Stewart Island

Rakiura New Zealand

Stewart Island is as far south as most people can get without going to Patagonia, knowing the right people or having special resources. It’s home to birds, lots of New Zealand natives on an island largely free of predators and covered in ancient podocarp forests compared to the main land.

The village of Oban is the main arrival point via a fast ferry from Bluff that takes an hour on what can be a rough crossing, but that can be an adventure in itself. Sooty Shearwater (mutton birds) and albatross are commonly seen. Oban has a small supermarket with the basics including coffee to go and sandwiches. Otherwise there are meals at the pub, fish and

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Soul Time in Southland

Southland is as it’s name implies the southern most region of New Zealand and is the place to visit if you’d like to get away from it all.

Bounded by Otago to the north, and comprising of the Catlins Forest park in the east. The towns of Balclutha, Clinton, Gore and Mataura. Invercargill is Southland’s capital with a wide range of facilities and activities and it’s situated near the central southern coast.

Further west encounter Winton, Riverton Tuatapere, Mossburn, Manapuri and Te Anau, a base for exploring the spectacular Fiordland National Park or driving up to Milford Sound.

Southland’s key attractions include Stewart Island, the Catlins and the Southern

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The Friendly City

Invercargill is New Zealand’s southernmost city and the commercial heart of Southland. It is Southland’s major service centre and transport hub – the airport links travellers with other main centers within hours and trains and buses depart nationwide daily.

Invercargill is Southland’s only city. From here, you can take the short journey across Foveaux Straight to Stewart Island. The city of Invercargill offers a display of fine Victorian architecture and has all the amenities and services that any traveller may require. The wonderful Southland Museum and Art Gallery has a live Tuatara display. A stay in Invercargill enables you to meet the local residents and discover the warmth of ‘southern hospitality’.

The city offers an excellent

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