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Driving from Dunedin to Invercargill and other common routes

Published on 18 March 2022

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Driving from Dunedin to Invercargill and other common routes Image

If you’re thinking of making the drive from one of the nearby urban areas such to Invercargill Holiday Park & Motels such as from Dunedin to Invercargill, it’s typically an easy route to drive. However there a few things you may want to keep in mind that might make your trip simpler or more eventful depending on what you’re looking for.

Driving from Dunedin to Invercargill

The trip from Dunedin to Invercargill can be done entirely on major highways. There are a few ways to get here but the most straightforward is to follow Highway 1 for most of the way.

There is one tricky section to watch for on the drive, especially if you’re navigating by watching the road signs. Two major roads both go to Invercargill: Highway 1 and Highway 93. Just before exiting the town of Clinton when heading from Dunedin to Invercargill, these roads split. The sign says that Highway 93 goes to Matuaura and Highway 1 goes to Gore and Invercargill. But actually, both roads go to Invercargill and Highway 1 usually gets you to Invercargill slightly faster.

Which roads to take from Dunedin to Invercargill to get to us

If you’re driving to our holiday park from Dunedin to Invercargill we recommend taking Highway 93 at the split. Later it will remerge onto Highway 1. If you follow this road until the town of Woodlands and then drive about another 8km you’ll get to Kennington Rosylyn Bush Rd, a main road off to the right you can turn off. If you turn there and then turn on Myross rd that road becomes McIvor road and leads directly to our park. This route will save you around 15-20 minutes compared to going through downtown Invercargill.

Stops to make on the way from Dunedin to Invercargill

If you aren’t in a hurry there a few places that might be interesting for you to stop at on the way.

The Southern Scenic Route goes through The Catlins which has many natural wonders to behold. A good place to turn off at the route is in Balclutha towards Fineland. From there you can go to Kaka Point or through Owaka and eventually end up at Fortrose about 40km outside of Invercargill.

Lake Waihola is a 640 ha freshawater lake surrounded by wetlands. There is also a lookout that leads to dolphin and whale fossils that are over 30 million years old.

Driving from Queenstown to Invercargill

Queenstown to Invercargill is fairly straightforward. From Queenstown, simply follow Highway 6 southbound until you reach McIvor Rd. The Devil’s Staircase stretch has some twist and turns and some areas can be icy even during the day time during the cold months due to shade from the mountains.

Stops to make on the way from Queenstown to Invercargill

Te Anau is a small town about that has the impressive Lake Te Anau. It is also the nearest town to Milford Sound.

While not technically on the way from either area, Milford Sound is one of the most popular natural landmarks of New Zealand and is considered by many to be the 8th wonder of the world. Stopping at Milford sound on the way from Queenstown to Invercargill would be quite the journey, but it can still be worth the trip especially if you haven’t been there before.