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qUEENSTOWN ADVENTURE &

STEWART ISLAND

from $2291 per person

Combine two of the most beautiful places in New Zealand with your adrenaline fix in Queenstown to the remote and wild Stewart Island. 

Queenstown offers all things adventure and Stewart Island brings you close to it’s local wildlife inhabitants. This is a great mix of adventure, nature, scenery and unique experience.

 

Inclusions

  • 3 x nights at Garden Court Suites and Apartments, Queenstown
  • Kawarau Bridge Bungy jump
  • Shotover Jetboat ride
  • Transport Queenstown to Invercargill
  • Return flight Invercargill to Stewart Island
  • 3 x nights Stewart Island Lodge, Stewart Island
  • 2 x breakfasts
  • Evening Kiwi spotting
  • Half day guided Ulva Island Walk
  • 1 x night Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill

Travel Dates

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ITINERARY

Combine two of the most beautiful places in New Zealand with your adrenaline fix in Queenstown to the remote and wild Stewart Island.

Queenstown offers all things adventure and we’ve included two of the most popular activities for you to step out of your comfort zone in a controlled environment and go experience the thrill of bungy jumping and the exhilaration of jetboating.

Stewart Island is a haven for brown Kiwi or Tokoeka, which outnumber humans on the island and are active day and night. Blue penguins and the rare yellow-eyed penguins waddle among the rocks and offshore on Ulva Island, you’ll find a predator-free bird sanctuary with dozens of native species.

In the Māori language, it’s known as Rakiura which means ‘the land of glowing skies’. You’ll get an inkling why, when you see the Aurora Australis which often appears in these southern skies.

Over 85% of the island is National Park, and the island has just 28km of road, but 280km of walking tracks suited to short walks, day walks and multi-day hikes.

Day 1: Queenstown
Arrival day and time to explore the exhilarating town of Queenstown, from Ice Bars, to gondolas this place has something for everyone

Overnight: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 2: Queenstown
Today you get the thrill of jumping off a bridge 43mtrs down. Transport is provided to drive you to the jump off point at Kawarau Bridge, located in the Gibbston Valley which is a must see destination in itself. Please note: the weight restrictions on this weigh between 35kg – 235kg

Overnight: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 3: Queenstown
After a leisurely morning you will be transported to the Shotover River for your adventurous boat ride through the Canyons at speeds up to 85km hour with spins and spraying water. For about half an hour you will feel the power of the jetboat as you narrowly miss canyon walls, rocks and spin on the nose of the boat, it is the only way to see the beauty of the river.

Overnight: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 4: Stewart Island
Your transfer departs at 0655 for your 3.5hr journey to Invercargill Airport where you will board your flight to Stewart Island on Southeast Air Limited.

Note: if you are wanting dinner at Churchill it is recommended to make a reservation as it can be booked out up to 10 days in advance

Evening Kiwi Spotting
Good level of fitness and agility is essential as this tour takes place in the dark in rugged hilly, muddy, uneven ground. It is not suitable for those with walking difficulties or those visually or hearing impaired. 

Mamaku Point is a world-class ecological reserve for native flora and fauna and is located 4km from Oban township on the coastline of Stewart Island. The Reserve is enclosed by a 2.1km long biosecurity fence to inhibit the movement of non-native mammals into the Reserve. A fence protects over 126 native species, including at least 18 native bird species with scores of native invertebrate species.

Entry into the reserve is via a simple quarantine enclosure and from there the terrain includes walking on muddy wet tracks, native bush, very uneven ground, some gradients and maybe sandy beaches, in our search for Stewart Island Brown Kiwi (Tokoeka) in its natural environment.

With little or no light pollution at Mamaku Point we often enjoy the spectacular night sky in the company of kiwi snuffling and feeding nearby. At certain times of the year penguins and petrels can be heard, and most evenings the distinctive two-tone Morepork calls resound around the forest. On the drive back into the Halfmoon Bay area we inevitably encounter all manner of night-time creatures, such as penguins crossing the road and white-tailed deer feasting on well-stocked vegetable gardens!

Overnight: Stewart Island Lodge including breakfast

Day 5: Stewart Island
Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary is a unique predator-free environment, with well-maintained gravel walking tracks where we take time to enjoy and discover our temperate Gondwanaland rainforest. Our guides are experienced birding, wildlife and natural history specialists; they bring their love of this special Island to ensure our visitors receive a memorable experience. Discover our rare and endangered birds and plants at close quarters and take away the knowledge that you have glimpsed a part of a unique and primeval world. Whilst our walks are gentle, there are steps and beach walking involved on Ulva Island and steps up/down between the wharf and boat – therefore clients need to be physically agile and able to do this unassisted.

Please note a min 4 people are required for this tour to depart Clients need to have sufficient mobility to transfer between wharf and boat and walk for at least 3 hours unassisted, including steps & sandy beach.

Overnight: Stewart Island Lodge including breakfast

Day 6: Stewart island
Time to explore on your own, meet the locals

Overnight: Stewart Island Lodge including breakfast

Day 7: Invercargill
After breakfast grab your flight back to Invercargill to explore the rest of the city.

Overnight: Kelvin Hotel

Day 8: Home

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