Stray NZ: Burt pass (3 days minimum)
"Burt" will transport you away from Queenstown and into the deep South, to New Zealand's third island, Stewart Island.
- Unique overnight stop at the historic Gunn's Camp.
- Stewart Island's natural untouched beauty and wildlife or the Catlins wilderness area for seals and remote scenery.
Southland Hop-On Hop-Off Pass Itinerary
Minimum Days: 3
Recommended Days: 5
Travel Day: Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp
It’s an early start as we head for the breathtaking Milford Sound. Sit back, relax and enjoy one of the most scenic drives on the South Island Stray circuit, as we cruise past Lake Wakatipu and watch the landscape change from farmland to mountains, glacial carved valleys and fiords. This morning there is time to do the Milford Sound cruise, before we head for our unique Stray overnight stop, Gunn’s Camp. Located in the solitude of Hollyford Valley (and one of our top rated overnight stops), enjoy an evening under the stars, spot glow-worms and listen out for Kiwi bird calls. Keep your eyes peeled for Morris the Moose who the locals say has roamed the bush for the last 50 years.
Accommodation: Historic camp on the edge of the Hollyford Track in the heart of Fiordland National Park.
Optional paid activities: Milford Sound Cruise
Free activities: Stunning views, Humbolt Falls walk, visit the historic museum or take in the incredible surroundings of a World Heritage National Park at Gunn’s Camp, Chasm walk.
Travel Day: Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island
We start the morning with a short riverside stroll through beech forest on the Viewing Gantry walk. Fiordland is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Te Wahipounamu (which incorporates four national parks including Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, Westland and Fiordland) and rightly so as the landscape is spectacular and very photogenic. This afternoon we travel further South to Invercargill, next stop Stewart Island! Stewart Island has an abundance of activities such as fishing, kayaking, diving, bird watching and tramping tracks. There are also options for those not going to Stewart Island to stay in Invercargill.
Accommodation: Central hostel.
Optional paid activities: Ata Whenua – Shadowland, incredible movie of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau Wildlife Centre.
Free activities: Humbolt Falls Walk, Viewing Gantry walk.
Travel Day: Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown
The morning is yours to explore the island, meet the locals, go fishing or enjoy some of the walks. We catch an afternoon ferry back to the mainland. For those who chose not to venture onto Stewart Island your bus departs mid-morning to head out to Waipapa Point, Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay for some sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. On the chance we can’t find any wildlife, we can always visit the 180 million year old fossilized forest and grab a milkshake. Afterwards we return to Bluff Hill to meet up with the island-goers before we express back to Queenstown.
Accommodation: Central hostel.
Optional paid activities: Stewart Island: fishing, hire a scooter, go to Ulva Island.
Free activities: Explore the island, amazing birdlife, walks through the native parkland (Stewart Island); visit the start/end point for State Highway 1, sea-lion, penguin, dolphin spotting, find Burt Munro’s World’s Fastest Indian, Bluff Hill walk, visit Henry the 100 year old Tuatara (Invercargill).
View this pass online @ http://www.straytravel.com/explore-your-pass-options/hop-on-hop-off/south-island-passes/burt-pass/
See the Timetable tab for all other departure days and times.
From Queenstown: Tuesdays (Summer-only), Thursdays and Sundays.