Southern Scenic Route and Stewart Island

7 Days
567km
353mi

Route

Central Queenstown to Dunedin Central

Highlights

  • 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. 

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Brown Kiwi are found in the wild on Stewart Island, off the South Island

Photo by Tourism New Zealand

Day 5 / 7

A day exploring Stewart Island

Stewart Island - Rakiura

Today, take your time and explore all that Stewart Island has to offer. There's a number of shorter trails to hike that will take you deep into lush native forest. For those that love birdlife, Stewart Island is a bird watcher's paradise, teeming with many of New Zealand's native and endangered species - including the kiwi, which outnumber humans by 50 to 1. The kiwi-spotting experience - which occurs at nighttime, as the birds are nocturnal - is a magic experience. A boat cruise or fishing charter is also a great option to explore the waters and inlets around the island. 

Oban, Southland

Oban

From Halfmoon Bay you can launch yourself onto the tracks of Rakiura National Park. It’s a fishing town, so expect fantastic seafood.

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