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Canterbury Trails

Queenstown - Milford Sound – Te Anau - Dunedin: Private Two Day Tour

Embark on a South Island Odyssey: Fiordland to the Otago Peninsula

Immerse yourself in the dramatic landscapes of New Zealand's South Island on this two-day adventure. From the majestic fjords of Milford Sound to the rugged coastlines and ancient forests of the Catlins, experience a diverse range of natural wonders. Explore the glacial valleys of Fiordland National Park, cruise through the iconic Milford Sound, and uncover the hidden treasures of the southern coast.

Day 1: Queenstown to Milford Sound – Te Anau
Our journey begins in Queenstown, heading into the heart of Fiordland National Park. The road to Milford Sound is a destination in itself, winding through lush farmland, past shimmering lakes and tussock-covered flats, and into the breathtakingly steep, U-shaped valleys carved by ancient glaciers.
Feel the landscape grow wilder as the sound of rushing water intensifies. After rainfall, the park awakens with cascading waterfalls and the thunderous roar of nature. We'll traverse the Homer Tunnel, a Depression-era engineering feat that opened Milford Sound to the world.
Experience the majesty of this natural wonder – voted one of the seven scenic wonders of the world – on a captivating boat cruise. Afterwards, stretch your legs with short walks to further explore the area before settling into your comfortable accommodations in Te Anau.

Day 2: Te Anau to Catlins – Otago Peninsula
Bidding farewell to Fiordland, we venture towards the rugged southern coast, stopping in Riverton to visit the award-winning Te Hikoi Museum. Bypassing Invercargill and Bluff (the gateway to Stewart Island), we'll take the scenic Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail, showcasing the southernmost tip of mainland New Zealand.
Discover the ancient secrets of Curio Bay, where fossilized forests meet the sea. Enjoy a delightful lunch before continuing to the majestic Papatowai waterfalls, perfect for a refreshing walk. As we head north, take in the stunning views of the Taieri River Mouth and a spectacular coastal drive to your overnight accommodation on the Otago Peninsula or in Dunedin.

This unforgettable two-day adventure showcases the diverse landscapes and hidden treasures of New Zealand's South Island. 

Tour Inclusions:

  • Travel by luxury vehicle
  • Picnic morning or afternoon teas
  • Café lunches on each day
  • Fully escorted with local knowledgeable guide

Not included:

  • Optional activities
  • Accommodation and meals (unless otherwise stated)
  • Flights


Tour Code: SH08-S/N

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