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Dog Friendly Walks

Southland is the perfect place for short walks, day hikes, or multi-day tramps. Some tracks also allow dog access, so check out these dog friendly tracks around Southland. From beach, waterfall, and forest tracks, you'll be sure to find a trail to suit you and your furry friend! Invercargill & Bluff…

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Top Southland Summer Experiences

With long sunny days, a diverse landscape, great food and drink and plenty of outdoor activities, Southland is the perfect summer destination. Home to five of New Zealand's Great Walks, two multiday cycle trails, a multitude of summer events and the best driving route in New Zealand, you are spoilt…

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A guide to New Zealand Coffee

Need some help deciding what coffee to get while you're travelling around Southland and New Zealand, check out this handy guide! Short black: basis for all coffee styles, espresso is full-flavoured, fragrant, with a velvety body and lingering after-taste; single serving in a demi-tasse (small…

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Aurora Australis - Southern Lights

While the Northern Lights are well known throughout the world and are often on people’s bucket lists, its Southern counterpart, the Aurora Australis, is no less spectacular. This natural phenomenon lights up the sky with ribbons of pink, red and green light. This is due to solar wind passing through…

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Kererū

The kererū or New Zealand wood pigeon is often seen across Southland. There are high population numbers of these large birds. Their heavy wings can often be heard flapping through the forest! Read more on the kererū here Learn more about other birds in Southland:…

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Weka

Most of these curious brown flightless birds are renowned for being heard and not seen with their distinctively loud ‘coo-et’ that is usually heard at dusk. However, Weka living close to farms or tramping huts have been known to become very charismatic. It is very common for these more domesticated…

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Kea

Thought to be the most intelligent bird on Earth, the kea is only found in Alpine areas of the South Island. Scientists believe they possess around the same intelligence as a seven-year-old human, and they have been found to work well in teams. They’re not quite able to complete a Rubix cube, but…

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Kakaruwai / Stewart Island Robin

Here in Southland, you might encounter both the Kakaruwai / South Island and the Stewart Island robin. These wee fellas are always happy to join you on a walk as humans expose food for them as they move. They are dedicated when it comes to finding a partner; to attract a female, bachelors will sing…

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Kākā

A relative of the kea, the kākā is a large parrot that is found in many parts of Southland. Kākā are infamous for their raucous voices, and Māori used to refer to them as chattering and gossiping because of the large congregations they would form. Kākā are found in many parts of Fiordland and are a…

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Pīwakawaka / Fantail

Despite appearing to be perennially angry due to their arched eyebrows, the pīwakawaka / fantail are some of the friendliest birds that can be found in Southland. They are very common, and if you spot a chick, it’s likely to be feeding (they’re fed every ten minutes!). These birds are distinguished…

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