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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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Quality Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Gore.  Enjoy the lovely peaceful rural outlook of our property set in Gore, in the heart of the Southern region. Our…
The Falls Hotel was named after the original accommodation house in Mataura, set up in 1859 by John MacGibbon.  The Falls Hotel also includes accommodation and…
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…
Warm southern country hospitality, great traditional cooking fare, comfortable and cosy accommodation, isolation and location – that’s the magic of the Waiau…
Our Catlins accommodation is varied and provides you with a wide range of Catlins accommodation options. Plan two nights you’ll need them… You’ll stay in  …
Nestled within 9 acres of mature trees, private gardens and spectacular 360 degree views is Castle Hill Lodge in the beautiful rural township of Garston  This…
Welcome to our family owned Holiday Park. Whether you are travelling the Southern Scenic Route, surfing, swimming, fishing, or planning a family holiday,…
Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas are directly across the road from the magical lake and an easy walk into the Te Anau town centre, so you have easy access…
Colac Bay Holiday Park A great place to relax and unwind We provide clean comfortable accommodation in a friendly, modern complex. 7 rooms available: 3 doubles…
Welcome to Invercargill's newest accommodation, The Lodges At Transport World. If you're looking for Invercargill accommodation The Lodges At Transport World…
Duck Pond Cottage is a self-contained farmstay cottage located between Queenstown and Fiordland - lovely accommodation on a quiet country road just 3km off…
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…
Your affordable 4 star accommodation in beautiful Te Anau with FREE unlimited WiFi. Get away from it all, and escape into the serene surroundings of…
Your Hosts  Daryl and Lee Greig warmly welcome you to enjoy your holiday or business trip with them.Friendly, southern hospitality. Warm and comfortable units…
The Lodge consists of 1 Queen and 3 Twin spacious bedrooms with separate shower, bath and toilet. Sunny lounge and dining room, including a full breakfast.…
Kowhai Place is a high quality B&B located in Gore, in the south of the South Island of New Zealand. We are right on the banks of the Mataura River, so…
Located in Southland's Blackmount district in the picturesque village of Monowai. This lovely old camp was historically built for the Monowai Power Station. A…
Balmoral Lodge Motel offers quiet and secure accommodation with comfortable furnished self-contained units. The Motel is conveniently situated close to the…
Experience country hospitality at its best. Whether you are cycling, fishing or just passing through, make us your accommodation destination Find us. Book us.…
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…
Charlton Motel is a well established, attractive, clean and family friendly motel in the town of Gore in the south of the South Island of New Zealand. It's…
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This is an easy walking track, offering a loop track and self guiding brochure - a great activity for families. The track is wheelchair accessible until the…
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…
Travel with us to this untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away as…
Explore picturesque Stewart Island in style on our Eco-friendly electric bikes. Stop at your leisure and have the time to walk to more remote destinations such…
Bannerman Park was named in 1977 in honour of Mr R B Bannerman, whose foresight helped procure extra land for the park. Known as the Hidden Valley, the land…
Traditional fishing on beautiful Stewart Island Come out on the beautiful, unpolluted water surrounding breath-taking Stewart Island to catch your own…
Classes and Tours CHOCOLATE MAKING CLASSES Our chocolate making classes are held especially for you and your group to discover for yourself why our chocolates…
Private Car Hire on Stewart Island Pick-up Drop-off Customised Tours Our All-Wheel Drive Cab will be able to get you anywhere on the island, be it off the…
Niagara Falls was named by a surveyor with an obvious sense of humour! A special site called a nohoanga is situated on part of the Waikawa River nearby,…
The Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Niho O Te Taniwha, is the major cultural organisation for the Southland region. The museum is situated in the largest…
Mana Charters has been in operation for 25 years. We are a very experienced team. Bob is an ex-commercial fisherman & experienced hunter. The Mana is a…
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.…
Visit the Fibre Producers! Janette is a spinner and weaver, specialising in exotic fibres from her herd of Llamas and flock of Gotland Pelt sheep. Meet Janette…
This is another undulating 9-hole course that takes a little more energy to play than some other flat courses. The course has a number of testing holes and is…
We hire high-quality, modern Mountain Bikes and offer a shuttle to/from Te Anau's brand new Cycle Trail. We have Te Anau's only 18 hole Mini Golf Course,…
Ulva Island is an absolute "Must Do" for visitors to Stewart Island. The island is a glimpse into New Zealand's ancient past. Party size is small (generally 6…
Experience something amazing… Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara) Nature and History Guided Walks and great Stewart Island Walks Be guided by a Stewart Island local,…
This 9-hole course is a very popular course to visit during the warm summer months. All visitors are most welcome to sample the variety of scenery and…
Lake Hauroko Tours have been operating commercial transport to the Dusky Track & tours on Lake Hauroko since 1980. We are keen to share with you our vast…
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…
Donovan Park is an attractive area of rural parkland to the north of the city, linking Bainfield Road with McIvor Road via a winding park road, and also…