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!

Tour the Deep South with Bottom Bus

We have been guiding intrepid travelers around the bottom of New Zealand for close on 20 years,  know where all the wildlife hangout and have some great local legends to help bring alive this special part of New Zealand.

Experience the adrenalin in Queenstown, bathe in the heritage of Dunedin, explore the Catlins wildlife and wonders, hop across to Stewart Island Rakiura National Park to check out the kiwis, and in Fiordland National Park take in the breathtaking scenery with a cruise on the majestic Milford Sound.

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.

Steepest Street in the World

Baldwin Street – Steepest Street in the World

Day 1: Queenstown to Dunedin

We kick it all off in Queenstown. After a few nights in New Zealands adventure capital we have a mid morning start heading west to Dunedin.

Following the mighty Kawarau River we pass through Clyde and it’s hydro-electric dam, Lawrence the gold-rush birthplace and the Milton Hilton (really a prison).

On arrival in NZ’s most vibrant student town – Dunedin, we take in some city highlights including Baldwin Street (world’s steepest street), for a quick sprint to the top.

Speight's Tour Dunedin

Speight’s Tour Dunedin

Optional activities that afternoon include:

* Speights Brewery Heritage Tour

* Play pool in the bar and meet some scarfies

* Head out for some live music at the Captain Cook

Day 2: Dunedin, The Catlins, Bluff, Invercargill

On day 2 we are off in the direction of Antarctica! First scenic stop for the day is Nugget Point, home of seabirds, fur seals and stunning coastal vistas.

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.

Curio Bay is pretty much at the bottom of New Zealand and a true gem of a place. New Zealand’s native Hectors Dolphin, Yellow Eyed Penguins and a 180 million year old fossilised forest all call Curion Bay Home.

Hooker Sea Lions

Hooker Sea Lions

On to Bluff with a chance to snatch a photo under “that” sign post and optional ferry connections to Stewart Island. Please note that ferry does not operate in winter from the 1st of May to the 30th of September.

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.

Final stop is Invercargill for the evening at completion of this huge day.

Day 3: Invercargill, Milford Sound, Queenstown

Heading out of Invercargill nice and early we move north up to Mossburn where you jump on to the Kiwi Experience Milford Explorer bus for your trip to Milford Sound.

Jucy Cruz on Milford Sound

Jucy Cruise on 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 and 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 Queenstown.


We depart:

  • Queenstown on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
  • Dunedin on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  • Invercargill on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

From 1 November we operate 4 days a week with a Sunday departure from Queenstown added.

In January and February we are operating daily.

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.

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 to Dunedin
Day two: Dunedin via the Catlins to Invercargill
Day three: Invercargill, Milford Sound , Queenstown
Adult: – Not Available

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 Dunedin
Day two: Dunedin via the Catlins to Invercargill
Day three: Invercargill to Queenstown
Adult: – Not Available

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 to Dunedin
Day two: Dunedin via the Catlins to Bluff, Stewart Island.
Day three: Stewart Island.
Day four: Stewart Island, Bluff, Invercargill.
Day five: Invercargill via Milford to Queenstown.
Adult: – Not Available


A one day trip from Dunedin to Invercargill through the spectacular Catlins area
with plenty of stops to view the wildlife and explore the landscape.
Departs Dunedin at 8am and arrives in Invercargill at approximately 6pm.
Adult: – Not Available

To book a Catlins Spectacular from Dunedin to Invercargill Click Here!