With fewer than 100,000 people covering 3.1 million hectares (12% NZ total land area), Southland is the perfect region to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life.
Southland (Māori: Murihiku) is New Zealand's southernmost region and is also a district within that region. It consists mainly of the southwestern portion of the South Island and Stewart Island (Māori: Rakiura). The region covers over 3.1 million hectares and is bounded to the west, south and east by over 3,400 km of coastal stretch.
The region's city of Invercargill is surrounded by the rural, green plains of Southland, the wilderness of western Fiordland, the alpine adventure playground of Queenstown to the north and rugged coastline and Stewart Island to the south.
Southland climate and weather
Southland's weather is variable and it is often said that you can experience four seasons in one day. In general, Southland has a cool temperate climate. Typical daytime temperatures in the summer range from 160C to 230C and in winter from 80C to 120C. Snow falls infrequently in winter but frosts are common, especially in inland areas. On average Southland gets 1600 sunshine hours annually, 1000mm of rainfall and wind speed averages 15-20km/h. In the alpine areas and Fiordland the climate is a bit more extreme.
Visit MetService for a forecast of Southland's weather.