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This journey will lead you through the captivating lower South Island where you’ll discover native wildlife, deserted beaches, mountain peaks and the untouched waterways of Fiordland. The Southern Scenic Route will lead you to places off the beaten path.

Southern Scenic Route Highlights

Dunedin
Aramoana Beach, Dunedin

By Chris Stephenson

Southland
Catlins, Southland

By Venture Southland

New Zealand
Punting on the Avon River., New Zealand

By Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism

Queenstown
Shotover Canyon Swing, Queenstown

By Shotover Canyon Swing

Dunedin
Tunnel Beach, Dunedin

By Enterprise Dunedin

Southland
Native wildlife, Waipapa Point, Southland

By Venture Southland

Fiordland
Bowen Falls, Fiordland

By Fraser Clements

Fiordland
Milford Sound, Fiordland

By Alistair Guthrie

Dunedin

DUNEDIN
Wildlife encounters and dramatic landscapes.

Recommended experiences in Dunedin

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Highlights

  • Gaze on the glittering milkyway
  • Observe penguins in their native habitat
  • Explore dramatic coastlines
Southland

SOUTHLAND
Landscapes filled with natural wonders.

Recommended experiences in Southland

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Highlights

  • Stand beneath beautiful waterfalls
  • Explore the coastline of Nugget Point
  • Visit Stewart Island's amazing wildlife
Christchurch - Canterbury

CHRISTCHURCH
Discover eclectic cafes & restaurants.

Recommended experiences in Christchurch

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Highlights

  • Punting on the Avon River
  • Discover dolphins by kayak in Akaroa
  • NZ's top restaurant, Roots in Lyttleton
Queenstown

QUEENSTOWN
Looking for an adrenaline rush?

Recommended experiences in Queenstown

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Highlights

  • Get your heart pumping with Canyon Swing
  • Take in the views from a gondola ride
  • Take an exhilarating jet boat ride
Dunedin

DUNEDIN
Local history and unique native wildlife.

Recommended experiences in Dunedin

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Highlights

  • Explore dramatic and unique coastlines
  • Discover native wildlife along the coast
  • Ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway
Southland

SOUTHLAND
Be welcomed by locals to sweeping coastlines.

Recommended experiences in Southland

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Highlights

  • Discover coastal wildlife of Curio Bay
  • Take a ferry to Ulva Island sanctuary
  • Jet boat thrills on Wairaurahiri River
Fiordland

FIORDLAND
Majestic fiords and native wildlife.

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES IN FIORDLAND

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Highlights

  • Spectacular waterfalls in Milford Sound
  • Tour the fiords on an overnight cruise
  • Kayak the stunning Milford Sound
Fiordland

FIORDLAND
Majestic fiords and native wildlife.

Recommended experiences in Fiordland

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Highlights

  • Kayak the stunning Milford Sound
  • Wander the Routeburn Track Great Walk
  • Discover rare native penguins at Te Anau

Start planning your trip to New Zealand

  • Getting around

    Getting around New Zealand is easy with familiar road signs and a great range of transport options available.

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  • Where to stay

    There are plenty of accommodation options for every budget and travel style.

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  • Weather & Seasons

    Visit in Spring or Autumn to enjoy warm weather, spectacular colours, lower prices & short queues.

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  • Visa

    You don't need a Visa to travel to New Zealand if you have Australian passport.

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