Central Southland
Sam Deuchrass

Central Southland

Central Southland is 1.5 million hectares of lush, rolling farmland. The district has always thrived on agriculture, although sawmills, flax and linen-flax industries, lime works, brickworks and tile works have all had their part in the economy of the area. Today the region offers a variety of leisurely pursuits and attractions for visitors, with highlights being: trout fishing rivers, friendly pubs, and rural accommodation that allows you to taste the farming lifestyle.

Winton, the commercial hub of Central Southland, is Southland’s third largest centre. It is situated 32km north of Invercargill, on the route to Queenstown and Te Anau. Wander the garden-lined main street and enjoy the many historic buildings, the variety of boutique stores, the range of great cafes, and most of all the beauty, peace and quiet of “The Heart of Southland”.


Central Southland

Townships Central Southland

Winton - Southland, New Zealand
Sam Deuchrass


Winton, the commercial hub of Central Southland, is Southland’s third largest centre. It is situated 32km north of Invercargill, on the route to Queenstown and Te Anau - providing a good stop-over for travellers. The township…

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Invercargill Central
Stacy Williamson


Waihōpai Invercargill is the regional capital and commercial hub of Southland. Founded in the 1850s, it is New Zealand’s southernmost city - and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Numerous… Read More


Te Rua-o-te-Moko Fiordland is a place of extraordinary scenic beauty. One of New Zealand’s oldest tourism drawcards, this rugged and remote region offers awe-inspiring landscapes and a wide range of… Read More

Stewart Island

Rakiura Stewart Island is the southernmost and smallest island of the three main islands of New Zealand. Just 30km from the South Island, it is a perfect retreat for those seeking peace, quiet, and… Read More

Florence Hill Lookout, The Catlins
Florence Hill Lookout, The Catlins

The Catlins

The Catlins, the spectacular coastal stretch between Balclutha and Invercargill, boasts a rugged beauty and untouched quality that is magnetic. Here you’ll find a world of native forests fringed by high… Read More

Gore District

Hokonui Gore District, sometimes referred to as Eastern Southland, boasts an eclectic mix of heritage and culture. Famous for its fly-fishing on the Mataura River, its colourful illicit whisky-making past and… Read More


Southland’s port, Motupōhue Bluff, lies thirty kilometres south of Invercargill. The town, which is the southernmost settlement on mainland New Zealand, is home to the iconic Bluff Oyster & Food… Read More

Mores Scenic Reserve Lookout, Western Southland
Sam Deuchrass

Western Southland

Tucked between the towering peaks of Fiordland to the west, the Takitimu mountain range to the north, and the wild ocean to the south, Western Southland boasts spectacular unspoilt scenery and limitless… Read More