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Southland [1] is the southernmost region in the South Island of New Zealand. It boasts stunning landscapes from the high mountains and icy glaciers to green and lush grasslands on the plains where agriculture is king. The linchpins of the economy are farming, forestry and horticulture.

The population within the Invercargill Council area is around 52,000, within the Southland Council area 30,000 and within the Gore Council area 13,000 making a total of 95,000.

It has about 1600 sunshine hours per year with an average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius.



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By Plane[edit]

  • Queenstown International Airport is the closest international terminal to Southland. The airport is located two and a half hours from Southland.
  • Air New Zealand has daily domestic flights that travel from popular North and South island destinations to Invercargil.

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  • The wide network of roads and scenic drives make getting to the Southland region by car the most enjoyable.

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Getting to Southland is possible by boat as well. Many cruises depart from Australia and other New Zealand ports. Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises depart from Brisbane and Sydney constantly.

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By Car[edit]

With the minimal traffic, getting around by car is ideal. Invercargill airport offers a wide option of rental cars for those that wish to explore with flexibility.

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  • Take a plane or ferry to Stewart Island (schedule here), the most southerly of NZ's three main islands with bush walks and kayaking

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Drive to Tuatapere and walk the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track. Stroll through Riverton, known as a historic fishing town and popular holiday spot.

Enjoy the Victorian architecture in Invercargill. Don't miss the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

Then on to the Catlins and enjoy views over native forest towards the Pacific Ocean. Make a detour to Curio Bay to see its 160 million year old fossilized forest.

  • Explore The Catlins and walk through the native forest and along the coast. Look out for the fur seals, Hector's dolphins and yellow-eyed penguins.

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