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7 hours 10 minutes to Invercargill from Christchurch Airport


Southland is New Zealand’s southern-most region, home to friendly people, heavenly cuisine and breath-taking landscapes. Southland’s array of lakes, rivers, mountains, open plains, and rugged coastline, stretching a staggering 3,400km make it a place of incomparable beauty. If you’ve ever dreamed of having a beach to yourself, you’re likely to find it here. Try and spot a seal, sea lion, or penguin onshore or dolphins and whales playing in the sea.

Southland’s unmatched beauty provides a natural playground – no matter what your passion.

  • Go Kiwi spotting on Stewart Island
  • Stand upon a petrified forest and explore the waterfalls of The Catlins
  • Slurp on famous Bluff oysters and sample fresh seafood from Foveaux Strait
  • Pedal your way around the countryside along the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail
  • Sample a dram of Hokonui Moonshine Whiskey and fly fish for the acclaimed brown trout in Gore
  • Be immersed amongst world class classic motoring history at Bill Richardson Transport World

Southland Seasons


Spring - Sept to Nov
40 - 140

Crisp, frosty mornings give way to bright, sunny days. Birdlife is abundant and new born
lambs are dotted around lush, green farmland. Head for a hike or play a round of golf at
one of the 25 courses dotted around the region.


Summer - Dec to Feb
100 - 250

Make the most of the long summer daylight hours. Picnic in the sun, fish in the rivers or camp at the beach. Enjoy a wide variety of events including the Burt Munro
Challenge which is action packed with races, and entertainment.


Autumn - Mar to May
50 - 170

Southland’s native forests are green all year round. Wander along remote beaches and discover the breathtaking waterfalls of The Catlins. Savour local Bluff oysters at the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival, with local seafood, wine and craft beer.


Winter - Jun to Aug
20 - 110

A crisp winter’s day is the perfect time to try spotting a kiwi, or catch a sea lion sunning itself on the rocks. Look out for the elusive Southern Lights. After stargazing enjoy local cuisine, followed by a dram of Hokonui Moonshine by the fire.

View the Southern Scenic Route Itinerary

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