South Island Highlights
After navigating South Island's Cook Strait, hug the east coast on SH1 to dolphin-friendly Kaikoura and cathedral-centred Christchurch. Further south are the faunal sanctuary of the Otago Peninsula and the Victorian facades of Dunedin.
Mix-and-match highways across the island to reach Te Anau for the beguiling side-road to Milford Sound, then backtrack to SH6 and head north into the frenzy of Queenstown. Swap SH6 for SH8 for an eyeful of Mt Cook before veering east to regain the coast road to Christchurch.