Queenstown to Te Anau -
From Queenstown on to route 6 on around Lake Wakitipu straight south. If you like old steam trains at Kingston there is the Kingston Flyer. Turn into Kingston and go to the end at the lake or on past Kingston is the other end of the train trip at Fairlight just a few kms on. Thirty kms past Kingston we turn right at Five Rivers on a short-cut side road to route 94 and on to Te Anau. (2 1/2 hour drive). Here we go to the Great View Holiday Park (www.fiordlandgreatviewsholidaypark.co.nz for a few days.
From here you make the drive into Milford Sound. I recommend a boat ride for sure.
Have a talk to the owners at Great Views to get the up to the minute scoop on what’s happening. This is one of the top spots in the world to visit so don’t hurry. The Saunders will be a big help also and it is a primo camp. They have a small bus for taking people out there also if you don’t feel like driving.
Te Anau to Riverton -
After a great stay in the Fiordland National Park we must move on...... Ever south. From Te Anau take route 95 through Manapouri south on the Blackmount road to Tuatapere (sausage capital) route 99 and on south to the coast. If you feel the need to visit a farm and shear a sheep on the way through you can stop at the Waiau farm on the right.
After Tuatapere the road finally gets back to the ocean. You might even want to go out to Cozy Nook! Stop and pick up a few gemstones at Gemstone Beach(really!). Take the side road to Colac Bay coming back out on the other side on route 99 continuing along until you reach Riverton. Cross the bridge on the left and a short drive will be the Globe Hotel on the left. Pull around back to park for the night. Tell the owners Ron & Paula sent you. $10 a night with good showers. Join the locals in the pub and if you like pizza they do a real good one. This is a real small town local pub with some great Kiwi’s. Enjoy the evening! Maybe you can talk Tony into a helicopter adventure? (Driving time Te Anau to Riverton - 2 hours)
Before you leave make sure you go back across the bridge and turn left to go out to the”Rocks”. Good cafe on the hill too.
Riverton to Invercargill, Bluff, Stewart Island –
From Riverton we go on east to Invercargill. Take the drive to Bluff and the southern end of route one in New Zealand. Bluff is known for stay the night in Invercargill at the Lorneville Holiday Park (www.lorneville.kiwiholidayparks.com) Home to the “Fastest Indian” if you saw the movie. Drive out and have a look at the Oreti Beach where it happened.
Invercargill through the Catlins -
Now we head through an isolated part of New Zealand - the Catlins. Pick up the info at the Lorneville Park for the drive through. To see is the prehistoric forest in the ocean. It is 176 kms(2 hrs) across so lots of time. Tonight you stay at the Newhaven Holiday Park at Owaka on the other side of the Catlins (www.newhavenholiday.com ). A day in the Catlins! You can walk a very short distance on the beach where I guarantee you will be in the middle of the local seals that call it home. Fabulous sight! if you are looking for a homestay at
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