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3 Day Catlins, Dunedin & Milford Sound Tour

If you’re looking for the chance to get out of New Zealand’s adventure capital, and into the super scenic and very relaxed Catlins Region of the South Island, the impressive Milford Sound and historic Dunedin, then this is the tour for you. 

This tour takes it all in. Experience the adrenalin rush in Queenstown, the history of Dunedin (The Edinburgh of the South) and the Catlins wildlife and wonders. When visiting the Catlins, you’ll hopefully get to see New Zealand Sea Lions, Yellow Eyed Penguins, waterfalls and a fossil forest. Oh and don’t forget little old Milford Sounds – this tour takes in the breathtaking scenery of the Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. 

You can rest assured knowing that our guides have heaps of experience and plenty of stories and legends to pass on about this unique part of NZ. This is the only tour that takes you south from Queenstown and lets you do it in your own time. Curio Bay caught your eye and you want to explore it? No worries – stick around a little longer. As we are regularly completing the loop it is easy for us to pick you up next time we are heading through. There are so many stops on the way down through the Catlin’s that you will end up spending more time off the bus than on it. 


  • Dedicated driver guide and South Island expert
  • Enjoy a cruise at Milford Sound
  • Take three days, or as long as you wish
  • See native wildlife on the spectacular Catlins Coast
  • Visit historic Dunedin 

What's Included

  • Knowledgable driver-guide who will help get you around the country and tell you everything you need to know about New Zealand.
  • Guaranteed accommodation along the way, no need to book in advance (extra cost). More details here
  • Questions? Check out our FAQ or Contact Us

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Number of Days 3

Starts: Queenstown Finishes: Queenstown

Tour Type: Hop on Hop Off Bus Pass


Tour Itinerary EXPAND ALL

It's an early start for the tour, and we get rolling about 7:30 am to head south for the journey to Te Anau and the jaw-droppingly beautiful Milford Road. Learn about NZ’s largest national park and some of our most spectacular scenery. Photo stops are taken in the best spots, the Eglington Valley, Upper Hollyford, the Chasm, to name a few.

On arrival into Milford Sound you board a Boat Cruise for a tour of the fiord, full commentary is provided of this beautiful area of New Zealand. After the cruise, it’s on the bus for the trip back to Te Anau and and onto Invercargill, New Zealand’s southern city, home of good hearted folk and the world’s fastest Indian.


Cruise on majestic Milford Sound. 

On day 2 we are off in the direction of Antarctica! First stop is Bluff with a chance to snatch a photo under “that”sign post and optional ferry connections to Stewart Island.

Then we get to the bottom (or pretty close to it) at Curio Bay. A gem of a place, a place of rare things, like NZ’s native Hectors Dolphin, Yellow Eyed Penguins and a 180 million year old fossilised forest. We then head towards the Catlins Coastal Rain Forest, taking in some wicked beach views, bush walks and waterfalls including Surat Bay or Cannibal Bay, both home to NZ Sea Lions, with a walk on the beach to see them. Final scenic stop for the day is Nugget Point, home of seabirds, fur seals and stunning coastal vistas.

Arrive into NZ’s most vibrant student town – Dunedin. 


Central hostel. 


Nugget Point, Owaka, chance to see sea lions. 

Bit of a later start today with a tour of Dunedin's highlight including Baldwin Street (world’s steepest street), for a quick sprint to the top.

Then head west past the Milton Hilton (really a prison!), Lawrence the gold-rush birthplace, Clyde and it’s hydro-electric dam following the mighty Kawarau River back to Queenstown.


Central hostel. 


Optional Paid Activities: Speights Brewery Heritage Tour, Cadbury Chocolate World

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