New Zealand ~ 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.
Stop in Te Anau to explore the magnificent and remote regions of Milford Sound which is a 5 hour return drive from Te Anau. Take a boat trip to the Glow Worm Caves for a magical experience. Alternatively take an 8 hour return trip to the wilderness region of Doubtful Sound for untouched Fiordland scenery from Manapouri. Continue along the SSR to Western Southland stopping to find your fortune at the rugged Gemstone Beach. 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. The SRR 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.
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 Cadbury’s World, visit 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!