With the world heritage ranked Fiordland National Park on the doorstep, not to mention Rakiura or Stewart Island, which is also 85% national park, the outdoor recreation opportunities available in Southland are vast.
Sport and recreation
New Zealanders enjoy a huge range of sporting activities. Check these sites to see what’s available in Southland, and how you can get involved. Your local community center may also run many different social activities and groups for the community to join.
Joining a club or team is a great way to meet people.
Tracks and Walks
There are many opportunities to stretch your legs, clear your lungs and get close to nature on the walkways and tracks you’ll find in Southland. Check the Department of Conservation site to find the great walks available in Southland and surrounding regions. You'll find the parks and open spaces available near you on your local council website.
Hunting and fishing rules
Both fishing and hunting are a big part of life for many in the Southland region. Check the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Fish and Game NZ websites for full information about licences and restrictions on hunting and fishing in freshwater.
The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has information about the rules of fishing in the sea. There are two areas in Southland that cover fishing rules depending on where you decide to fish.
It is very important to be aware of restrictions as there can be serious penalties for breaching them.
New Zealand has various laws about looking after and controlling dogs and other animals. Each council has their own bylaws so check out your local council website for details.
The Southland region features great outdoor cycling tracks through beautiful scenery. Invercargill also has an indoor velodrome available for use.
Art and culture
Museums and galleries
There are a number of museums and art galleries to visit in the Southland region. Check out these websites for more details.
You can get a taste of Southland's great produce direct from the local producer, at the Southern Farmers' market every Sunday morning.