Central Southland and its 1.5 million hectares of farmland is centred around the commercial centre of Winton. The region offers a variety of leisurely pursuits and attractions. Those keen to be carried back to another time will appreciate the heritage trail which takes in historic townships and treasures left by the region’s pioneers.
Shopping & Cuisine
Trawl the variety of locally owned boutique stores, then treat yourself in one of local food specialists for some tasty delights.
Visit the local taverns, affectionately known with names like the Bush, Travellers Rest, Top, Middle and Bottom Pub for a traditional meal and beverage with the locals.
Take in the rich mining and agriculture history on the Takitimu Heritage Trail, or explore the growth of the urban heart of Central Southland on the Winton Heritage Trail.
Golf courses abound, try 9 holes at Drummond, Winton or Hedgehope, tee time is usually very relaxed. Look out for the horse racing at Winton Race Course, or take a walk up Forest Hill Reserve to survey the farmlands that surround it.
Check out our Southland events calendar and find out what is coming up so you can plan your trip south.View
Southland is a place of many memorable features. Eight heritage trails have been developed that navigate and tell the story of Southland combing the majestic physical environment, the people, the culture and the rich history.View
Food and Drink
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.View