March - May

Autumn Event Guide

Roll your shoulders back, indulge your soul, and let your senses overload. Events so wholesome - you could serve them at a country picnic, and landscapes so scenic – they inspire postcards and fantasy novels.

Autumn serves up seafood, culture, changing colours and harvest fare. New favourites discovered, the freshest produce and fabulous local beers. Why travel overseas when the world is right here - grab your ticket to discover Southland’s unique brand of laidback sophistication.


Dive in, read each event’s tale told through a storyteller’s eyes and enjoy a sneak peek video highlight, which is sure to entice you into coming south this autumn.

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Get ready for Southland’s most Southland event, Rootstock: a paddock festival celebrating the…

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Things to do in Southland in Autumn

Autumn may be one of the best times of the year to visit Southland. With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, autumn is the perfect time to see small brown Kiwis in the wild, see Southern Light's nightlife, and witness the stunning deciduous trees changing colour on one of our many outdoor walks.

Autumn in Southland

Discover autumn in Murihiku Southland, one of the best times to visit. March to May Temperatures between 10°C and 20°C The crisp air whispers change, the days grow shorter, and a kaleidoscope of colours paints the…

Where to eat & stay in Southland

When it comes to food, Murihiku Southland's abundance knows no bounds. The region's fertile plains and coastal waters produce many New Zealand delicacies, from world-famous meat and game to succulent seafood and the freshest, crunchiest vegetables. Take your pick of exceptional tasting, grass-fed lamb, prime pasture-fed beef, and the finest Fiordland venison, and we can't forget our humble Southland Cheese Roll. Divine dishes that are uniquely Southland, created by talented chefs across vibrant cafes and bakeries, picturesque country pubs and fine-dining restaurants in down-to-earth settings.

And accommodation is no different, as there are options for all budgets, from luxurious lodges and hotels to budget-friendly hostels and motels. Plenty of camping and caravan parks exist for those who prefer to be closer to nature. You can expect a warm welcome, plenty of tasty food options, and comfortable accommodation to suit your visit.

Food & Drink

From the finest ocean fare to fantastic farm fresh produce — Murihiku Southland is a food lovers’ paradise. With the perfect amount of sunshine and rain, the region’s fertile plains and coastal waters produce many New…

Prospect Lodge
Prospect Lodge, Fiordland


Southland has an abundance of places to stay, offering plenty of variety no matter your itinerary or budget. In every region there are locals keen to share their slice of paradise with travellers through their B&B’s, homestays and…

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