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10 Day Deep South Holiday Package

Tour Highlights

NZ$4399 per adult
• 10 nights in 4 Star Accommodation
• Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla with Full Insurance
• TSS Earnslaw Cruise, Farm Tour and Dinner
• Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour
• Milford Sound Nature Cruise
• Return Flight Invercargill to Stewart Island
• Larnach Castle & Grounds Entry
**Includes FREE Skyline Queenstown Gondola Pass**

Explore the lesser-known wonders of the deep south on this unforgettable South Island road trip.

From Fiordland National Park to Stewart Island, the southernmost region of New Zealand’s South Island is a very special place. Here you will find untouched wilderness, abundant native wildlife, and awe-inspiring views.

This South Island road trip is designed to take you off the beaten path to see some of the true highlights of New Zealand.

Read on for the full details of the 10 Day Deep South Holiday Package.

10 Day Deep South Holiday Package | South Island Road Trip

Day 1 Arrive Queenstown

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TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruise

Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. Collect your rental car from the airport and make your way to your accommodation.

In the evening, relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. This is the only coal fired passenger vessel that is still operating in the southern hemisphere. Step aboard – watch the stokers fueling the fireboxes and hear the hiss of the steam engines working as the TSS Earnslaw takes you on a nostalgic cruise over beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm, where you will enjoy a stunning four course meal. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high country farming life. On your return cruise, relax with a drink from the bar or join a fun sing-along with the ship’s pianist.

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Relax and explore Queenstown, with the option to visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, the Underwater Observatory, or the Ivan Clarke Gallery; ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin, or simply enjoy a lakefront stroll or a bit of boutique shopping.

You can choose from an exciting range of optional activities including raftingscenic flights4WD safariswinery tours and more.

Day 3 Te Anau

Driving time Queenstown to Te Anau 172 km / 106  miles, 2.5 hours

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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Journey alongside Queenstown’s stunning Lake Wakatipu and then through lush green farmland to reach Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.

In the afternoon, take the magical Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour. Explore a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Your Te Anau Glowworm Cave adventure begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Te Anau. Board the catamaran Luminosa to cross to the western side of the lake. On arrival, there is time to view the interesting displays at Cavern House before your friendly guides accompany you underground in small groups. As you explore by path and small boat, your senses will be overwhelmed. In this mysterious underground world, discover fossils and rock formations, and view rushing waterfalls and whirlpools. Learn how the caves are still being carved out by the incredible and relentless power of nature. Finally, glide through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight!

Stay 2 nights in Te Anau.

Day 4 Te Anau > Milford Sound

Driving time Te Anau to Milford Sound 119 km / 75 miles, 2.5 hours

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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Experience Milford Sound with an unforgettable Milford Sound Nature Cruise! The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. No other road in Fiordland offers such a diverse glimpse into New Zealand’s alpine zone.

Upon reaching Milford Sound, you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. With specialist nature guides on board, Real Journeys Nature Cruises offer a close-up experience of Milford Sound’s rainforest, soaring rock walls, and wildlife. Throughout the cruise, the guides share stories of the fiord’s history and are happy to answer your questions.

Relax and explore Te Anau for the afternoon.

Day 5 Stewart Island

Driving time Te Anau to Invercargill 158 km / 99 miles, 2 hours

Flight time Invercargill to Stewart Island 36 km / 22 miles, 20 minutes

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Stewart Island Flights

Travel to Invercargill, where you will catch a scenic flight to Stewart Island, New Zealand’s ultimate eco-tourism destination. Its densely forested hills, untouched coastline of rocky outcrops, and creamy golden sand beaches make Stewart Island a haven for native marine and bird life.

Stay 2 nights on Stewart Island.

Day 6 Stewart Island

Relax and enjoy Stewart Island for the day. You have the option to enjoy one of the popular local walking tracks, or simply relax and take in the quaint small-town lifestyle of the Island.

Day 7 Dunedin

Flight time Stewart Island to Invercargill 36 km / 22 miles, 20 minutes

Driving time Invercargill to Dunedin 206 km / 128 miles, 3 hours

Discover the Catlins Coast, an attraction in itself, whilst travelling to Dunedin, one of the bestpreserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the southern hemisphere. Dunedin offers a diverse range of experiences including the Otago Museum, the Speight’s Brewery, Larnach Castle and of course the stunning Otago Peninsula.

Stay 2 nights in Dunedin.

Day 8 Dunedin

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Larnach Castle

Today, venture to Larnach Castle which is situated on the spectacular Otago Peninsula. This castle was built by William Larnach in 1871 offering scandalous and tragic stories, incredible tower views and a exquisite Victorian interiors complete this magical castle.

The gardens at Larnach Castle have been rated by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a Garden of International Significance. This garden makes up 7 acres of the grounds and with that in mind is well worth exploring! Enjoy the sheer beauty that has been put into this magical venue!

Day 9 Wanaka

Driving time Dunedin to Wanaka 275 km / 170 miles, 4 hours

Drive through historic Central Otago – past farmland, orchards and vineyards – to reach Wanaka, an alpine paradise with views so good it’s hard to put down your camera. Explore Wanaka in the afternoon, then sit back and relax with a glass of local wine or beer at a waterfront restaurant.

Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.

Day 10 Wanaka

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Lake Wanaka

Relax and explore Wanaka – you may want to visit Puzzling World, Wanaka’s illusional attraction, or the National Toy and Transport Museum. Other options include strolling along one of Wanaka’s stunning walking tracks, relaxing on the lake’s edge or browsing through Wanaka’s boutique shops.

You could also visit Rippon Vineyard and Tasting Room to sample local wines, or catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre.

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 69 km / 43 miles, 1.5 hours

Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, one of New Zealand’s highest alpine roads, and admire the fantastic views along the way. Be sure to stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival back into Queenstown. Drop off your rental car at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

Plan a South Island Road Trip

This popular South Island itinerary is a great option for couples, families, and travellers of all ages.

In addition, this South Island road trip is fully customisable. In other words, we can add, swap out, or remove activities to match your preferences. We can also change the schedule to suit your preferences.

You may also wish to browse our range of South Island holiday packages for further inspiration.

Contact New Zealand Travel Organiser today to begin planning your unforgettable New Zealand holiday.

Tour Prices

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Twin/Double: NZ$4399 or AU$3949 PP
Single: NZ$13,999 or AU$12,799
Child: NZ$2599 or AU$2349 PP

* Child rate applies (5-14 years) when accompanied by two adults, under 5 years FOC
* AUD conversions may vary
* A peak season surcharge may apply

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