Bottom Bus – Deep South Adventures

Here is one of the best ways 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.

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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

Hooker Sea Lions

Hooker Sea Lions

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.

Speight's Tour Dunedin

Speight’s Tour Dunedin

Optional activities that afternoon include:

* Speights Brewery Heritage Tour
* Cadbury Chocolate World

Day 3: Dunedin to Queenstown

Steepest Street in the World

Baldwin Street – Steepest Street in the World

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 .


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:

Some of our more popular options are listed below.

For a full list of all our Bottom Bus products click here.

Feel free to Contact Us if there is something specific you are looking for and we can discuss options with you.

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A deep South adventure including the Catlins and Milford Sound.


SOUTHLANDER from 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 first day.

Day one: Queenstown, Milford Sound to Invercargill.
Day two: Invercargill to Dunedin via the Catlins.
Day three: Dunedin to Queenstown.
Adult: $349

To book a Southlander from Queenstown Click Here!

ROCK BOTTOM from Queenstown

    As per the Southlander however no Milford Sound included. You will head straight from Queenstown to Invercargill.

Day one: Queenstown to Invercargill.
Day two:  Invercargill via Bluu, Catlin to Dunedin
Day three: Dunedin  to Queenstown.
Adult: $255

To book a Rock Bottom from Queenstown Click Here!

IN A STEW from Queenstown

    Our full Bottom Bus loop plus Milford Sound plus Stewart Island for a night or more . 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 from Invercargill:

A one day trip from Invercargill to Dunedin through the spectacular Catlins area
with plenty of stops to view the wildlife and explore the landscape.
Departs Invercargill at 8am and arrives in Dunedin at approximately 7pm.
Adult: $225
To book a Catlins Spectacular from Invercargill Click Here!