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Recommended a minimum of 10 days to complete this lower South Island New Zealand self-drive itinerary.
This itinerary incorporates only the South Island of New Zealand. The arrival point of this itinerary is Dunedin where you can pick up your rental vehicle. Dunedin is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is home to Otago University.
From Dunedin travel to the Catlins Coast. This region takes you to enthralling wildlife experiences, beautiful waterfalls and rustic farmland scenery. Beaches, forest walks and nostalgic hospitality will capture your heart. From the Catlins, travel down to the Southland region taking in Invercargill and the Southern Scenic Route.
Finally, visit the world famous Fiordland area where many of Peter Jackson's movie locations were chosen before finishing this itinerary in the Southern Lakes District and Queenstown. Queenstown Airport has flights to most of New Zealand and Australia's major cities, and rental car options are also available.
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