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7 hours 10 minutes to Invercargill from Christchurch Airport

Southland

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.
  • Visit the petrified forest and waterfalls of The Catlins.
  • Eat Bluff oysters and fresh seafood.
  • Hop on a bike and explore the countryside along The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail.
  • Sample a dram of Hokonui Whisky and flyfish for Gore’s famous brown trout.

Southland Seasons

Spring

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

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

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

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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