Plan Your Visit

Getting here and around

Time to make those dreams a reality – find everything you need to organise an unforgettable Southland adventure. From iconic destinations and unforgettable roadtrips to off-the-beaten-track locales, we’ve got the tools to help you plan the trip of a lifetime: check out Southland itineraries, find out the best ways to get here and other must-know things

Getting Here & Around

Getting to Southland is relatively easy, with several transportation options available to visitors, from flights, rental cars, or bus journeys. Whatever your preferred mode of transport, getting to Southland is a breeze, and once…

Welcome Rock Trails - Southland, New Zealand
Welcome Rock Trails, Northern Southland © Air New Zealand

Sustainable Travel

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure in Southland? Discover the region's stunning natural landscapes while supporting local communities and minimizing your impact on the environment with sustainable travel options…

Explore the region

Southland Map

2 hikers on Key Summit
Key Summit © Southern Way

Southern Way

Southern Way celebrates the best of New Zealand scenery and experiences in the lower South Island. We invite you to visit, taking your time to explore and immerse yourself in the spectacular southern regions.

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

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… 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