Discover the great Southern region, from the Otago Peninsula to the Catlins, Stewart Island, Bert Monro collection, Te Anau, and Milford Sound to Queenstown. A special experience and an unforgettable journey. Tour starts in Dunedin.
The Stewart Island & Southern Explorer Tour
Join us on a small group tour to discover the great Southern region, its wildlife and nature. From the Otago Peninsula Royal Albatross colony to the Catlins, Stewart Island, Bert Monro collection, Te Anau, and Milford Sound to Queenstown. A special experience and an unforgettable journey. Tour starts in Dunedin and finishes in Queenstown. Group size 4-9 people.
After breakfast today we meet our local eco-tour guide for an in-depth look at the Catlins. See treasures of fossils, find out about the history, the middens left by Maori communities, the ancient podocarp forests full of rimu, totara, matai and rata and the kingfishers, tuis and bellbirds. We return to our Catlins accommodation for a second night.
Today we follow the southern coastal route to Invercargill stopping off at Slope Point the southernmost point of NZ and Waipapa Bay where the sea lions live. Arriving in Invercargill for lunch and time for a visit to see Bert Monroe's motorbikes plus other historic bikes and a look around town before catching our plane to Stewart Island for a two night stay at the Stewart Island Lodge. In the evening we will experience some southern hospitality with dinner prepared by members of the local Lions for us.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with views of native bush and the friendly Kaka who visit the Lodge veranda for treats before we visit Ulva Island strolling around the excellent walking tracks amongst predator free podocarp forest, home to many endangered species. Return back to Oban town-ship where we will have lunch. Depart for a minivan tour exploring landmarks and hear the history of Oban, then spend time exploring, or just absorb the tranquillity of the island. Dinner tonight is at the South Seas Hotel the blue cod is highly recommended and enjoya second night's stay at the lodge nestled in native bush on the hillside.
After breakfast we depart Stewart Island to fly back to Invercargill airport. We will drive through the townships of Riverton and Tuatapere before arriving in Te Anau in time for an afternoon Glow Worm Cave Tour which includes a boat trip across the lake to see the astonishingly beautiful underground world. By geological standards the caves are very young (12,000 years) and are still being carved out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall. Deep inside the caves, beyond the roar of the water, you will be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms, unique to New Zealand. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a glittering display that is nothing short of extraordinary. After your tour we will settle into our lakeside accommodation for the evening and have a meal out.
Depart TeAnau and drive to the uniquely beautiful and truly awe-inspiring Milford Sound. Discover its beauty on a 2 hour nature cruise,spot wildlife such as Bottlenose Dolphin and Penguin while you cruise around the sound and see the fresh glacial water straight from waterfalls around you. After your cruise we depart for Queenstown to our central hotel accommodation and have our last meal together.
After breakfast we will say our goodbyes.
Tour includes 7 nights' accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 1 morning teas, 3 lunches, 6 evening meals,Stewart Island return flights, Catlins Guided Eco-Tour, Ulva Island guided tour, Milford Sound Nature Cruise, Te Anau Glow Worm Cave Tour. Pick up from Dunedin, and drop off in Queenstown (Christchurch transfers by arrangement)
Hi Geoff and Lee,
I found the Molesworth Heritage tour excellent. I expected impressive scenery and to learn more about the history of the area but what I experienced well exceeded my expectations. The tour was very well planned giving our small group time to enjoy our surroundings and to absorb that which our excellent driver/guide,Trevor, had to tell us about the fauna and flora and the history of the area. I learnt a great deal.
There where many highlight but one which I particularly enjoyed was to meet with the Stevenson family, of Upcot Station, and to chat over a mug of genuine billy tea. That’s kind of encounter is probably only possible if travelling in a small group.
I have been recommending your company to friends and acquaintances.
Kind regards from a well satisfied customer.- Ann Warner
Thankyou so much for the cd of our trip. It was marvelous. Trevor was very informative about the families that had settled on Molesworth. South Island hospitality is alive and well. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip- Carrolyn Waugh
Just wanted to say we have really had a fabulous time on your cycle trip It's been the most awesome cycling ( despite us being being rather slow) And we have really appreciated the great people that Geoff and Peter are and are grateful for their care, stories and humour. It's also been illuminating and quite amazing meeting the people who live and work in the valleys : totally eye opening
Please convey all our thanks to Geoff and Peter and also to you for organizing
I seriously will be back next year with the family.- Chern. Four Day Cycle TourFour Day Molesworth Cycle Tour
My Mum & I thoroughly enjoyed our recent tour with you. We loved the variety. You packed so much into those 4 days but it was still very relaxing. The food was fabulous. Loved the two restaurants we went to in Hanmer & Kaikoura – both top quality.
It was great being able to meet locals like Bill (outstanding morning tea! ), Roza at Paripuma and the Secret garden couple in Blenheim. The High tea was an awesome way to end the trip.
We were blown away by Peter Yealands property. The scenery was inspirational. What a beautiful part of the country you live in.
I have recommended the trip to some work colleagues who are keen to go on it.
We thought it was the best tour we’d ever been on. We couldn’t fault it and Geoff was amazing. His enthusiasm, great driving and local knowledge really made it enjoyable.
Thanks again- Claire
Our second trip with your company was even better than the first because we took the 4 day trip and we would recommend it as a wonderful holiday.
The countryside was rugged and spectacular and our guide really knew the history of the area and was able to point out to us exciting things we could never have imagined.
The accommodation and all the meals were excellent and we stayed in country homes we would have had no access to.
It was a lot of fun, very well organised and we felt it was a great privilege to experience the life in this very rugged and wonderful areas. Thank you very much - I recommend the trip to one and all.- Jackie NicollFour Day Molesworth Heritage Tour
Top trip. Great company. Awesome- Jim & Winsome
We would like to thank you again for the great tour.
The thoughtfulness that has gone into the tour as far as the variety of sites, accommodation, riding and scenery is brilliant. Geoff’s knowledge of the area made for every step being so interesting.
We cannot speak highly enough of the experience – a great way to see a part of the country most New Zealanders have never seen. Thanks again.- John. Molesworth Four Day Cycle TourMolesworth Four Day Cycle Tour
Thank you for another fantastic trip!. Your extensive knowledge and obvious love of the South Island's beauty made for a most informative and enjoyable trip.- Lee Fayerman
Scheduled private car and driver online before starting cruise. I requested specific wineries to visit and to include lunch.
Driver, Geoff arrived at Dock in Picton right at noon for half-day tour. He was very knowledgeable about Marlborough wineries and the industry. Lunch was wonderful and we enjoyed visiting 4 wineries. Cost was very reasonable and the knowledge of Geoff made for a wonderful afternoon.
Would highly recommend Molesworth Wine Tours.
Thanks- Pat Lundeen