Rivers, mountains, scenic reserves, and gardens – Northern Southland has it all! Two of the particularly special natural spaces in the region are the Eyre Mountains (Taka Ra Haka) Conservation Park and the Piano Flat and Waikaia Forest Conservation Area. Both places provide trails for tramping, horse riding, mountain biking, and 4-wheel driving, and also easily accessible picnic and camping spots for the less adventurous wilderness seekers.
Explore Nature In Northern Southland
Popular for fishing, swimming, rowing and other water activities, this 170km river flows by several towns throughout Southland.
175 Glenure Hill Road, Balfour
Since 1979, Balfour School children have been responsible for the development of a walking track at this reserve on the slopes of Glenure Hill.
Comprised of over 65,000 hectares of open tops, tarns, river valleys and rugged mountains, this park offers plenty of opportunities for adventure.
Mulholland Road, Eyre Mountains
A scenic picnic area and basic campsite nestled in the foothills of the Eyre Mountains beside a river, with a wood barbeque and a toilet.
Parks & Gardens
207 Sutherland Road, Lumsden
Castlemaine garden is set in a rural farmland area, just fifteen minute drive from the town of Lumsden.
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.
Whitecoomb Road, Waikaia
A large riverside clearing in Waikaia forest, Piano Flat is a classic kiwi camp ground and a natural playground for a number of recreational pursuits.
Parks & Gardens
544A Lumsden Mossburn Highway, Lumsden
A large, interesting country garden - perfect for exploring and picnicking - and a self contained cottage in Northern Southland.