Southland is New Zealand’s southernmost region, with Invercargill as its main centre. 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, rivers and rugged mountains, stunning golf courses, this is where memories of great New Zealand adventures are made.
Fiordland is one of the southern hemisphere’s great wilderness regions and has achieved World Heritage Status for its stunning natural features, exceptional beauty and role in demonstrating the earth’s evolutionary history. Home to Mitre Peak, the stunning fiords of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, the beautiful lakeside towns of Te Anau and Manapouri and the Kepler, Milford and Routeburn Tracks, Fiordland is known as the sightseeing and walking capital of the world.
The Catlins comprise rugged coasts with wide deserted beaches, endless green hills, wild weather and lots of marine wildlife such as sea lions, penguins and dolphins.
Half an hour from Invercargill is the fishing port of Bluff, known for its seafood and home to the famous Bluff oysters.
If you like bird watching, catch a ferry to Stewart Island where you’ll find a haven for native bird life and the only place in New Zealand where you have a fair chance of seeing kiwi in their native habitat.
After all the sightseeing take the time to sit back and relax and enjoy a bit of pampering at the local spas of Southland. Click here to see all spas located in Southland.