Northern Southland

Northern Southland is flanked by beautiful rolling farmland and rivers brimming with trout. It’s a great place to experience southern high country hospitality or try your hand at fishing.
Biking on the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

Northern Southland is flanked by beautiful rolling farmland and the majestic Takitimu mountains. The Mataura River is widely considered the best dry fly fishing river in the world and the surrounding hills and waterways provide bush-clad outdoor adventure sites popular with trampers, anglers, campers and boaties.

Cycling

With some of the premier cycling trails and mountain bike tracks in the country, riders can meander through high country farms, scenic lakes, rivers and diverse landscapes. The stunning Northern Southland scenery can be enhanced by over-nighting in the back country huts sprinkled along the way.

Southland has the best dry fly fishing rivers in the world

Fly Fishing

Widely considered the best dry fly fishing river in the world and the surrounding hills and waterways provide bush-clad outdoor adventure sites popular with trampers, anglers, campers and boaties. With easy public access, plentiful fish and water so clear it is often described as ‘gin-clear’.

Quaint Rural Towns

The townships of Lumsden, Athol, Garston, Mossburn and Kingston are dotted with friendly country cafes serving up fresh kiwi cuisine to visitors and locals alike, while the small local shops are full of unique wares. 

Agricultural Heritage

Sprinkled among the busy agricultural landscape are echoes of the rolling past, with rail and agricultural machines and architecture heralding the efforts of the Southland pioneers.

The Great Outdoors

Though on the doorstep of the resort Queenstown, Northern Southland is full of real rugged New Zealand, so take time to visit the back country in places like the Mavora Lakes, Waikaia or Nokomai.

Northern Southland guides and brochures

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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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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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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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"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…
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 fully self-contained two bed room farm cottage, linen provided and washing machine. Cottage sleeps 6 including a pull out sofa bed. Port a cot available on…
Duck Pond Cottage is a self-contained farmstay cottage located between Queenstown and Fiordland - lovely accommodation on a quiet country road just 3km off…
Come and stay with us at Southern Venues High Country Farm Stay and get a taste of the rural life. Unwind amongst the beautiful Northern Southland countryside…
Oreti River House is an ideal base for enjoying trout fishing, tramping, cycling and sightseeing on the South Island of New Zealand. A very comfortable, self…
Experience country hospitality at its best. Whether you are cycling, fishing or just passing through, make us your accommodation destination Find us. Book us.…
Stay from just $10 per night and enjoy a hot shower, washing your clothes, and meeting old friends or making new ones. Lumsden Camping Ground offers a…
Naylor House is a historic stone cottage with three beautifully decorated bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Catering only for one group at a time ensuring that…
Luxury Camping in the beautiful South Island, NZ Tussock Country is a mobile glamping service. Experience the outdoors in luxury and style. Glamping (glamorous…
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…
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,…
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From the urban excitement of the international destination of Queenstown to the agricultural hinterland of Southland, the Around The Mountains Cycle Trail…
Welcome Rock Trails is a private trail on private land, prior payment and booking is required online before embarking on this journey. Suitable for mountain…
WHAT WE DO See the real New Zealand with Real Country. Real Country offers authentic and bespoke New Zealand travel experiences guided by a local southern girl…
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…
Discover the beautiful high country of New Zealand on horseback. Exclusive rides for groups of 1 - 4 persons - suitable for beginners and experienced riders.…
This 9-hole course is a very popular course to visit during the warm summer months. All visitors are most welcome to sample the variety of scenery and…
The nucleus of the collection held by Switzer’s (Waikaia) museum Inc. was brought together for Waikaia’s 125th Centennial Jubilee and installed in the present…
This 40km route is dominated by the spectacular Takitimu Mountains and foothills. Visit the 12 heritage sites between Wreys Bush in the east and Birchwood in…
"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…
The Eyre Mountains Conservation Park is approximately an hour’s drive from either Invercargill or Queenstown. This rugged country is home to great mountain…
Welcome to Southland - southern New Zealand's home of fly fishing. This is where you will find the three essential components to fulfilling your angling dreams…
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…
Visit 15 heritage sites spanning a distance of 110km between Kingston and Josephville Hill. Along the way enjoy an expanse of plains, crossed by rivers,…
Gathered Game is an artisan producer crafting premium Wild New Zealand Venison Salami, naturally cured the old fashioned way – dry aged with herbs and spices.…
A flat easy walking 9-hole course that is well worth a visit. Surrounded by farmland, this course gains its degree of difficulty from well placed trees. The…
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…
InterCity is New Zealand’s largest passenger transport network who have been transporting Kiwis and international visitors for more than 30 years. InterCity…
At Nokomai we have an abundance of activities available right on our doorstep. These activities can be tailored to suit any fitness abilities, length of stay…
Southern Stars horse riding offers horse trekking for small groups, providing a personal service to all of our clients and ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride.…
It's a well kept secret but New Zealand is one of the best off road driving destinations in the world and certainly one of the most easily accessible.  If you…