Southern Scenic Route
The journey between Queenstown and Dunedin is a series of natural or cultural attractions laid out one after the other – wildlife viewing, short and multi-day walks, mountain-biking, fishing, boating, caving and more – making it an ideal holiday drive for those with time to explore.
The route is well signposted, guiding visitors from Queenstown to Dunedin (or vice versa) with many small communities in between – each one with it's own delights and unique history. Along the way are remote beaches, lush rainforest, pristine lakes and stunning mountain vistas.
Invercargill & Bluff:
Invercargill's elegant and spacious parks, striking architecture and
thriving city centre make it a great place to live and visit.Western Southland:
With the wilderness of Fiordland National Park and a ruggedly
beautiful coastline, Western Southland is a great place to slow down and
Fiordland is a wonderland of wilderness and walking experiences. Te Anau
and Manapouri have a variety of excellent accommodation, dining and
This vibrant alpine resort offers spectacular scenery, golf, mountain-biking, walks, Central Otago wines, and more.Dunedin:
A visit to the dynamic, historic and entertaining city of Dunedin is not
complete without experiencing the thriving wildlife, rugged coastal
landscapes and invigorating walks around Otago Peninsula.Balclutha:
Straddling the mighty Clutha River, Balclutha is a great base for trout
fishing, or explore the wildlife and walking tracks along the coast.The Catlins:
Journey along the rugged and remote southern coastline. Discover native
forests, even a petrified forest, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls.
Observe extraordinary wildlife including penguins and sea lions.
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