Southern Scenic Route
The Southern Scenic Route in the lower South Island is one of New Zealand’s top touring routes. The drive is renowned for its journey through spectacular coastal and inland scenery, lush farmland and dramatic alpine landscapes. Start or end your journey in magnificent Queenstown!
The raw beauty of the Southern Scenic Route takes in all that is magical about New Zealand and its natural landscapes. It brings together the best of the south and showcases the natural environment, scenery, wildlife, heritage and people. The diverse scenery of the Southern Scenic Route ranges from the rugged coastline of the Catlins to the ancient forests and glaciers of Fiordland to the majestic lake and alpine scenery of the Wakatipu Basin.
As New Zealand’s oldest touring route, The Southern Scenic Route is a truly iconic experience. The idea for the Southern Scenic Route was born in 1985 by Tuatapere locals. After much hard work and lobbying, the Southern Scenic Route officially opened in 1988 and has since firmly established itself as a ‘must do’ New Zealand tourism experience.