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There are very few places that offer the magic that Southland does. With varied landscapes nestled together right on the edge of New Zealand, it is a region of contrasts with mountain peaks, the deepest of lakes, meandering rivers, fertile farmlands, lush primordial forests, and captivating coastlines.

Whether you’re looking for day trips, a weekend getaways or longer escapes, you will find plentiful opportunities to try the region’s world-famous attractions, locations, hospitality and fare. From the rugged coastline of The Catlins, the bright lights of Invercargill, the starry skies of Stewart Island/Rakiura and the majestic wilderness of Fiordland, there is something for everyone and every type of adventure.

As New Zealand’s southernmost city (and southernmost city in the world!), Invercargill is fondly referred to as the ‘City of Water and Light’ due to its long summer daylight hours and frequent…

Welcome Rock Trails - Southland, New Zealand
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Sprinkled amongst beautiful rolling farmland and the majestic Takitimu Mountains, Northern Southland is home to the rural townships of Lumsden, Athol, Garston, Mossburn and Kingston where there is no shortage of…

If you don't want to travel international, 'overseas' adventures can still be had right here in Southland by visiting Rakiura/Stewart Island. The island is as close as you can get before…

Considered by many New Zealanders as a must visit, The Catlins is a stunning coastal stretch between Invercargill and Balclutha of rugged beauty reminiscent of a bygone era. 

Riverton, Western Southland
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A region undiscovered, this part of Southland is home to some of the most serene coastal views and beaches. From beautiful Riverton to the foot of Fiordland National Park, Western Southland offers a diverse…

Tucked away in the South Western tip of NZ, Fiordland is home to 14 fjords, New Zealand’s deepest lakes, tallest waterfall, steep granite mountains, glacial carved valleys and jaw dropping scenery.

Locals are the first to admit, rural Southland is the last place you might expect such a considerable mix of cultural and historic nuggets but Gore is increasingly becoming known for its history, heritage and…