Invercargill and Gore offer comfortable suburban living. There are many smaller centres, some coastal, and lifestyle blocks in rural or semi-rural areas. Southland has New Zealand's lowest average house prices.
Looking for general housing information?
To find rental houses available in the area you can look online, in local newspapers or the Property Press magazine, or on social websites like Neighbourly.
Trade Me Property - advertises a large number of properties to rent in Southland.
MBIE Market Rents - lists the average weekly rent being charged for properties in Southland.
MBIE Tenancy Information - contains information about your rights and obligations when renting a property in New Zealand.
Trade Me - find houses to buy in Southland.
Quotable Value (QV) - search and compare average house prices in the Southland region.
Sorted - information on getting a mortgage in New Zealand.
Real Estate - has the country’s most comprehensive selection of real estate listings online.
Before you buy a property you should check its Land Information Memorandum (LIM). LIMs provide comprehensive information about the land and buildings on a particular property. A LIM report can be purchased from the local council.
Rates are the taxes levied by councils to help fund the work they do locally. You can find out what the rates are going to be on a property you may be considering buying.
Utilities and services
There are many options for phone and internet providers. See more information about mobile, phone and internet providers on our Getting Connected page.
Electricity and gas
Electricity Authority - find all the power companies to choose from in Southland.
Consumer Powerswitch - compare all your gas and electricity options.
Information about roadside rubbish collection and recycling can be found on your local council website.