Countless getaways. One unforgettable region.
Southland is the most southerly and westerly region of New Zealand and boasts some of the most distinctive landscapes in the country, ranging from high alpine mountains and glaciers to intensively farmed lush grasslands on rolling plains. Farming, forestry and horticulture form the region’s economic base, but Southland also has a diversity of manufacturing for export.
It is one of the fastest growing tourist regions in New Zealand due to its unspoilt nature and wide recognition of it being a place to restore the soul.
Southland’s people reflect their heritage through their energy, expertise and warmth of heart.
This is the gateway to Southland, where it’s time.
It’s one of those rare getaways where you truly do get away from it all. No traffic jams. No queues. No worries. New Zealand’s southernmost province, Southland spans the breadth of the South Island. Much of its uniqueness and intrigue lies in the ever-changing backdrops – vistas so different, it’s difficult to imagine you’re in the same country, let alone the same province.
Within a day’s travel, you’ll experience everything from towering rainforests, alpine tussocks, rolling fertile farmlands and golden beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. It’s like a dozen destinations rolled into one.
With its wide open spaces, and a roomy ratio of just one person to every 30 hectares of land, there’s plenty of scope for serenity and solitude.
This region’s celebrated for its “off the beaten track” activities and attractions, yet Southland is easily accessible and offers quality amenities and services, including world-class fare and an inviting range of accommodation.
Southland’s spectacular scenery, unique wildlife and rich heritage draws trampers, sightseers, adventurers, naturalists and culture buffs alike … or those simply looking for an idyllic, peaceful retreat a world away from the rigours of everyday life.
What to see and do in Southland.
Whatever you do – be warned, you’re in for the time of your life.
Southland ’s scenic diversity is matched by the many world-class attractions and activities operating in harmony with the province’s unique environment.
The province is home to two national parks – New Zealand’s newest, Rakiura, covering most of Stewart Island and the country’s largest, Fiordland, which has World Heritage status.
A haven to countless species of native wildlife, Southland is the place to be truly at one with nature. Trampers beat a track to Southland’s many tracks, while the rivers are a drawcard for international anglers.
Southland’s architecture, museums and heritage trails are a must for visitors with a love of history. Most cultural tastes are catered for – music, food and fashion festivals, indoor and outdoor theatrical productions, art galleries and sporting clashes are just the beginning.
What does Southland offer?
|•||Stewart Island – New Zealand’s newest National Park, Rakiura National Park|
|•||Opportunity to view New Zealand’s native kiwi in the wild|
|•||Accessibility to view wildlife up close|
|•||Dolphins, kiwis, sealions, seals, bird life – all in their natural environment|
|•||Long stretches of sandy beaches and secluded coastal coves|
|•||Fishing – arguably the best brown trout fishing rivers|
|•||Delicious seafood – fresh blude cod, Stewart Island Salmon, mussels and Bluff Oysters|
|•||Unique heritage attractions – such as a museum celebrating illicit whisky brewing and the Dr John Money art collection at the Eastern Southland Art Gallery|
|•||Off the beaten track atmosphere, yet in close proximity to Queenstown and ski fields, Fiordland’s Mildford & Doubtful Sounds, Dunedin and Coastal Otago|
|•||Southern Scenic Route – stunning scenery, wildlife, walks, beaches, waterfalls and native bush|
|•||New Zealand’s newest walking track – the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track in Western Southland|
|•||Southland’s vast networks of open roads – ideal for self-drive holidays|
|•||Superb calendar of events – sporting, cultural, arts & heritage
Not forgetting the warmth & hospitality of Southlanders!