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.

What's On
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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 backpackers to see the light of the day...

Beersheba is a Boutique B&B and is the perfect place to unwind; it is a destination in itself. Luxury abounds with Stylish leather suites and elegant furnishings.

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 Petrified Forest of Curio Bay and of course in and around

Located minutes from Invercargill City, come and relax and feel at home in these pristine camping facilities.

Heartland Hotel Croydon is situated on 13 acres of park-like grounds on the edge of Gore.

So recounted Ian’s Great Aunty Olga in her famous book 'The Stewart Islanders'.

Lovett Lodge is located in quiet peaceful off street location, 5 minute drive from CBD & 10 minute walk to Invercargill Musuem and Art Gallery, Queens Park & Queens Park Golf course.

Located in Southland's Blackmount district in the picturesque village of Monowai. This lovely old camp was historically built for the Monowai Power Station.

There has been a hotel at 40 Gore Street in Bluff from 1899 when the Temperance Boardinghouse was on the site. In 1937, the Temperance Boardinghouse was demolished and the present art deco hotel was built.

Cottage by the Tower offers you a modern, stand alone, comfortable apartment style cottage set amongst lavender and Olive trees on this quarter acre property.

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The Rakatu Wetlands are located in the Waiau River valley along the Southern Scenic Route, between Tuatapere and Manapouri.

This new walkway begins opposite the Greenpoint Cemetry. Approximate walking time [one way] is 15 minutes at a leisurely walking pace.

Drive up, jump out, dive in! The Southland Aquatic Centre – Splash Palace – is one of the top public pool facilities in New Zealand.

Centrally located. 
In the middle of nowhere.

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.

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 and special interests.

The Milford Sound Piopiotahi Coach and Cruise tour includes 14 stops along the scenic Milford Sound highway and includes a leisurely two hour Nature Cruise on the magical Milford Sound (Piopiotahi).

Custom tied trout flies and guided trout fishing on the world's best dry fly brown trout fishing river, the famous Mataura River in Southland, New Zealand. 
Your guide and host, David Murray-Orr.

Discover and explore our stunning natural history with Stewart Island's original water taxi.