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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.

Heritage
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Southland is a place of many memorable features. Eight heritage trails have been developed that navigate and tell the story of Southland combing the majestic physical environment, the people, the culture and the rich history.

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Invercargill is home to many heritage buildings
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The Outdoors
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Sandy beaches, abundant forests, mountainous plains and leisurely rivers give travellers a new adventure to pursue around every corner.

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Northern Southland has many mountain bike trails
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Wildlife
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Southland gives visitors an unrivalled opportunity to get up close and personal with a wide range of wildlife and experience New Zealand at its natural best.

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Southland is abundant with wildlife
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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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Icons of the South
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Home to the world famous Bluff oyster, picture-perfect Milford Sound, the Burt Munro Challenge, living legend Tim Shadbolt and the treasured Kiwi, here’s a compilation of Southland’s absolute "must see" icons.

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Mitre Peak in Milford Sound is a Southland icon
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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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Duck Pond Cottage is a self-contained farmstay cottage located between Queenstown and Fiordland - lovely accommodation on a quiet country road just 3km off…
Native birds including kaka, tui and bellbirds greet you with their beautiful song from the private and restful bush setting of Rakiura Lodge. Recently built,…
Tuatara Backpackers is situated in the heart of Invercargill with an onsite cafe offering espresso, brunch, lunch and fresh juices.  Only minutes walk away…
Iris and Peter at Sails Ashore provide luxury boutique hosted accommodation overlooking Halfmoon Bay for guests wishing to experience the magic of Stewart…
Ray and Jessie of Kepler Mountain View offer well appointed quality modern accommodation in 3 self contained holiday cottages located at Lake Manapouri, the…
Experience country hospitality at its best. Whether you are cycling, fishing or just passing through, make us your accommodation destination Find us. Book us.…
Monarch Motel, Invercargill accommodation. Offering 22 spacious accommodation units, your hosts Clark and Sue Whelan would love to share their favourite local…
Quest Invercargill serviced apartments offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Invercargill accommodation experience for overnight visits or for short or long…
Tucked away in the most south westerly corner of New Zealand, with nothing but coastline to the south and Fiordland to the west, Last Light Lodge is the last…
Nestled within 9 acres of mature trees, private gardens and spectacular 360 degree views is Castle Hill Lodge in the beautiful rural township of Garston  This…
A friendly welcome awaits you at the Raceway B&B. This beautiful B&B is close to Ascot Park Racecourse, ILT Velodrome, Stadium Southland and the Ascot…
A two hour scenic drive from the Queenstown airport will delight your visit to Fiordland staying at Lakefront Lodge in Te Anau. From here enjoy the stunning…
Welcome, to the Catlins Beach House, in the heart of The Catlins and part of the iconic Southern Scenic Route. We offer boutique style backpackers and whole-…
Looking for quality Accommodation in Invercargill, then you need to stay at the 295 on Tay Motel. 295 on Tay Motel presents to you the best accommodation in…
Bularangi Tapanui Lodge is a holiday rental set in the rural heart of New Zealand's Southland. At the edge of the forest and at the foothills of the Blue…
We offer clean and comfortable holiday houses all within walking distance of the town centre. From luxurious houses to the real 'kiwi bach' - something for…
Slope Point backpackers is the first backpacker accommodation available on the way from Invercargill as you explore the Catlins - a great place to start or…
Nokomai is a working high country sheep & cattle station, with over 150 years of farming and gold mining history. Nokomai is perfect for country peace,…
Southern Secret Motel offers affordable units in the heart of the scenic Catlins area, an ideal base for exploring Kaka Point, Nugget Point, Porpoise Bay, the…
Comfortable lodging Stunning sunsets over untouched nature, serene tranquility and utmost comfort – all offered at the southern edge of civilisation. Options…
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…
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Nestled under the Takitimu mountains in Western Southland this is a picturesque course that is well worth a visit. The course has a number of undulating…
Drive up, jump out, dive in! The Southland Aquatic Centre – Splash Palace – is one of the top public pool facilities in New Zealand. The indoor aquatic centre…
Managed by Kai Tahu, the site has a diversity of mahika kai (producing or procuring food) values, plants, wildlife and fisheries. It represents a resource that…
Cathedral Caves are a highlight for visitors to The Catlins. Located in cliffs at the northern end of pristine Waipati Beach, they have attracted international…
Looking for a New Zealand trout fishing experience you won’t forget in a hurry? Come out with Mark on the mighty Waiau River and enjoy an extraordinary fishing…
Fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and fly design is the driving force behind Stu's visions and goals in life. From the age of 9 years Stu was attending and…
Invercargill’s water tower has been described as an architectural treasure and a prime example of Victorian architecture. Invercargill water tower demonstrates…
Donovan Park is an attractive area of rural parkland to the north of the city, linking Bainfield Road with McIvor Road via a winding park road, and also…
Ivon Wilson Park, opposite the Wildlife Park in Te Anau, features an 8 km single track circuit with easy/medium and technical sections, some of which are…
Mitre Peak Cruises lead the way in small, scenic cruises of spectacular Milford Sound – considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. Offering…
Visit the Fibre Producers! Janette is a spinner and weaver, specialising in exotic fibres from her herd of Llamas and flock of Gotland Pelt sheep. Meet Janette…
Built in 1915 in Italian Romanesque style, the church features an unusual square tower, arched openings and elaborate polychrome brick friezes and motifs. The…
40 min return: By using the foot access through a neighbouring farm and following a short loop walk, an outstanding example of lowland totara forest can be…
Situated in the South Catlins area of Southland, Te ?kau Tai Tonga, this trail provides a rewarding detour off the Southern Scenic Route. Covering…
Every year hundreds of visitors from all around the world 
journey to E Hayes and Sons' Invercargill store for one reason - to see a remarkable 
vintage…
Stewart Island is a fantastic place to explore independently. Our modern rental cars enable you to discover the stunning coastline and secluded communities at…
Mana Charters has been in operation for 25 years. We are a very experienced team. Bob is an ex-commercial fisherman & experienced hunter. The Mana is a…
We're a local, family owned company based and run in Southland. We proudly design and make clothing in New Zealand, and we sell our range exclusively through…
Guided brown trout fly fishing on the Mataura River, Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Dry Fly or Nymph fishing, you will not be disappointed. Uncrowded rivers,…
Catlins Scenic & Wildlife Tours run in partnership with Mohua Park Eco Accommodation, in the heart to The Catlins.   We offer 4 separate guided tours…
St John's and the adjoining hall were designed in the Gothic style and the church contains the magnificent JT Thomson memorial window which was restored in…