Mossburn Farm Animals
Chris McLennan


Mossburn is a small town in rural, northern Southland, located in a very scenic area with the Fiordland mountains as a beautiful backdrop and West Dome (1,271m) and Mt Hamilton (1,487) as prominent local landmarks. The town's main industry is agriculture, with many sheep, deer, dairy and cattle farms nearby. 

A large monument of a stag proclaims the town to be 'the venison capital of the world'. New Zealand's first deer farm was established nearby in 1972, and a game-processing works has been in operation since 1962. Meridian Energy has set up a 29-turbine wind farm at nearby White Hill.

The Around The Mountains Cycle Trail goes through Mossburn, and Bracken Hall and Dome Café & Bar are great places to take a break.

Welcome Rock Trails in Northern Southland
Ben Arthur


There are plenty of hotels, motels, holiday homes, B&B’s and farmstays spread around Northern Southland, providing accommodation for every itinerary and budget.  Read More

Northern Southland Biking - Welcome Rock Trails
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Things To Do

Northern Southland offers plenty to see and do – particularly if you like mountain biking, are searching for back country adventure, or want to experience the Southland farming lifestyle. Read More

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail, Lumsden
Chris McLennan


Lumsden is Northern Southland’s main hub and a major travellers junction, providing access to Invercargill, Queenstown, Fiordland, and Gore. Read More

Around The Mountains Cycle Trail, Garston
Great South


Garston is a small town in northern Southland and the most inland settlement in New Zealand. It's a popular stop along the Around The Mountains Cycle Trail.  Read More

SUP Paddle boarding on Mavora Lakes
Chris McLennan

Mavora Lakes

Mavora Lakes Park is a breathtaking testament to the wonders of nature, a place that truly inspires awe and reverence. Nestled within the Te Wāhipounamu/South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area, it… Read More