Exploring Nature with Purpose

Sustainable Southland

Get ready to embark on a journey to one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world - Murihiku Southland. Located on the edge of Te Waipounamu, this region is a haven for those who are passionate about nature and sustainability. From rugged coastlines to lush rainforests, Southland's diverse range of stunning landscapes will leave you in awe. But what truly makes this place special is its commitment to preserving the natural environment, making it the perfect destination for authentic and meaningful travel.

Southland's passion and commitment to sustainability runs deep, with around 60% of the region protected as conservation estate, including both Rakiura National Park and Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Fragile wildlife species, such as the endangered Pahu Hector's dolphins, Tawaki Fiordland Crested and Hoiho Yellow-Eyed Penguins, and Kakapo, also call this region home, making it essential to protect their habitats. The region's commitment to preserving and enhancing the natural environment inspires visitors to do the same, ensuring that our land, water, and night sky are protected for generations to come.

Like many other parts of the world, Southland faces climate change risks, making it essential for businesses to become climate-resilient and work towards the New Zealand Government’s target of net-zero emissions by 2050. The region is dedicated to sustainable tourism and working with tourism businesses to support them on their sustainability journey, ensuring that your visit supports local communities and has the potential to benefit the environment. Being a region rich in natural beauty, cycling and walking are popular activities in Southland and a way to further minimise your environmental impact. By choosing these modes of transportation, you can experience the region at a slower pace and truly connect with the natural environment and the people who call Southland home.

If you're looking for an unforgettable travel experience that is both meaningful and sustainable, Southland should be at the top of your list. From its commitment to preserving its natural environment to its dedication to creating authentic experiences that connect visitors with its unique place, Southland offers a travel experience like no other. 

Southland, New Zealand offers a range of sustainable activities and experiences for eco-conscious travelers. Visitors can explore the natural beauty of the region by taking a guided tour of the Fiordland National…

Fiordland National Park
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