Just returned from QT
Shag point above Dunedin was a special place for Fur Seal you can get with in few feet of them. Morakie for the boulders and dolphins of the beach. At the caitlins check out this restaurant http://www.fleursplace.com/ great place to eat and a Sea Lion outside the door a little expensive but for the ambience and sighting of this place it is a must.
We had yellow eyed penguin at Ka ka point And Albatross at the peninsular the beach below the Royal Albatross Centre is closed at 19.30pm and private tours start at 8pm to see the blue penguins. Before you pay to go into the Albatros centre walk to the right and look over the viewing platform that looks out to sea we had a brilliant view of the Albatross and free J You say you are booked into Penguin place you can do this all in one afternoon not a lot more to do on the peninsular. We made our way through the Caitlin’s through Brighton to Cannibal bay and curio bay. At curio bay there is a fossilised forest. And if you are lucky enough to go swimming the Hectors dolphins will come in very close to investigate speak with the man at the curio bay campsite he does a lovely Hokey Pokey ice cream and will give you advice. Apparently White Pointers make a visit each year on the way to Stewart Island and there feeding grounds. A wild and beautiful place to the right of the point, and to the left a fantastic sheltered bay.
QT to Wanaka over the Crown ranges (mountain range with fantastic view then on through to the Haast Pass through Haast township and up the main road through rain forest and with the Tasman sea on our left to the Franz Joseph and fox glaciers We stayed the night in a hostel as a lot of motels wanted $150 a night. We then went up to Hokitika and across Arthur's pass towards Christchurch onto Springfield and then Ashburton and Geradine and onto lake Tekapo , Oramara and Cromwell before getting back to queens town. I was told that there are 110 single lane bridges to cross on the main Hass Highway up to Hokitika and I can quite believe there is I would say that is one of the top ten car journeys to do anywhere in the world simply beautiful.
QT to Glenorchy another beautiful ride
QT to Infergargill and up to Riverton and Tunapere We stayed at a 1950's style pub x motel at Colac bay talking with locals about fishing ect Next day made our way up to Monapoure and onto Te anu visiting the DOC conservation site on outskirts to see the Morpork owl the Kia and the re discovered 1948 tekeha.
QT to Milford sound We stayed at the Milford Lodge in a pod fantastic and done the cruise the next day with Juicy cruises. We saw dolphin seal and most amazing and lucky the Fiorland crested Penguin what a place. Hope this helps all who visit