Farming has always been very important in the district - in fact, New Zealand’s first deer farm was established near Mossburn in 1972 - and in earlier times gold mining was also significant. The Northern Southland Heritage Trail is a great way to explore many sites of historic interest in the area. Railway was also an important aspect of Northern Southland’s past, and the old railway building, alongside the chassis of a steam locomotive, two diesel shunters, and three wagons, can still be viewed in the heart of Lumsden. Visit the Switzers Museum in Waikaia to gain an insight into early high country farming plus the area’s gold mining past and associated Chinese settlement.
Explore Heritage In Northern Southland
1212 Nokomai Road, Athol
A historic sheep and cattle station that offers guests a range of activities and farmstay accommodation in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.
39 Blaydon Street, Waikaia
Showcasing various social history objects from Waikaia, including material relative to high country farming, gold mining and Chinese settlement.
Kent Street, Kingston
Travelling by car, visit the 15 heritage sites on this trail that spans a distance of 110km between Kingston and the Josephville Hill.
Culture & Heritage
For more than 23 years children have been visiting Peter Rabbit's house in a secret location near the Garston Presbyterian Church.
41 Diana Street, Lumsden
A gallery filled with art and creations from local artists!
Bed & Breakfast
1 Chartlea Park Road, Balfour
Stay in one of three exquisitely presented bedrooms in a grand homestead that dates back to 1896. Farm and garden tours are available for guests.
1963 Mossburn-Five Rivers Road, Five Rivers
A rural cafe, bar, art gallery and farmyard, located on a popular tourist route half-way between Queenstown, Invercargill and Milford Sound.