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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Your comfort is important to us. Each room has been designed and decorated to provide you with a totally relaxing experience.

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

If you are looking for well-appointed Invercargill accommodation with Free WIFI, the Comfort Inn Tayesta Motel is the perfect place to call home.

A friendly welcome awaits you at the Raceway B&B. This beautiful B&B is close to Ascot Park Racecourse, ILT Velodrome, Stadium Southland and the Ascot Park Hotel & Conference Centre.


Camp Taringatura, a unique New Zealand location!

If you want absolute peace and a sense of complete release from the stresses of your world, then Deep Bay Apartment is just the place.

The Ascot Park Hotel is unique as it offers hotel, motel and apartment style accommodation all within one venue.

Tokoeka Bed and Breakfast boasts one of the best views on Stewart Island, overlooking Oban village, Halfmoon Bay and the ocean beyond.

A warm welcome awaits you at Braemar farmstay.

Catlins Farmstay B&B is a great location for visiting the many scenic attractions of the beautiful natural Catlins area of Southland.

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Established in the early 1900’s, the Invercargill Golf Club is one of New Zealand’s best golf courses.

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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Anderson Park is located on the northern boundary of Invercargill. The grand old homestead remains as a focal point of the park, surrounded by well-manicured gardens and mature trees.

40 min return: By using the foot access through a neighbouring farm and following a short loop walk, an outstanding example of lowland totara forest can be explored.

Take a guided bike tour around the highlights of Invercargill.

At dusk depart Halfmoon Bay in our catamaran for a cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Cove.  During the cruise pass Ulva Island (a predator-free sanctuary) and learn about Stewart Island's rich history.

A village type museum with the main display building housing predominantly vintage farm machinery from the mid 19th century.

Wildfire is a 56 foot charter boat, 17 feet of beam and is surveyed for 40 pax.

This ride climbs through Longwood Forest to the very top of Bald Hill. One of the best lookout points in Southland – views of Fiordland and Stewart Island. This trail can be found 40km northwest of Invercargill.

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