MoaTours - Southern Odyssey: Stewart Island & The Catlins
7 day Escorted small group starting in Queenstown
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MoaTours - Southern Odyssey: Stewart Island & The Catlins

Start with a visit to Invercargill’s transport museums then fly to Stewart Island for two nights. From the island cruise across to Ulva Island bird sanctuary, a nature lover’s playground. Back on the mainland explore the stunning Catlins coastline and the albatross colony near Dunedin and Larnach Castle.

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This Escorted small group tour idea includes:

Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre

Hokonui Moonshine Museum

Return Stewart Island flights

Bill Richardson Transport World

Ulva Island guided walk

Royal Albatross Colony Unique Taiaroa Tour, Dunedin

Olveston Historic Home

Larnach Castle

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

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Day 1 - Auckland - Queenstown - Mandeville - Gore - Invercargill
MoaTours - Southern Odyssey: Stewart Island & The Catlins - Day 1
Queenstown - Mandeville - Gore - Invercargill

From Queenstown, drive to the Croydon Heritage Trust factory and museum at Mandeville. In Gore enjoy a dram of whisky at the Hokonui Moonshine Museum and visit the Eastern Southland Gallery.

Your accommodation: Ascot Park Hotel (or similar)

The Ascot Park Hotel is Invercargill's largest hotel. Set in park like surrounds its a great base for a visit to the southern city of Invercargill.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Invercargill - Transport World - Indian Scout - Bluff -Stewart Island
MoaTours - Southern Odyssey: Stewart Island & The Catlins - Day 2
Invercargill - Transport World - Indian Scout - Bluff -Stewart Island

It's all about wheels at Invercargill's two excellent museums - Bill Richardson Transport World and Classic Motorcycle Mecca. Burt Munro's Indian Scout is also on display at E. Hayes Son, a classic old-style hardware store in the centre of town.
This afternoon fly across Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island where you stay two nights at Bay Motel and dine at the South Sea Hotel.

Your accommodation: Bay Motel

Stewart Island is New Zealand's third island and home to the new Rakiura National Park. Island of Nature with crystal clear waters. The Bay Motel is located only a short 5 minute walk to the ferry terminal, airline depot, shops, restaurants. It has magnificent views of Halfmoon Bay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Stewart Island Sightseeing
MoaTours - Southern Odyssey: Stewart Island & The Catlins - Day 3
Stewart Island Sightseeing

Today tour Oban and the surrounding bays including the gateway to Rakiura National Park. Cruise the sheltered waters of beautiful Paterson Inlet and land at Ulva Island, a world-acclaimed sanctuary teeming with birdlife before returning to Oban.

Your accommodation: Bay Motel

Stewart Island is New Zealand's third island and home to the new Rakiura National Park. Island of Nature with crystal clear waters. The Bay Motel is located only a short 5 minute walk to the ferry terminal, airline depot, shops, restaurants. It has magnificent views of Halfmoon Bay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Stewart Island - Catlins - Kaka Point
MoaTours - Southern Odyssey: Stewart Island & The Catlins - Day 4
Stewart Island - Catlins - Kaka Point

Today fly back to Invercargill and visit Waipapa Point, Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay. You'll take your time in the Catlins - strolling to lakes and waterfalls. This region’s history includes whaling, logging native forest and farming yet seals, penguins and birdlife abound.
Lunch at Niagara Cafe and have fun winding "rustic automata" at The Lost Gypsy Gallery in Papatowai.  Dine by the sea at the Point Café and Bar at Kaka Point.

Your accommodation: Nugget View Motels (or similar)

Situated away from the traffic, it is only a 5-minute walk to get to the beach, so your stay here will be quiet and peaceful. There are tui and bellbirds in the gardens surrounding the motels, and most of our units look out over the water to the Nugget Point Lighthouse.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Kaka Point - Otago Peninsula - Dunedin
MoaTours - Southern Odyssey: Stewart Island & The Catlins - Day 5
Kaka Point - Otago Peninsula - Dunedin

Start your day with spectacular views from Nugget Point Lighthouse. Then drive out along the Otago Peninsula to the Royal Albatross Centre, the only mainland albatross colony in the world.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Dunedin Sightseeing
MoaTours - Southern Odyssey: Stewart Island & The Catlins - Day 6
Dunedin Sightseeing

Take a guided tour of historic Olveston House built in 1904 for a Dunedin merchant. Then sightsee in and around Dunedin driving to Signal Hill and stop at the bottom of Baldwin Street, (arguably) the steepest street in the world. Take in the views from Signal Hill and lunch at Carey’s Bay historic hotel.
Later return to the city and visit the Discovery World Tropical Forest at the Otago Museum home to exotic butterflies and a range of tropical plants and fish before returning to our hotel.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Dunedin sightseeing - Larnach Castle and Gardens - Dunedin Airport
MoaTours - Southern Odyssey: Stewart Island & The Catlins - Day 7
Dunedin sightseeing - Larnach Castle and Gardens - Dunedin Airport

Drive out along the Peninsula to visit Larnach Castle and Gardens and learn about the chequered early history of this local landmark. Returning to the inner city where Robbie Burn's statue takes pride of place in the Octagon, then call into Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.
In the early afternoon, you will be transferred to Dunedin Airport in time for your onward flights.

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