The Southern Scenic Route brings together the best of the south and showcases the natural environment, scenery, wildlife, heritage and people.
Queenstown is surrounded by spectacular neighbouring regions, making it the perfect base to explore the Southern Lakes and lower South Island of New Zealand.
The Southern Lakes area, in the south west corner of the South Island of New Zealand, is a diverse region made up of spectacular scenery and awesome landscapes, with several beautiful towns populating the region.
Together with Queenstown, Arrowtown, Glenorchy, Kingston, Wanaka and Fiordland make up the impressive Southern Lakes region. Each of these beautiful towns has a unique identity, friendly people, are set against a backdrop of world class landscapes and are great places to visit.
The region has a colourful and rich history and a pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit that has helped shape the region as a major tourism hub today. The world famous landscapes provide the backdrop for many attractions, adventure activities, nature tours and a huge range of experiences.
Queenstown is the perfect base to explore the Southern Lakes region and beyond. Queenstown is easily accessible via New Zealand's major highways, bus routes and Queenstown International Airport, and offers a range of quality accommodation and services, from transport to visitor information centres, to ensure you are well equipped to explore our region.
To find out more about the towns and landscapes that surround Queenstown use the interactive map to see location details, driving distances and visitor highlights.