Southland Heritage Month
Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate all things heritage in Murihiku Southland and discover how the region’s historical and cultural footprints have influenced and continue to influence our lives today.
Events are programmed throughout the month of March all around Southland, ranging from feature events and lectures, exhibitions, workshops, open days, tours and a host of other quirky happenings celebrating our diverse heritage.
Prominent events such as the Southland A&P Show, Riverton Heritage Harvest Festival and vintage machinery club open days are cornerstones of the annual calendar and are complemented by themed opening events and an ever-changing menu of heritage-related happenings each year.
Workshops cover everything from built heritage to caring for heritage, oral history, and family history research. The huge breadth of heritage celebrations means there’s something for everyone, from celebrations and examinations of our artistic roots to opportunities to sample tasty traditional regional fare.
Heritage South is a community organisation working to promote opportunities for heritage, encouraging the retention of living heritage, fostering goodwill and cooperation and raising the profile of heritage.
For the latest updates, follow the Heritage South Facebook page, and keep an eye out for Heritage Month brochures around the region.
Check out the full list of Southland Heritage Month in the calendar below!
The below shows the remaining events which form the Southland Heritage Month celebration
Heritage by Region
Across the region, many fascinating museums preserve the stories, history and artefacts of our rich culture, landscapes and past. 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, notably the Civic Theatre & Anderson House.
A celebration of our rich motoring history, Bill Richardson's Transport World in Invercargill shows how one man's passion turned into an interactive collection of over 300 vehicles. The experience in a word? Wow.
One of New Zealand's gems, the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre is tucked away at Mandeville in rural Southland. Here the golden age of flight can be relived, and you can even catch a flight in a Tiger Moth! Or journey back to experience how early Māori and Europeans adapted to survive on nature's edge and live together at the Te Hikoi Museum in Riverton. Elsewhere, explore museums sharing boom-and-bust gold rush tales, natural and local history, rural farming life and more.
It’s all waiting to be discovered.
The elegant Anderson Park is located on the northern outskirts of Invercargill and is testament to the generous spirit of one of Invercargill's early prominent businessmen. The grand old homestead remains as a focal point of the…
Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre
Tucked away at Mandeville in rural Southland is one of New Zealand's gems. Here the golden age of flight can be relived in our nationally significant museum; dedicated to preserving and celebrating New Zealand's civil aviation…
Te Hikoi Museum & Information Centre
Te Hikoi Southern Journey Museum and Information Centre is Western Southland's ultimate heritage attraction. Located on the Southern Scenic Route in Riverton, just a short drive from Invercargill, the museum features authentic life…
Bill Richardson Transport World
If you're looking for things to do in Invercargill then you can't miss Bill Richardson Transport World. With literally hundreds of motor vehicles and petrol pumps on display there is a lot to take in. Transport World is the largest…
Thornbury Vintage Tractor Museum
Established in 1956, the The Thornbury Vintage Tractor and Implement Club's impressive museum can be found in the heart of Thornbury, a tiny rural town just off the main Invercargill-Riverton Highway. Our club is the oldest vintage…
Heritage & Museums in Invercargill
In 1856, John Turnbull Thomson, chief surveyor for the Otago province, selected the site for a new southern town and began laying the foundations for what would become Invercargill -a bustling centre in the… Read More
Heritage & Museums in Bluff
Bluff was an important site of cross-cultural encounter in the first half of the nineteenth century, with early European settlers and local Māori trading and living in close proximity. Read More
Heritage & Museums in Gore District
Gore District has many fascinating heritage attractions. There is a variety of museums in the area, from moonshine to vintage aviation display and more. Read More
Heritage & Museums in the Catlins
Through the Waikawa Museum and the Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail learn about the region’s whaling, saw milling and gold mining history, which dates back to European settlement in the 1860’s. For… Read More
Heritage & Museums in Western Southland
Western Southland’s townships were built on the pioneering industries of whaling and sealing, sawmilling, gold mining and coal mining. Read More