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Southern Scenic Route is Amazing

We were so happy that the lady at the information centre in Dunedin suggested taking the Southern... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Anita T
Forster, Australia
Stunning road trip.

Nugget Point was the highlight. Try and get there early before the buses and while the morning... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Julie M
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Scenic drive from Queenstown to Dunedin via The Catlins, Invercargill, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were so happy that the lady at the information centre in Dunedin suggested taking the Southern Scenic Route. We drove from Dunedin to Invercargill and then via the West to Te Anau and then inland to Queenstown. along the roads less travelled. There is...More

Thank Anita T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nugget Point was the highlight. Try and get there early before the buses and while the morning light gives wonderful photo opportunities.

Thank Julie M
Reviewed 2 September 2018

We were touring the Catlins on August 8 and 9, 2018 and among the places we went to see is the Nugget Point lighthouse which is reached after leaving the car in a small parking lot and continuing on a path for three kilometers round...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Nice and pleasant drive on this route with suggested points of interests along the way. If you have time between towns, do try it out.

Thank HowGoodRU
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Absolutely Stunning ! Such a nice peaceful walk to the light house ! A must visit ! The water is so blue and the surroundings are clean and green :)

Thank AylaN_iToursntix
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

The scenery and history are amazing. Even saw a penguin in the middle of the day along with seals and a Sea Lion.

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 8 July 2018

Over 5 days this drive was spectacular. Wild and calm oceans, green like you would not believe, spectacular lakes and so on. The Catlins are a hidden gem with so many unspoilt spots to stop and get photos. The roads were fine, very little traffic...More

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Reviewed 29 June 2018

We travelled different parts of this route and were disappointed that we couldn't stop to enjoy it more. We took most of the day driving from Dunedin to Invercargill so that was ok, so don't rush it.

2  Thank Michael-4551
Reviewed 28 June 2018

I wish we had planned to do the drive over 2 days, so I could've stopped off at a few more places (only did nugget point and purakaunui falls), but overall, the drive was easy (but long....) and very scenic.

1  Thank Dr_Rebecca_P
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Not the most direct, but certainly the most scenic way around the bottom of the South Island. Must make sure you have allowed the time to stop at several of the tourist sites along the journey.

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Claire C
12 May 2018|
Response from fay m |
The Catlins are nice, and the coastal drive is very scenic. Don't miss out the famous Bluff oysters!
15 April 2018|
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Response from Mardey_60 | Reviewed this property |
Having driven extensively around the South Island, if you wish to travel from point to point and stop in between to enjoy the beautiful scenic places then I would suggest you don’t attempt to drive more then 250km per day... More
16 February 2018|
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Response from ron028 | Reviewed this property |
Good questions. We drove this route in October, 2017. I cannot advise you regarding the weather in July, but there are no significant mountains so I would be surprised if snow were to be a problem. The road itself is... More