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New Zealand Murihiku Extension

12 Feb — 19 Feb 2019 | Tour Director: Mark Hanger

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Tour Director

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Mark Hanger, MA

graduate of Otago University, experienced botanist and ornithologist

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Itinerary

Day

1

A day to relax amidst the scenic grandeur of Lake Wanaka. Overnight stay at Edgewater Resort, Lake Wanaka. Free evening.

Day

2

Travel south to Lake Wakatipu and upper Mataura Valley with several high country sheep stations, including visit to working home farm and tussocklands of the upper Nevis Valley. Continue to the Fiordland World Heritage Area. Two nights at Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau.

Day

3

Whole day excursion to north Fiordland (spectacular beech forests and glacial valleys). Cruise on Milford Sound (bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals).

Day

4

Continue south to Invercargill. Early afternoon flight to Stewart Island (the least modified of the three main islands). Optional evening excursion to Paterson Inlet to view the endemic and elusive brown kiwi. Two nights at Kaka Retreat.

Day

5

Morning boat trip across Paterson Inlet to near-pristine Ulva Island (forest birds and coastal flora, and seek out the three species of penguin). Free afternoon.

Day

6

Continue via the Catlins (the so-called forgotten corner of New Zealand with spectacular coastlines and lush lowland rainforest) to Dunedin (Victorian architecture). Two nights at Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge, Dunedin.

Day

7

Walking tour through Dunedin's historic inner city. Evening: yacht cruise to Otago Peninsula and Taiaroa Head (northern royal albatross, Stewart Island shags and spotted shags, New Zealand fur seals and perhaps an endangered yellow-eyed penguin). Farewell dinner on board.

Day

8

Free morning followed by early afternoon transfer to Dunedin.

Tour Dates

12 Feb — 19 Feb 2019

Days

8

Cost

£2195

Tour Code

NZEX-19

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Cost includes:

accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, full board (except one dinner) with water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, Paterson Inlet excursion, single room supplement £325, international flights.

 
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