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.
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.