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Rugged, natural, unspoilt, untouched green, contrasting of landscape all describe Southland.

It is a fertile place of green farmland and forest, laced with sparkling clean waters and friendly small towns. Mountains loom on the western and northern horizon with the rugged south coast forming our eastern and southern borders.

Southland offers some of the world’s best brown trout fishing, world renowned Bluff Oyster, garden enthusiasts gasp in awe of the magnificence and beauty of the abundant gardens. The Southland Museum and Art Gallery is home to the only living species from the Dinosaur Age – the tuatara.

The Southern Scenic Route forms a link between Fiordland, Invercargill, New Zealand’s southernmost city famous for its hospitality and Dunedin. You pass through the Catlins with its abundance of wildlife; sealions, seals, penguins and dolphins. Enjoy the beaches, caves, waterfalls and walks.

Stewart Island is New Zealand’s third island and once you arrive you will know you have come to a very special place. It is a haven for native birdlife and the only place in New Zealand to see kiwis in their natural habitat. Tramping the many tracks, sea kayaking, fishing, walking on the bird sanctuary, Ulva Island are some of the exciting things you can do on this special island.

From 1998 to 1999, Southland had the highest growth rate of international visitors in New Zealand; 26.5%. Visitors are starting to discover this unique off the beaten track destination. Southland offers a variety of quality accommodation, from friendly B&B’s to 5 star accommodation. Some of activities to enjoy are fishing, walking, kiwispotting, kayaking and jet boating, wildlife watching.

Discover Southland, the most diverse destination in New Zealand.