Southland New Zealand
Southland (Māori: Murihiku) is New Zealand's southernmost region and is also a district within that region. It consists mainly of the southwestern portion of the South Island and Stewart Island (Māori: Rakiura). The region covers over 3.1 million hectares and is bounded to the west, south and east by over 3,400 km of coastal stretch.
The region's city of Invercargill is surrounded by the rural, green plains of Southland, the wilderness of western Fiordland, the alpine adventure playground of Queenstown to the north and rugged coastline and Stewart Island to the south.
Southland climate and weather
Southland's weather is variable and it is often said that you can experience four seasons in one day. In general, Southland has a cool temperate climate. Typical daytime temperatures in the summer range from 160C to 230C and in winter from 80C to 120C. Snow falls infrequently in winter but frosts are common, especially in inland areas. On average Southland gets 1600 sunshine hours annually, 1000mm of rainfall and wind speed averages 15-20km/h. In the alpine areas and Fiordland the climate is a bit more extreme.
Visit MetService for a forecast of Southland's weather.
Invercargill is New Zealand’s southernmost city and is the commercial hub of Southland. Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life, where you can advance you career but also have a life outside work.View
Bluff is New Zealand’s southernmost town, world famous for the Bluff Oyster – one of the country’s most favoured delicacies.View
Stewart Island/Rakiura, located to the south of the South Island. The island’s natural world of bush, beach and birdlife is recognised with the formation of the Rakiura National Park, which encompasses 85% of the island.View
To the east of Invercargill, the southern Southland region lies across the Southern Scenic RouteExternal Link that links Invercargill with Dunedin via the Catlins coast.View
Gore District & Eastern Southland
The largest town is Gore, which is also a district within Southland and is renowned as the brown trout capital of the world. Gore has an active performing arts organisation so it is a great way to get involved in the community.View
Western Southland runs from Riverton on the coast northwards to include Ohai, Nightcaps, Otautau and Blackmount then down the Waiau River valley to Tuatapere.View
Northern Southland covers the area in the valleys between the Takitimu Mountains, Eyre and Garvie Mountains, down the expansive Waimea Plain to Riversdale. Its agriculture is dominated by sheep and beef, deer and dairy farmingView
Central Southland, with Winton as its hub, extends from Dipton in the north to Wallacetown in the south. Straddling the lower reaches of the Oreti River, it reaches towards Drummond in the west and stretches eastward to the Hokonui Hills.View
Fiordland is renowned as the home of Mitre Peak and the awe-inspiring fiords of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. The buzzing lakeside towns of Te Anau and Manapouri provide the gateway to Fiordland National Park.View