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Fishing in Southland

Southland is an angler's dream, with easy public access and plenty of fish in the rivers and lakes. Fishermen (and women) travel far and wide to fish the beautiful Southland rivers for world-class trout. The environment here allows you to put your skills to the test as you enjoy magnificent mountain…

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Further into Fiordland

Have you ever dreamt of exploring Fiordland? Take a Milford Road trip through Fiordland National Park, wander along the Piopiotahi Milford Sound foreshore, and admire Rahotu mitre peak's spectacular views. Have you considered basing yourself in Te Anau and taking day trips full of adventure or…

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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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Tūī

The tūī are beautiful both to look at and to hear. They have two voiceboxes and can often be heard mimicking other birds. They are found throughout Southland. The easiest way to spot a tūī is to look for their distinctive white tufts poking through the trees! Read more on the tūī here. Learn more…

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