Heritage Month

Events - Heritage Month
Great South

Embrace the history and culture of our region this Southland Heritage Month. Whether you want to walk in the footsteps of whalers, learn the scandals of days gone by or dress and race a steampunk teapot; there’s bound to be something for everyone this March. Check out the calendar of events below to see everything available during the month and immerse yourself in what makes us distinctly Southland. For more information follow the Heritage South Facebook page.

Second Week of March

Monday 8 March

St John’s Cemetery Tour with Lloyd Esler

Tuesday 9 March

Built Heritage Workshop

Tuesday 9 March

Eastern Cemetery Tour with Lloyd Esler

Thursday 11 March

Movie Night at the Embassy

Friday 12 March & Saturday 13 March

Open Office – Ask an Archaeologist

Saturday 13 March

How to Research Your House

Saturday 13 March

St Patricks Celtic Family Gala

Saturday 13 March & Sunday 14 March

Thornbury Vintage Tractor & Implement Club – Rural Heritage Centre Open Weekend

Sunday 14 March

Estuary Walk with Lloyd Esler

Sunday 14 March

All Steamed Up At Lumsden

Fifth Week of March

Tuesday 30 March

Southland Heritage Month Quiz Night

Victoria Railway Hotel - Invercargill
Victoria Railway Hotel

The Catlins is well known for its wildlife and nature but often overlooked is the historic significance of the area. Start off your history education with a stay at The Headmasters School House. Freshly renovated with vintage elements. You can’t miss the opportunity to spend time here with beautiful views, a spa pool and 2 pet alpacas.

Spend the night in Invercargill’s only Heritage 1 listed hotel. Right in the heart of the CBD, the Victoria Railway Hotel has a touch of old world charm with unmatched hospitality.

If you are after sophisticated glam, the bold, geometric art deco style can be found right throughout the rooms at The Bank Manager’s Apartment in Winton. For a more traditional beachfront art deco vibe, the Foveaux Hotel should be your choice.

A romantic country getaway can be found at Naylor House. Built in the 1870's of local schist stone, it has been lovingly renovated. It is the perfect spot to view awe inspiring mountain vistas and fish in the nearby Mataura River.

At the heart of Southland, you will find accommodation steeped in heritage and culture. The Mossburn Railway Hotel dates back to 1886 and has a colourful history that is a must for any history enthusiast. Just up the road you will find the Homestead. This house exudes relaxed southern history and charm. Full of character and numerous facilities, it is the perfect lakeside getaway.

No matter where you are going, there are unique heritage accommodation options all throughout Southland. Check out more accommodation options here.