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South (New Zealand)

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The South is the southern portion of the South Island of New Zealand, covering Otago and Southland.


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Otago's hilly country and sheltered valleys give it a variety of climates and some spectacular scenery. Southland boasts stunning landscapes, from the high mountains and icy glaciers to green and lush grasslands on the plains. The linchpins of its economy are farming, forestry and horticulture.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • There are international airports at Dunedin and Queenstown.
  • Air New Zealand has daily flights from North and South island destinations to Invercargill.

By boat[edit]

Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises depart from Brisbane and Sydney, and cruises depart from other New Zealand ports.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Victorian architecture in Invercargill.
  • Moeraki Boulders - peculiar round rocks on the beach near the fishing settlement of Moeraki, about halfway between Oamaru and Dunedin, 20 km north of Palmerston.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Southern Scenic Route, drive the coastal route from Invercargill to Dunedin. Walk the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track at Tuatapere. Stroll through Riverton, a historic fishing town and holiday spot.
  • At The Catlins, go to Curio Bay to see its 160 million year old fossilized forest. Look out for fur seals, Hector's dolphins and yellow-eyed penguins. Walk through native forest and enjoy views along the coast.
  • Explore Fiordland National Park. Make time to see Milford Sound (the most well-known and accessible of the fiords) and Doubtful Sound (the deepest fiord in NZ)
  • Goldpanning
  • Skiing
  • Otago Central Rail Trail

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Drink[edit][add listing]

Otago is popular for its Pinot Noir, with chardonnay ranking second, then Sauvignon blanc and Riesling.

Stay safe[edit]

Some roads, especially in the alpine passes, become icy in winter, so chains should be carried and used when called for.

Get out[edit]

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