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1st day: Christchurch to Dunedin
Travel to the enchanting Lower South Island to explore an exquisite blend of rarities, secluded, rugged areas and tasty cuisine. Away from the well-trodden paths, the Southern Sacenic Route takes you to breathtaking empty coasts, magnificent fjords and inviting people. Breathtaking coastal vistas, visits to the famed P?r?kaunui waterfalls and spot seals buzzing in the rocks and having a lot of general lark.
A scenic ride along the east border of Fiordland National Park and the jagged southern coastline provides an introductory tour to the southern parts of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site. Attend Te Hikoi Southern Journey to find out more about Riverton's bicultural past and make a stop in Tuatapere, where you will find many nature and historical sights along the trail and many recreational possibilities - hiking, trekking, hiking, mountain bike, angling, hunting, boat trips and speleology.
In Te Anauownship, the gate to Fiordland National Park, you will find a wide array of attractions including the Firefly Grottos, the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary and the film Ata Whenua, as well as a number of accommodations and restuarant. It is the ideal starting point for exploring the majesty of Milford and its dubious sound on brief strolls, hiking tours lasting several days or boating trips.
First part is relatively gentle arable land before retreating into the Buchenwald at the entry to Fiordland National Park. Watch out for the mirror lakes, which provide astonishing, reflecting outlooks on a clear sunny mornings. Milford Sound, a 22 km long fjord overlooked by Mitre Peak, is reached by the roughly carved Homer Tunnel.
Cruising Milford Sound will be an integral part of your Fiordland holiday; you can either take a full days out or an evening stay to really enjoy the city. When you decide on a full itinerary, drive back to Te Anau to stay there for the nights; there is a large choice of accommodations and dining options.