Southern Scenic Route

Southern Scenic Route, Invercargill: Address, Southern Scenic Route Reviews: 4.5/5

Southern Scenic Route
4.5
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422iana
Dunedin, New Zealand3,040 contributions
Raw beauty
Apr 2021 • Friends
Returning from doing the Shark dive in Bluff. The raw beauty of the Southern coast. If you were going to try and see everything you could problably do it in 3 days, but you take longer. We did it in 1 day on the way back to Dunedin. Will want to do more around Curi Bay and didn't stop at and waterfalls this trip. If you can at least take a overnight stop.
Written 28 April 2021
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John from Christchurch, NZ
Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions
Don't Leave the Country!
Apr 2021 • Couples
We did this trip from Dunedin to Queenstown and absolutely loved it. Our only regret is that we didn't have more time. Great sights and great people along the way. It is true what they say about southern hospitality.
Written 11 April 2021
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middleageoe
Tauranga, New Zealand104 contributions
Amazing Catlins
Mar 2021
Really a must do for all locals and of course overseas visitors when they return. Amazing beaches, wild life and scenery on quiet roads. Recommended.
Written 29 March 2021
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Phileas_Fogg1
Carterton, New Zealand101 contributions
So scenic!
Feb 2021 • Couples
We took the southern scenic coast from Dunedin to The Catlins and then on to Invercargill and up to Manapouri stopping off and staying at various places along the way. There is lots of stunning scenery, beaches and native bush. Highlights include Nugget Point, Curio bay (keep an eye out for the Hectors dolphins)and The lost gypsy. Plenty of lookouts that are worth stopping at to take in the panoramic views.
Written 4 February 2021
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Aaron W
Auckland, New Zealand84 contributions
great 5 to 6 day road trip but we took 11
Jan 2021
a road trip worth taking. we started and stopped at queenstown at took 11 days to travel around staying sometimes at holiday parks and sometimes in freedom camping spots. absolute delight and soo much to see, and we didnt see everything
Written 29 January 2021
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Deanne D
Wellington, New Zealand1,417 contributions
Scenic
Jan 2021 • Couples
This is a good road and we would recommend taking it. There are some stunning scenes on the road. There are numerous opportunities to pull over and take photos. Make the most of the southern scenery by taking this drive.
Written 14 January 2021
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Redrocket1969
Auckland, New Zealand38 contributions
A trip that needs more than a day.
Jan 2021
We did not do the whole route as we started from Queenstown and headed south - omitting the Te Anua leg. We stopped for a few days in Invercargill and then travelled to Dunedin in a day.

There are plently of historic sights along the way. Some of the sidetrips are walks which will need time to see comfortably. However, even in a day, we stopped at few places, such as Curio Bay.

Overall, I think that this route offers a lot of variety for different people.
Written 12 January 2021
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ChrisandDavid2016
Feilding, New Zealand164 contributions
A scenic drive - well worth the extra few kilometres!
Dec 2020
We drove from Invercargill through to Manapouri and onto Te Anau along the Southern Scenic route. Sadly the weather was windy, wet and cold but we managed a few stops along the way in Riverton, Tuatapere, clifden suspension bridge and a couple of the lookouts as the weather cleared once we left the coast. Unfortunately we didn't venture into any of the beaches due to the inclement weather. It is a beautiful drive and would have been even better if the weather had been more accommodating. Great toilets at the Clifden suspension bridge.
Written 18 December 2020
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Sally A
Wanaka, New Zealand558 contributions
A stunning area of New Zealand's coastline.
Oct 2020
There's so much to see along this route, make sure you stay 1-2 nights so you can explore the many natural attractions - most of which are not visible from the road. We rented a house in the Papatowai area and did short day trips from there. Scenic attractions include: dramatic cliffs, lighthouses, beaches, native forest walks, wetlands, waterfalls, lakes, birds, seals and penguins. Most of these involve walking short to medium distances (often hilly) A moderate level of fitness and sensible footwear is necessary.
Written 17 October 2020
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MoolooSwampy
Auckland, New Zealand224 contributions
A stunning and underrated part of the country
Sep 2020
If you have time, be sure to travel this route, which has a host of landscapes like nowhere else in the country. At times remote and always beautiful, the roads are well signposted and less winding than I expected. Totally worth the effort.
Written 5 October 2020
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