Discover the silent Sounds, spectacular scenery and Stewart Island of the south
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 National Park with an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound. Cross to the sometimes forgotten corner of Otago – the rugged cliffs of the Catlins – to hike to coastal caves, then span the gap to untouched Stewart Island to explore the wilderness, listening out for the call of the kiwi. Crafted to give the right amount of active adventure and time to relax, this is the perfect southern getaway.
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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 nights and one full day to explore the wilderness of Stewart Island, cruising the bays and inlets to spot penguins and seabirds and walking along its forested coastal tracks.
With six days in the lesser visited regions of the South Island, you’ll have time to visit places others don’t.
This trip involves some walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.
Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.
Trip departures are unavailable.
There are currently no scheduled departures on our Queenstown Southern Loop trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. This trip will begin on Day 1 at 10am (for all departures up to and including April 2022) or 2pm (for all departures from May 2022) at the Heartland Hotel Queenstown. The trip concludes at 2pm on Day 6. Please take this into account when making onward travel arrangements.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 3 (Cabin) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
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