Northern Southland

Northern Southland is flanked by beautiful rolling farmland and rivers brimming with trout. It’s a great place to experience southern high country hospitality or try your hand at fishing.
Biking on the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

Northern Southland is flanked by beautiful rolling farmland and the majestic Takitimu mountains. The Mataura River is widely considered the best dry fly fishing river in the world and the surrounding hills and waterways provide bush-clad outdoor adventure sites popular with trampers, anglers, campers and boaties.


With some of the premier cycling trails and mountain bike tracks in the country, riders can meander through high country farms, scenic lakes, rivers and diverse landscapes. The stunning Northern Southland scenery can be enhanced by over-nighting in the back country huts sprinkled along the way.

Southland has the best dry fly fishing rivers in the world

Fly Fishing

Widely considered the best dry fly fishing river in the world and the surrounding hills and waterways provide bush-clad outdoor adventure sites popular with trampers, anglers, campers and boaties. With easy public access, plentiful fish and water so clear it is often described as ‘gin-clear’.

Quaint Rural Towns

The townships of Lumsden, Athol, Garston, Mossburn and Kingston are dotted with friendly country cafes serving up fresh kiwi cuisine to visitors and locals alike, while the small local shops are full of unique wares. 

Agricultural Heritage

Sprinkled among the busy agricultural landscape are echoes of the rolling past, with rail and agricultural machines and architecture heralding the efforts of the Southland pioneers.

The Great Outdoors

Though on the doorstep of the resort Queenstown, Northern Southland is full of real rugged New Zealand, so take time to visit the back country in places like the Mavora Lakes, Waikaia or Nokomai.

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

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 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
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Oreti River House is an ideal base for enjoying trout fishing, tramping, cycling and sightseeing on the South Island of New Zealand. A very comfortable, self contained house in the centre of Lumsden.

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 you"ll always have a wonderfully private experience.


Camp Taringatura, a unique New Zealand location!

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.

Liz and David Thomas welcome you to their 5,000 acre high country farm. The farm has been in the family for five generations.

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 

Luxury Camping in the beautiful South Island, NZ

Tussock Country is a mobile glamping service. Experience the outdoors in luxury and style.

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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Southern Stars horse riding offers horse trekking for small groups, providing a personal service to all of our clients and ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride.

The journey between Queenstown and Dunedin is a series of natural or cultural attractions laid out one after the other – wildlife viewing, short and multi-day walks, fishing, boating, caving and more – a great cycling

For three generations, the Stewart/Burke Family has protected and preserved what we believe is the finest habitat for world-class trophy game animals in New Zealand, providing the discriminating hunter with the vast t

Fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and fly design is the driving force behind Stu's visions and goals in life.

A flat easy walking 9-hole course that is well worth a visit.

Surrounded by farmland, this course gains its degree of difficulty from well placed trees.

From the urban excitement of the international destination of Queenstown to the agricultural hinterland of Southland, the Around The Mountains Cycle Trail offers an unrivalled diversity that inspires a sense of achiev

The Eyre Mountains Conservation Park is approximately an hour’s drive from either Invercargill or Queenstown. This rugged country is home to great mountain biking opportunities.

The World's Most Exciting Fly Fishing Trips!

Welcome Rock Trails is a private trail on private land, prior payment and booking is required online before embarking on this journey.

Thinking about Freedom Camping in Southland? Check out the link below for more information on locations where Freedom Camping is available.