Queenstown joins the Southern Scenic Route

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Queenstown is now officially a stop-off on top tourism experience the Southern Scenic Route. 

The resort has been invited to join the 440km route – which previously looped between Dunedin and Te Anau through Balclutha, the Catlins, Invercargill, Bluff, Riverton and Tuatapere. 

It’ll now extend an extra 161km to include Queenstown, Mossburn, Five Rivers, Athol, Garston and Kingston. 

Destination Queenstown boss Tony Everitt says it’s great to “add our spectacular alpine scenery to the mix”. 

“The Southern Scenic Route brings together the best of the south and is a fantastic way to promote and showcase our natural environment and scenery, wildlife, heritage, and people. As New Zealand’s oldest touring route, it’s a truly iconic experience. 

The ‘must-do’ tourism route was officially opened in 1988. 

DQ was invited to join the Southern Scenic Route Steering Group by members Venture Southland, Tourism Dunedin, Destination Fiordland, Clutha District Council, Department of Conservation and New Zealand Transport Agency.