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 3 / 7

Te Anau - Bluff

2 hrs

57 mins

222 km

138 mi

Fiordland

Today you'll head south towards the very bottom of the New Zealand mainland - Bluff. One of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand, Bluff is famous for it's oysters - recognised as some of the best in the world. The maritime museum here focuses on whaling, oystering and shipwrecks; the rugged character of this ocean-faring town is evident everywhere you go. 

Don't miss the photo opportunity at Stirling Point - a bright yellow signpost here signifies the bottom of the mainland, also indicating the distance from the South Pole as well as other parts of the world. 

View from Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park looking out over Lake Te Anau and the Mountains of Fior

Start in Te Anau

Te Anau is the closest town to Milford Sound and is known as the 'gateway to the fiords'.

Bluff's Stirling Point sign indicates distances to other parts of the world and makes a great photo.

End in Bluff

Bluff is one of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand. Come here to enjoy the scent of the sea and the rugged character of an oystering port.

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