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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A guided cruise lets you slide between the vertical mountains that form the sides of Milford Sound

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A day exploring Milford Sound

Fiordland

Today you'll visit Milford Sound on a day trip from Te Anau. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages and is breathtaking in any weather. Dramatic cliffs rise vertically from the inky black water and mountain peaks scrape the sky. 

A boat cruise or scenic flight - or both - is the perfect way to truly appreciate the beauty of this place. Boat cruises often include a coach to pick you up from Te Anau, and some include a kayaking trip as well. Look out for the pods of dolphins who call the waters of Milford Sound home. 

Beautiful views of majestic Mitre Peak in this special timelapse feature. See the activity on Milfor

Milford Sound

Situated on the west coast of the South Island, Milford Sound is a fusion of spectacular natural features with amazing visual cues around every corner.

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