CLUTHA + THE CATLINS
The Southern Scenic Route, which horseshoes around the southern coast of the South Island from Dunedin to Te Anau, provides access to the isolated Catlins, a remote and often forgotten corner of New Zealand that features some of the country's most dramatic scenery. Loaded with wildlife and geological wonders, this rugged coastline is renowned for its sweeping beaches, thunderous surf, formidable cliffs, dense rainforests, sparkling lakes, rivers and waterfalls, and watchful lighthouses.
Southland has earned world wide renown for its brown trout fishing, however it also offers a diverse range of attractions for everyone. For a bird's-eye view of the countryside, try an open cockpit flight or follow the Takatimu Heritage Trail to experience life as it was for early pioneers. Visit Southland Museum in Invercargill and meet the world's leading tuatara expert; discover the city's wealth of heritage buildings; sample Bluff's famous oysters and seafood; visit Riverton's galleries and dig for gemstones on Orepuki Beach.
If you're looking to escape the rat race, visit Stewart Island. One of New Zealand's most remote, and therefore least explored eco-tourism destinations, it's a place in which you can both lose yourself and find yourself. Put on your backpack and explore the island's extensive network of walking tracks, its deserted beaches and abundance of birdlife. Try your hand at fishing for blue cod, join the locals on a hunt, discover its waterways by snorkelling or sea kayaking; dine on fresh mussels and salmon, and play a round at the six-hole golf course.
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