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.


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

The Outdoors

Sandy beaches, abundant forests, mountainous plains and leisurely rivers give travellers a new adventure to pursue around every corner.

Northern Southland has many mountain bike trails


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.

Southland is abundant with wildlife

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

Icons of the South

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.

Mitre Peak in Milford Sound is a Southland icon

What's on

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

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Folster Gardens is a superior but down to earth Bed and Breakfast accommodation that is excellent value for money. Just a ten minute drive from the center of Invercargill. 15 minutes from Invercargill Airport.

Hilltop Accommodation is nestled alongside native forest on a sheep and beef farm, overlooking the tiny seaside community of Papatowai, in the heart of the Catlins.

If you are in need of Invercargill accommodation, then look no further.

Catlins Accommodation .Experience the best of the Catlins at your own pace and in one of our comfortable, safe and eco-friendly cottages, fully equipped with all you need.

Invercargill Apartment Hotel is the City's Latest Accommodation Choice for both Corporate and Leisure Travellers. Guests can enjoy the use of our Complimentary Fitness Facility, FREE WIFI and In-House Movie Theatre.

Your hosts John and Christine McFarland

We have 10 ground floor units each with their own car park at our Invercargill motel accommodation. 

“Our Place is Your Place” – so come on in and you’ll feel welcome as soon as you arrive at the Coachman’s Inn.

With Te Anau being the gateway to New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, the Fiordland Hotel Motel offers travellers to this picture perfect location, the ideal venue to suit all their accommodation needs regardless o

The district Kaiwera is named after the freshwater water food abundantly gathered by the early Maori and where anglers of all experience can fish in the many rivers and streams in the area.

Mainholm Country Lodge is a lovingly restored Victorian homestead in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island.

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The Greenpoint Walkway is well signposted on State Highway 1 on your way to and from Bluff. This is an easily negotiated and well graded walking track and boardwalk and is accessible to wheelchairs.

Come and play our immaculately presented 18 hole championship golf course situated in the heart of Central Southland.

15 min return Signposted from the Waipapa Point Lighthouse Road, the walk is across private property (closed during the lambing season September/October).

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 a range of wilderness outdoor adventures.

There is a 20 minute return walking path to the Roaring Bay viewing hide, as well as a 10-20 minute return walk to the Lighthouse.

Southlands only FIRE MUSEUM is situated on the corner of Jed and Spey streets Invercargill , across the road from the Invercargill Fire Station.The museum holds the fire museums vast collection.

The Pūrākaunui Falls is one of Otago’s iconic, most-photographed sights.

Take a step back in time. A great stopping place as part of the local Heritage Trail. The Templeton Family owned and operated a Flax Mill on this very site.

Fishing, diving, hunting, exploring, scenic cruising, social event, the choice is yours with Takaroa 2 Adventure Cruises.

St Mary's Roman Catholic Basilica, opened in 1905, was once described as "the prettiest church in Australasia" and is a dominant Invercargill landmark.