Hump Ridge Track
Hump Ridge Track © Liz Carlson | Young Adventuress

Our Place

Welcome to our place, Murihiku Southland, the southernmost region of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Here, we have never lost connection to the natural world; we experience its wildness, beauty and abundance as part of everyday life. 

Our land is home to some of the most breathtaking and iconic wildlife and wild places in all of New Zealand, including parts of Te Wāhipounamu. This UNESCO World Heritage area covers over 2.6 million hectares of southwest Aotearoa.

But Murihiku is more than just pristine white beaches or rolling farmlands. It's a place of contrasts, where you can witness the drama of Te Ara a Kiwa Foveaux Strait, marvel at the ancient rock walls of Te-Rua-o-te-Moko Fiordland rising from the sea, and relax by the tranquil lakes and rivers that dot our landscape.

Our main centres, including Invercargill (population 52,000), Gore (12,000), and Te Anau (2,000), are home to some of the most welcoming and friendly people you'll ever meet.

Our name, Murihiku, speaks to our position as the tail end of the whenua land, the tail of the whale and the stern of the waka that propels us forward. It reminds us that we are all part of the same waka, moving forward together as one. 

Tū tahi ki te kei - let's all stand together in the stern of our waka.

Sunlight through the trees, Fiordland
Graham Dainty

Weather & Seasons

No matter the season, Southland is a region that offers visitors a unique experience full of natural beauty and outdoor adventures. So pack your bags and get ready to explore this stunning part of New Zealand's South Island.

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Our Story

We look at the world differently down here in Murihiku Southland, it fuels our spirit and enthusiasm for making the most of a place with more space, freedom and opportunities. It makes us who we are. Read More

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Moving Here

Living at the southern edge has taught us the value of strong, connected communities. We believe in creating a sense of belonging where everyone is accepted for who they are and can thrive as their authentic… Read More

Awarua Satellite Ground Station
Dave Allen - NIWA

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Working Here

Living on the southern edge comes with unique opportunities and challenges, and we are here to embrace them with big imaginations and even bigger ambitions. We are used to breaking new ground, whether… Read More

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Learning Here

Southland boasts a high-quality choice of schools and unrivalled education opportunities from early childhood right through to tertiary studies. Read More

Perenuka Mountain Bike Park
Perenuka Mountain Bike Park - Credit Great South

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Living Here

Southland offers a laidback lifestyle allowing you to have the perfect balance of work and home life. Read More

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