Explore Southland

Known as “the real New Zealand,” Southland’s unmatched beauty, native wildlife, friendly locals and great food make it a destination to be experienced rather than read about.

For those who want to get off the beaten track, Southland is the ideal place to visit. With long sandy beaches, green farmland, lush forests, meandering rivers and rugged mountains, this is where memories of great adventures can be made.

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.

Invercargill, the city
Stewart Island / Rakiura
Catlins and Southern Southland
Gore and Eastern Southland
Riverton and Western Southland
Winton and Central Southland
Lumsden and Northern Southland
Te Anau and Fiordland

Useful Links

Learn more about Southland:

Southland information hub: (www.southlandnz.com)
All the information you need to visit, live, work or study in Southland.
Southland Event finder: (www.southlandnz.com/visit/events)
What’s on at the moment.

Invercargill City Council: www.icc.govt.nz

Southland Business, Tourism and community development: www.venturesouthland.co.nz
Venture Southland is a joint initiative of the Invercargill City, Southland District and Gore District Councils, and is the agency responsible for the region’s economic and community development initiatives.

The Southern Scenic Route (SSR)
This journey between Queenstown and Dunedin is approximately 610 kilometres (km) of natural and cultural attractions laid out one after the other – wildlife viewing, short walks, mountain-biking, fishing, hunting, boating, camping, tramping and caving – making it an ideal drive for those with time to explore. Alternative inland roads provide a more direct path between the main centres. However, the Southern Scenic Route (SSR) is a journey that allows access to deserted beaches, lush rainforest, pristine lakes and stunning mountain vistas.