Southland & Stewart Island

With wide open spaces, and a ratio of just one person to every 30 hectares of land, Southland & Stewart Island serve up serenity.

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 Invercargill City Street View, Venture Southland  Jeremy Pierce



Camping on Stewart Island, backpacking the Catlins, Southland farmstays or Invercargill hotels - whatever your style, Southland has something for you.

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 A yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho) couple in the Catlins, Southland  Venture Southland



There are a large number of activities available in the Southland region. Fishing in Gore, wildlife watching in the Catlins, or nature & tranquility on Stewart Island.

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About Southland

New Zealand’s southernmost province, Southland spans the breadth of the South Island. Much of its uniqueness and intrigue lies in the ever-changing backdrops – vistas so different from one another it’s difficult to imagine you’re in the same country, let alone the same province.

Within a day’s travel, you could experience everything from towering rainforests to alpine tussocks, rolling fertile farmlands and golden beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. It’s like a dozen destinations rolled into one.

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How do you get to Southland & Stewart Island?

  • Travel by Plane
    • Invercargill is home to a small but busy airport that operates flights from around NZ. The airport is just 3km from Invercargill city centre. Daily Stewart Island Air flights operate between Stewart Island and Invercargill Airport.
  • Travel by Train
    • There are no train services to Southland or Stewart Island.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Invercargill is serviced by numerous bus networks and regional shuttle buses. Buses connect both Invercargill and Gore with Dunedin, Queenstown and Christchurch regularly. Stewart Island offers a local bus tour covering all of the island's roads.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • There are a small number of car rental outlets at Invercargill Airport. Rental cars should be arranged before arriving at the airport to secure availability. Alternatively, Invercargill city offers a selection of car rental outlets.