Southland is a vast natural playground, with rolling hills, lush pastures, long, uncrowded beaches, an abundance of wildlife and wide open spaces.
With fantastic facilities, a range of activities and a relaxed pace of life, Southland is a family-friendly environment that provides the best of both worlds. Be assured, Southland is a great place to bring up children.
Room to move
Southland has a small population for the large area and offers a relaxed pace of life. Traffic jams are a foreign concept in Southland, where it is easy to travel to any part of the region in no time at all. You can travel from one side of Invercargill to the other by car in about 10 minutes.
Southland is a place where people are rarely seen to be rushing. With little traffic on wide roads, no crowds in the spacious parks and on the beaches, there is more time left to spend with your family, enjoy the great outdoors and breathe in the fresh, clean air.
It's all here right on our back door step
Southland is the southernmost region of New Zealand's South Island. You can feel worlds away from the stresses of city life, while at the same time, you have access to all the modern facilities. Invercargill Airport is a short 5 minute drive from the city centre, and Oreti Beach only 10 minutes away.
The unspoilt beauty of The Catlins can be found 45 minutes drive from Invercargill, where you can explore waterfalls, wildlife, wind-swept trees and rugged terrain. Travel 20 minutes south to Bluff, New Zealand's southernmost town, to taste world famous Bluff oysters, or drive 30 minutes west to the coastal town of Riverton.
A selection of sporting facilities, creative and heritage opportunities and events can be found in both Invercargill and Gore, along with great shops, restaurants and cafes. If you want the mall-shopping experience, Dunedin is a 2 and a half hour drive away or for a longer, more scenic journey, travel the Southern Scenic Route.
Queenstown is a mere 2 hour drive from Invercargill. The adventure capital of New Zealand boasts quality ski fields, sky diving, bungy jumping and an energetic night life, or you can travel the same distance to Te Anau. From there, you can go on to explore the cascading waterfalls and incredible scenery in Milford Sound.
Southland's close proximity to beautiful scenery and native wildlife, city life and the great outdoors makes it easy to live the dream lifestyle.
Great quality of life in Southland, better than the national average
Research shows that over 90% of Southlanders believe they have a 'good' or 'extremely good' quality of life. The key factors identified were:
- Southland residents are proud of, and connected to their communities
- Southlanders generally feel safe, and are trusting
- Southlanders have a favourable work/life balance
- Southlanders are satisfied with the condition of their environment.
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The 2015 HSBC Expat Explorer survey found New Zealand ranked second in the world for work-life balance and first for quality of life. Kiwis are often described as 'very friendly' which makes it very easy for migrants to settle in.View