Welcome to Southland

Welcome to Southland, a great place to visit, work and live. With an abundance of spectacular scenery, natural resources and world-class facilities Southland is an enviable location with plenty to offer

A popular way to explore the region is along the Southern Scenic Route, linking Te Anau in the north-west to Tuatapere, Riverton, Invercargill, the Catlins and eventually Dunedin.

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The historic coastal villages and peaceful inland towns are only a part of what makes this southern region a desirable destination. Southland is perfect for travellers tempted with variety, discovery and stunning scenery. Naturally appealing, the region’s rugged coastline is a captivating companion on your travels.

Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is New Zealand’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Whatever you do, whatever your style, Queenstown will feed your imagination, fuel your passions and revitalise your spirit.

Rugged mountains, majestic lakes, crystal clear air, and just so much to do. From bungy jumping to wine trails, jet boating to tramping, dining out to skiing, the tricky part is extending your stay to try and fit everything in.

Irresistible Attraction
The area has captured hearts and imaginations since the first Maori came in search of pounamu (greenstone) and the giant Moa bird. More recently, gold miners, adventurers, filmmakers, wine enthusiasts, Hollywood stars and US Presidents have been drawn to this magical region and its intense alpine energy.

Simply an Adventure
Adventure for fun, accessible adventure, adventure for relaxation. Queenstown is renowned for adventure. But there’s much, much more. Queenstown is a sophisticated holiday resort set in the magnificent landscapes of the Southern Alps of New Zealand. More about activities in Queenstown

Born as an 1860’s goldmining camp, 140 years later Queenstown has a compact and sophisticated downtown area tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Dwarfed by the surrounding mountains, there are amazing views from everywhere. There’s also a permanent buzz in the downtown area where you’ll find a lively café/bar scene and excellent shopping. More about shopping in Queenstown

Nightlife - Dusk to Dawn
Queenstown rarely sleeps. Sophisticated wine bars, live jazz, top DJ’s, long summer nights in a garden bar serving locally brewed beer or après ski in front of a roaring log fire, there’s more than 160 licensed bars and cafés in downtown Queenstown and the socialite is spoilt for choice all year round, any night of the week. More about food and wine in Queenstown

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