Central Southland is 1.5 million hectares of lush, rolling farmland. The district has always thrived on agriculture, although sawmills, flax and linen-flax industries, lime works, brickworks and tile works have all had their part in the economy of the area. Today the region offers a variety of leisurely pursuits and attractions for visitors, with highlights being: trout fishing rivers, friendly pubs, and rural accommodation that allows you to taste the farming lifestyle.
Winton, the commercial hub of Central Southland, is Southland’s third largest centre. It is situated 32km north of Invercargill, on the route to Queenstown and Te Anau. Wander the garden-lined main street and enjoy the many historic buildings, the variety of boutique stores, the range of great cafes, and most of all the beauty, peace and quiet of “The Heart of Southland”.