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. 

Day 7 / 7

Invercargill - Dunedin

3 hrs

27 mins

251 km

156 mi

Southland

Invercargill is Southland's principal centre and the country's southernmost city. Local food specialties include Bluff Oysters and blue cod. The museum has a tuatara house and an excellent exhibition about New Zealand’s subantarctic islands. 

Drive along the Catlins Coast, a stretch of wilderness that begins just south of Balclutha.  Be sure to take the track to Purakaunui Falls, a magnificent 20-metre, three-tier waterfall. Nugget Point is the surest bet for wildlife viewing - it's the only place where you can find fur seals, Hooker's sea lions and sea elephants coexisting. It's also home to colonies of yellow-eyed penguins and blue penguins. At Porpoise Bay you can scan the waves for Hector's dolphins. Curio Bay has a very curious fossilised forest - it's 180 million years old.

Dunedin is a treasure box of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. During the gold rush, the city acquired some of New Zealand's most impressive commercial buildings. You can see amazing examples of revival Gothic, Italianate, Palladian and Georgian architecture, and you can stay in historic hotels and grand homes that have been converted to bed and breakfast establishments. Eco-tours to penguin, albatross and fur seal colonies are Dunedin's other claim to fame - some include a cruise up the beautiful Otago Harbour.

The Troopers Memorial lies in the centre of Invercargill, a town known for its history and friendly

Start in Invercargill

It’s easy to navigate around the wide streets of Invercargill. New Zealand’s southernmost city has plenty of character and a warm, friendly heart.

Dunedin Railway Station.

End in Dunedin Central

Historic architecture and eco-adventures await you in Dunedin. Watch the penguins surf into the beach after a successful day’s fishing.

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