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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Villa Rouge is a 1900s villa that has been lovingly restored by its present owners, Diana and Noel Bonisch.

A quiet, cosy nine-unit motel, Ashlar provides comfortable, affordable and peaceful accommodation to suit your every need.


The most central Te Anau holiday park and camping ground that offers quiet spacious accommodation for all budgets in central Te Anau.

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 request.

Official Site for ASURE Evergreen Motel – the place to stay for comfortable, quiet and quality accommodation.

Our beautiful location enables guests to unwind in peace and quiet, while Stewart Island's restaurants, shops and main attractions are but a 5-7  minute walk away.

The Alpine View Motel is a family, pet friendly motel located in the heart of Te Anau. Only 100 metres from the lake front and within easy walking of the township, cafes and restaurants.

This fully self-contained quaint Cottage is the perfect place to stay in Bluff. Only 2 minutes walk away from the Ferry Terminal, cafes, pubs, supermarket and beach you have it all right at your finger tips.

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, open spaces, as well as some adventure.

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Every year hundreds of visitors from all around the world 
journey to E Hayes and Sons' Invercargill store for one reason - to see a remarkable 
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A memorial to the fallen soldiers from the Boer War completed in 1908. It has Aberdeen granite columns, a clock and a lone trooper made of Italian marble.

Be part of the crew and join us for a unique fishing experience on the commercial fishing vessel TEQUILA, while taking in the spectacular surroundings of the Roaring 40s.

Luxmore Jet operates scenic jetboat tours on the Upper Waiau River which flows between Lake Te Anau and beautiful Lake Manapouri.  

Once housed in Nelson and known as NZ Classic Motorcycles the entire collection was sold to Transport World in May 2016.

Local mountain bike enthusiasts have developed the Hokonui loop mountain bike track.

McCrackens Rest is a lookout and rest area on the Southern Scenic Route overlooking Te Wae Wae Bay.

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

Lake Hauroko Tours have been operating commercial transport to the Dusky Track & tours on Lake Hauroko since 1980.

Cathedral Caves are a highlight for visitors to The Catlins.