SOUTHERN EXPEDITION

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Our premium multi day tour. This 11-day small group (max 8 guests), nature and landscape based tour is led by Lyndon Perriman, a wildlife and conservation expert. Starting and finishing in Dunedin, including the Waitaki Valley, Mackenzie Basin, Aoraki Mt Cook, Takapō (Tekapo), Queenstown, Milford & Doubtful Sounds, and the Catlins coastline.

A professionally fully guided tour designed for travellers who want to explore and gain a deeper insight into the people, flora, fauna and geology of our beautiful Southern lands.

Join Lyndon, a former Wildlife ranger with 30 years of conservation experience in Southern New Zealand. His knowledge of the natural world will entertain and enthral. If you want to really get the best out of a nature based tour, join this tour designed and led by a biologist !

 

Diverse landscapes, unforgettable wildlife and experiences abound as we navigate our way from one region to the next.  A leisurely paced tour designed with flexibility to enhance guest enjoyment.

This tour is an extension to our 6 day "Southern Landscapes and Wildlife" tour.  

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Priced from:

Twin pp $4995

Single pp $5650

Minimum numbers required: 2 persons (share twin)

DATES:
 
7 Sep 2021 - 18 Sep 2021
5 Oct 2021 - 16 Oct 2021
2 Nov 2021 - 13 Nov 2021
1 Dec 2021 - 12 Dec 2021
13 Jan 2022 - 24 Jan 2022
1 Feb 2022 - 12 Feb 2022
31 Mar 2022 - 11 Apr 2022
3 May 2022 - 14 May 2022
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Day 1 Dunedin: Introduction to Dunedin city & Larnach Castle 

Tour starts from Fable Hotel at 1pm (prior pick up from Dunedin Airport is included). We start by visiting our most iconic city sites and learn about Dunedin’s rich history. Later, a drive to Larnach Castle and get an overview of the Otago Peninsula. 

Inclusions

  • Fable Hotel 

  • Dinner at Balmac7

  • Airport pick up

  • Horizon Tours City Sights tour

  • Larnach Castle 

Day 3 Dunedin to Te Anau via the Catlins 

Departing Dunedin there's more wildlife to see as we wind our way South along the Catlins coastline visiting iconic Nugget Point and surrounds. Then we head West to Te Anau, the gateway to the Fiordland National Park and home to endangered wildlife species and breath-taking scenery. We have free time to explore the township and lakefront.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation ASURE Explorer Motel & Apartments & breakfast

  • Dinner at Red Cliffs Restaurant

  • Nugget Point (A scenic headland with numerous rock stacks and abundant wildlife)

  • Catlins lakes & scenic stops

  • Jacks Bay

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Day 2 Dunedin: Wildlife and wilderness experiences  

We explore forests, travel along coastal inlets, take a stroll along a sandy beach and join a one-hour boat cruise. Later, an excursion on an 8-wheel all-terrain vehicle for penguin spotting. A mix of sites visited to ensure excellent views of royal albatross, seals, sea lions, penguins (yellow eyed and blue) and a variety of other marine life.

Inclusions

  • Fable Hotel & breakfast

  • Antipasto Lunch

  • Dinner at Portobello Hotel

  • Guided native forest walks

  • 1-hour wildlife cruise (Albatross) 

  • Penguin & seal viewing tour

  • Guided beach walk (sea lion viewing)

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Day 4 Te Anau: Full day tour of Milford Sound 

Today we have a full day guided tour through to Milford Sound. The drive over is awe inspiring in its own right and you will have opportunity for photos and short walks (a chance to see kea, our mountain parrot). At the world famous Milford Sound, experience an amazing 2-hour cruise to view the spectacular scenery of the Sound. Lookout for dolphins and Fiordland Crested Penguins.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation ASURE Explorer Motel & Apartments & breakfast

  • Picnic Lunch

  • Milford Sound cruise

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Day 5 Te Anau: Full day tour of Doubtful Sound 

Today, it’s another scenic wonderland, with a short drive to the starting point at Lake Manapouri, a short cruise on this lake terminates with a drive through the mountains before arriving at Doubtful Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this longer fiord, (another chance to encounter dolphins too) it’s so different from Milford it’s difficult to decide which one is the most spectacular. We will enjoy the debate on your return!

Inclusions

  • Accommodation ASURE Explorer Motel & Apartments & breakfast

  • Picnic Lunch

  • Doubtful Sound cruise

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Day 6 Te Anau to Dunedin via the Catlins

We leave Te Anau and drive south to follow the coast. Arriving at Curio Bay where we have time to view the famous petrified forest.  Continue through the Catlins (stops included for wildlife and scenery) before returning to Dunedin.

Inclusions

  • Fable Hotel & breakfast

  • Picnic Lunch

  • Dinner at The Press Club (Fable Hotel)

  • Curio Bay (petrified Forest)

  • Scenic Catlins Coastline

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Day 7 Dunedin to Twizel via the Waitaki Valley

From Dunedin we travel through the magnificent canyon of Trotters Gorge and then stop to view the famous Moeraki Boulders. Further up the coast we take a short tour of the historic precinct in Oamaru. We then travel inland through limestone country, entering an area rich in marine fossils. Great views of the hydroelectric power stations dotted along the Waitaki lakes.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation Pukaki Air Lodge & breakfast

  • Dinner at Poppies (Twizel)

  • Trotters gorge & Moeraki Boulders

  • Tour of Historic Oamaru

  • Elephant Rocks, Fossil and geology tour, Māori cave art

  • Stops at Waitaki, Aviemore, Benmore dams

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Day 8 Twizel: Aoraki Mt Cook & Tākapo (Tekapo) 

Travel alongside Lake Pukaki, carved out by ancient glaciers, on our way to Aoraki Mt Cook New Zealand’s iconic highest mountain.  We take a short detour into the Tasman Valley to explore a short walking track up to view the Tasman glacial Lake.  At Mount Cook Village we have free time and a closer view of Aoraki Mt Cook. Mid-afternoon we head to Lake Takapō (Tekapo), famous for its turquoise blue waters.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation Pukaki Air Lodge & breakfast

  • Scenic drive to Mt Cook

  • Guided walks in Tasman valley

  • Free time in Mt Cook Village

  • Free time in Takapō (Tekapo)

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Day 9 Queenstown via Lindis Pass, Wanaka & Gibbston Valley 

We start today with bird spotting around local wetlands before we visit the awe-inspiring sandstone pinnacles of the Clay Cliffs. Then drive through the 971m high Lindis Pass before arriving at Wanaka with free time to explore the town and lakefront. We pass by Lake Dunstan and the vineyards of Gibbston Valley before arriving in Queenstown. We take a scenic lakeside journey to visit the township of Glenorchy.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation Bella Vista Queenstown & breakfast

  • Bird spotting around wetlands

  • Clay Cliffs

  • Lindis Pass

  • Free time at Wanaka

  • Epic lakeside drive to Glenorchy

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Day 10 Queenstown TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Cruise & Arrowtown

The morning is for you to explore the Queenstown area before boarding the TSS Earnslaw for a journey on Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak where you will enjoy a mouth-watering BBQ lunch. Returning to Queenstown, we then drive to the historic and quaint township of Arrowtown.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation Bella Vista Queenstown & breakfast

  • BBQ lunch Walter Peak

  • Free time in Queenstown

  • Cruise Wakatipu Lake on TSS Earnslaw

  • Visit the historic town of Arrowtown

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Day 11 Queenstown to Dunedin via Central Otago

Departing Queenstown, we spend time driving alongside countryside dotted with vineyards before following the mighty Clutha River for much of the journey to Dunedin.

Inclusions

  • Fable Hotel & breakfast

  • Dinner at Titi Restaurant

  • Visit the historic goldmining town of Lawrence

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Day 12 Depart Dunedin

After breakfast enjoy free time around Dunedin before being transported to the airport in time to catch your flight. Maybe plan your departure for a late afternoon flight so you have your own free time to check out our museums, street art or the botanic gardens. 

Inclusions

  • Breakfast

  • Drive to Dunedin Airport