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Known as "the real New Zealand", Southland's unmatched beauty, native wildlife, friendly locals and great food make it a destination to be experienced.

For those who want to get off the beaten track, Southland is the ideal place to visit. One of the largest regions in New Zealand, Southland’s vast array of lakes, rivers, mountains and open plains make it a place of incomparable and unique beauty. Its rugged coastline, stretching a staggering 3,400 kilometres is one of Southland’s most treasured assets. Mostly free of development and home to countless species of native wildlife, it invites visitors back to nature in tranquil surroundings.

Although visitors traditionally come to Southland for its landscape, they stay for its people. The combination of friendly locals, serene surroundings and wide open spaces make for a great opportunity to find kinship and restore the soul. This is where memories of great adventures can be made.

The New Zealand we all dream of
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Each part of Southland offers visitors a unique discovery just waiting to be explored. It's the New Zealand we all dream of, and here's why...

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Hiking in the sand dunes on Mason Bay
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10 Things you can only do in Southland
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Southland has some incredibly unique experiences, here's a list put together by locals of things you can do only in Southland...

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See wild kiwi bird on Stewart Island
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What's on
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Check out our Southland events calendar and find out what is coming up so you can plan your trip south.

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What's On
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Burt Munro, a local hero
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2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of Burt Munro's World Land Speed Record

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Burt Munro 50th Block
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Classic Motoring in Invercargill
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Five reasons Invercargill should be officially named the Classic Motoring Capital of New Zealand

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See rare and beautifully restored automotive at Bill Richardson Transport World
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Food and Drink
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Whether it’s Bluff Oysters or blue cod accompanied by a delicious craft beer, sampling Southland’s local cuisine is sure to re-energize a food lover's palate.

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Try delicious craft beer at Invercargill Brewery
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Admiral Court Motel & Apartments, Invercargill is a modern, warm, spacious, ground floor 17 unit accommodation complex with 5 luxury units. Our Tay Street…
Department of Conservation (DOC) manages a network of over 950 huts of all shapes and sizes. They provide unique places to stay, refuge from bad weather, or…
Stewart Island Lodge is a peaceful and secluded B&B island retreat, nestled amongst native bush with commanding views of Halfmoon Bay and the surrounding…
Nokomai is a working high country sheep & cattle station, with over 150 years of farming and gold mining history. Nokomai is perfect for country peace,…
The home of tasty food, great company and affordable luxury accommodation in the heart of The Catlins at Owaka. Owaka - its name means "Place of the Canoe" and…
Our beautiful location enables guests to unwind in peace and quiet, while Stewart Island's restaurants, shops and main attractions are but a 5-7  minute walk…
The Falls Hotel was named after the original accommodation house in Mataura, set up in 1859 by John MacGibbon.  The Falls Hotel also includes accommodation and…
Our self-contained accommodation is situated at 33 Gunpit Rd, Bluff and looks out over Bluff harbour and The Catlins coast. The area is quiet, private, close…
The Lodge consists of 1 Queen and 3 Twin spacious bedrooms with separate shower, bath and toilet. Sunny lounge and dining room, including a full breakfast.…
Charming homestay bed and breakfast in Invercargill Superior bed and breakfast accommodation awaits you at The Manor Farmstay in Invercargill. This is the…
We are located at 40 Charlton Lane, which runs parallel to S.H.1 on the south side of Gore, Southland, New Zealand.  We are located in one of the world’s best…
Bought in 2013 our 1930's cottage is set on a quiet residential street only 10 minutes walk to the Stewart Island ferry and Bluff shops. The cottage has three…
Welcome to ASURE Oakleigh Motel, Gore, New Zealand affordable and spacious accommodation on a quiet rear site, conveniently located close to the town centre…
Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is the only backpackers located on the lakefront, a stones throw from Lake Te Anau. Located just 300 metres walk from the…
Borland Lodge is situated at the gateway to Fiordland National Park in southern New Zealand - a World Heritage area. It is just off the Southern Scenic Route,…
At Fortrose Retreat a warm welcome awaits you at this fully self -contained boutique cottage on the Southern Scenic Route, your base to explore the magnificent…
Waipapa Point Cottage offers you all the warm comforts of life on a picturesque coastal sheep and cattle farm with the beautiful Catlins as your backdrop. This…
Tower Lodge Motel Invercargill are pleased to announce our latest award from Trip Advisor, the Hall of Fame Award for achieving the Certificate of Excellence 5…
A homely, self contained 3 bedroom cottage situated in Waikawa village with lovely estuary and rural views. Sleeps 8. Cosy wood fire, all linen provided,…
We are a completely unique Bed & Breakfast in Southland New Zealand with a natural environment ideal for birdwatching or just chilling out. There is no…
Oreti River House is an ideal base for enjoying trout fishing, tramping, cycling and sightseeing on the South Island of New Zealand. A very comfortable, self…
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Demolition World is a place like no other. This hidden Invercargill gem will take you on a journey back through time into a world entirely constructed from…
Introducing HikeSouth, New Zealand Hiking and Tramping specialists Hike South is based in Queenstown on the edge of Fiordland and Mt. Aspiring National Park…
The Milford Sound Piopiotahi Coach and Cruise tour includes 14 stops along the scenic Milford Sound highway and includes a leisurely two hour Nature Cruise on…
Located in the same building as the Hump Ridge Track office, the Tuatapere Bushman's Museum showcases the story of the early settlers living around "The Hole…
Situated in the South Catlins area of Southland, this trail provides a rewarding detour off the Southern Scenic Route. Covering approximately 70kms of road,…
Custom tied trout flies and guided trout fishing on the world's best dry fly brown trout fishing river, the famous Mataura River in Southland, New Zealand. …
Private Car Hire on Stewart Island Pick-up Drop-off Customised Tours Our All-Wheel Drive Cab will be able to get you anywhere on the island, be it off the…
Enjoy a scenic ride to Lee Bay the entrance of Rakiura National Park for the start of our three day hike on the Rakiura Great Walk. Follow the coastal…
7 hr each way The site of a 1920s timber mill and town, the only remaining historic building is the school which is now DOC accommodation (more comfortable…
Winding pathways along the banks of the Otepuni Stream provide a refreshing break from the city’s central business district. A few minutes walk from the city…
The Museum has collections of historic items relative to the Wyndham area including sheep farming, dairy farming, dairy factories, horseracing, fishing,…
he Lighthouse Gallery is set up to display and sell local art. The Gallery also has a wifi hotspot and coffee to go. We are situated on the main street of…
Located 11km from Gore at the south-west end of the Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve, on the lower slopes of the Hokonui Hills, Dolamore Park offers something for…
Discover the ultimate high country horse riding experience. Beaumont Station is a large, fully-operating high country farm with around 12,000 sheep, 800 cattle…
Nestled under the Takitimu mountains in Western Southland this is a picturesque course that is well worth a visit. The course has a number of undulating…
Experience something amazing… Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara) Nature and History Guided Walks and great Stewart Island Walks Be guided by a Stewart Island local,…
The Museum is housed in a disused and upgraded school building. The Museum tells the historical story of the area from the early Whalers, gold mining, fishing…
Stewart Island is perfect for a day excursion, or an extended stay. Cross Foveaux Strait on board our express passenger catamarans.  During the one-hour…
Operating since October 2004 the award winning Fiordland Cinema has been architecturally designed with innovative interiors by Vesta. The Cinema was specially…
Mana Charters has been in operation for 25 years. We are a very experienced team. Bob is an ex-commercial fisherman & experienced hunter. The Mana is a…
The Otautau Museum is a small museum located in Otautau, about 50 km west of Invercargill. The museum is in the historic courthouse on the main road, with…