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Locals' Specials

Do you live in Otago or Southland?

Because we love our locals, we'd like to invite you to enjoy discounts on some of our experiences from 1 May to 30 June, 2019. Read on for great locals deals in Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Stewart Island. 

Make sure you check the offers carefully below as dates of travel vary for each activity, especially if you want to book a Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise or Milford Sound Overnight Cruise.

Click on the links to find out more about the discounts further down this page. 

Who can book locals' specials?

This offer is available only to Southland and Otago residents, and accompanying friends and family. Friends and family must travel at the same time as the local. It only applies to new bookings and it only applies to adult fares.

What if I’m not a local?

If you don't live in Southland or Otago, unfortunately you won’t be able to use our locals’ specials. So, instead head over to our specials page to check out our other specials available to non-locals.

Will I need to bring proof of address?

Yes! When you check in, you’ll be asked to produce proof of address. This could be a current power, phone or rates bill, or any other current household bill that has your name and address printed on it.

If you don’t bring proof of address, you will need to pay full fare before you can travel.

How to book this offer

You can book the offer using one of the following:

  • online using the promo code associated with each special (listed below)
  • freephone 0800 65 65 01
  • email contact@realjourneys.co.nz, quoting ‘locals’ specials’ in the subject line

Booking online

You can only use one promotion code per booking. If you wish to book two or more products with different codes, you will need to make separate transactions. Only one promo code can apply per transaction. 

Follow these steps:

  1. Choose your trip from the trips listed on this page.
  2. Choose your date of travel, number of passengers and other details if required
  3. On the cart summary page, enter the relevant promo code and click apply. Make sure you enter the promotion code correctly as it is case sensitive.

The discount will be shown in your booking summary before final payment. Once you have paid, you will receive a confirmation email which you should read carefully as it includes important information about check-in times, locations and what to bring.


Save 50% on a range of activities

The following offers are for Queenstown, Doubtful Sound, Te Anau, Stewart Island and Milford Sound day activities for travel between 1 May to 30 June, 2019. 

Queenstown activities 

The TSS Earnslaw leaves Steamer Wharf en route to Walter Peak

TSS Earnslaw cruise

TSS Earnslaw Cruises

Cruise Lake Wakatipu on board our 106 year-old steamship.

  • Valid for travel 1 - 31 May 2019
  • Departs 10am, 12noon, 2pm & 4pm
  • Special price $35 Adult
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19DAY

Book now


TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Farm Tour

Return lake cruise to Walter Peak, farm tour and morning/afternoon tea. 

  • Valid for travel 1 May - 30 June 2019
  • Departs 10am, 12noon & 2pm
  • Special price $47.50 Adult (1 - 31 May 2019) includes cruise on TSS Earnslaw
  • Special price $37.50 Adult (1 - 30 June 2019) - TSS Earnslaw NOT operating, travel across Lake Wakatipu by one of our smaller vessels
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 mins
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19DAY

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Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch

For a real taste of Walter Peak, stay for a gourmet BBQ lunch.  Farm demonstration and return lake cruise included.

  • Valid for travel 1 May - 30 June 2019
  • Departs 10am & 12noon
  • Special price $62.50 Adult (1 - 31 May 2019) includes cruise on TSS Earnslaw
  • Special price $52.50 Adult (1 - 30 June 2019) - TSS Earnslaw NOT operating, travel across Lake Wakatipu by one of our smaller vessels
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 mins
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19DAY

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Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dinner

For dinner with a difference, join our gourmet BBQ Dinner.  Return TSS Earnslaw lake cruise included.

  • Valid for travel 1 - 31 May 2019 only
  • Departs 6pm/ returns 10pm
  • Special price $72.50 Adult
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19DAY

Book now

Doubtful Sound activities

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruises

Cross Lake Manapouri, then over Wilmot Pass by coach, before cruising this magnificent remote fiord.

  • Valid for travel 1 May - 30 June 2019
  • Departs Manapouri 9.45am:  Special price $124.50 Adult
  • Departs Te Anau 8.45am:  Special price $132.50 Adult
  • Departs Queenstown 6.55am:  Special price $142.50 Adult
  • Duration: 7 hours 15 mins - 11 hours 35 mins (depending on departure location)
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19DAY

Book now

Te Anau activities

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Cruise Lake Te Anau and venture underground to view the roaring waterfall and the glowworm grotto.
Departs: Te Anau.

  • Valid for travel 1 May - 30 June 2019
  • Departs Te Anau 10.15am & 2pm only
  • Special price $49 Adult
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 mins
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19DAY

Book now

Milford Sound

Milford Sound Nature Cruises

Cruise and explore Milford Sound's natural wonders.  Knowledgeable on-board nature guide provides commentary and answers questions.

  • Valid for travel 1 May - 30 June 2019
  • Departs Milford Sound 10.30am:  Special price $42.50 Adult
  • Departs Milford Sound 12.55pm:  Special price $51 Adult
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19DAY

Book now

Milford Sound Scenic Cruises

Cruise the Milford Sound out to the Tasman Sea, view famous Mitre Peak, take in the vistas and look out for seals from the spacious decks or comfortable lounges.

  • Valid for travel 1 May - 30 June 2019
  • Departs Milford Sound 11am:  Special price $42 Adult
  • Duration: 1 hour 40 mins
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19DAY

Book now

Stewart Island

The following 5 offers are for Stewart Island - only a 1 hour ferry ride from the mainland (Bluff). 

Stewart Island Ferry Services

Cross the Foveaux Strait from Bluff to Oban, Stewart Island on our modern catamarans.

  • Valid for travel 1 May - 30 June 2019
  • Departs Bluff (Or Oban, Stewart Island)  All departures 
  • Special price $42.50 Adult one-way, $74 Adult return
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19DAY

Book now 

Village & Bays Tour

Explore the surrounding bays and beaches of Stewart Island by minibus.  Knowledgeable guide provides commentary on the history and environment of the island.

  • Valid for travel 1 May - 30 June 2019
  • Departs Oban, Stewart Island daily:  Special price $24.50
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19DAY

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Wild Kiwi Encounter

Cruise at dusk for an opportunity to encounter the wild southern brown kiwi in its natural environment.

  • Valid for travel 1 - 31 May 2019
  • Departs Oban, Stewart Island daily:  Special price $99.50
  • Duration: Approx. 4 hours
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19DAY

Book now

Village & Bays Tour

Explore the surrounding bays and beaches of Stewart Island by minibus.  Knowledgeable guide provides commentary on the history and environment of the island.

  • Valid for travel 1 May - 30 June 2019
  • Departs Oban, Stewart Island daily:  Special price $24.50
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19DAY

Book now

Ulva Island Explorer

Cruise Paterson Inlet and visit Ulva Island the renowned wildlife sanctuary.  Look out for the inquisitive wekas on the beach.

  • Valid for travel 1 - 31 May 2019
  • Departs Oban, Stewart Island daily:  Special price $49.50
  • Duration: 2 hours 45 mins
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19DAY

Book now


Save 40% on Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises 

This offer is available for travel from 1 - 18 May, 2019.

Stay the night on board, meals and activities - kayaking, wildlife viewing, exploring by small boat included.

  • Special prices are per adult
  • Duration: 1 night
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19NIGHT

Special Price

Departs/Returns (day 2) Twin/Double Quad-share Single Occupancy
From Manapouri 12noon/11.45am

$291 Adult

$185.40 Adult $523.80 Adult
From Te Anau 11am/12.45pm

$297 Adult

$191.40 Adult $529.80 Adult
From Queenstown 9am/3.30pm $327 Adult $221.40 Adult $559.80 Adult

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Save 40% on Milford Sound Overnight Cruises

This offer is valid for travel 1 - 19 May 2019.

Milford Sound Overnight Cruises

Stay the night on board the Milford Mariner, meals and activities - kayaking, wildlife viewing, exploring by small boat included.

  • Special prices are per adult
  • Duration: 1 night
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19NIGHT

Special Price

Departs/Returns (day 2) Twin/Double Quad-share Single Occupancy
From Milford Sound 3.30pm/9.15am

$215.40 Adult

$172.20 Adult $387.60 Adult
From Te Anau 12.45pm/12.30pm $261 Adult $217.80 Adult $433.20 Adult
From Queenstown 9am/3.30pm $287.40 Adult $244.20 Adult $459.60 Adult

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Save 40% on Stewart Island Lodge 

Valid for travel 1 - 31 May 2019. 

Stewart Island Lodge

Stewart Island Lodge

Stay the night at our peaceful B&B accommodation set on the hill overlooking Halfmoon Bay.  The lodge has 6 king or twin rooms with ensuites.  Continental breakfast included.

  • Special prices are per room for 2 adults
  • Duration: per night
  • Use promo code LOCALSM19LODGE

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Locals' Specials Terms & Conditions:

  • Offer applies to Southland and Otago residents ONLY and accompanying friends.  At check-in, proof of address is required (i.e. current power, phone, rates bill or payslip) to secure the Locals' Special rates.  As part of the booking process, you will need to accept the web terms and conditions which state that If you are unable to provide proof of address for Southland or Otago, the full retail rate for the trip will apply.
  • Visiting friends and family of a local resident are also entitled to receive these special offers however they MUST be travelling with the local providing identification.
  • Bookings must be made direct with Real Journeys and the campaign is valid for travel 1 May - 30 June 2019.  Note: *Doubtful Sound overnight cruises - last departure 18 May  2019; **Milford Sound overnight cruises - last departure 19 May 2019.  Please check valid dates of travel for each activity.
  • Discounts only apply to adult fares only.  Child rates are at normal retail price.
  • If you wish to book the two products that require two different promo codes, these will need to be done as two separate transactions.  Only one promo code can apply per transaction.
  • Limited spaces available on all overnight departures, so our Contact Centre staff will ask you for an alternative departure date.
  • For larger groups of 10 or more, or charters please contact our Events team.
  • You do NOT need to purchase a Real Journeys Real Rewards card to take advantage of the Locals Specials.
  • Locals’ Specials cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offer or discount.  The promo code shown above will override any other deals that might be automatically available or initially show in the cart.   Please carefully type the promo code - it must be exact. 
  • The promotion applies to new bookings only.  If cancelling or amending a retail booking a refund will only be granted when Real Journeys receives notification 24 hours prior to departure for day activities and 5 days prior for Overnight Cruises and Stewart Island Lodge accommodation.
  • "Kiwi guarantee" is part of the Wild Kiwi Encounter tour.  If customers don't see a kiwi we will refund 20% of the ticket price, based on the Locals' Specials rate.  Please note that due to the late departure times, you will need arrange accommodation on Stewart Island for the evening.
  • Real Journeys reserve the right to amend timetables, cancel departures, amend specials or offers, substitute plant or equipment and alter ticket prices at any time.

Last update: 1 May 2019