TRIP IDEAS & STORIES

Southland spans over 30,000 km and is the region with the longest coastline, so there are plenty of activities and attractions to fill your visit. With day trips from the hub of Invercargill or backcountry stays in the eclectic communities, leave no part undiscovered and experience the best of manaakitanga for which the South is known.

Let the locals show you some great places to eat and stay and brilliant things to see and do here in Southland.

Roadtrip

Tour the Southern Scenic Route

4 Days

667 km

Anytime

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.

THIS IS SOUTHLAND

Farm Animals - Southland, New Zealand
Air New Zealand

Agritourism

Known for its warm ‘small community’ feel, rural Southland is famous for genuine…

Stargazing

The Southland region is known for amazing views with its seemingly endless daytime sky that turns…

Food & Drink

Southland is home to a huge number of cafes, restaurants, bakeries, takeaways, dairies, pubs…

Bill Richardson Transport World
Bill Richardson Transport World

People of the South

What makes Southland special? It's the People! Meet some local characters who embody the essence of a Southlander, listen to their tales about our special place.  

Tuatara on arm
Jeremy Pierce

Southland Facts

From Instant Coffee to the Southernmost Starbucks in the world! Find out more fun and interesting facts about Southland

Southland Stories

Top Southland Summer Experiences

With long sunny days, a diverse landscape, great food and drink and plenty of outdoor activities, Southland is the perfect summer destination. Home to five of New Zealand's Great Walks, two multiday cycle trails, a multitude of summer…

A guide to New Zealand Coffee

Need some help deciding what coffee to get while you're travelling around Southland and New Zealand, check out this handy guide! Short black: basis for all coffee styles, espresso is full-flavoured, fragrant, with a velvety body and…

Aurora Australis - Southern Lights

While the Northern Lights are well known throughout the world and are often on people’s bucket lists, its Southern counterpart, the Aurora Australis, is no less spectacular. This natural phenomenon lights up the sky with ribbons of…

The Southland Cheese Roll

The infamous Southern Cheese Roll... a local tradition and delicacy that is a must-try for any traveller to Southland. Like the historic tiffs over Pavlova, Russell Crowe, Marmite and more, the origin story of the cheese roll can also be…

Best Lookout Spots in Southland

Southland has a diverse landscape with its rugged cliff beaches in the Catlins to the lush native forests in Western Southland. Whether you are after incredible vistas of beaches, wildlife, mountains or National Parks, stopping at one of…

Top 10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Southland

Being the second largest region in New Zealand means there are plenty of instagrammable or Instagram-worthy spots in Southland that are just waiting to be captured and hashtagged with #mysouthland and #southlandnz Here are our top 10 most…

Top Inland Views in Southland

Go inland Southland and get up high. Southland from about the skyline offers some spectacular rural scenic views. Poppelwells lookout in Dolamore Park provides amazing views of the Southland Plains and on a clear day you can even see…

Bluff Oyster

Bluff oysters are reputed to be the best in the world and New Zealand’s national treasure. These delicate and succulent shellfish are dredged along the coastlines of Southland between March and August every year. Originating in the…

Coffee

New Zealanders love their coffee. You might think we're a tea-drinking nation (hello British heritage) but over the past few decades, coffee has surpassed tea as our favourite hot drink. This increased popularity of coffee has seen new…

Free Things to do in Southland

For a region famous for its dramatic landscapes, it is not hard to find many free things to see and do. So, if you feel a little adventurous but frugal, we’ve got you covered. Usually, we recommend starting the day with freshly made…