THE COASTAL WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE
In the far south, the rugged coastline is famous for two things; an abundance of marine wildlife, and a scarcity of people. Take a wild and beautiful journey through rural heartland, rugged coastline, and native forest.
The Southern Scenic Route is the meandering journey from Queenstown to Dunedin, via the south coast. Take the long road east, or head directly to the Catlins to explore its wild beaches teeming with life. In the Foveaux Strait, warm water meets cold to provide nutrient-rich feeding grounds for fur seals, New Zealand sea lions, passing whales and the precious Hector’s dolphin; the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin. The south coast’s famous resident is the rare yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho) which makes its home along the shore and amongst the giant kelp. Little blue penguins, or fairy penguins, can be found nesting in caves and burrows along the Catlins coastline. Meet some feathered locals along the way, like albatrosses, gannets and petrels along the coast and native wood pigeons (kereru) and tuis in the forest.
The Coastal Wildlife Experience suggested itinerary:
The Coastal Wildlife Experience is available as a one-way Queenstown to Dunedin journey or an overnight experience departing and returning to Queenstown. Includes a luxury vehicle, knowledgeable local driver-guide and bottled water.