Walking on Swing Bridge, Mavora Lakes
Chris McLennan

Walking & Cycling

Home to untouched forests, fertile farmlands and rugged coastlines, Southlands dramatic landscapes offer the perfect setting for your next walking or cycling holiday.

In Southland, there is an abundance of walking trails for the hiking-inclined traveller, be it short, day or multi-day walks. All these walks let you sample the region's rich natural heritage, exploring mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, sandy beaches and rocky shorelines. So grab your hiking boots and get ready to explore!

Prefer to explore on wheels, then you're in luck because Southland has all kinds of cycling and biking options. If you are after epic ‘Welcome Rock’ mountain biking trails, chilled electric bike tours, family-friendly rides or some laps around New Zealand's first-ever indoor cycling Velodrome, Southland has something for you. Cycling is a great way to sample Southland's rich natural heritage, exploring mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, sandy beaches and rocky shorelines. So bring your bike or rent one while you're here and get exploring!

Walking in Dolamore Park Gore
Gore District Council

Short Walks

In Southland, there are many famous great walks for the hiking inclined traveler, but there is also a selection of short, easily accessible walking tracks that still encourage you to sample the region's rich natural heritage. These…

Perenuka Mountain Bike Park
Perenuka Mountain Bike Park - Credit Great South

Mountain Biking & Cycling

Home to untouched forests, fertile farmlands and rugged coastlines, Southlands dramatic landscapes offer the perfect setting for your next cycling holiday.

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Welcome Rock Trails - Southland, New Zealand
Welcome Rock Trails

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Activities & Tours

There is nothing like a personalised story or interactive experience to bring skills, history and landscapes to life. Enrich your southern adventure with one of our tours and experiences for a deeper dive… Read More

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Food & Drink

Southland is home to a huge number of cafes, restaurants, bakeries, takeaways, dairies, pubs and bars, scattered throughout every region. Friendly Southlanders serve up delicious meals and beverages to… Read More

Milford Sound - Kayak
Great South

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Nature & Outdoors

Whether the coast battered by the great southern ocean, fiords calved by ancient glaciers or the mountains and plateaus shaped by the weather and its local inhabitants, Southland reveals some life lasting… Read More

Dark Skies Aurora Australis - Stewart Island Rakiura
Rebecca Wilson Jennings

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Stargazing

The Southland region is known for amazing views with its seemingly endless daytime sky that turns into a stargazer's paradise by night. From Fiordland in the west to Rakiura Stewart Island in the south… Read More

Farm Animals - Southland, New Zealand
Air New Zealand

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Agritourism

Known for its warm ‘small community’ feel, rural Southland is famous for genuine hospitality, hearty meals, entrepreneurial spirit, and stunning natural landscapes. With experiences ranging from… Read More

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