Southland offers rugged scenery, native wildlife, motoring history and stand out local produce. Check out the top 8 experiences in Southland.
Hands on tours
Have a go at cracking a stock whip or try target shooting at an authentic Southland mai-mai (duck hunter's hut) with Real Country.(opens in new window) Discover the nooks, crannies and geological wonders of the Western Southland coastline with GeoTours South(opens in new window), or get a feel for rural life and agriculture at one of Southland’s many stunning farmstay accommodation options.
Take a thrilling jetboat ride across New Zealand’s deepest lake, Lake Hauroko and down the Wairaurahiri River to the southern coast with Wairaurahiri Jet(opens in new window) or Hump Ridge Jet(opens in new window). Spend a relaxing day at sea and catch your own fresh blue cod dinner with one of the many fishing charters operating off the coast of Bluff and Stewart Island.
Discover the stunning surrounds of the Southland region by bicycle. Take the Around the Mountains cycle trail(opens in new window) and ride through alpine landscapes, historic towns, and past beautiful farmland and lakes. Be sure to stop and enjoy the local hospitality along the ride to savour delicious food and local stories. For an off-road cycling adventure take the stunning Welcome Rock Trail(opens in new window), set on private land in the high country of Northern Southland..
The Catlins offers a variety of experiences to satisfy any nature lover. See fur seals, sea lions and elephant seals at Nugget Point - the only place in New Zealand where all 3 can be seen together. Walk on a Jurassic forest and spot Hectors Dolphins and yellow eyed penguins at Curio Bay. Journey through podocarp forests, along stunning coastlines, to hidden lakes and breathtaking waterfalls. Enjoy a personalised tour with Catlins Scenic Tours(opens in new window) or see the highlights with Headfirst Travel(opens in new window).