heading back to Dunedin.  Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at Parcels Restaurant, located in our hotel.

 

Wednesday 20 January 2021

Today we visit one of New Zealand’s premier visitor attractions – Larnach Castle, lovingly restored by the Barker Family.  Enjoy a 1 hour tour of the castle and grounds and learn about the history of the castle and the development and creation of the gardens. After free time to wander the grounds enjoy a 1 course (included) lunch at the Ballroom Café at the Castle.  This afternoon is free to wander the city, shop or relax.  Tonight enjoy an Italian dinner at Etrusco.

 

Thursday 21 January 2021

This morning we start our journey to Invercargill via the Catlins.  The Catlins are ecologically unique and still relatively untouched by the large commercial tourist ventures enabling a more low-key nature focussed experience.  Native coastal bush and forest, waterways, beaches, birds and sealife combine with the coast’s temperamental weather to make your visit a memorable one.  We start our journey by turning off to Brighton and driving the Taieri Mouth coastal road.  With hardly any other traffic and right next to the ocean, there are surf spots, beaches and the small fishing village of Taieri Mouth itself to take in.  We then head inland over the hills to rejoin SH1 south to Balclutha, where we will make a coffee stop.   Our next stop is the Nugget Point Lighthouse for views of the coast and possible wildlife sightings.  There is a nearby penguin viewing area, while seals and sea lions reside in the area and there are a variety of coastal birds.  We then carry on to Owaka for lunch and check out Graham Renwick’s quirky collection Teapot Land, started 10 years ago with just a couple of teapots and which now cover his front garden.  Time permitting you may like to check out the Owaka Museum, developed to preserve and to exhibit the heritage of the Catlins region.  After lunch we will make a stop at Cannibal Bay, with its white sand and blue/green water and where Sea Lions are commonly seen.  We then make our way to our motel for the night.  One night Kaka Point Motel (Studio Unit). Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at The Point Café and Bar

 

Friday 22 January 2021

This morning we continue our journey in the Catlins and make our way to McLean Falls.  The 22 metre McLean Falls on the Tautuku River are often described as the most spectacular in the region.  Enjoy a 40 minute return walk to the falls passing through a variety of forest trees and shrubs. We then carry onto Curio Bay, providing spectacular scenery and is home to a colony of rare Yellow-Eyed Penguins and a resident pod of rare Hector’s Dolphin.  After lunch in Curio Bay, we continue onto Maple Glen, a private garden, nursery, aviary, woodland and wetland set in the rolling green countryside and home to a large population of native and exotic birds including handreared parrots and waterfowl.  Enjoy a walk around the gardens before carrying onto Invercargill.  Two nights Ascot Park Hotel (Superior Rooms).  Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at Emberz Restaurant, located in the hotel.

 

Saturday 23 January 2021

This morning we visit Bill Richardson’s Transport World.  One man’s passion started it all.  Bill Richardson Transport World gives guests the chance to experience a family legacy that has transformed into the largest private automotive museum collection of its type in the world. With more than 300 classic vehicles, a wearable arts display and engaging exhibits, even if you aren’t a car enthusiast you will still love this display.  After lunch at the retro themed café located in Transport World – The Grille, we then enjoy the afternoon strolling around Queens Park, the 81ha jewel in the centre of Invercargill.   The park is a mecca for those who enjoy the natural and the planned.  Its numerous gardens and botanical attractions provide vibrant displays whatever the season.  Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at Elegance at 148 on Elles Restaurant.

 

Sunday 24 January 2021

This morning we take a 20 minute flight to Stewart Island.  On arrival on Stewart Island enjoy a guided road tour of Oban Village, Stewart Island’s only settlement, highlighting island life, history, scenery and places of interest.  Visit Observation Rock and the entrance of Rakiura National Park.  This afternoon is free to relax or you may like to check out Rakiura Museum, housing an extensive collection of items and photographs of Stewart Island’s early history, including Maori settlement, muttonbirding, whaling, fishing, timber milling, mining, boat transport, transport, schools and churches.  It also exhibits an extensive collection of Stewart Island shells and crustacea.  Two nights South Sea Hotel (Studio Rooms), a Stewart Island icon centrally located in Oban on the foreshore.  Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at the hotel.

Tonight there is the opportunity for an optional Evening Eco Watch/Kiwi Spotting tour.  Gain a true appreciation for New Zealand national bird – its physical features and behaviour.  Search as night falls for kiwi, listen out for their calls and other night sounds.  Enjoy the spectacle of southern stars on clear nights.  NB This tour ends around 1.00 am.

 

Monday 25 January 2021

This morning we take a short boat journey to enjoy an Ulva Island Bird trip.  Ulva Island is one of the few pest-free open sanctuaries in New Zealand.  In this unspoiled rainforest you can see rare birds and plants at close quarters in a safe environment mostly unchanged by human activity and free of introduced animals.  View saddleback, yellowhead, robin, rifleman, red and yellow-crowned parakeet, kaka (parrot), weka, brown creeper, penguins and other native birds.  Kiwi are seen occasionally.  This afternoon enjoy a delightful leisurely wildlife cruise in Paterson Inlet with some beautiful coastal scenery.  Search for penguin, seabirds including mollymawks (small albatrosses), dolphins and seals.  Tonight enjoy a 2 course dinner at Churchill Restaurant.

 

Tuesday 26 January 2021

This morning we have an early start to catch our ferry at 8.00 am for a 1 hour sailing to Bluff.  On arrival in Bluff transfer to Invercargill Airport.

 

Prices are based on payment by cash, eftpos, cheque or direct deposit.  A surcharge of 2% applies for payment for Visa or Mastercard.  If you would prefer to share a room we will endeavour to match you up with someone of the same gender.  If we cannot, you would be required to pay the single price.  A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 per person is due at time of booking.  Balance is due 11 December 2020.  Costs are based on a group of 7 passengers.  If the group falls below this number World Travellers Remuera reserves the right to cancel the tour in which case a full refund would be given.  Once paid the full amount is non-refundable.

Please note:  a reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour.

More Information?

For more information please phone Tracey on 09 520 5600 or 021 1398539.

Alternatively you can email remuera@worldtravellers.co.nz

Travel Dates

17 January 2021 - 26 January 2021

Priced From

$4,899

Sale Ends

23 December 2020

Free Space

2 spaces available

Room Sharing

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

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