Western Southland has an abundance of beaches, suitable for swimming, surfing, kayaking, horse riding, and sand castle building! A particularly special spot is Gemstone Beach, where the surf washes semi-precious gems such as garnet, jasper, quartz and nephrite onto the beach for keen explorers to find.
The rugged Western landscape can be explored via various walking tracks, such as the Hump Ridge Track, the South Coast Track, Long Hilly Track, Big Totara Walk, and the plethora of walking tracks and routes around Borland. Borland also has many mountain biking trails.
Western Southland is home to New Zealand’s deepest lake, Lake Hauroko, and the thrilling Wairaurahiri River, one of the steepest and most remote rivers in New Zealand – both of which can be explored via jet boat tours. To the north, Lake Monowai is the perfect playground for a range of water activities.