Transport

Public transport services in Southland are limited to the urban centres, due to our low population density. If you move to a rural district, it is essential to have access to a vehicle.
Drive the Southern Scenic Route

Driving

The region is well-known for its extensive network of open roads reaching every place you would want to go (except the remote wilderness areas of Fiordland National Park). Driving in Southland is a pleasure with some fantastic scenery to admire along the way.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) website provides information on vehicles ownership, driver licensing, and driving in New Zealand.

If you need a drivers licence or you need to register a motor vehicle, visit the Automobile Association (AA) in:

  • Invercargill - 47 Gala Street
  • Gore - Curson Motors, 217 Main Street
  • Te Anau mobile unit - 20-22 Luxmore Drive

NZTA also offers detailed information on driver licencing, buying a car, insurance and legal rights.

Public transport

A wide range of bus and shuttle services are available throughout Southland. Intercity, Atomic Travel, Nakedbus, Tracknet and Catch-a-Bus South all operate bus services within Southland and to Otago. 

Invercargill has a public bus service that operates six days a week covering the inner city
and outlying suburbs.

Taxi services are available in both Invercargill and Gore:

  • Invercargill Taxis (03) 216 5995
  • Blue Star Taxis (03) 217 7777
  • Gore Taxis (03) 208 9444
Fly into Invercargill Airport

Travelling by air

Invercargill Airport is one of the most accessible airports in New Zealand, only 3km or a 5 minute drive from the city centre.  Several rental car companies are located inside the airport terminal for all your rental car needs.

Air New Zealand operates regular scheduled direct flights between Invercargill, Wellington and Christchurch. Regular scheduled flights to Stewart Island are operated by Stewart Island Flights from Invercargill Airport.

Other transport services

If you are looking for a local moving company, you will find many choices in Southland and if you’re moving from overseas, there are numerous international moving companies who will deliver your goods to your doorstep.

Information on local car rental services (Avis, Budget, Hertz, Rent a Dent, Thrifty, Europcar, Riversdale Rentals and Executive Car Service) is available on the Invercargill Airport website.