Hump Ridge Track - Southland, New Zealand
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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 a beautiful, iconic bird native to New Zealand and often seen across Southland. The kererū is one of the largest species of pigeons in the world, measuring about 50 centimeters in length and weighing around 550 grams. It has a distinctive appearance with a…

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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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Kakaruai / South Island Robin

Here in Southland, you might encounter both the Kakaruai/South Island robin, also known as the South Island tomtit or the Toutouwai/Stewart Island Robin, a subspecies. As you may have guessed, the Stewart Island robin is found exclusively on Rakiura Stewart Island. The South Island robin is more…

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Kākā

A relative of the kea, the kākā is a large and charismatic parrot that is native to New Zealand that can be separated into two subspecies: the North Island kākā and the South Island kākā. They can measure up to about 45-50 centimeters in length. Kākā are infamous for their raucous voices, and Māori…

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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 native to New Zealand and other parts of the Asia-Pacific region. Fantails are insectivorous, feeding primarily…

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Tūī

The tūī is a striking and iconic bird species native to New Zealand. Known for its distinctive appearance, beautiful song, and charismatic behavior, the tūī holds a special place in New Zealand's natural heritage. Tūī can be found throughout the country and are often seen near flowering trees and…

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