Southland & Stewart Island

From $3,820 per person

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Wednesday 22 – Tuesday 28 February 2023 (7 Days)

Discover the deep south with its rugged and ever changing landscapes; rocky bluffs, enchanting forests, beautiful sandy beaches and a wealth of wildlife and spectacular views. This is a world where nature dominates a land secluded and untouched. Explore the sights, sounds and welcoming communities of Southland and Stewart Island with Leisure Time Travel.

Day 1              Wednesday 22 February 2023
We start our journey with a flight from Auckland to Dunedin. Founded in 1848, Dunedin was designed to resemble Edinburgh by its Scottish Founders. Upon arrival, we are taken on a brief tour of the city, taking in the numerous towers, turrets and stone buildings that make up this historic city. We enjoy a welcome dinner tonight at the hotel.
Accommodation: The Victoria Hotel, Dunedin – 1 night

Day 2              Thursday 23 February 2023
After breakfast this morning, we travel south through the Southern Scenic Route of the Catlins. The Catlins is an area full of native forests, fringed by high cliffs and golden beaches. This spectacular coastal stretch is home to an array of marine life – sea lions are regular beach visitors while dolphins frolic in the shallows and a variety of sea and forest birds sing in the trees. We travel through this area stopping along the way to visit Pounawea, and Purakaunui Falls situated amongst lush podocarp and beech forest. We also visit Curio Bay and walk amongst the Petrified Forest before arriving in Invercargill where we stay for the next two nights. Tonight we enjoy a group dinner at our hotel.
Accommodation: Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill – 2 nights

Day 3              Friday 24 February 2023
Today we explore Invercargill. Our first stop is at Bill Richardson Transport World where we wander through the largest private collection of its type in the world. With over 300 vehicles and various other motor vehicle items, there is plenty to fill our time, make sure you grab lunch (own cost) at the onsite cafe. After lunch we explore Queens Gardens, an 80-hectare paradise located in the city centre, with highlights including a rose garden, Japanese garden and a dramatic walkway. The remainder of the day is at leisure to adventure around the city and to find a local restaurant for dinner (own cost).

Day 4              Saturday 25 February 2023
This morning we begin our journey to Stewart Island with a short trip to Bluff and a boat ride on a catamaran to reach the island. Upon arrival on the island, we are taken to Oban Village to visit the DOC Headquarters to learn about Stewart Island, there is time here to purchase lunch (own cost). After lunch we enjoy the Village and Bays Tour, during this highlight tour our friendly guides provide an insight into Stewart Island’s community, history and environment. Unspoiled, incredibly beautiful and steeped in stories of Maori legends, Stewart Island is well worth this informative introduction. There is plenty of time to get off the coach for photo stops and short walks along the way. Highlights include the Rakiura National Park entrance at Lee Bay, Halfmoon and Horseshoe Bays and views of Paterson Inlet from Observation Rock. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight, we dine in the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation: South Sea Hotel, Stewart Island – 2 nights

Day 5              Sunday 26 February 2023
This morning we walk over the nearby hill to Golden Bay Wharf and depart by boat for a half-day excursion to the bird sanctuary of Ulva Island.  Join a local expert guide for a half-day walking tour of this picturesque, forested island, which is predator free and has become an open sanctuary for many species of native birds. There are recently released rare South Island saddlebacks and the threatened South Island Robin as well as many others to enjoy. At the conclusion of our visit to Ulva Island we return to Golden Bay Wharf, and walk back to Oban, where the remainder of the day can be for relaxing or exploring. Dinner tonight is at the hotel restaurant.

Day 6              Monday 27 February 2023
We board the early morning ferry back to Bluff and reboard our coach. We drive down to Stirling Point, located at the beginning (and end) of State Highway 1. Stirling Point is famous for its signpost, depicting distances to major cities around the world, don’t miss getting a photo here! We continue our journey to Queenstown, stopping in Arrowtown, one of the most picturesque settlements in New Zealand that sits alongside the gold-bearing Arrow River. The town was established in 1862, during the height of the Otago gold rush. On arrival in Queenstown, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the area before checking into our accommodation. This evening we will enjoy a cruise over Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a scrumptious meal at the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront, Queenstown - 1 night

Day 7              Tuesday 28 February 2023
This morning we are transferred to Queenstown Airport for our flight back to Auckland, after a great week exploring Southland and Stewart Island.

Victoria Hotel Dunedin Exterior View

The Victoria Hotel, Dunedin

This small hotel is located close to the Octagon, which is the heart of Dunedin City, and just minutes walk away from the city's attractions, shops and historic Dunedin Railway Station.

Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill exterior at night

The Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill

Kelvin Hotel is situated in the city centre, only a short walk to major attractions and a 10-minute drive to the Invercargill Airport. The hotel offers rooms with a flat-screen TV, mini bar and free Wi-Fi access. There is an on-site bar and restaurant.

South Sea Hotel Stewart Island

South Sea Hotel, Stewart Island

A central fixture in Oban, The South Sea Hotel lies right on the foreshore - minutes walk from the Ferry Terminal, Flight Centre, Supermarket, and many other sites and attractions.

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront Queenstown

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront

The Hotel blends superior facilities and comfort with friendly personal service. The property offers a relaxing atmosphere combined with stunning panoramic lake and mountain views, situated within a tranquil garden setting. With 240 guest rooms, including six suites and over 80 rooms that have views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable mountain range. The hotel is within walking distance of Queenstown central shopping and entertainment area.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas – refer to flyer for further information
  • Auckland to Dunedin – Queenstown to Auckland return flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application / price on application
  • 6 nights’ accommodation - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms available with surcharge)
  • Tour admissions as per itinerary
  • Touring in modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfasts (B), Dinners (D) where indicated on your daily itinerary - 7x breakfasts, 5x dinners
  • Roadside Morning Teas – where possible
  • Entry to Transport World
  • Village & Bays Tour on Stewart Island
  • Ulva Island Guided Tour
  • Walter Peak Dinner

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Share Twin Cost: $3,820.00
Single Supplement: $700.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking $200.00

Discounts available for Travel Club Members - Please Enquire

Full balance of tour payment due by Wednesday 11 January 2023

Book and pay in full by Tuesday 25 October 2022 and receive $100.00 discount per person. 


Are door to door collections included on this tour? YES

Yes. Leisure Time Tours offers a free home collection and drop off service from selected Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua and most Auckland City areas. Our complimentary collections are based on your individual post code, other home collection locations available at an additional cost. Alternatively you may wish to meet us at our Hamilton depot in which case you can park your car in our secure yard free of charge for the duration of your holiday. For all tours that have a flight component, we can also offer door to door collections from Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin city areas.

Please refer to our Home Collection flyer for further information about this service.

Is the Guaranteed twin Share Price available on this tour? YES

Yes. Our Guaranteed Twin Share price is available for those passengers willing to share with another single traveller of the same gender. If there isn’t another passenger of the same gender to share with we GUARANTEE our twin share price. Leisure Times Tours accepts no responsibility for the compatibility of passengers travelling under this arrangement. If someone is not compatible with the person they have been matched up with, all additional costs incurred to assist with changing their shared room type to two single rooms will be at the expense of both travellers and will be subject to availability. Acceptance of a guaranteed twin share room is subject to the individual’s medical condition being suitable for this type of arrangement.

Please note that the guaranteed twin share pricing is not available to pre & post tour accommodation arrangements.

What fitness level is required for this tour? MODERATE LEVEL

To ensure that you select the right tour for you, we’ve developed a very clear set of fitness recommendations for our tours. These physical ratings clearly explain how much physical exertion is required to participate on each tour.

Level 1 – Easy

  • Relaxed paced tour
  • Be able to participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace.
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided

Level 2 – Moderate

  • Be able to participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks

 Level 3 – Active

  • Participate in walking tours without having to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground and walk through soft sand
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided
Will there be a daily seat rotation on this tour? YES

Passengers rotate seats in the coach daily so that all passengers have the opportunity to enjoy forward and window seating. All passengers are expected to participate as a booking condition.

Can you assist with pre & post tour accommodation? YES

Yes we can. Should you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer we can book in some pre and post tour accommodation for you. Please ask at the time of booking if you require this.

Is this tour a guaranteed departure? NO

This tour will be guaranteed once there are 10 passengers booked on the tour.

Are roadside morning teas included on our tours? YES

Yes. A point of difference is that wherever possible we offer our passengers roadside refreshments served from the coach. This gives all passengers the chance to mix and mingle over a hot cuppa allowing us to share our experiences as we journey together.

Do I need travel insurance?

Leisure Time Tours strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy. A comprehensive travel insurance policy may prevent you from spending extra money in case of an emergency and will help you feel protected during your holiday. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today.

How much luggage can I bring?

Luggage is restricted to one suitcase and one small item of hand luggage per person. Baggage handling of one suitcase per person, at each hotel, is included in the trip price. Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guest and all personal items must be taken off the coach by you each day of the trip.

What clothing should I pack?

When on tour, dress is generally relaxed and casual with an informal dress standard on most occasions. Casual wear is recommended for travelling with something a little more formal for evening dining. If taking part in outdoor activities, make sure you have a waterproof coat, comfortable footwear and dress in layers to help you adjust to any sudden changes in climate. Be prepared for New Zealand’s powerful sun, even on cold windy days, bringing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

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