Invercargill dates back to the 1850s, when people from the Scottish settlement of Dunedin began..Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail Information
The Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail is a detour off the Southern Scenic Route, which runs between..Stewart Island Information
In the Maori language, Stewart Island is known as Rakiura, which translates as ‘the land of the..Lake Monowai and Borland Nature Walk Info
Beautiful Lake Monowai powers one of the South Island's oldest hydroelectric stations. It occupies..Bluff Information
The port of Bluff is the home of Bluff oysters – reputed to be the best in the world. The oyster..Nugget Point Lighthouse Information
Nugget Point is one of the most distinctive landforms along the Otago coast. It's a steep headland..Oreti Beach and Sandy Point Information
Ten kilometres west of Invercargill, Oreti Beach was a key location for the film 'The World's..Stirling Point Information
Stirling Point marks the southern end of State Highway 1, which runs the length of New Zealand. The..See all locations in Southland
The acclaimed Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is one of New Zealand’s newest epic walking adventures. The track is a 53 kilometre circuit, beginning and ending at the western end of Te Waewae Bay in Southland. You need to allow four days to complete the track; comfortable hikers’ huts provide accommodation and cooking facilities along the way.
The track passes through forest and sub-alpine settings before returning to spectacular coastline and open beaches.
You’ll see a striking series of rock towers standing above fields of tussock and alpine herbs. You'll also discover the terraced Waitutu forest, a highlight of the track. Described by botanist David Bellamy as "probably the most important forest in the world" – it rises out of the sea in terraces, with each level 100,000 years older than the last.
Four huge wooden viaducts are another memorable feature of the track. These were built of Australian hardwood in the early 1920s to open up the western Southland forests to logging. The viaduct at Percy Burn (36 metres high and 125 metres long) is the largest surviving wooden viaduct in the world.
Along the coastal sector of the track you can hope to encounter kea (mountain parrots), fur seals, penguins and rare Hector’s dolphins cavorting in the waves. Mornings at Port Craig Hut start with a chorus of tui and bellbird song.
The Hump Ridge Track is open all the year round for guided or self-guided walkers, but most people choose to tackle this expedition during the warmer months. Bookings are essential.
Nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the..Milford Sound Information
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by..Christchurch - Canterbury Information
Float above the plains in a hot air balloon or soak in relaxing thermal pools. Enjoy the excellent..Fiordland Information
Watch the mountains shake off winter and start to warm up for summer. Waterfalls are invigorated..Nelson Region Information
To visit Nelson region is to discover azure skies and wide open spaces, beaches and lakes..Dunedin Information
The city of Dunedin was built with the riches of the gold rush, consequently it has one of the best..Nelson Information
Hardy European pioneers founded the beautiful city of Nelson, New Zealand in 1842, although this..Otago Peninsula Information
Flanking the southern edge of Dunedin's extensive harbour, Otago Peninsula is high and rugged on..Akaroa Information
An easy drive south-east of Christchurch, Banks Peninsula is the South Island's most interesting..Doubtful Sound Information
Sometimes called the 'Sound of Silence' Doubtful Sound is the deepest (421 metres) and second..Tauranga Bay Information
n the coastline about 16km south west of Westport, you will find Tauranga Bay and the Cape Foulwind..Marlborough Information
Marlborough is full of activities for you to enjoy. No matter your budget and interests, there is..See all locations in South Island