Southern Odyssey: Stewart Island & the Catlins - MoaTours

Invercargill has fascinating transport museums and Stewart Island and Ulva Island bird sanctuary are a nature lover's playground. See the natural wonders of the Catlins Coast and discover the Scottish heritage of Dunedin and its mainland albatross colony.

Departure: 23 Nov 2020, 22 Feb 2021


Day 1: Fly to Queenstown – Mandeville – Gore – Invercargill

From Queenstown we 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. Stay at Ascot Hotel, Invercargill.

Day 2: Invercargill – Transport World – Indian Scout – Fly to Stewart Island

It’s all about wheels at Bill Richardson’s Transport World, Classic Motorcycles and Burt Munro’s Indian Scout on display at E. Hayes & Son. We fly across Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island where we stay two nights at Bay Motel and dine at the South Seas Hotel.

Day 3: Stewart Island sightseeing – Rakiura National Park – Ulva Island

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

Day 4: Stewart Island – Invercargill – Catlins – Kaka Point

We fly back to Invercargill and drive the Catlins to Waipapa Point, Curio Bay’s petrified forest and Porpoise Bay. We lunch at Niagara Café and have fun winding “rustic automata” at The Lost Gypsy Gallery in Papatowai. Overnight at Nugget View Motel and nearby B&Bs.

Day 5: Kaka Point – Royal Albatross colony, Otago Peninsula – Dunedin

Enjoy the spectacular views from Nugget Point Lighthouse. We drive out along the Otago Peninsula to the Royal Albatross Centre, the only mainland albatross colony in the world. We dine in and stay two nights at The Southern Cross Hotel.

Day 6: Dunedin sightseeing – Olveston House – Signal Hill – Carey’s Bay

We visit Olveston House with its time capsule of treasures and stop at the bottom of Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world. Take in the views from Signal Hill, lunch at Carey’s Bay historic hotel and visit the Tropical Forest butterfly house.

Day 7 – Dunedin sightseeing – Fly to Auckland

There’s time to further check out Dunedin city this morning, visiting Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and checking out the inner city where Robbie Burns’ statue takes pride of place in The Octagon. We lunch nearby then continue to Dunedin airport. 




  • Accommodation: 6 nights standard accommodation.
  • Trip Leader: Knowledgeable MoaTours guide. 
  • Transport: Return flights from Auckland, comfortable air-conditioned motorcoach (max 18 travellers).
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners.
  • Activities & Attractions: Tour the Croydon Aviation Heritage Trust factory and museum, Mandeville, Enjoy a dram of whisky from the Hokonui Moonshine Museum, Gore, East Southland Gallery, Gore, Bill Richardson Transport World, Invercargill, Classic Motorcycle Mecca & Burt Munro’s Indian Scout, Invercargill, Take the return scenic flight from Invercargill across the Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island, On Stewart Island sightsee by coach with a local guide, Cruise the sheltered waters of beautiful Paterson Inlet, Land at Ulva Island sanctuary to see the birdlife, Lost Gypsy Curios and "rustic automata", Papatowai, Visit the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head, Guided tour of historic Olveston House built in 1904, Visit the Discovery World Tropical Forest at the Otago Museum

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