For those who want to get off the beaten track, Southland - the southernmost part of New Zealand - is the ideal place to visit. Its long sandy beaches, green farmland, lush forests, meandering rivers and rugged mountains are the settings for innumerable special adventures.
Every one of Southland's regions offers the traveller a unique discovery just waiting to be explored. From the majestic wilderness of Fiordland to the bright lights of Invercargill and the rugged coastline of The Catlins, visitors will be captivated with every destination in Southland.
Take time to explore the region’s key attractions, including wilderness and wildlife experiences on Stewart Island, the fossilised forest and stunning coastal views at The Catlins, three days hiking the Tuatapere Humpridge Track, the Eastern Southland Art Gallery and Croydon Aviation Museum in Gore and the elegant parks and heritage buildings in Invercargill.
Get up close and personal with some of New Zealand’s rare, indigenous wildlife including the iconic kiwi, tuatara, yellow-eyed penguin and Hector’s dolphin. Or travel the Southern Scenic Route, which connects Invercargill, Queenstown and Dunedin – perfect for independent travellers.
Sample Southland cuisine, including venison, blue cod and the world-famous Bluff oysters (in season during autumn). Or attend one of Southland’s fantastic events – the Burt Munro Challenge, Bluff Oyster and Food Festival or the Hokonui Moonshine Festival.
There are plenty of MANZ members in this region – use the search boxes below to find them.