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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.

The New Zealand we all dream of
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Each part of Southland offers visitors a unique discovery just waiting to be explored. It's the New Zealand we all dream of, and here's why...

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Hiking in the sand dunes on Mason Bay
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10 Things you can only do in Southland
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Southland has some incredibly unique experiences, here's a list put together by locals of things you can do only in Southland...

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See wild kiwi bird on Stewart Island
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What's on
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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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What's On
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Burt Munro, a local hero
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2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of Burt Munro's World Land Speed Record

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Burt Munro 50th Block
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Classic Motoring in Invercargill
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Five reasons Invercargill should be officially named the Classic Motoring Capital of New Zealand

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See rare and beautifully restored automotive at Bill Richardson Transport World
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Food and Drink
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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.

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Try delicious craft beer at Invercargill Brewery
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Department of Conservation (DOC) manages a network of over 950 huts of all shapes and sizes. They provide unique places to stay, refuge from bad weather, or…
Welcome to the Wyndham Camping Ground. Great facilities surrounded by sports options galore! On the back door of The Catlins. Cabins Powered sites Unpowered…
This Gore Accommodation in Southland is unique, a Country Estate Retreat with tranquil Native Bush outlook and Mountainous environment. Your Gore Bed &…
The most central Te Anau holiday park and camping ground that offers quiet spacious accommodation for all budgets in central Te Anau. Base yourself with us and…
Experience country hospitality at its best. Whether you are cycling, fishing or just passing through, make us your accommodation destination Find us. Book us.…
Comfortable self-catering accommodation on coastal farm near Waipapa Point and Fortrose. We offer The Garden House,  self-contained accommodation on South…
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,…
Stay in the heart of Invercargill. Ashlar Motel is a 7-minute walk from Rugby Park Stadium, a 5-minute drive from both Stadium Southland and Queens Park Golf…
A warm welcome awaits you at Braemar farmstay. Just 10 minutes’ drive from Invercargill and located on the Southern Scenic Route, Braemar is ideally situated…
Wake to melodic bird song in warm and peaceful surroundings at this Purpose built Bed and Breakfast accommodation situated in the magnificent Stewart Island.…
Admiral Court Motel & Apartments, Invercargill is a modern, warm, spacious, ground floor 17 unit accommodation complex with 5 luxury units. Our Tay Street…
The South Sea Hotel is a Stewart Island icon, with a strong footing in Island life, both past and present.  The hotel has a fully licensed bar, restaurant,…
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…
Stewart Island Lodge is a peaceful and secluded B&B island retreat, nestled amongst native bush with commanding views of Halfmoon Bay and the surrounding…
Edgewater Motel is situated 5 minutes lakeside walk from the Te Anau town centre, here you will find a wide range of supermarkets, restaurants, souvenir shops…
If you are looking for well-appointed Invercargill accommodation with Free WIFI, the Comfort Inn Tayesta Motel is the perfect place to call home. We are…
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…
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.…
A small quiet boutique-style camping park just a few hundred metres from the centre of town. We have camping sites & modern cabin rooms, both with or…
Make our Invercargill motel accommodation your base while visiting Southland, we are officially 4 star rated and are the recipient of a tripadviser certificate…
Make our Gore motel your base while visiting Southland.  We are proud to offer you convenient, clean, comfortable and warm accommodation in Gore . The complex…
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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…
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…
A testing 9-hole layout. A relatively young course that continues to mature each year as the trees gain height. If you enjoy playing 9-hole courses this is one…
Invercargill offers visitors an interesting tour of heritage sites and diverse open spaces. This half day tour is best undertaken by vehicle, with stops for…
Bill Richardson Transport World is the largest private collection of its type in the world. Designed to have something for everyone and, not just for vehicle…
Though the system of provincial government lasted nearly a quarter of a century, only the buildings used by the Canterbury and Southland Provincial Governments…
If you’re a keen mountain biker the Borland Road has an excellent challenge for you - and is the furthest in you can get with your mountain bike into Fiordland…
Kayak Milford Sound with  Rosco's Milford Kayaks - Welcome! Want to REALLY get amongst it?! We’re sure you’ll agree with us and the Lonely Planet that sea…
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 
vintage…
"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…
Introducing HikeSouth, New Zealand Hiking and Tramping specialists Hike South is based in Queenstown on the edge of Fiordland and Mt. Aspiring National Park…
The track is partly board-walked and also incorporates a section of the Old Coach Road. It starts in podocarp forest then leads out to the estuary flats. The…
The Art Society is based at City Gallery in Invercargill, Southland.  The gallery has an ever-growing reputation as a venue where both established and emerging…
Situated in the South Catlins area of Southland, this trail provides a rewarding detour off the Southern Scenic Route. Covering approximately 70kms of road,…
While in Bluff be sure to take time to visit Omaui. It is an easy drive and the quaint area will not leave you disappointed. As you leave Greenpoint take a…
The Riverton-Aparima South Coast Heritage Trail will open up a world of history, discovery and natural beauty, as it takes you on a journey around the southern…
Here is one of the best ways to see the bottom of New Zealand….on the deep south Bottom Bus! We have been guiding intrepid travelers around the bottom of New…
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…
Sandy Point is home to 17 tracks, all graded 2 – 3. Just 15 minutes out of the Invercargill city centre. 
St Mary's Roman Catholic Basilica, opened in 1905, was once described as "the prettiest church in Australasia" and is a dominant Invercargill landmark. The…
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…