The most direct route between Invercargill and Dunedin is via SH1. The pastoral scenery is pretty, but not as spectacular as the SH92 route via the Catlins coast. The Catlins is an enchanting region, combining lush farmland, native forests, usual coastal landmarks and empty beaches, bushwalks and wildlife-spotting opportunities.
Travellers who undertake the short jaunt to Stewart Island/Rakiura will be rewarded with a warm welcome from both the local kiwi and the local Kiwis. NZ's ‘third’ island is a good place to spy the country’s shy, feathered icon in the wild, and the close-knit community of Stewart Islanders (population 381) are relaxed hosts.