Southland Holidays & Travel Guide

Located on New Zealand's South Island, Southland is situated on the very tip on the mainland and is actually the southernmost region in all of New Zealand. As its name suggests, this southerly holiday destination is known for its unmatched beauty and is a natural playground which boasts dramatic scenery including sweeping coastlines and lush rainforest.

This Southland travel guide is designed to help you make the most of your time in this stunning, southerly holiday destination. Comprised of the main centres of Invercargill, Gore, Stewart Island, Bluff and South Catlins, Southland holidays offer high mountains and verdant grasslands, icy glaciers and fertile farmland on sweeping plains where agriculture, horticulture, farming and forestry are king.

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Popular Southland Regions


Milford Sound

Located with Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a stunning fiord that stretches 15km inland from the Tasman Sea and is a Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.

Te Anau Golf Course

Te Anau

The closest town to Milford Sound, Te Anau is home to the South Island's largest lake and is the ideal base for exploring Fiordland National Park.

Church In Invercargill, New Zealand


One of the world's southernmost cities, Invercargill is also the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand and offers cultural and natural attractions.

Fiordland NP


Located on the South Island's southwest coast, Fiordland is one of NZ's most spectacular and dramatic locations. A World Heritage listed region, Fiordland is renowned as the world's sightseeing capital.

Southland Accommodation

The scenic region of Southland offers a variety of accommodation options to suit all travellers and budgets. Ranging from comfortable yet affordable 3 star options to luxury 5 star stays, Southland accommodation offers everything from contemporary resorts and hotels to cosy lodges, family-run bed and breakfasts as well as self-catering apartments and more. Ideally located close to many of the area's most popular attractions, Southland accommodation is most commonly located in the main town of Invercargill.

Southland Holiday Packages

Offering the convenience of combining all your holiday needs for one discounted price, Southland holiday packages offer significant savings while also saving you time and the stress of trying to plan each element of your holiday individually. Southland holidays are as adventurous or relaxing as you like and the excellent range of holiday packages offer something for everyone, with holidays to suit all travellers and budgets. Combining all the essentials like accommodation and flights, Southland holiday packages also feature added extras like transfers, tours, car hire, travel insurance and more.

Things To Do

Southland is home to a variety of natural and cultural attractions, from the spectacular fiord of Milford Sound to the expansive lake of Te Anau and the stunning green spaces of Invercargill. There are wonderful waking and mountain biking tracks through the lush greenery and waterways as well as the 80 hectares of gardens at Queens Park. Southland Museum and Art Gallery offers an insight into the region's history while the Mataura River boasts some of the world's best fly fishing. Catch the ferry to Stewart Island and discvoer wildlife, adventure and tranquillity at their best. Read more about Things To Do in Southland

Getting There

Getting to Southland is easy thanks to its convenient position on State Highways 6 and 94. Queenstown International Airport is the international gateway, located just two and a half hours' drive from Invercargill. Visitors can hire a car from the airport and drive the small, scenic routes along State Highway 6 and State Highway 94. Alternatively, there are also a number of domestic flights to Invercargill available, with the local airport located just 5 minutes from downtown Invercargill. For those who prefer not to hire a car, this is a much easier option with a number of taxis and shuttle services available from the domestic airport into the centre of town. Find out more about Getting to Southland

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