4 Days


  • The Catlins
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Wildlife encounters


  • by car:

    Start your adventure in Christchurch

  • by car:

    Total trip distance: 890km

Embark on a trip of a lifetime, where you will experience culture, nature and spectacular landscapes. Discover historical Dunedin, stroll along The Caitlins' deserted beaches and check out the local wildlife before exploring fiords carved out by glaciers in Milford Sound.

Day 1: Explore Christchurch

Christchurch - Canterbury
Christchurch Street Art Trail, Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

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  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • Akaroa Blue Penguins
  • Shopping and dining precinct

Start your journey in bustling Christchurch, a city that has stayed true to its heritage while growing into a contemporary and creative destination. Enjoy a thriving cafe culture and craft beer scene, before escaping to the Port Hills for stunning views. Or try the ever-popular punting on the Avon River(opens in new window) and discover the French charm of Banks Peninsula and Akaroa.

Day 2: Drive to Dunedin

Yellow-eyed Penguins, Dunedin

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  • Endangered Yellow-Eyed Penguins
  • Dunedin Railway Station
  • Larnach Castle

Continue your journey to Dunedin and take a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway, explore the Gothic local architecture and learn about the region's rich history. Head south along the beautiful Otago Peninsula and see endangered yellow-eyed penguins in their natural habitat - a rare and wonderful sight.


Day 3: Experience Wilderness in the Catlins

Nugget Point, Catlins, Southland

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  • Nugget Point Lighthouse
  • Curio Bay
  • Purakaunui Falls

If you're looking for deserted, sandy beaches, untamed nature and rugged beauty, there is nowhere better than the Catlins. Don't miss the cascading Purakaunui Falls, sweeping Tautuku Bay, or the lighthouse perched atop Nugget Point, an iconic landform on the Otago Coast.

Day 4: Discover Fiordland National Park

Milford Sound, Fiordland

Explore Fiordland National Park, where you can extend your stay and walk the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track, known for its incredible beach, forest and mountain views. Head deeper into the Park and marvel at the stunning fiords of Milford Sound. Carved by glaciers during the Ice Age, you will be in awe of the towering peaks, cascading waterfalls and dramatic scenery.

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