There’s only one way to see the bottom of New Zealand….on the deep south Bottom Bus!
We have been guiding intrepid travelers around the bottom of New Zealand for close on 20 years. We know where all the wildlife hangout and have some great local legends to bring alive this special part of New Zealand.
In a minimum of three days you can experience the adrenalin in Queenstown, take in the breathtaking scenery with a crusie on the majestic Milford Sound, hop across to Stewart Island to check out the kiwis, explore the Catlins wildlife and wonders and bathe in the heritage of Dunedin, . in the Fiordland National Park.
- New Zealand Sea Lions, Yellow Eyed Penguins, waterfalls and a fossil forest
We are the only tour company that takes you south from Queenstown and lets you do it in your own time. Keen to catch a ferry across to Stewart Island? You bet! Curio Bay caught your eye and you want to explore it? Sweet as! Want to stop in Dunedin for a week? Go for it! As we are regularly completing the loop it is easy for us to pick you up next time we are heading through.
Bottom Bus Itinerary
There are lots of ways you can jump on and off but a typical journey might start in Queenstown (or Dunedin!) and do the whole loop including Milford Sound and the cruise.
Day 1: Queenstown, Milford Sound, Invercargill
We kick it all off in Queenstown. After a few nights in NZ’s adventure capital jump on to the Kiwi Experience Milford Explorer bus for your trip to Milford Sound.
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 Jucy Cruise for a tour of the fiord with full commentary provided.
After the cruise, it’s on the bus for the trip back to Te Anau and to meet your Deep South, Bottom Bus connection at Five Rivers fro the final leg of the day to Invercargill.
Day 2: Invercargill, Bluff, The Catlins, Dunedin
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.
Rakiura National Park is a must if you are in to the following: fishing, bush walking, spotting some of NZ’s rare and native birds (including the evasive Kiwi), or just chilling out in a very peaceful laid back place (only 28km of road on the whole island!). Also the best Blue Cod and Chips we’ve ever had.
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 (like being on Discovery Channel!).
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.
Optional activities that afternoon include:
* Speights Brewery Heritage Tour
* Cadbury Chocolate World
Day 3: Dunedin to Queenstown
Bit of a later start today with a tour of Dunedins 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 .
BOTTOM BUS SCHEDULE:
In winter we depart:
- Queenstown on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
- Invercargill on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
- Dunedin on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
From 1 November we operate 4 days a week with a Sunday departure from Queenstown added.
Trips and Prices:
Below are some of the options we have available on our Bottom Bus product. Give us a call if there is something specific you are looking for and we can discuss options with you.
SOUTHLANDER EX QUEENSTOWN
- The most popular tour out of Queenstown. Start and finish in Queenstown and do the trip in a minimum of 3 days. Or even better get on and off en route to further explore this beautiful area. This tour includes a Milford Sound cruise on your final day before returning back to Queenstown.
Day one: Queenstown, Milford Sound to Invercargill.
Day two: Invercargill to Dunedin via the Catlins.
Day three: Dunedin to Queenstown.
To book a Southlander from Queenstown Click Here!
ROCKBOTTOM EX QUEENSTOWN
- As per the Southlander however no Milford Sound included. You will head straight from Queenstown to Invercargill.
Day one: Queenstown to Dunedin.
Day two: Dunedin to Invercargill via the Catlins.
Day three: Invercargill to Queenstown.
To book a Rock Bottom from Queenstown Click Here!
IN A STEW EX QUEENSTOWN
- Again as per the Southlander however on this one you zoom over to Stewart Island for a night or more as well as doing a Milford Sound cruise. The ultimate Bottom of the South Island experience! Minimum of 5 days.
Day one: Queenstown, Milford Sound to Invercargill.
Day two: Invercargill, Bluff, Stewart Island.
Day three: Stewart Island.
Day four: Invercargill via Catlins to Dunedin.
Day five: Dunedin to Queenstown.
CATLINS SPECTACULAR EX INVERCARGILL:
- A one day trip from Invercargill to Dunedin through the spectacular Catlin’s area. Departs Invercargill at 8am and arrives in Dunedin at approx 7pm.
To book a Catlins Spectacular from Queenstown Click Here!