8-Day Tour of South New Zealand from Invercargill

You can tick of much of your bucket list with this tour! With places such as Bill Richardsons Transport World, The bottom of New Zealand Bluff, Milford Sound, Cromwells Highlands Motorsport Park, Larnachs Castle, Speights Brewery and much more this one tour has it all.

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Duration

8 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 7x Dinner
    • 1x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • All Accommodation
    • Entry into Bill Richardson Transport World
    • Milford Sound scenic cruise
    • Entry into Highlands Motorsport Museum
    • Carrick Wine tour and tasting
    • Entry into Hayes Engineering Works
    • Guided tour of Larnachs Castle
    • Speights Brewery tour
    • Entry into Tuma Toka Curioscape
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Invercargill Airport transfers
    • Entry/Admission - Bill Richardson Transport World
    • Entry/Admission - Highlands - Experience the Exceptional
    • Entry/Admission - Carrick Winery & Vineyards
    • Entry/Admission - Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead
    • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens
    • Entry/Admission - Speight’s Brewery
    What's excluded :
    • Everything not mentioned in Inclusions
    • Entry/Admission - Kawarau Suspension Bridge

  • Day 1: Arrival at Invercargill and transfer to hotel

    Stop At: Invercargill, Invercargill, Southland Region, South Island
    We will pick you up from the airport and take you to Ascot Park Hotel where you'll have dinner and spend the night.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Ascot Park Hotel



    Day 2: Invercargill - Bluff - Te-Anau

    Stop At: Invercargill, Invercargill, Southland Region, South Island
    After breakfast, we head out on a short tour of New Zealand’s Southernmost City, Invercargill. It has an old-world charm with its heritage buildings and beautifully groomed parks, witness the changes with construction taking place in the city centre.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Bill Richardson Transport World, 491 Tay St Hawthorndale, Invercargill 9810 New Zealand
    Spread over 15,000 sqm you will be amazed by the restoration journey that has taken place with a mixture of trucks, rare classic vehicles, farm machinery, themed bathrooms and wearable art collection.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Bluff, Bluff, Southland Region, South Island
    Bluff, the bottom of New Zealand. Stand at the beginning of State Highway 1, and get your photo taken at the world-famous signpost at Stirling Point. At the top of Bluff Hill, you will see panoramic views from the sea to the mountains in the distance and on a good day Stewart Island.

    If in season and available, you may be able to tickle your taste buds and try out the famous Bluff Oyster!
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Queens Park, Queens Drive, Invercargill New Zealand
    The 81ha jewel in the centre of Invercargill which is recognised as one of the most important parks in New Zealand.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Invercargill Water Tower, Doon Street, Invercargill New Zealand
    Invercargill’s water tower has been described as an architectural treasure and a prime example of Victorian architecture. Invercargill water tower demonstrates the ability to provide a utilitarian structure which is aesthetically pleasing. Built originally as the primary means of pressurized water supply system for the city, the tower now performs a ‘back up’ role, for when there are water supply disruptions from the main supply in the city.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Anderson Park Art Gallery, 91 McIvor Road, Invercargill 9876 New Zealand
    Before the closure of Anderson House due to earthquake risk in 2014, the Invercargill Public Art Gallery (formerly named Anderson Park Art Gallery), was housed within this grand residence. Originally known as Victoria Park, it was once the home to the late Sir Robert and Lady Anderson. They bought the property in 1910, and began building the homestead in January 1924.
    It is set in 24 hectares of landscaped gardens, lawns and native bush.
    Invercargill Public Art Gallery was established in 1951 when the property was gifted to the city by the Anderson family. The four children abided by the wishes of their father, who wanted the house and grounds to be used as a public park and art gallery upon the passing of him and Lady Elizabeth Anderson. The name was changed to Anderson Park Art Gallery in the 1970s to honour this gifting.
    Although the gallery no longer resides in the house, the park is open to the public and the residence can be enjoyed from the outside.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Stirling Point, 39 Ward Parade, Bluff 9814, New Zealand
    Stirling Point is located at the beginning (or end) of New Zealand's State Highway 1, in the small township of Bluff. It is named after Captain William Stirling who established a Whaling Station nearby in 1836.

    Stirling Point is most famous for its signpost, which depicts directions and distances to major cities around the world. This signpost has featured in thousands of travellers photographs and is a must-do for visitors to Southland.

    The point is also the start of a number of scenic short walks on Bluff Hill peninsula that traverse a wide variety of vegetation, including native bush, coastal scrub and privately owned farmland.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Bluff Hill, Southland 9814, New Zealand
    The Bluff Hill/Motupohue area provides visitors to the area with spectacular views over Foveaux Strait and the Southland Plains, a well-established track network, mountain bike track, car park and interpretation panels.

    Original native forest, wind-battered coast and scrub-covered hillsides are some of the delights of Bluff Hill/Motupohue.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South Island
    To end the day we stop in Te-Anau where travellers can visit local shops, view the beautiful mountains and lake.

    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Distinction Luxmore Hotel



    Day 3: Milford Sound to Queenstown

    Stop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand
    After a hearty breakfast, we will travel from Te-Anau to the spectacular scenes of Milford Sound, a tick off the bucket list.

    You will stop at Mirror Lakes where you will see the stunning mountain scenery perfectly reflected in the water of the lakes. Then onto Homer Tunnel the 1.2km long man-made Tunnel through solid rock is the only road access to Milford Sound. You will stop at the Chasm where the roaring Cleddau River and gushing waterfalls won’t fail to impress.

    Once in Milford Sound, you will cruise the waters to discover its natural wonder of sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforests. Keen eyes may observe seals basking on the rocks or a local pod of dolphins streaking through the sound. The boat crew will ensure you don’t miss the photo-worthy highlights.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island
    Leaving Milford Sound, travel through Fiordland National park, reach Otago and see lake Wakatipu from Devils Staircase lookout. Onto Frankton, Queenstown for the night.
    With your free time take time to travel into Queenstown and see what it has to offer.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Ramada Remarkables Park – Frankton


    Day 4: Arrowtown to Cromwell

    Stop At: Arrowtown, Arrowtown, Otago Region, South Island
    We will start our travel to the heart of Central Otago, first stop Arrowtown, you will be enchanted by Historic Arrowtown, a New Zealand treasure, with its beautiful buildings and famed nature trails. Arrowtown is charming and quirky, a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River.
    The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of small-town heritage buildings that stretch into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miners’ cottages. The buildings in this lovely precinct house shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants. It is a wonderful place to browse and relax.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kawarau Suspension Bridge, Kawarau Bridge, Gibbston New Zealand
    From Arrowtown we will travel to Cromwell via the Kawarau gorge stopping at the Kawarau Gorge suspension bridge (AJ Hackett’s bungy jumping bridge) for some photoshoots and if your game takes the leap.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Highlands - Experience the Exceptional, SH6 & Sandflat Road, Cromwell 9384 New Zealand
    You will visit the famous Highland’s Motorsport Park Museum, because even if you’re not a motorsport fan, these top of the line machines are impressive to come face to face with. Since you only ever see them in the movies or on TV, there is something about being in the same room as these rare special cars that gets everyone buzzing.
    The Museum is home to the some of the rarest cars in NZ motorsport history but also some hidden gems that include an authentic American sheriff’s patrol car, a larger than life Transformer’s Bumblebee action figure on display and even several arcade driving games. The Batak machine is always a hit with people who love the challenge of hands-on active fun.
    Why not enjoy some of the other thrilling attractions Highlands has to offer while you are there, a spin in a go-kart or a hot lap in a Ferrari, another tick off the bucket list!
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Carrick Winery & Vineyards, 247 Cairnmuir Road, Bannockburn 9384, New Zealand
    The Cromwell basin is home to a host of award-winning wineries; take in the scenery while enjoying some the world’s finest Central Otago wine at Carrick Winery Bannockburn, here you will experience an unforgettable wine tour and tasting of their organically certified, estate-grown wines. Find out first hand what makes their vineyards and wines so special.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Cromwell, Cromwell, Central Otago, Otago Region, South Island
    Overnight stop at Cromwell, If you have time wander down to the historic Cromwell Heritage Precinct for a selection of boutique shops, art galleries, and cosy cafes.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: The Gate Cromwell


    Day 5: Cromwell to Dunedin

    Stop At: Maniototo, Otago 9395, New Zealand
    The Maniototo, travel through towns such as Omakau, Ophir and Poolburn through the Ida Valley, we will pass the site of the famous Brass monkey rally.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead, 39 Hayes Road (Just off the Ida Valley-Omakau Road), Oturehua 9387 New Zealand
    Enjoy a guided tour through the amazing Hayes Engineering Works at Oturehua, the home of impressive farming inventions (1895-1933). The plant features equipment still used and exported today. Nearby a quick look in the Gilchrist’s general store, trading since 1902 is crammed with memorabilia of its life as a general store.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Naseby, Naseby, Central Otago, Otago Region, South Island
    From Oturehua we will visit Naseby, born out of the goldrush in 1863 and not much has changed since then, you will enjoy history, yesteryear buildings and a leisurely stroll, pop into the Information Centre and pick up the “A Walk Through History” brochure. It includes a detailed map of the village, with buildings of interest singled out for a closer look.

    If you desire to take a step back in time into the Early Settlers Museum. It is home to many treasures from Maniototo’s past, including old photographs and newspapers, household items and mineral samples. The museum includes the much-photographed watchmaker’s shop and old Chronicle newspaper office.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Dunedin, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island
    Leaving Naseby we will then drive towards Dunedin on a road worth investing called “the pig route” learn how it got such a name and what pigs have to do with it!

    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Victoria Hotel


    Day 6: Dunedin

    Stop At: Larnach Castle & Gardens, 145 Camp Rd Otago Peninsula, Dunedin New Zealand
    Dunedin the oldest city in New Zealand, today you will get a lie-in, we will depart the hotel at 10.00 am on a short tour past New Zealand’s oldest university, the historic Dunedin Railway Station, and Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world (under dispute).

    Then we will head around the picturesque peninsula to Larnachs Castle for a guided tour around the castle itself. After this you will have time to walk through the extensive gardens and browse the gift shop. Larnach Castle is one of New Zealand’s premier visitor attractions. Lovingly restored by the Barker Family, the Castle and surrounding grounds are at the heart of the Dunedin visitor experience.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Speight’s Brewery, 200 Rattray Street Central City, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand
    Next the Speights brewery tour! See over 141 years of brewing history as you will be guided through an interactive brewery tour. Focus on the history of this Dunedin icon, by exploring the brewery from top to bottom, with your guide along the way you will learn about all of the ingredients that go into the award-winning brews. The tour ends with a tasting, where you will get to enjoy samples of the beer as knowledgeable guides talk you through the different styles and flavours in the Speights range. No tour would be complete without sampling the fine product.

    In the brand new tasting room you will be able to pour your own tastings from the Speights range.

    After the tour you will pop down to the Speight’s Ale House, situated within the Brewery for your evening meal, you will find generous helpings of great Southern Fare.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World, Baldwin Street, Dunedin 9010 New Zealand
    Visit Baldwin Street, see if you can walk the steepest street in the world!
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Victoria Hotel


    Day 7: The Catlins

    Stop At: Nugget Point Lighthouse, The Nuggets Rd, Ahuriri Flat 9271 New Zealand
    Rise and Shine! Today we leave Dunedin and follow the Southern Scenic Route back to where it all started, Invercargill.

    We will head through Kaka Point to Nugget Point lighthouse, it is one of the oldest in New Zealand. The views of the big blue beyond are sensational and if you look below the lighthouse you may see fur seals frolicking in the surf.

    As we drive further down the coastline we will stop for strolls to waterfalls and beaches. You will take in breath taking scenery and have plenty of chances to put your photography skills to good use. You will be a pro by now!
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Curio Bay, Curio Bay, Southland Region, South Island
    One of the main highlights of today is Curio Bay, which has a 180-million-year-old Jurassic fossil forest – one of only three such accessible fossil forests in the world. The bay is also home to a colony of rare Yellow-Eyed Penguins (Hoiho) and a resident pod of rare Hector’s Dolphin (Upokohue).
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Slope Point, Slope Point, Southland Region, South Island
    Slope Point, the southernmost point of the South Island, where you will get to stretch your legs by walking through farmland to the point. Don’t forget to take a photo at the famous signpost.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Waipapa, Waipapa, Bay of Islands, Northland Region, North Island
    Waipapa Point will be another stop, this is home to New Zealand’s worst-ever civilian maritime disaster where the Steamship Tararua sank and 131 lives were lost. You can walk down to the scenic sand dunes, on a good day, Sea Lions and Fur Seals can often be seen sunbathing on the beach.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Invercargill, Invercargill, Southland Region, South Island
    Your final stop for the night is at the Ascot Park Hotel where it all began 7 days earlier.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Ascot Park Hotel

    Day 8: Airport Transfers and Farewell

    Pass By: Invercargill, Invercargill, Southland Region, South Island
    Today we say our farewells over breakfast, we offer Airport transfers to Invercargill Airport until 4.00pm today

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can collect all travellers on this tour from Invercargill airport and provide Hotel transfersAirports
    • Invercargill Airport, Invercargill New Zealand
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 1/26/2021 - 1/26/2021
    Tuesday:07:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    3/10/2021 - 3/10/2021
    Wednesday:07:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    5/1/2021 - 5/1/2021
    Saturday:07:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    7/24/2021 - 7/24/2021
    Saturday:07:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    9/6/2021 - 9/6/2021
    Monday:07:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    11/18/2021 - 11/18/2021
    Thursday:07:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • The duration of the stay at each location may vary depending on the customer's preferences
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Event Bus Charters and Tours

Activity ID: V-131138P2

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