Bon Voyage Lux - Fly-Cruise - Stewart Island & Fiordland March 2022 - Flipbook - Page 3
STEWART ISLAND & FIORDLAND / TE WAHIPOUNAMU
10 NIGHT / 11 DAY – FLY CRUISE ITINERARY
Day 1 – Friday 04 March 2022
ready to sail at 4pm across Foveaux Strait to the enchanting
Stewart Island where we anchor in Paterson Inlet as a base
for the next 2 days exploring.
Midday flight with Air New Zealand Auckland to
Queenstown. On arrival early afternoon transfer to our
lodge for the next two nights. Afternoon free.
Gibbston Valley Lodge
– Lodge Villa
Breakfast included for two days and dinner on night one.
Day 4 – 5 Monday 07 & Tuesday 08 March 2022
Evening: This evening we will meet in the main lodge for
pre-dinner drinks followed by a special degustation winematched dinner in the cellar.
Day 2 – Saturday 05 March 2022
Today you have the option of a round of golf at nearby
Millbrook Resort or take an e-bike excursion around
Gibbston Valley or even a bit further to Arrowtown. This
afternoon we will offer an option to head into Queenstown
for a spot of retail therapy.
Day 3 - 10: ISLAND ESCAPE CRUISE
Day 3 – Sunday 06 March 2022
This morning we will leave Gibbston Valley for a three hour
drive south to Invercargill enroute to Bluff. We will stop
enroute for coffee at Garston or Five Rivers and be in
Invercargill in time for lunch. A visit to Bill Richardson’s
Transport World is an option before we continue to Bluff.
We join Island Escape in Bluff, New Zealand’s southernmost
town, and Southland’s port. Once you have been
introduced to the ship and the safety systems, we will be
Oban is the only town on Stewart Island. It is located in
Halfmoon Bay within Paterson Inlet, with access via aircraft
from Invercargill and regular ferry services from Bluff. It has
a choice of places to eat, a few souvenir retailers, and all
the essential shops. We walk the numerous tracks across
the islands, kayak the beautiful coastline and cruise the
very nearby islands.
Ulva Island is a small island about 3.5 km long lying within
Paterson Inlet. It has an area of 267 hectares. Ulva Island’s
relative isolation, but easy access from Stewart Island has
allowed it to become an important natural resource area. It
is a sanctuary for both birds and plants, holding species that
on the mainland of New Zealand are rare or have died out.
Our guided walking tour will give you a chance to learn
about the primeval rainforest, birds and plants. We will
stop often to view endemic and native birds at close range.
You may hear kaka, bellbird and tui song, glimpse rare
saddleback and yellowhead and try to spot New Zealand’s
smallest bird, the rifleman.
The kiwi spotting tour is available to our more adventurous
night owls. After dark we depart in small groups to search
very quietly for kiwi. We may hear their shrill calls in the
night, or the lovely sounds of the morepork. Our expert
guides are experienced at finding kiwi and will do all they
can to make this a memorable experience.