Welcome Rock Trails - Southland, New Zealand
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Trip Ideas & Itineraries

Planning a holiday down and need some inspiration on what to do or where to go when visiting Southland? These recommended itineraries will make sure you take in all ...

Southland is a land of rugged coast, rolling plains, and snowcapped peaks, world-renowned Bluff oysters and the launching place for a visit to Rakiura Stewart Island. Known for its rare and unique wildlife - you can expect tuatara, kiwi, dolphins, and more.

You're Due South

Are you a Foodie or more of an Explorer at heart? Maybe you’re a History Buff or perhaps you’re happy to be a Free Spirit? Or maybe you want to don your Captain’s hat and rule the crystal clear waters of the region.

Tour the Southern Scenic Route

All roads lead to paradise, and in this case it certainly looks like paradise. The Southern Scenic Route has been ranked as one of the top 10 touring routes of the world, and for good reason.

Catlins Southern Scenic Route
Clutha District Council

Day Trip to The Catlins

The Catlins, the spectacular coastal stretch between Balclutha and Invercargill, boasts a rugged beauty and untouched quality that is magnetic. 

Boy in Milford
Great South

Fiordland Family Experiences

Known for its spectacular waterfalls, imposing mountain views and deep blue lakes, this slice of New Zealand's most famous pristine wilderness is home to a number of cool experiences making it the perfect family holiday destination.

Fly Fishing in Gore
Gore DC

Fishing in Southland

Southland is an angler's dream, with easy public access and plenty of fish in the rivers and lakes. Fishermen (and women) travel far and wide to fish the beautiful Southland rivers for world-class trout. The environment here allows you…

Takitimu Mountains - Southland, New Zealand
Jeremy Pierce

From Farms to Fjords

Looking for a relaxing rural getaway that is both enjoyable and affordable? A farm vacation might be the answer, and it’s only a short drive or flight away. Agritourism is becoming increasingly popular, as farmers recognise the value…

Playground - Eastern Southland
Gore District Council

Gore Family Experiences

The Gore District is a fantastic destination for a family vacation with so many activities to choose from it doesn’t matter how old you are or what you’re into! Here are some of our best insider tips to make your trip to Gore…

Sheep Farm - Southland, New Zealand

Heartland Agritourism Adventure

Keen to get off the beaten track? This adventure will take you into the outdoors and fresh air of rural Southland, making you wonder why you hadn’t done it sooner. 

Invercargill Public Art, Memorials etc - Anke Ruwette
Great South

Heritage & Culture Tour

Southland and its capital city, Invercargill hold strong ties to a bygone area which is easily witnessed in the stunning Victorian and Edwardian architecture across the city centre.

Queens Park - Envious Photography
Venture Southland

Invercargill Family Experiences

Travelling with the kids can be one of the greatest memories to reflect on (but we totally know it can be a challenge to keep the kids entertained). Here’s some of our best insider tips to make your trip to Invercargill memorable with…

Troopers War Memorial, Invercargill
Jeremy Pierce

Itinerary for Invercargill

So you're spending 2 days in Invercargill and want to check out all that Southland's biggest city has to offer? Then check out this itinerary and start planning today.

Itinerary to Gore & more

Historically famed for its rural living, Gore in more recent years is in the midst of an arts, heritage & music revival heading up a bit of a cultural renaissance.

Catlins Southern Scenic Route
Clutha District Council

Southern Scenic Route

Packed full with amazing natural and cultural attractions and exciting activities, this incredible road trip is one of the best drives in the world.

Welcome Rock Trails - Southland, New Zealand
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The Big 4 in 4

The untouched beauty of Southland provides a natural playground, no matter what your passion. As New Zealand’s ultimate outdoors destination for cycling, walking, fishing, photography and history, Southland captures the…

Porpoise Bay - Southland, New Zealand
Gayle Hogue

The Catlins Family Experiences

The Catlins, a magnificent coastline region, attracts visitors with its rough beauty and unspoiled quality. A world of native forests, deserted sandy beaches, glittering bays, gushing waterfalls and secret lakes awaits you here. The Catlins…

Stand on the southernmost point of the South Island - Slope Point - The Catlins

Crazy about the Catlins

Departing the big smoke of Invercargill, my eye is drawn to the waving harakeke flax bushes that edge the farmlands down in the deep deep south. I’m road tripping to the Catlins and there are amazing gems to discover.

Northern Southland Biking - Welcome Rock Trails
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3 days Mountain Biking in Southland

For those who like a challenging mix of off-road climbing and technical descents across all types of terrain, this epic 3-day mountain biking itinerary takes you to three of Southlands most exhilarating cycle trails: Motupōhue Bluff…

Perenuka Mountain Bike Park
Perenuka Mountain Bike Park - Credit Great South

4 days Adventure Mountain Biking in Southland

For those who are looking for longer, scenic rides to challenge their fitness this 4-day itinerary around Southland’s dramatic landscape offers the perfect setting for your next cycling holiday, showcasing untouched forests, fertile…