In my 23 days North South NZ trip itinerary, I have planned to drive from Mt Cook to Dunedin (stopover 1 night) then continue to Te Anau.
If I will to take the shortest drive (from google map), the distance is 315 km (almost 5 hr drive). Now I just learnt that from the forum that Lindis Pass is not to be missed.
If I will to take the scenic route via Lindis Pass, the drive distance increases to 422 km (exceeds 6 hr). I have tried to plan my itinerary not to drive more than 5 hours from 1 stopover to another stopover, but now it seems like not possible if I do not want to miss any good photo shoots.
This also happened from Dunedin to Te Anau, the shortest drive from google map will be 290 km (4.5 hr). But if I will to take the Southern Scenic Route via Invercargill, the drive distance increases to 433 km (exceeds 6 hr).
Additional stopovers between the initial planned stopovers is not possible because I do not have any extra days to spare. (Too few days and too many beautiful places to cover)
Advice on this please, anyone?