Top Experiences in Southland

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Southland offers rugged scenery, native wildlife, motoring history and stand out local produce. Check out the top 8 experiences in Southland.

Experience Mandeville

Take a ride to the past at Experience Mandeville, one of the treasures of Southland. Explore the museum of heritage aircraft from the 1920s and 1930s, stop by Money for Wine and Miss Cocoa Coffee Cafe for a spot of shopping and something to drink before topping it all off with a flight in a vintage Tiger Moth.

The worlds best seafood

Visit Bluff, one of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand, and experience the world’s best seafood. Bluff is particularly famous for its Oysters - Oyster Cove Cafe and Land's End Hotel are the best places to savour these delicacies.

Invercargill Craft Beer & Local Produce

Alongside the welcoming locals you will find a plethora of fantastic local produce. Try the local range of beers from the Invercargill Brewery, or savour some amazing sweet treats from the Seriously Good Chocolate Company.

Jet Boat lake to coast

Take a thrilling Jetboat ride across New Zealand’s deepest lake, Lake Hauroko and down the Wairaurahiri River to the southern coast. The journey drops 200 metres in 27 kilometres through grade 3 white water rapids along the full length of the river - you can take on the adventure with Wairaurahiri Jet or Hump Ridge Jet.

Motoring Mania

Everything motoring can be found in Invercargill, and it isn't just for vehicle enthusiasts. The Bill Richardson Transport World is home to 250 vehicles ranging from Kombi vans, Henry Ford letter cars and Model T's. Nearby you can also visit the Classic Motorcycle Mecca or E. Hayes Motorworks - home to Burt Munro's legendary record breaking "World's Fastest Indian" motorcycle.

Cycle Trails

Discover the stunning surrounds of the Southland region by bicycle. Take one of the Great Rides with the Around the Mountains and ride through unbeatable alpine landscapes. For an off road cycling adventure take the Welcome Rock Trail, set on private land in the high country the views are stunning and the water is so pristine you can drink straight from the creeks.

Stewart and Ulva Islands

Stewart Island boasts over 240 km of walking tracks, from short walks to week long adventures you can explore the beaches and rainforests at your own pace. The island is also home to New Zealand's largest and most diverse bird population, you can try and spot kaka, albatross, penguins, weka and even kiwis as you walk! 

The Catlins Coast

The wildlife and scenery of The Catlins offers a variety of experiences to satisfy any nature lover. Visit Nugget Point to see fur seals, seal lions and elephant seals - the only place in New Zealand where all 3 species can be seen together, or a Jurassic forest as well as Hectors Dolphins and yellow eyed penguins. You can enjoy a personalised tour with Catlins Wildlife Trackers.

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