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SOUTHERN SCENIC ITINERARY-4 DAYS
Journey into the captivating lower South Island to uncover an unforgettable mix of rare wildlife, remote rugged lands, and delicious seafood. The Southern Scenic Route will take you off the beaten path to discover stunning deserted coastlines, majestic fiords, and welcoming locals.
Day 1: Dunedin to Invercargill via the Catlins
Travel down the coast from Dunedin and explore the beautiful Catlins landscape. Wander the 5-minute path to Nugget Point lighthouse and marvel at the steep headland and rocky islets (The Nuggets). Enjoy amazing views along the coastline, visiting the famous Pūrākaunui Falls. Don't forget to look out for fur seals as they loll about, playing in rock pools and generally having fun.
Invercargill is New Zealand's southernmost city and offers a wide range of activities including the Bill Richardson Transport World and Around the Mountain cycle trail.
Nearby you will find the town of Bluff, home of the famous oyster.
Day 2: Invercargill to Te Anau
This picturesque drive skirts the rugged south coast and the eastern boundary of Fiordland National Park.
Visit Te Hikoi Southern Journey to learn about Riverton's bi-cultural past and stopover in Tuatapere for points of natural and historic interest, along with opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, trout fishing, hunting, and boating.
Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland National Park, you will find activities such as the glowworm caves, the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary and the Fiordland Cinema, which screens the beautiful short film Ata Whenua taking you deep into the heart of this World Heritage area.
Day 3: Milford Sound day trip
The road to Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most scenic routes; drive yourself or relax in a coach tour. Along the way look out for the Mirror Lakes with their amazing reflective views. Rough-hewn Homer Tunnel brings you into the amazing 22km fiord of Milford Sound.
A boat cruise is the best way to experience the sounds; choose either a day trip or a more leisurely overnight cruise. Tall waterfalls, vertical rock faces, and seals are some of the Sound's highlights. An underwater observatory is an option with most cruises, allowing you to see the fiord's fascinating depths.
If you've opted for a day cruise, head back to Te Anau for the night.
Day 4: Te Anau - Queenstown
End your journey in the exciting and fantastically attractive alpine resort of Queenstown.
Nestled on the shores of the stunning Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the place to source almost any kind of adventure, including bungy, jet boating, horse trekking, rafting, and river surfing.
It’s also a destination for luxury experiences, from gourmet food and award-winning vineyards to indulgent spa treatments, boutique shopping and leisurely games of golf.