The Southern Way has so much to see and do, it can be hard to decide where to begin. From the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the sparkling waters of Milford Sound, our regions are a feast for the senses that will leave you wanting to explore more.
To help you make the most of your time in our regions we have put together some ideas to help you get started.
3 Days in the Deep South
Invercargill is the southernmost city in New Zealand. Perched at the bottom of Te Waipounamu (The South Island) it is the gateway to the Southern Ocean.
The Waitaki Way
The Waitaki Valley valley stretches from the coastal city of Oamaru to the beautiful Lake Wanaka in the south. Start this journey through dramatic landscapes in Dunedin.
Wildlife and nature are easily accessible in the Southern Way regions and from Dunedin down the coast via the Catlins and to Invercargill is a Nature Lover's dream.
Central Otago Landscapes
From the sea to the plains to wine country. This trip will take you through incredible landscapes, offer a step back in time and a taste of the amazing food and wine that is produced here.
This five to six day trip will take you to some of the most picturesque places in New Zealand. Get your camera at the ready, you will want to capture all you can.
Food and Wine Explorers
For wine lovers this journey takes you into the heart of wine country and exploring all this area has to offer including wine experiences, culinary delights and short walks to recharge the palate.
Arriving here is easy - it’s leaving that will be hard.
Getting Here & Around
Arriving by air
The Southern Way is home to three airports, Queenstown, Dunedin and Invercargill. Queenstown is an international airport, with direct flights from most Eastern Australian cities. Dunedin and Invercargill have excellent domestic links from all around the country, including Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
All of our airports have vehicle rental companies, with a variety of options available to suit your road touring style. Please consider electric or hybrid options when booking your vehicle.
Arriving by vehicle
If you are driving into the region, there are three major roads that you can follow as you make your way south.
State Highway One comes south from Christchurch and brings you in through the stunning Waitaki Valley.
If you travel down State Highway six, you would have experienced the rugged West Coast, come through the incredible native forest of the Haast Valley and into Lake Hawea.
State Highway eight will bring you through the vast MacKenzie Country and into the Southern Way through Twizel and Omarama.