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Southern Scenic Route

If you want to get off the beaten track follow the signs for the SSR, otherwise known as the Southern Scenic Route through 610 kilometres of breathtaking scenery. Commence the drive at the picturesque city of Queenstown, nestled amongst The Remarkables mountain range. Drive along the banks of Lake Wakatipu towards New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. The mountain scenery along the way is truly majestic as you drive through miles of open farmland.

Milford Sound - Te Anau - Manapouri - Doubtful Sound

No trip to the south island in NZ is complete without stopping in to explore the magnificent and remote regions of Milford Sound which is a 5 hour return drive from Te Anau. Park your car hire up and take a hike around the area to experience some of the best natural sceneries in the world. After your hike, take a boat trip to the Glow Worm Caves for a magical experience. Alternatively, you can take an eight hour return trip to the wilderness region of Doubtful Sound for untouched Fiordland scenery from Manapouri. Doubtful sound is sometimes referred to as the 'Sound of Silence' and can be enjoyed perfectly on a kayak or boat.

Gemstone Beach - Riverton - Invercargill - Stewart Island

Continue along the SSR to Western Southland stopping to find your fortune at the rugged Gemstone Beach. As the name may suggest, Gemstone Beach is in a constant state of change with the surface of the sand changing to stones, so it'll be a different experience every time you go exploring! Continue to the sleepy seaside town of Riverton and visit Te Hikoi Southern Journey Museum for an insight into the Maori and European historical settlements. If you're looking for the perfect picnic spot, head to Howells Point Reserve for a great view while you enjoy the local fresh food. The SRR then winds onto Invercargill, the country’s most southerly point. Take a photo at the famous Bluff signpost, and if time permits, spend a night or two on Stewart Island for some nature spotting.

The Catlins - Clutha Country - Dunedin

Driving along the southern coast, the SSR takes you into The Catlins region, where native forests meet rugged cliffs and sandy beaches. Explore the region, stopping off at Nugget Point, Purakaunui Falls, Cathedral Caves and Curio Bay where you may see sea lions, dolphins and yellow eyed penguins in their natural habitat. For some leisurely activities stop off for some fishing and golf in Clutha Country before concluding the SSR in the university city of Dunedin. Both picturesque and bohemian in architecture, Dunedin is a great place to explore New Zealand’s heritage and wildlife. Take a trip to the Toitu Museum, and venture out to the Otago Peninsula - home to the Royal Albatross Breeding Colony. Stop off at the country’s only castle, Larnoch and finally, don’t forget to drive up and down the steepest road in the world – Baldwin Street!

Southern Scenic Route

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