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Easter in Southland

Easter is the perfect time to take a short break away with family and friends and experience all Southland has to offer. With Southland Anniversary Day also tacked onto Easter, this is the perfect time to enjoy the fantastic destinations located in the region. No matter your holiday length…

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Top Southland Autumn Experiences

Autumn may be one of the best times of the year to visit Southland. With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, Autumn is the perfect time to get out and experience our Southland nightlife. Our small brown Kiwi and Southern Light nightlife experiences to be exact. If daytime is your…

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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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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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Mohua / Yellowhead

The mohua (yellowhead) are characterised by their bright yellow chests and heads. These wee birds are found in beech forests in many parts of Southland including the Catlins, Fiordland and across much of our hill country. Read more on the mohua here. Learn more about other birds in Southland:…

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Penguins

Did you know that there are more species of penguins that call New Zealand home than any other country? We are particularly blessed with these beautiful birds here in Southland as we have three species found on our shores. The tawaki Fiordland crested penguins can be found along the Fiordland coast…

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Coffee

New Zealanders love their coffee. You might think we're a tea-drinking nation (hello British heritage) but over the past few decades, coffee has surpassed tea as our favourite hot drink. This increased popularity of coffee has seen new cafés and coffee-roasting spots popping up all over the country…

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Top Inland Views in Southland

Go inland Southland and get up high. Southland from about the skyline offers some spectacular rural scenic views. Poppelwells lookout in Dolamore Park provides amazing views of the Southland Plains and on a clear day you can even see Stewart Island/ Rakiura. Forest Hill Scenic Reserve is a valuable…

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Top 10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Southland

Being the second largest region in New Zealand means there are plenty of instagrammable or Instagram-worthy spots in Southland that are just waiting to be captured and hashtagged with #mysouthland and #southlandnz Here are our top 10 most Instagrammable spots in Southland. If you think you have…

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