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Known as "the real New Zealand", Southland's unmatched beauty, native wildlife, friendly locals and great food make it a destination to be experienced.

For those who want to get off the beaten track, Southland is the ideal place to visit. One of the largest regions in New Zealand, Southland’s vast array of lakes, rivers, mountains and open plains make it a place of incomparable and unique beauty. Its rugged coastline, stretching a staggering 3,400 kilometres is one of Southland’s most treasured assets. Mostly free of development and home to countless species of native wildlife, it invites visitors back to nature in tranquil surroundings.

Although visitors traditionally come to Southland for its landscape, they stay for its people. The combination of friendly locals, serene surroundings and wide open spaces make for a great opportunity to find kinship and restore the soul. This is where memories of great adventures can be made.

The New Zealand we all dream of
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Each part of Southland offers visitors a unique discovery just waiting to be explored. It's the New Zealand we all dream of, and here's why...

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Hiking in the sand dunes on Mason Bay
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10 Things you can only do in Southland
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Southland has some incredibly unique experiences, here's a list put together by locals of things you can do only in Southland...

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See wild kiwi bird on Stewart Island
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What's on
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Check out our Southland events calendar and find out what is coming up so you can plan your trip south.

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What's On
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Burt Munro, a local hero
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2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of Burt Munro's World Land Speed Record

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Burt Munro 50th Block
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Classic Motoring in Invercargill
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Five reasons Invercargill should be officially named the Classic Motoring Capital of New Zealand

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See rare and beautifully restored automotive at Bill Richardson Transport World
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Food and Drink
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Whether it’s Bluff Oysters or blue cod accompanied by a delicious craft beer, sampling Southland’s local cuisine is sure to re-energize a food lover's palate.

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Try delicious craft beer at Invercargill Brewery
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Budget accommodation for those who like it basic. The Cwtch, ‘Hut in a Gallery’ is located in Tuatapere, gateway to Southern Fiordland on the Southern Scenic…
The Ascot Park Hotel is unique as it offers hotel, motel and apartment style accommodation all within one venue. All guests are encouraged to enjoy the…
Come relax and rejuvenate at Tudor Park Country Stay. This neo-Tudor home is set in almost two hectares of tranquil, award-winning gardens and is located only…
Bought in 2013 our 1930's cottage is set on a quiet residential street only 10 minutes walk to the Stewart Island ferry and Bluff shops. The cottage has three…
Carolynne and Ken invite you to stay at Breadalbane House in Kaka Point, near the start of the famous Southern Scenic Route and the Catlins region. Breadalbane…
Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is the only backpackers located on the lakefront, a stones throw from Lake Te Anau. Located just 300 metres walk from the…
Your Hosts Muriel & David Newcombe welcome you to 554 Moana Court Motel where you can relax, watch "NETFLIX" in all units, All units are comfortable…
Welcome to Radfords on the Lake (formerly Radfords Lakeview Motel), 5 Star Te Anau accommodation you will love! Relax in one of our fourteen spacious,  warm…
Welcome to Catlins Retreat accommodation in Owaka, your home away from home in the heart of the Catlins. This lovely character accommodation has wonderful…
A small quiet boutique-style camping park just a few hundred metres from the centre of town. We have camping sites & modern cabin rooms, both with or…
Wake to melodic bird song in warm and peaceful surroundings at this Purpose built Bed and Breakfast accommodation situated in the magnificent Stewart Island.…
Whether you’re planning a three day hike or just heading down to the beach, our comfortable units provide a sanctuary at the end of an adventure-filled day. We…
The Victoria Railway Hotel of Invercargill, New Zealand, offers modern, stylish and comfortable hotel accommodation with a touch of old world charm. Victoria…
he Lighthouse Gallery is set up to display and sell local art. The Gallery also has a wifi hotspot and coffee to go. We are situated on the main street of…
"Experience the real New Zealand" Our large sheep and beef farm expands over 4000 acres of farm land and our self contained farmstay accommodation and/ or B…
Its CAMP TIME! Camp Taringatura, a unique New Zealand location! Unlike many places you will stay, Camp Taringatura is not in a town. The Camp lays in the heart…
Welcome to the Balfour Tavern and Motel. Located in the heart of Northern Southland, we offer an awesome relaxing experience. Surrounded by fertile farm land,…
Short drive to the Clifden limestone caves and suspension bridge Magnificent views of the Takitimus and peaceful surroundings Short drive to Tuatapere and the…
The Yarrow Motel offers a warm and friendly place to stay, you will enjoy hospitality that will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. The location is quiet…
Exclusively yours - in a tranquil and peaceful setting, our warm and comfortable home welcomes you. We have 2 guest rooms (Queen, twin, private bathroom). The…
Gore Motor Camp is set in park-like surroundings & is well signposted off SH1. A friendly park, handy to excellent brown trout fishing on famous Mataura…
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Great views of Te Waewae Bay and Solander Island with occasional opportunities for viewing the shy Hectors dolphin.
The Waipohatu Recreation Area gives wheelchair access to an excellent example of the southern rainforest, with an impressive range of species especially ferns…
The Museum is housed in a disused and upgraded school building. The Museum tells the historical story of the area from the early Whalers, gold mining, fishing…
Cruise in affordable comfort & style on your Stewart Island discovery tour or water taxi service: Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi is a small, locally…
Join us for an elegant Lake Te Anau cruise aboard a historic sailing ship while exploring the Fiordland National Park, tasting incredible local cuisine,…
Operating since October 2004 the award winning Fiordland Cinema has been architecturally designed with innovative interiors by Vesta. The Cinema was specially…
McCrackens Rest is a lookout and rest area on the Southern Scenic Route overlooking Te Wae Wae Bay. Perched on the edge of the cliff you can enjoy commanding…
For three generations, the Stewart/Burke Family has protected and preserved what we believe is the finest habitat for world-class trophy game animals in New…
Southern Lakes Helicopters is a locally owned and operated company based in Te Anau, on the edge of the magnificent Fiordland National Park, New Zealand,…
Stewart Island is perfect for a day excursion, or an extended stay. Cross Foveaux Strait on board our express passenger catamarans.  During the one-hour…
Discover Stewart Island from the water.  On board our catamaran enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet and visit Ulva Island - a renowned…
Stirling Point is the most southern mainland point in New Zealand. Stirling Point is located at the beginning (and end) of State Highway 1, in the small…
Have you ever dreamed of learning to surf or stand-up paddle board? Here is your opportunity to learn how in fun and safe environment. All equipment supplied…
Hidden from the view of the Gorge Road - Invercargill Highway, or even from our car park, is a landscape which has been transformed from a disused mine to a…
Travel with us to this untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away as…
A riverside experience! Walk or cycle the banks of the Waihopai River from Stead Street to the Waihopai Dam. Join the walkway at a number of road intersections…
Private Car Hire on Stewart Island Pick-up Drop-off Customised Tours Our All-Wheel Drive Cab will be able to get you anywhere on the island, be it off the…
If you’re a keen mountain biker the Borland Road has an excellent challenge for you - and is the furthest in you can get with your mountain bike into Fiordland…
"Experience the real New Zealand" Our large sheep and beef farm expands over 4000 acres of farm land and our self contained farmstay accommodation and/ or B…
On the road between the Nugget Point turn-off and Owaka you will find one of the last remains of the old Catlins River railway which, when completed, ran from…
Demolition World is a place like no other. This hidden Invercargill gem will take you on a journey back through time into a world entirely constructed from…