South Island trips

Southern Scenic Route and Stewart Island

7 Days


Central Queenstown to Dunedin Central


  • Milford Sound
  • Bluff
  • Stewart Island

Best time of year

All year

Ever wondered what it’s like to go to the end of the road? Discover New Zealand’s “Deep South” where nature lies untouched, where the locals roll their ‘r’s and the oysters are to die for. This week-long journey winds through untouched fiords, windswept fishing towns and down to New Zealand's southernmost island. 


Te Anau makes a beautiful base from which to explore Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park

Photo by Destination Fiordland

Day 1

Queenstown - Te Anau

2 hrs

6 mins

175 km

109 mi


There is absolutely no doubt that you’ll enjoy every minute of this drive from Queenstown to Kingston, with lake and mountain views unfolding as you skirt Lake Wakatipu beneath the towering Remarkables. As the shores of Lake Wakatipu fade into the distance, the vast Pacific Ocean waits ahead. But don’t rush yourself - put time aside to discover magnificent Lake Te Anau, New Zealand’s second largest lake. Short walking tracks dot the shoreline as you head into Te Anau township - exploring on foot is often one of the best ways to take in the sheer beauty of this area. 

Te Anau is the perfect starting point to experience the grandeur of Milford Sound. Enjoy a delicious dinner before heading back to your accommodation for the night, ready for a day out on a boat cruise exploring tomorrow.  

Bungy, Queenstown

Start in Central Queenstown

Queenstown is a place for adventure and indulgence. From sky-diving to fine dining, this resort town offers something for everyone.

Te Anau township stretches along the shoreline of beautiful Lake Te Anau

End in Te Anau

Te Anau is the closest town to Milford Sound and is known as the 'gateway to the fiords'.

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