The legendary Milford Sound, Routeburn Track and coming up close to birdlife are some of the must-dos on the Southern Scenic Journey.
One of the Southern Hemisphere's best preserved Edwardian and Victorian cities, Dunedin boasts gothic-style architecture and heritage attractions. Visit the historic railway station and marvel at its grandeur, have a hearty meal in the Ale House, built in 1876, or visit the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum to learn about Dunedin's European pioneers.
Take in the dramatic coastal views of Nugget Point, where a lighthouse perches above a scattering of rocky islets (The Nuggets). Spot seals, penguins, and seabirds from the viewing platform, a short stroll from the carpark. Come at sunrise or sunset and don't forget the camera!
What better way to explore Milford Sound's land-before-time landscapes than by kayak? Paddle through crystal-clear waters, get up close to thundering waterfalls or simply sit back and admire the towering peaks. If you don't fancy kayaking, take a boat cruise or a scenic flight.
From a motorcycle mecca, to a heavy-machinery playground, Invercargill is known as the motor capital of New Zealand. Admire more than 300 pristinely-kept vintage vehicles in Transport World, visit a vast motorcycle museum, or get behind the wheel of a bulldozer at Dig This, guaranteed to unleash your inner child.
Nestled among the Remarkables mountain range and alongside glistening Lake Wakatipu, why not get your walking shoes on and explore Queenstown by foot? Favourites among the locals and accessible from town, the Queenstown Hill Time Walk and Ben Lomond Track offer sweeping views of the stunning scenery.
If you're looking for rugged beauty, rare wildlife and dramatic coastlines, Southland has it all. Go seal-spotting in Curio Bay, take a tour of Ulva Island wildlife sanctuary, or encounter a kiwi in its natural habitat. For something a bit more adventurous, you can even dive with sharks!
Jump in the car and drive south of Christchurch and you'll find the charming town of Akaroa. Settled by French in 1838, the quaint cottages, cafes and restaurants pay homage to their heritage. If you have time, take a harbour cruise to view dolphins, penguins and fur seals.
Picturesque Te Anau is the perfect place to base yourself if visiting Milford Sound or walking the Routeburn or Kepler tracks While there, take a tour of the glow worm caves that starts with a cruise across the lake before a small punt will glide you through darkness into the grotto. Watch as hundreds of tiny glowworms shimmer in front of you.