Start in the South at Lorneville and work your way up the country

Attractions close by:

  • Queenstown (Te Waipounamu): Queenstown is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning scenery and outdoor adventures. 2 hours 30 minutes from Invercargill
  • Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fiordland is a World Heritage Site and one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and scenic national parks. Start at the town of Te Anau which is located about 2 hours drive from Invercargill
  • Stewart Island (Rakiura): Stewart Island is the third-largest island in New Zealand, and it is a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. It is about a 1 hour ferry ride from Bluff
  • The Catlins (Poturehu): The Catlins is a beautiful and rugged stretch of coastline located to the east of Invercargill. It is 2 hours 30 minutes from Invercargill on the Southern Scenic Route.
  • Tuatapere: The town is surrounded by forests and mountains, and offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities.
Te Anau Jetty

Attractions close by:

  • Queenstown (Te Waipounamu): Queenstown is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning scenery and outdoor adventures. 2.5 hours from Gore or Mataura.
  • Mt Cook (Aoraki): Mt Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand, and it is a popular destination for hikers and climbers. It’s about 4.5 hours drive from Mataura via Cromwell.
  • Te Anau is a small town located on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island. The town is a popular base for exploring the nearby Fiordland National Park, and it offers a range of accommodation options. Te Anau is about 1 hour 45 minutes drive from Mataura.
  • The Catlins (Poturehu): The Catlins is a beautiful and rugged stretch of coastline located to the east of Invercargill. It is only 45 minutes drive from Mataura.
  • The Hokonui Hills: These hills offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside and are popular for hiking and mountain biking and are just 30 minutes from Mataura.
Hooker_Valley Track, Mt Cook- Miles Holden

Attractions in the area:

  • Little Blue Penguins: Oamaru is known for the little blue penguin colony which attracts many visitors each year to watch the penguins arrive back on shore each evening after a day at sea.
  • Whitestone Buildings: Oamaru is also well known for its beautiful Victorian era architecture and also attracts fans of steampunk to the local shops and artists’ galleries.
  • Otago Central Rail Trail: a popular cycling route located in the Central Otago region. It follows the historic Otago Central Rail Trail and is suitable for riders of all abilities.
  • Lake Tekapo: Lake Tekapo is a large lake located in the Mackenzie District of New Zealand, close to Aoraki/Mt Cook. It is known for stunning blue waters and is a popular destination for water sports, including boating, fishing, and swimming. Tekapo also has a hot pools complex, ice skating rink and is a Dark Sky Reserve where you can enjoy stargazing at the Mt John Observatory.
Tekapo-Canterbury-Julian-Apse (1)

Attractions close by:

  • Christchurch: Smithfield is the closest Alliance plant to the South Island’s largest city, Christchurch and the gateway to the attractions of the wider Canterbury region.
  • Banks Peninsula: Beautiful Banks Peninsula is the remains of a long extinct volcanic crater and features Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours and many bays and beaches. Akaroa is a favourite location to visit and a great base for adventuring and exploring the local marine life.
  • Arthur’s Pass/Otira: Arthur’s Pass is pass through to the Southern Alps to the beautiful West Coast of the South Island
  • Castle Hill: Just 2.5 hours drive from Timaru, Castle Hill is home to spectacular limestone formations and a popular spot with visitors and locals, especially rock climbers.
  • Geraldine: a picturesque rural town half an hour from Timaru, Geraldine is popular with visitors for it’s thriving arts and crafts scene, cafes and restaurants and as home to food brand Barkers.
  • Mackenzie Country: heading inland from Timaru, the Mackenzie Country has much to offer including ski fields at Mt Dobson and Fox Peak, and as the gateway through to Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki and Aoraki/Mt Cook.
Timaru events

Attractions close by:

  • Abel Tasman National Park: This beautiful national park offers a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, kayaking, and boating. The park is also home to a number of secluded golden sandy beaches and coves.
  • Golden Bay: Known for its stunning golden sandy beaches, Golden Bay is one of the most popular locations in the region to camp or visit during the summer months.
  • Kaiteriteri Beach: One of the favourite beaches in the region is Kaiteriteri, which tends to be packed over the month of January in particular. The sands are golden and the water a brilliant blue green, with plenty of boating, swimming, kayaking and more to be enjoyed.
  • The Heaphy Track: Located in the Kahurangi National Park in the northwest of the South Island, the Heaphy Track is a popular hiking trail that traverses a range of landscapes, from forests and beaches to alpine meadows and wetlands.
  • Nelson Art and Crafts: Enjoy the many galleries and arts trails in the region, which is known for the high calibre of artists and potters living and working in the area.

Attractions close by:

  • Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail: Lots of options in this area for keen cyclists, including following the path of the mighty Whanganui River. Find out more about the various rides.
  • Visit Kapiti Island: Kapiti Island is a nature reserve located off the Kapiti Coast, just a short drive from Levin. It is home to a number of native flora and fauna, including many endangered species. Visitors can take a guided tour of the island and learn about its history and wildlife.
  • Visit Palmerston North: Palmerston North is a city located about an hour’s drive from Levin. It is home to a number of attractions, including the Te Manawa Museum, the Victoria Esplanade Gardens, and the New Zealand Rugby Museum. The city also has a vibrant arts and culture scene, with a range of galleries, studios, and performance spaces.
  • Explore Whanganui: Whanganui is a city located about an hour and a half’s drive from Levin. It is home to a number of attractions, including the Whanganui Regional Museum, the Sarjeant Gallery, and the Wanganui Racecourse. The city is also a gateway to the Whanganui National Park, a beautiful wilderness area with a range of walking tracks and outdoor activities.

Attractions and activities:

  • Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre: This centre is home to a variety of native wildlife, including kiwi, tuatara, and kaka. It offers guided tours and a range of educational programs.
  • Tararua Tramway: The Tararua Tramway is a historic railway that operated in the Tararua Forest Park from the early 1900s to the 1950s. Today, it is a popular walking and cycling trail that follows the old rail corridor through the forest. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape and is a great way to explore the park.
  • Go hiking: The Dannevirke region is home to a number of beautiful hiking trails, ranging from easy walks to more challenging tramps. Some popular options include the Tararua Tramway, the Norsewood Walkway, and the Pongaroa Walkway.
  • Tararua Forest Park: The Tararua Forest Park is a beautiful and diverse wilderness area located near Dannevirke. It offers a range of walking tracks, ranging from short and easy to long and challenging. The park is home to a variety of native flora and fauna, including many endangered species.
  • Fishing: Dannevirke is located in an area known for its excellent fishing, with a range of options including freshwater, saltwater, and fly fishing. There are many rivers, streams, and lakes in the area that offer good fishing opportunities.
Pukaha Mount Bruce - Have You Ever - Camilla Rutherford

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