Southland is a land of rugged coast
and rolling plains, world-renowned Bluff oysters and the launching place for a visit to
Southland’s largest centre is Invercargill. If you’re a garden
lover you must see Queens Park and its 80 hectares of tree-lined walkways and diverse
gardens. The city turns on the hospitality so, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay,
you’ll find plenty of friendly and high standard accommodation.
Half an hour from
Invercargill is the fishing port of Bluff. Known for its fabulous seafood, this is the
place to taste the famous Bluff oysters. If you like bird watching, catch a ferry to
Stewart Island where you’ll find a haven for native bird life and the only place in New
Zealand where you have a fair chance of seeing kiwi in their native habitat.
speaking of wildlife, head along the coast to the Catlins. The Catlins River Walk leads
you through beech forest and is known for its hidden waterfalls and rare native birds.
At Curio Bay you’ll find fossilized trees, over 180 million years old, embedded in
coastal bedrock. And at Nugget Point you’ll find fur seals, sea lions, sooty
shearwaters, shags, yellow-eyed penguins, spoonbills and a breeding colony of gannets.
And if you look closely, you may see Hector's dolphins frolicking out in the waves.