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Discover activities and attractions on the Southern Scenic Route
Southern Scenic Route SH99Photo Source: Hunter Smith the ice cream cow boy.

Southern Scenic Route basic facts

The Southern Scenic Route is a series of “back country” highways and stopovers which wind their way from Queenstown across to Te Anau.

SH94 Mavora Lakes May 18 Red Cattle

18 red cattle on the roadside, near the turnoff to Mavora Lakes, between Mossburn and Te Anau.

After Te Anau, the route heads south west beside the lowest reaches of the Southern Alps, and into Southern Fiordland.

Southern Scenic Route SH99

From there it crosses the South Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, passes through the rural city of Invercargill, and out to the world famous Catlins area.

Southern Scenic Route SH99

Learn more about Southern Scenic Route:

  • hidden walks through famous film settings
  • unique boat tours on waters used in famous films
  • the places to eat and not to eat…
  • the world’s biggest private collections of trucks and or motorbikes
  • access to wetlands (views of Fiordland National Park)
  • which beaches are better for a short stopover
  • awesome photo stops

The Southern Scenic Route winds from Queenstown, through Te Anau, down to Tuatapere, and finally to Invercargill. A large part of it is in Fiordland.

Just off the Southern Scenic Route

Explore the South Coast and Lake Hauroko

A guest said this about our advice, on stops along the Southern Scenic Route:

“We stopped at the Rakatu Wetlands, Clifden Caves & Suspension Bridge, McCracken’s Rest, and the Orepuki Beach Cafe – and all your suggestions were absolutely amazing! We enjoyed each and everyone of them”.

Brittani – Kentucky, USA.