Southern Scenic Route


Linking Te Anau with Invercargill, this section of the Southern Scenic Route provides a rewarding journey for cyclists, campervans and motorists.

Invercargill - Tuatapere - Te Anau

The 200 kilometre drive via Tuatapere takes approx 2.5 hours by car and is sealed for the entire distance between these centres.

The road skirts the eastern boundary of Fiordland National Park and the rugged south coast, providing an introduction to southern parts of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. There are many points of natural and historic interest along the route, and varied opportunities for recreation – camping, tramping, mountain biking, trout fishing, hunting, boating and caving. Further information is available from Department of Conservation offices as well as Visitor Information Centres.

For more information, visit the Southern Scenic Route website at

Southern Scenic Route Key Points

  • Guides you through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery and rural settings in New Zealand
  • It covers 610 kms between Queenstown and Dunedin
  • Travels through Dunedin, Balclutha, the Catlins, Invercargill, rural Southland, Tuatapere, Te Anau and Queenstown

Driving in New Zealand can be very different to driving at home. We drive on the left-hand side here, some of our roads are narrow, windy and have loose gravel… and it’s not unusual to see sheep or cattle on roads in rural areas. You need to give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, and to understand New Zealand road rules and signs.

Even if you have driven in other countries, it’s important to understand our rules for driving in New Zealand before you get behind the wheel here. Check out