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.
Guided Tours Outdoor Activities
Kingston-Garston Highway, Kingston
Authentic and bespoke New Zealand travel experiences guided by a local southern girl; see and do activities that are off the beaten track and "real".
Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast
33 Naylor Road, Garston
Self-contained and self-catered boutique accommodation in an historic house - the perfect country getaway.
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.
39 Blaydon Street, Waikaia
Showcasing various social history objects from Waikaia, including material relative to high country farming, gold mining and Chinese settlement.
1212 Nokomai Road, Athol
Nokomai Station, a high country farming property and rural retreat nestled in the real depths of New Zealand.
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.
Culture & Heritage
For more than 23 years children have been visiting Peter Rabbit's house in a secret location near the Garston Presbyterian Church.