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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At Fortrose Retreat a warm welcome awaits you at this fully self -contained boutique cottage on the Southern Scenic Route, your base to explore the magnificent Catlins or to celebrate a special occasion.

The Yarrow Motel offers a warm and friendly place to stay, you will enjoy hospitality that will make you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Located on beautifully groomed grounds beside the Catlins River, the RiverRidge Retreat resonates peace and tranquillity – no distractions from busy city life, an ideal setting for your wedding, conference, festival,

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, hotel and motel accommodation.

Our self contained Fiordland accommodation is the perfect place for your Te Anau – Milford Sound stay.

Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is the only backpackers located on the lakefront, a stones throw from Lake Te Anau. Located just 300 metres walk from the Glowworm Caves and the top of the Te Anau town Centre.

Balmoral Lodge Motel offers quiet and secure accommodation with comfortable furnished self-contained units.

Recently renovated the Rosebank Lodge offers superb facilities and true southern hospitality.

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.


Camp Taringatura, a unique New Zealand location!

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Mavora Lakes Park is situated to the east of Fiordland, 2 hours from Invercargill and 1 hour from Te Anau. This impressive landscape consists of beautiful lakes, open tussock grasslands and indigenous beech forest.

Operating since October 2004 the award winning Fiordland Cinema has been architecturally designed with innovative interiors by Vesta.

A 30 acre private garden, nursery, aviary, woodland and wetland set in the rolling green countryside of Southland, South Island, New Zealand.

The Bank Art Gallery is a commercial gallery available for exhibitions. Pop in any time to see the latest in Southland and NZ arts.

Located 11km from Gore at the south-west end of the Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve, on the lower slopes of the Hokonui Hills, Dolamore Park offers something for everyone.

Just 10km from the city of Invercargill is Sandy Point, a 2,000ha sand and shingle peninsula bound by the Oreti River and Foveaux Strait.

Located in the Queenstown and Northern Southland areas, Real Country offers a range of authentic country experiences, guided by a local Southern Girl.

At the end of the ‘Rocks Highway’, this is a privately-owned recreation reserve and a great place for walking, picnicking, fishing, and bird watching.

Take the turn off at Rewcastle Road and travel 3km to the car park where this 40 minute return walk begins. This is a forest walk to what some say is the most striking of the Catlins’ waterfalls.

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 walking in gardens, bush and the Invercargill city centre.