Queenstown Southern Loop

6 Day Small Group Adventure from Queenstown to Queenstown with Intrepid

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Intrepid's 6 Day Queenstown Southern Loop. Explore the rugged reaches of the South Island on this six-day trip with Intrepid, beginning and ending in Queenstown. Make your way to the shores of the South Island’s biggest lake and sail the silent waters of glacier-carved Fiordland...read more

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Small Group Adventure Starts In
Starts In
Queenstown
Small Group Adventure Ends In
Ends In
Queenstown
Trip Budget
Budget
Affordable
12
Max Group Size
12
Short Break
Trip Style
Short Break
Moderate
Trip Pace
Moderate
Countries Explored:
New Zealand
Trip Operated By:
Intrepid
Intrepid
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Trip Code:
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Itinerary

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1 Queenstown - Te Anau

Welcome to the South Island! Make your own way to the hotel, where the adventure kicks off with a 10 am welcome meeting where you'll join up with your leader and group. If you're looking for more time in ‘Adventure Capital of the World', look to book in some time after the end of the trip. After the meeting, head to the lovely lakeside town of Te Anau – gateway to Fiordland National Park.

Watch the stunning landscapes pass by as you round the bottom of Lake Wakatipu with the aptly named The Remarkables mountains in the background. The five-hour drive will take you to the shores of the South Island's biggest lake, which extends into the fiords and deeply forested mountains. Tonight you there's an optional chance to head underground by boat and see thousands of glow worms illuminate subterranean caves, to spectacular effect.

2 Te Anau

The stunning, unforgettable sights of the fiords are best experienced by boat, so today you'll set off for a memorable cruise on Milford Sound, known locally as Piopiotahi. Sail along the waters that pour out into the Tasman Sea, and look out for bottlenose dolphins and fur seals at play. Nature feels close here in the silence of the sound as you make your way past countless tumbling, misting cascades, soaring icy peaks, lush rainforest and twisting inlets.

Soak up the surrounds so stunning that they feel almost fake, and breathe in the crisp mountain air. Afterwards get a different perspective of the sound, surrounded by native bush, as you take on the lookout track with your leader. There's a bit of a climb, but the views are more than worth it to look down on the water and up at the peaks. The spectacular views keep on coming with a Mirror Lakes walk, where the peaks and greenery reflect in the clear lake waters. Return to Te Anau in time for dinner this evening – maybe seek out some local fare like venison or even lobster for dinner. (B)

3 The Catlins

This morning it's time to swap one side of the island for the other as you make your way to what feels like a forgotten corner of Otago – the Catlins. This untamed coastal wilderness is home to rugged cliffs, dense forest, and some spectacular hidden waterfalls. Explore the Cathedral Caves, only accessible at low tide after a walk through forest down to the beach.

The work of water over thousands of years, the impressive sea cave complex reaches up to 200 metres into the cliff and reach heights of over 30 metres inside. Test the aptness of the name by trying out the church-like acoustics. After lunch take the time to soak up the sights of pounding surf, windswept beaches and sunbathing sea lions as you stroll the sands with your leader. (B)

4 Stewart Island
Head to the very bottom of the island and take a ferry across the Foveaux Strait to the country's third largest landmass, Stewart Island. It takes about one hour to travel the 30-kilometre strait. The island is almost entirely national park, which makes its unspoiled forests, beaches and bays a haven for hikers of all abilities as well as birdwatchers – it's home to endangered brown kiwi, flightless Stewart Island kiwi and nearly extinct kakapo parrots. In the Maori language the island is known as Rakiura, which means ‘the land of glowing skies'. So tonight your leader will brief you to find the best nearby vantage point to explore the night sky. (B)
5 Stewart Island

Enjoy a full day to explore the island as you discover the coast and Rakiura National Park. There will be cruises on the bays and inlets spotting penguins and seabirds and walks along forested coastal tracks past early Maori settlements. Learn about the local flora and fauna, and relax on the beach for a picnic lunch.

Take in the views over glistening William Bay and see if you can spot the mountains of the South Island in the distance. Then give your legs a rest as you jump in a van for a scenic road trip back to Halfmoon Bay. Return to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the evening to relax after your full day of island exploration, joining the group for an included dinner at local restaurant tonight. (B/D)

6 Stewart Island - Queenstown
Your trip comes to an end today when you arrive back in Queenstown at approximately 2 pm. If you have extra time to spend in Queenstown, make sure to get out and take advantage of the numerous adventure activities on offer. The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu not only serve as spectacular props to get your adrenaline fix, they're also beautiful to look at. The town is also a great base for exploring Central Otago's excellent vineyards and historic mining towns. (B)

Intrepid Travel Inclusions

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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Soak up the silence of Milford Sound on a cruise across its waters – you'll be left speechless by the hundreds of tumbling cascades and deeply forested mountains.
  • Explore the Cathedral Caves of the Catlins, an untamed coastal wilderness home to rugged cliffs, dense forest, and spectacular hidden waterfalls.
  • Cross the Foveaux Strait to unspoilt Stewart Island, a haven for hikers and birdwatches and the place to spot a wild kiwi.
  • Enjoy two days to explore the wilderness of Stewart Island, cruising the bays and inlets to spot penguins and seabirds and walking along its forested coastal tracks.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (5 nights)
Included Meals
  • 5 Breakfasts included
  • 1 Dinners included
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