Central Southland

Winton and Central Southland are a contrast of contours; visitors are spoiled for choice.
Cheese Rolls at the Winton Middle Pub

Central Southland and its 1.5 million hectares of farmland is centred around the commercial centre of Winton. The region offers a variety of leisurely pursuits and attractions. Those keen to be carried back to another time will appreciate the heritage trail which takes in historic townships and treasures left by the region’s pioneers.

Shopping & Cuisine

Trawl the variety of locally owned boutique stores, then treat yourself in one of local food specialists for some tasty delights.

Country Pubs

Visit the local taverns, affectionately known with names like the Bush, Travellers Rest, Top, Middle and Bottom Pub for a traditional meal and beverage with the locals.

Heritage Trails

Take in the rich mining and agriculture history on the Takitimu Heritage Trail, or explore the growth of the urban heart of Central Southland on the Winton Heritage Trail.

Local Favourites

Golf courses abound, try 9 holes at Drummond, Winton or Hedgehope, tee time is usually very relaxed. Look out for the horse racing at Winton Race Course, or take a walk up Forest Hill Reserve to survey the farmlands that surround it.

Central Southland guides and brochures

What's on

Check out our Southland events calendar and find out what is coming up so you can plan your trip south.

What's On


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.

Invercargill is home to many heritage buildings

Food and Drink

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.

Try delicious craft beer at Invercargill Brewery
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The Lodge at Tikana, nestled amongst the fertile hills of Southland, New Zealand, offers guests their own exclusive accommodation space to fully relax and…
The Bank Manager’s Apartment, a beautifully-appointed spacious Art Deco apartment in the heart of Central Southland – Winton New Zealand. This hideaway has…
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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…
Great views of the Oreti Plains from the highest tees. This course is one of the more testing 9-hole courses in Southland with a reasonable standard of fitness…
The World's Most Exciting Fly Fishing Trips! Prepare yourself for the thrill and excitement of the ultimate Fly Fishing experience with New Zealand Guided Fly…
Located on top of Southland's best black gold the coalfields, the Ohai course is a haven for the golfer who likes to widen the shoulders and let go. The Ohai…
A well-groomed flat 9-hole layout that appeals to many green fee paying golfers. The majority of holes feature an out of bounds fence that encourages straight…
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…
Winton is probably the oldest inland town in Southland. The 10km trail can be driven in 15 minutes but allow extra time to fully appreciate the 14 sites…
Come and play our immaculately presented 18 hole championship golf course situated in the heart of Central Southland. Catering for golfers of all abilities we…