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Regional road trips in the South Island

Central Otago Touring Route

Slow down and savour a spectacular southern road trip. The Central Otago Touring Route is a journey through spectacular landscapes full of natural wonders, unique attractions and activities, along with the local hospitality that makes Otago such a memorable place to visit.

The 341-kilometre journey follows scenic highways from the Pacific Ocean to the foot of the Southern Alps via the beautiful Strath Taieri and Maniototo Plains. Leaving Dunedin, it winds through the heart of Central Otago taking in characterful settlements such as Middlemarch, Ranfurly, Oturehua and Clyde, as well as the larger towns of Alexandra, Cromwell, Arrowtown and Queenstown.

Soak up the scenery, see the sights, and enjoy all sorts of activities at a relaxed pace by taking 3–5 days – longer if you can.

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Southern Scenic Route

This stunning journey takes in some of the South Island's most iconic scenic highlights from the dramatic beauty and wildlife of Dunedin and the Catilins coastline through to the charming townships and epic natural attractions in Southland and Fiordland, ending in the home of adventure, Queenstown. Enjoy approximately 610 kilometres (km) of natural and cultural attractions laid out one after the other – wildlife viewing, short walks, mountain-biking, fishing, hunting, boating, camping, tramping and caving – making it an ideal drive for those with time to explore. Best done over 2 or 3 days, for more information about accommodation along the route contact the Dunedin i-Site Visitor Centre.