Winter Events Guide

Lake Hauroko - Western Southland

Castaway the stereotypes, and let your imagination run wild. Winter is when Southland’s chic and sophisticated side comes alive - vibrant celebrations of music, culture, heritage and high street fashions.

Frosty mornings give way to fine, sunny days - wrap up warm and experience magical days bursting with new adventures and fun. Its winter beauty gleams beneath southern lights, with warm, comforting food; fine wine and whisky tastings.

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Tussock Country Music Festival - Gore
Nashville of the Southern hemisphere

Fiordland Big 3 - Fiordland
Hunters & anglers competition


Riversdale Arts Mixed Media Exhibition - Central Southland
A visual feast of sophisticated artwork

Southland Multicultural Food Festival - Invercargill
The whole world is right here!

ILT Kidzone Festival - Invercargill
Southland’s most popular family event

MLT Hokonui Fashion Design Awards - Gore
A glamourous event of high fashion


Hydro Half Marathon - Fiordland
Run to the magical sounds of nature

Southland Beer, Wine and Wild Food Festival - Invercargill
The world’s southernmost craft beer, wine and food festival

Men's Muster - Fiordland
Downtime for men in Te Anau

Miharo Murihiku Polyfest - Invercargill
Celebrating our local Māori and Pasifika culture

Takitimu Mountains - Northern Southland - Jeremy Pierce
Jeremy Pierce
Sheep grazing with the Takitimu Mountains in the background

Things to do in Southland in Winter

Winter in Southland should be your choice of season to visit. With multiday festivals, ice sports, easy access to the slopes and plenty of belly warming food you don't want to miss your chance to experience Southland in winter. So rug up, bring your merinos and come down and explore our top Southland winter experiences.  

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