Western Southland

Summer days in Western Southland stretch into endless twilights, tinged by magenta and gold sunsets that last, quite literally, for hours.
Family fun at Riverton

You will find the area of Western Southland located along the Southern Scenic Route between Invercargill and Te Anau. Allow at least a day to travel through this majestic area where summer days stretch into endless twilights, tinged by stunning sunsets that last, quite literally, for hours. The 'Riviera of the South' that is the popular seaside village of Riverton, hosts a variety of relics from the past (both Maori and European whalers), easy access to recreation and great place to unwind. Further along the road to Fiordland, Tuatapere boasts a frontier spirit, and is the launch pad to accessing the variety of natural environments that surround it.


Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

The 62km Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track takes hikers through diverse and stunning scenery, from subalpine wilderness to sea-level views. Furnished with comfortable lodges to rest the weary, the track provides sweeping 360’ views of Southern Alps and coast while up on the Hump Ridge.

Hiking the Hump Ridge Track

Jet Boating

Contemplate the scenic Lake Hauroko, New Zealand’s deepest lake, with a cruise then get an adrenaline rush with one of the jet boat operators on the Wairaurahiri River – the steepest river in New Zealand to be navigated by commercial jet boat operators.

Jet Boat lake to coast in Western Southland

Gemstone Beach

Gemstone Beach is known for its constant state of change from sand to stones with the storms and tides. Semi-precious gems such as garnet, jasper, quartz and nephrite can often be found on the beach.

Colac Bay

For surfers, food lovers, history buffs or those simply contemplating the power of the great Southern Ocean, Colac Bay and its surrounds offer a great place to slow down and take a break.

The gateway to Fiordland National Park

At nearby Clifden, a quick walk into the Dean Forest leads to a 1000-year-old Totara tree. Then you can take your pick of Lakes Hauroko or Monowai, both bordering Fiordland National Park, and both offering great fishing, as well as wonderful bush walks. Tuatapere is an ideal base for many wilderness activities such as tramping, walking, fishing, whitebaiting, hunting, caving and jet boating.

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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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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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Short drive to the Clifden limestone caves and suspension bridge Magnificent views of the Takitimus and peaceful surroundings Short drive to Tuatapere and the…
Located in Southland's Blackmount district in the picturesque village of Monowai. This lovely old camp was historically built for the Monowai Power Station. A…
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…
Welcome to our sunny, modern home 4kms from Riverton. Situated on the hill between Colac Bay and Riverton, with expansive views of Colac Bay, the Pourakino…
Welcome to our family owned Holiday Park. Whether you are travelling the Southern Scenic Route, surfing, swimming, fishing, or planning a family holiday,…
Spectacular views of sea and farmland. Close to beach walks, farm walks and cafe Brand new decor and amenities. Five minutes walk to lovely safe swimming…
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…
Colac Bay Holiday Park A great place to relax and unwind We provide clean comfortable accommodation in a friendly, modern complex. 7 rooms available: 3 doubles…
Riverton Beachfront B&B welcomes you to our gorgeous corner of New Zealand. If you live in NZ or you are a visitor from overseas planning a visit, you will…
Warm southern country hospitality, great traditional cooking fare, comfortable and cosy accommodation, isolation and location – that’s the magic of the Waiau…
Welcome to La Riviera Guest House bed and breakfast accommodation in Riverton, New Zealand. Riverton, known as the "Riviera of the South" is the oldest…
Located on the main street of Riverton (Palmerston Street), we offer tent sites and rooms in single, twin and double size.  Free Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchen…
Borland Lodge is situated at the gateway to Fiordland National Park in southern New Zealand - a World Heritage area. It is just off the Southern Scenic Route,…
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Wairaurahiri Jet (W Jet) will take you on a trip of a life time with 90km of jet boating into the heart of Fiordland National Park and back; travel across Lake…
The Island is known by Ngai Tahu as the anchor stone of the Takitimu canoe, which was captained by Tamatea and wrecked at the mouth of the Waiau River. There…
Paddock 186 is a unique venue in picturesque rural Southland, that offers many function, dining and accommodation options that you can tailor to your…
The Rakatu Wetlands are located in the Waiau River valley along the Southern Scenic Route, between Tuatapere and Manapouri. These restored wetlands provide an…
A site of Chinese and European gold mining, the well-formed Longhilly (Round Hill) walking track off Round Hill Road leads through extensive historic gold…
Tramping and hiking in New Zealand is a popular pastime. Stewart Island and Fiordland National Parks are two remote and unspoilt areas in New Zealand offering…
The Otautau Art Gallery is based in an old Methodist church at 110 Main Street, Otautau, South Island, New Zealand. We specialise in New Zealand art and crafts…
Te Hikoi Southern Journey, is the South's ultimate heritage attraction, just 25 minutes from Invercargill on the Southern Scenic Route. Begin your voyage on…
This pleasant short walking track winds through forest to some of Southland’s largest tōtara trees.  This small pocket of forest has never been logged and…
Located in Southland's Blackmount district in the picturesque village of Monowai. This lovely old camp was historically built for the Monowai Power Station.…
The Thornbury Vintage Tractor and Implement Club inc is the oldest vintage tractor club in New Zealand as it was formed over 50 years ago by the foresight of…
10 min to 3hr Mores Reserve, at the top of Richard Street (turn left at the end of the bridge over the estuary and follow the signs), offers several short…
Jet Boating down the beautiful Waiau River. Local tourism business based at the Historic Clifden Suspension Bridge - Clifden New Zealand. 30-40 minute duration…
Lake Hauroko Tours have been operating commercial transport to the Dusky Track & tours on Lake Hauroko since 1980. We are keen to share with you our vast…
This pleasant, 30 minute return walking track leads from the carpark at Lake Monowai, through mature beech forest to a rest area overlooking the lower reaches…
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…
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…
New Zealand's Deepest Lake Hauroko means “the soughing of the wind”. At 462 metres deep, this is New Zealand’s deepest lake. The Wairaurahiri River leaves Lake…
The low cost green fees make this a must play holiday destination course. You won’t be disappointed. The sand based, undulating fairways ensure you seldom have…
Explore the limestone caves and view the stalactites and glow worms within this rare Southland cave system. These limestone caves are one of a few cave systems…
Located in the same building as the Hump Ridge Track office, the Tuatapere Bushman's Museum showcases the story of the early settlers living around "The Hole…