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2 people

Duration

9 nights

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$7990 pp

10 Day – Exclusive Private Guided Cultural Heritage Tour – East Coast of South Island

Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and unique history through a fully private guided tour of the East Coast of the South Island, incorporating cultural and natural history, vintage transport, and architecture.

Normally priced at $10,290 pp reduced for domestic travel to only NZ$7,990 pp

Aroha’s guides aren’t just drivers. They are cultured, educated experts who are on hand to provide their advice and expertise and ensure that the people in their care are looked after and have the best holiday possible. They act as both private concierge and personal guide, invested in crafting memorable experiences and showing guests the true New Zealand through authentic experiences. They excel at unobtrusive, intuitive service – quick to jump in when needed, they also know when to slow down and step back and give guests time and space to themselves to relax, take a deep breath, and really soak up their surroundings.

Day 1

Your Guide - Veronika Vermeulen

Your Guide - Veronika Vermeulen

Aroha Luxury New Zealand Tours is owned and operated by Veronika Vermeulen, the person you can expect to greet you upon arrival in this country. Whether in the company of Veronika or one of her hand-selected guides you will feel personally assured you are in the best hands this country has to offer. This European born "Kiwi" has earned her tour business an exceptional reputation as a leader in NZ's tourism trade, both here and abroad. She says she found an inner rapport with New Zealand’s abundant water, flora, fauna, and last, but not least, its people - especially the native Māori and the richness of their culture. "The traditions of the Māori are intensely intriguing, their lifestyle, their relationship with nature and family orientation all appeal to me", Veronika reflects, finally adding…"Here, I can truly be myself." Her love and passion for elite travel in New Zealand are infectious. “I listen to my clients’ requests carefully to develop an understanding of their wishes. And, in the end, they trust me to design their personal holiday", she says with a smile.

Picton NZ

Picton NZ

The picturesque seaside town of Picton is the South Island base for the connectin ferries that link the main islands of New Zealand and the heart of the Marlborough Sounds. Built around a very sheltered harbour, the town has an attractive seafront dotted with cafés, restaurants, various types of galleries. There’s also a floating maritime museum and an aquarium. Local operators can take you cruising, fishing, dolphin watching, sea kayaking or mountain biking. The Queen Charlotte Track is a major local attraction; you can conquer it on foot or on a mountain bike.

Wineries in Marlborough  NZ

Wineries in Marlborough NZ

With 90% of the country’s sauvignon blanc plantings, Marlborough is New Zealand’s (some say the world’s) sauvignon blanc capital. The region has been producing wines since early pioneers recognised something special in the land and planted the first vineyards more than 140 years ago. Scores of vineyards rub shoulders along the Wairau and Awatere Valleys in Marlborough. The vibrancy of flavour and aroma that distinguishes Marlborough's grapes is the result of a unique combination of soils, crisp nights and sun-kissed days across the region's vine-filled valleys, producing wines of unmatched intensity and aroma.

Aroha New Zealand Tours LTD

Aroha New Zealand Tours LTD (10 days)

Aroha’s guides aren’t just drivers. They are cultured, educated experts who are on hand to provide their advice and expertise and ensure that the people in their care are looked after and have the best holiday possible. They act as both private concierge and personal guide, invested in crafting memorable experiences and showing guests the true New Zealand through authentic experiences. They excel at unobtrusive, intuitive service – quick to jump in when needed, they also know when to slow down and step back and give guests time and space to themselves to relax, take a deep breath, and really soak up their surroundings.

French Fields Luxury bed and breakfast

French Fields Luxury bed and breakfast (2 nights)

This boutique accommodation, 5 minutes from Blenheim, rests in fields of lavender and olives amongst Marlborough's renowned vineyards and wineries. Experience the country style that is French provencal: a pleasing mix of old and new; of soft colours and dappled light; of shutters that shelter from the heat and cold; and fields of lavender and olives that invite you to wander...Enjoy a delicious french inspired breakfast made from fresh local and homegrown produce. Poolside, courtyard or in-suite dining options.

Day 2

Marlborough Sounds NZ

Marlborough Sounds NZ

Enjoy long sheltered inlets, clear waters and sandy bays. Hike through the forest or kayak around the headlands to discover a fresh location each day. With 1500km of New Zealand's coastline, Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Forested hills rise steeply from the sea around an intricate coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays. The area has three main bodies of water - Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds. The Department of Conservation manages over 50 reserves in this scenic playground.

Omaka Heritage Center - WW1 + WW2

Omaka Heritage Center - WW1 + WW2

The Great War (WWI) is the stage on which the story of aviation and the ‘Knights of the Sky’ comes to life. This is the personal collection of film director Sir Peter Jackson and through his generosity a series of dioramas, created by Wingnut Films and enhanced by lifelike mannequins by Weta Workshop combined to provide a museum experience, never seen before its opening in 2006.

Opened in November 2016, the exhibition Dangerous Skies broadens the Omaka experience into the more familiar territory of World War Two, even while breaking new ground. Taking visitors on a journey the through lesser-known stories of the war on the Eastern front, those of the world’s only female fighter aces and the most famous of all women regiments; Russia’s 588th Night Bombers, or ‘Night Witches’ as the Germans called them.

Like World War One’s Knights of the Sky, Dangerous Skies features mannequins made by Weta Workshop, and original, flyable static aircraft in larger-than-life dioramas, capturing specific snapshots in history.

Seafood Odyssea Cruise

Seafood Odyssea Cruise

Relax and enjoy the stunning Marlborough Sounds with the exclusive Seafood Odyssea Cruise, featuring Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams and Greenshell mussels with Marlborough sauvignon blanc for the definitive wine/food match. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound while cruising aboard our luxury launch that departs from Picton 4-5 times a week, all year round. Cruise near an aquaculture farm, learn about this industry in the Marlborough Sounds and take in the picturesque scenery.

Day 3

Christchurch NZ

Christchurch NZ

Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity. Christchurch is the city of exploration, where urban regeneration and heritage thrive. The city is constantly evolving, always giving locals and visitors something new to explore. Expect street art and innovative projects, a bustling hospitality scene and established green spaces. Christchurch is the newest city in the world, and it’s time the world rediscovered its secrets. The central city is filled with cutting-edge architecture alongside some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand. The Avon River intersects the city, bringing a natural landscape to the urban environment. Christchurch is the basecamp for South Island exploration, with the Banks Peninsula within reach, as well as the stunning Southern Alps and famed Canterbury Plains.

Kaikoura NZ

Kaikoura NZ

Kaikōura is a base for wildlife experiences of all kinds – it’s also a great place to eat crayfish (in the Māori language 'kai' means food, 'kōura' means crayfish). An easy two-hour drive north of Christchurch, Kaikōura makes for a great day trip or a fun stop on your way to Marlborough. Kaikōura's environment is truly spectacular – the village is caught between the rugged Seaward Kaikōura Range and the Pacific Ocean. In winter the mountains are covered with snow, adding to the drama of the landscape.

Kaikōura’s special talent is marine mammal encounters – whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters. Whale watching trips leave the town several times a day and the local seal colony is always entertaining. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops to explore.

Coastal Pacific Train - Scenic Plus Class

Coastal Pacific Train - Scenic Plus Class

Meander along the gorgeous Pacific Coast by rail. With the Pacific Ocean lapping at its wheels and the Kaikoura ranges rising majestically above, the Coastal Pacific is undoubtedly one of the world's most picturesque train journeys. From craggy coastal cliffs and rocky outcrops to modern vineyards and rustic farmsteads, the Coastal Pacific cruises through the full spectrum of New Zealand culture and character. Throw in a healthy dose of seals, seagulls, dolphins and the occasional whale, and the Coastal Pacific train easily ranks as one of best days out in New Zealand. Savour each moment with our Scenic Plus experience. Let us bring you local delicacies, regional wines, and captivating commentary, while you relax and enjoy our magnificent Coastal Pacific™ journey.

The George Hotel

The George Hotel (2 nights)

The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Ideally located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and River Avon. Perfect for those seeking luxury accommodation in Christchurch just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. The George offers complimentary car parking for guests, electric vehicle charging stations, a Tesla charging station, free Wi-Fi.

Day 4

Kate Sheppard House

Kate Sheppard House

Home to the celebrated leader of the women’s suffrage movement, Kate Sheppard House and gardens have been cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga since late 2019. Built in 1888, the eight room kauri villa stands on a one acre section, half of the original two acres purchased by Sheppard and her husband Walter in 1887. Kate became a nationally recognised figure for leading a nationwide campaign for women’s enfranchisement from 1887 to 1893 and as a leader of the National Council of Women working for social reform

Akaroa NZ

Akaroa NZ

An easy drive south-east of Christchurch, Banks Peninsula is the South Island's most interesting volcanic feature. Originally an island formed by two volcanic cones, the peninsula has two dominant craters which form Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours. The peninsula was named for botanist Joseph Banks, who sailed with Captain James Cook on the Endeavour. Located on the south east side of the deep, sheltered Akaroa Harbour, the charming township of Akaroa has a special point of difference - it was the only French settlement in New Zealand.

Punting On The Avon

Punting On The Avon

An iconic Christchurch activity not to be missed. Admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the changing face of the city centre as you are expertly guided gently along the Avon River from one of our two sites on our Edwardian-style Punting tours. From the Antigua Boat Sheds departure point glide through the tranquil Botanic Gardens, to view the inner city’s revitalised Avon River Precinct. Punting tours are set aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats, poled along by your Punter from the platformed till at the rear end of the boat. An ideal group or family activity, Punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective.

 Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

Voted the number 1 wildlife activity in New Zealand, your award winning cruise is packed with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin – the Hector’s Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. And you’ll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa’s fascinating past. Cruises depart every day, weather permitting. On each two-hour cruise we will endeavour to show you wildlife plus the many sea caves and volcanic cliffs. Your modern catamaran, the 60 foot /20 metre Black Cat (previously the Canterbury Cat), is perfect for viewing the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour.

Day 5

Stargazing

Stargazing

Lakestone Lodge is located in the middle of the largest International Dark Sky Reserve and is one of the best places in the world to see the Milky Way (depending on conditions). We offer a unique guided tour where you relax in either a hammock or a recliner chair, snug with a warm woolen blanket. A complimentary mulled wine, hot chocolate, tea or coffee is also provided to warm your insides on those cold winter nights. Hand warmers are available and fine Merino products are also available for purchase if required. Lie back and if you are lucky you will see the following features with your naked eye: 'shooting stars', satellites passing overhead, planets, the Southern Cross, the Milky Way other galaxies.

Your guide will point out all the highlights of the southern sky with a high powered laser pointer, teach you how to navigate using the stars and explain some Maori legends about the sky as well as other interesting theories.

Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

On the shores on the lake you'll see the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd, where the altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake. The church was built in 1935 for the pioneer families of the Mackenzie district and is still used as a place of worship. The church is a popular photo spot for visitors - please note that when you visit the church, weddings and services may be taking place, respect is needed from visitors. Close by is the "sheepdog monument" - a bronze statue sculpted to recognise the district's debt to the sheepdog "without the help of which the grazing of the mountainous country would be impossible".

Lake Tekapo NZ

Lake Tekapo NZ

Lake Tekapo is about three hours drive south-west of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin. The township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water. The first people to live in the Mackenzie Basin were Māori. They quarried stone for tools, fished for eel, hunted birds and established summer camps along the rivers and lakes. European settlers didn't really know about the area until the mid 1800s, when a Scottish shepherd named Jock Mackenzie was arrested for sheep stealing. He ventured into this high country to hide his stolen flock from the eyes of the law.



Lakestone Lodge

Lakestone Lodge (2 nights)

Imagine waking up to some of the most stunning views in the country. Imagine sharing a fine wine as the sun sets on Aoraki/Mt Cook and watching its reflection in the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki. Lakestone Lodge is the perfect base for some incredible experiences. We hope that you will come and join us in this spectacular part of the world. The six guest rooms have been stylishly designed with guests in mind and an eye to sustainable living. Double glazing and best practice insulation improve the energy efficiency of each room and ensure that guests remain cosy during their stay. Enjoy the view while soaking in an en-suited room with a luxurious bathtub nestled under the window.

Day 6

The Grand Traverse

The Grand Traverse

The flight of a lifetime, the “Grand Traverse” is a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks and shows you the region like no other flight. The Grand Traverse is recognised as the premier Aoraki Mount Cook flight-seeing experience and NZ’s “must do” scenic flight; this magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand’s most memorable and breathtaking scenery

Clay Cliffs Waitaki NZ

Clay Cliffs Waitaki NZ

These natural rock formations are just 10 km west of Omarama. The Clay Cliffs are a stark sight - tall pinnacles separated by narrow ravines. These otherworldly formations are made up of layers of gravel and silt, originally formed by the flow from ancient glaciers over a million years ago. The cliffs are on private land. There's a donation box at the gate where you can pay the $5 vehicle admission fee.

Hooker Valley NZ

Hooker Valley NZ

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock. Walking one of the tracks is the best way to experience this ancient landscape. The track leads up the Hooker Valley and along the Hooker River, ending at the glacier lake, where there are amazing views of Aoraki/Mount Cook on a clear day. Along the way you will cross three swingbridges and encounter picturesque icebergs, glaciers and majestic mountains that will have you reaching for your camera at every turn.

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park NZ

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park NZ

Mt Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand, helped Sir Edmund Hillary to develop his climbing skills in preparation for the conquest of Everest. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense - with skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a star-studded sky. Mountaineers regard the area to be the best climbing region in Australasia, while less skilled adventurers find plenty of satisfaction with the mountain walks that lead to alpine tarns, herb fields and spectacular glacier views. Encounters with cheeky kea (mountain parrots) are part of the fun. At 27 kilometres in length, the mighty Tasman Glacier is a powerful piece of landscaping equipment. While it slowly carves the valley sides, it provides a landing place for small ski planes and helicopters. Surreal, milky lakes are a feature of the park - suspended, glacier-ground rock sediment makes the water opaque.

Day 7

Larnach Castle and Gardens

Larnach Castle and Gardens

Nestled on the spectacular Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle is Dunedin's must see visitor attraction. You can visit the Castle and discover its rich history that dates back to 1871 as well as explore the exquisite gardens, which have attained a Garden of International Significance award from the New Zealand Gardens Trust. Scandalous and tragic stories, spectacular tower views and a equisite Victorian interiors complete this enjoyable award-winning experience.

Lunch at Seafood Restaurant

Lunch at Seafood Restaurant

When British television chef and restaurateur Rick Stein was told he could choose to go anywhere in the world to write a travel article for English newspaper the Daily Mail, he chose Fleurs Place in Moeraki, New Zealand. Fleurs Place a restaurant, cafe and bar right on the waterfront at the old jetty. Our specialty is fresh fish straight from Moeraki Bay fishing boats.The restaurant, run by the inimitable Fleur Sullivan, was 'Just one of those places that keeps cropping up in conversations' whenever there was a gathering of 'foodies', he said. Set in the sleepy little fishing village of Moeraki on the Otago coast, Fleurs Place has an unbeatable setting. There's water on three sides, fishing boats bobbing in the harbour, the famous Moeraki boulders across the bay and, to the north, the open sea. Fleur uses only the freshest of local ingredients - indeed, fishing boats land their catches right into her restaurant.

Oamaru NZ

Oamaru NZ

Oamaru boasts the country’s oldest public gardens, renowned Victorian architecture and two penguin colonies. Oamaru, the largest town of the Waitaki District, has a rich history and proud heritage, enriched by the passionate and perhaps quirky locals. Explore this heritage in the Victorian Precint, where you will find, shops, galleries and traditional crafts within some of the Southern Hemispheres most complete Victorian streetscapes and19th century architecture.

Moeraki Boulders NZ

Moeraki Boulders NZ

You simply can't drive along the North Otago coast without stopping to stare at the Moeraki Boulders - they're amazing! Moeraki is now most famous for its boulders; mysteriously spherical stones scattered across a beach. Each boulder weighs several tonnes and is up to two metres high.Scientists explain the boulders as calcite concretions formed about 65 million years ago. According to Maori legend, the boulders are gourds washed ashore from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand hundreds of years ago.

Camp Estate at Larnach Castle

Camp Estate at Larnach Castle (2 nights)

Treat yourself to the highest standards of hospitality, privacy and comfort at Camp Estate on the picturesque Otago Peninsula. This luxury country house with glamorous interiors is set in an easily accessible dramatic rural landscape, close to historic Larnach Castle. Only 20 minutes drive from Dunedin, and only minutes from the front gate of the castle. All rooms are glamorously decorated in a neo-classic style featuring designer fittings and furnishings to complement the impeccable service you will receive during your memorable stay in Dunedin.

Day 8

Blue Penguin Viewing Tours

Blue Penguin Viewing Tours

The Royal Albatross Centre and Pukekura Trust (Joint Venture) operates Little Blue Penguin viewing tours every evening at dusk from its Pukekura facility using a modern, purpose built viewing platform and interactive walkway. Our tour takes place at dusk and your knowledgeable guides will provide you with detailed information about the Little Blue Penguin, a short film from the Korako Karetai family, then viewing Korora, the little blue penguin in its natural habitat at Pilots Beach coming ashore.

Royal Albatross Centre

Royal Albatross Centre

Royal Albatross Tours: visit the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross in the world. Book a tour to see the amazing Northern Royal Albatross, learn fascinating insights into these majestic monarchs of the sea from our expert guides. Come into the exclusive observatory and have the chance to view these charismatic birds raising their young. On a breezy day, you may even see them fly by with their huge 3-metre wingspan – a sight you’ll always remember. The Royal Albatross Centre is operated by the Otago Peninsula Trust, New Zealand’s first private charitable conservation trust. A proportion of every ticket sold at the centre goes directly towards the fostering and protection of the Northern Royal Albatross.

Taieri Gorge Railway - The Inlander

Taieri Gorge Railway - The Inlander

Departing in the morning, The Inlander will run between Dunedin and Hindon. This return 3 ½ hour trip is an iconic scenic journey, travelling towards Central Otago with picturesque landscapes of hills and gorges, bridges and tunnels, pastureland and forests. It follows part of the route of the historic Otago Central Railway, constructed during Otago's Gold Rush.

Otago Peninsula NZ

Otago Peninsula NZ

Flanking the southern edge of Dunedin's extensive harbour, Otago Peninsula is high and rugged on the ocean side; warm and sheltered on the harbour side. Volcanic in origin, the peninsula is part of the crater wall of a large, long-extinct volcano. As a scenic drive, Otago Peninsula is spectacular. Beginning at Vauxhall, you can follow the coastal road past small settlements and beaches to Taiaroa Head, where there's an albatross colony. Other attractions near Taiaroa Head include the fur seals at Pilots Beach and sea lions on Te Rauone Beach. The southern side of Otago Peninsula is high and rugged. Walking tracks lead to cliff lookouts, beaches, penguin nesting areas and seal colonies. At Victory Beach there's a Egyptian-looking rock formation known locally as "The Pyramids"; at Allans Beach you might see yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and sea lions.

Dunedin NZ

Dunedin NZ

Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin wears its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Dunedin’s city centre has heritage buildings at almost every turn. Within a few blocks of the Octagon are a number of particularly significant architectural gems, including the Municipal Chambers, St Paul’s Cathedral, First Church, the Dunedin Courthouse and Dunedin Railway Station. Pockets of heritage can be found all over the city, from the Edwardian Winter Garden at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens to the Gasworks Museum in South Dunedin.

Day 9

Nugget Point Lighthouse NZ

Nugget Point Lighthouse NZ

Nugget Point is an iconic panoramic platform on the Catlins coast with one of the country’s oldest lighthouses perched above the famous rocks named by Captain Cook because they looked like pieces of gold. It’s a short stroll to the Tokata lighthouse, with sensational views of the big blue beyond. If you look down onto the rocks below the lighthouse, you'll see a colony of fur seals frolicking in the surf, make sure you bring your binoculars. It is also home to some of the world’s rarest penguins and one of the only places you might see seals, sea lions and elephant seals in the same area. There are also, sooty shearwaters, spoonbills and a breeding colony of gannets. If you watch the water for a while, you might see Hector's dolphins. It's an easy walk to Roaring Bay, where you can hide and wait for yellow-eyed penguins with their distinctive lashes. Early morning or sunset are the best times for viewing.

Catlins NZ

Catlins NZ

This wooded, wild coastal corner is the most unsung of South Island regions. The Purakaunui Falls cascades 20 metres in three tiers while the most amusing waterfall is the Niagara Falls (named by a surveyor with a sense of humour) which falls less than a metre. Beyond the captivating scenery there are also many activities for the visitor. At Curio Bay, along The Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail, you can see the petrified remains of a forest that’s over 160 million years old. Journey on to Nugget Point and you will see amazing wildlife including fur seals, Hooker’s sea lions and sea elephants as well as yellow—eyed and blue penguins and blue penguins and, often, Hector’s dolphins playing in the waves. Or take a walk through the beech forest of The Catlins River Wisp Loop Walk and see some rare native birds such as the mohua (yellowhead) and native parakeets.

Curio Bay NZ

Curio Bay NZ

A very curious place, Curio Bay has a fossil forest that dates back to the Jurassic period. The fossilised trees you can see here were alive around 180 million years ago, when New Zealand was part of the Gondwanaland super continent. Scientists have identified tree ferns, cycads and trees which resemble New Zealand kauri and matai. You'll need to arrive at low tide and the best viewing position is from the purpose-built platform. The Curio Bay area is also a protected nesting ground for yellow-eyed penguins. Visitors to Curio Bay during the summer and autumn can often see Hector's dolphins playing in the surf. The next peninsula south of Curio Bay is Slope Point, the most southerly place on the South Island. The point is accessed by a 20 minute walk across private farmland. A signpost shows the distance to the equator and the south pole.

The Lodges At Transport World

The Lodges At Transport World (2 nights)

Boasting supreme comfort, a stay at The Lodges at Transport World is like coming home – but better. If you are looking for luxury accommodation in Invercargill, the seven boutique apartments at The Lodges provide a stylish sanctuary and each apartment is full of thoughtful touches. The Lodges is the only Invercargill accommodation provider to have been given a Gold Qualmark rating from Tourism New Zealand. This means the experience you will receive during your stay here is among the best in the country.

Day 10

Invercargill NZ

Invercargill NZ

It's easy to navigate around the wide streets of Invercargill. New Zealand's southernmost city has plenty of character and a warm, friendly heart. New Zealand’s southernmost city was founded in the 1850’s and with a population in excess of 53,000, Invercargill is the capital of Southland. From a visitor’s point of view, Invercargill is well-equipped with an excellent range of shops and a selection of lively bars and restaurants. Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco heritage buildings give the city a charming old-world character.

Bluff NZ

Bluff NZ

Bluff is one of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand. Come here to enjoy the scent of the sea and the rugged character of an oystering port. The port of Bluff is the gateway to Stewart Island, and home of Bluff oysters – reputed to be the best in the world. The oyster season runs from March to August, and in May the locals put on a lively festival to honour Ostrea chilensis (that’s Latin for Bluff oyster). As the oldest European settlement in New Zealand, Bluff has a rich and varied history. Check out the maritime museum for exhibits that focus whaling, oystering and shipwrecks.

Bill Richardson Transport World

Bill Richardson Transport World

The Largest private Automotive Museum of this type in the world. With more than 300 vintage vehicles, plenty of family fun, and ever-popular Invercargill café The Grille to discover, there is something for everyone at Bill Richardson Transport World. One man’s passion started it all. What began in a humble back shed has been transformed into a truly spectacular family legacy. Entrepreneur Bill Richardson poured decades of dedication into restoring classic trucks – now, his family has infused his collection with their own interests to create a world-class experience that has become Invercargill’s leading visitor attraction. Boasting a collection including Henry Ford letter cars, 1930s V8s, Volkswagen Kombis, and vintage trucks of all makes and models including a showstopping 1940 Dodge Airflow Texaco tanker, Bill Richardson Transport World is a petrolhead’s heaven. With engaging children's zones, a movie theatre, wearable arts and more, here you can expect the unexpected.

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