A Taste of the South

The tour is done in a spacious 15 seat mini van

Dunedin – Catlins Coast – Bluff – Te Anau – Doubtful Sound – Arrowtown – Kinross – Queenstown 

We will have a maximum of 10 guests on the tour. 

Package inclusions: 5 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners, first drink and nibbles at meet and greet function in Dunedin, airport transfers, all transport while on tour, Doubtful Sound Wilderness cruise, entry to Catlins and Riverton museums as well as entry to Bill Richardson Transport World, Lake Te Anau cruise, sausage making demonstration in Tuatapere, visit to Arrowtown and wine tasting at Kinross. 

Departures October, November and December 2022

Package price $ 4899.00 / couple

  • Suitable for Adults and Seniors
  • Region South Island
  • Duration 4-5 Days
  • Month of Departure November
  • Small group tours

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What is Included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All activities stated in itinerary
  • All transport included
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners and first drink and nibbles at meet and greet

Tour Highlights

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Dunedin

    Arrive in to Dunedin, a shuttle will collect you at Dunedin Airport, for those arriving by air, and bring you to the Distinction Hotel for the night

    This evening we will have a meet and greet function in one of the vault rooms at Parcel's Restaurant. This is an opportunity to meet fellow travellers and for the hosts to introduce themselves and run through the week's events. We can also answer any questions you may have before the tour begins.
    Accommodation in Dunedin at Distinction Dunedin Hotel.
    Breakfast included, dinner not included in Dunedin.

  • Dunedin - Bluff

    Today’s drive from Dunedin to Bluff will take around 5 hours all up.
    We will stop at Nugget or Kaka Point, weather depending, scenic stops along the Catlins Coast. Lunch stop at the Owaka Tavern (meal not included in the package) and a look through the Catlins Museum.

    Accommodation in Bluff is at Lands End Boutique Hotel for 1 night. Breakfast included

    We will enjoy a group dinner this evening at Oyster Cove Restuarant (dinner included in the package)

  • Bluff - Te Anau

    This morning, if the weather allows, we will pop up to the top of Bluff Hill to take in views and photos of Foveaux Strait and Stewart Island.
    We will then move on to Invercargill where you will have time to have a look around the Bill Richardson Transport World. Your host will meet you in the cafe afterwards where you can sample a classic southland cheese roll (included in package).

    After Invercargill we will make our way along State Highway 99 to Riverton. Here we will enjoy a locally guided tour at the fascinating Riverton Museum, described by some as "New Zealand's best little museum".

    After Riverton we will continue to McCrackens to take photos of the south coast then pause to have a look at a popular local art gallery in Tuatapere before crossing the road to Tui Base Camp to hear all about the history of the towns famous sausages. You are welcome to have a go at making your own sausages with the guidance of the experts.

    Today’s journey will take 25 minutes from Bluff to Invercargill, then a further 3.5 hours to Te Anau with stops in Riverton and Tuatapere.

    Accommodation in Te Anau at Distinction Luxmore Hotel for 2 nights, breakfast included both mornings, dinner not included

  • Doubtful Sound Day

    Today we will take one of New Zealand's most stunning day trips, Doubtful Sound Wilderness Tour.
    We will arrange a picnic lunch to take with you. If you would like something specific on top of the picnic lunch you are welcome to go to the supermarket or local bakery to grab something.

    Day tour from Manapouri. The tour is operated by Real NZ. Departs at 1000 returning by 1715.

  • Te Anau - Arrowtown / Kinross

    Lake Te Anau is New Zealand's largest lake (by coastline distance) so we believe the best way to see it is to go out on it. This morning we will head out on Lake Te Anau with Peter Kirker of Cruise Te Anau. Pete will take us for a leisurely cruise across the lake showing us the south fiord, this is an example of an inland fiord. Pete will take us for a short walk in to Fiordland National Park to Hidden Lakes, we may even be lucky enough to see a kiwi!!

    We will depart Te Anau after our cruise to our lunch stop at The Coffee Bomb at Garston. After lunch we will continue on to Arrowtown where we will give you plenty of time to have a wander through this beautiful old mining town.

    1 night accommodation at the beautiful Kinross Cottages, dinner, breakfast and wine tasting included

    The drive from Te Anau to Arrowtown is 2.5 hours, plus lunch stop in Garston. Arrowtown to Kinross Cottages is no more than 20 minutes.

  • Day 6 - Queenstown

    This is the end of the tour. We will take those who wish to remain in Queenstown to their accommodation, drop off at Queenstown Airport or Wanaka.

    The drive from Kinross Cottages to Queenstown Airport is no more than 45 minutes.

Meet your Guide

Pete Salvesen

  • Suitable for Adults and Seniors
  • Region South Island
  • Duration 4-5 Days
  • Month of Departure November
  • Small group tours

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From $4,899 per Couple

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