Catlins Southern Scenic Route
Clutha District Council

Wildlife & Wilderness

Want to listen to native birdsong? Or spot kiwis hiding in the dark? Or even just take a cruise to experience a range of wildlife? Southland is the place to explore and find everything from seals, to shellfish, seagulls, to sharks! Come and see our wide range of wildlife in Southland today!

In Southland, there are many options for tours and cruises that will let you experience the wildlife without having to find where they hide. Tours allow you to sit back, photograph and relax, and enjoy a true Southern experience without the hassle. You can see seals and penguins on cruises, Weka and Kea on bush walks and a wide variety of other native birds.

If you are looking for a more thrilling and unique wildlife encounter then these next few options are perfect for you! These activities are once in a lifetime experiences and may seem daunting but will leave you with memories you will forever treasure. The Te Anau Glow Worm Caves are an incredible, world-renowned exploration deep into the caves to find the stunning lights of the Glowworms.

Some of our local wildlife can be experienced in a more relaxed park-like environment. The below options are in-between the thrilling shark encounter and the relaxed tour; with these, you can experience birds, insects and sea life up close and personal!

So next time you are in Southland make sure to experience all our wildlife has to offer you!