Summer Events Guide

Florence Hill Lookout - The Catlins
Great South
Florence Hill Lookout along the Southern Scenic Route

Southland’s book-end long summer days are packed with fantastic events. Take your pick from our summer offerings of outdoor activities - sweat it out, or set it out picnic style. Iconic walking tracks done differently - an undiluted sense of achievement when they’re accomplished. Providing both excitement and discovery for kids while you take a well-earned break from your everyday.

There’s motorsport, music with picturesque backdrops, and hidden corners to explore. Tributes to homegrown heroes, and being transported to another age. Stress melts away under the summer sun as you marvel at rural technology and innovation, bumping into old friends and making new ones along the way.

For the full line-up of events across Southland, go here

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Kepler Challenge - Fiordland
Embrace New Zealand’s premier mountain run

Distinction Hotels Te Anau Tennis Invitational - Fiordland
NZ’s highest-ranked players served with world-class scenery

Ascot Park Christmas at the Races - Invercargill
Celebrate the end of the year in style


Revitalize - Fiordland
Organic farm music festival

The Revenant - Northern Southland
The ultimate Ultra Adventure Run

Edendale Crank Up - Eastern Southland
NZ’s biggest vintage machinery event


George Begg Classic Speedfest - Invercargill
A tribute to motorsport like it used to be

Burt Munro Challenge - Invercargill & Bluff
Southland’s Iconic five-day motorcycle event

Niagara Bluegrass Festival - The Catlins
A weekend of toe-tapping goodness

MLT Moonshine Trail - Eastern Southland
Premier mountain bike & off-road run

Mandeville Fly In and Steam Festival - Eastern Southland
Vintage aircraft, steam engines & cars

Milford Mountain Classic - Fiordland
The cycle race of a lifetime

Southern Field Days (Bi-annual) - Eastern Southland
Three-day farming & agricultural event

Florence Hill Lookout - The Catlins
Chris McLennan

Things to do in Southland in Summer

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 events and the best driving route in New Zealand, you are spoilt for choice to keep you entertained you might just have to come back next summer too, to finish off this list of the Top Southland Summer Experiences.

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