11 Intriguing things to do in Southland

From whaling history to wonderful gardens, beaches studded with semi-precious stones, suspension bridges, great cafés and classic cars, hit the...


The famous chain link sculpture – Te Huka a Maui – at Bluff Matapōhue. © Jo Percival

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11 Intriguing things to do in Southland

From whaling history to wonderful gardens, beaches studded with semi-precious stones, suspension bridges, great cafés and classic cars, hit the road in Southland to tick off these 11 great things to see and do.  Read the story . . . 

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Six scenic spots to discover in the Catlins

The Catlins, the remote south-eastern corner of Southland, is comprised of bucolic farmland and pockets of beautiful bush, edged with wild coastline. Plan a visit if you’re looking for somewhere to really get away from it all.  Read the story . . . 

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Five fun things to do in Gore

While it may be a small country town in the heart of Southland, Gore does not live up to its parochial reputation. Discover internationally renowned art, beautiful public gardens, incredible heritage aircraft; learn about the history of illegal whisky-making and try your hand at some of the best fly fishing spots in the world.  Read the story . . . 

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Five fun things to do in Te Anau

Visit Te Anau in Fiordland to get up close with rare native birds, experience cinematic landscapes, cruise New Zealand’s second largest lake, stay in unusual accommodation and learn fascinating facts . . . Read the story . . . 

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11 secret outdoor adventures to try this summer

Hidden beaches, secret waterfalls, lighthouses, lagoons and lakes – find your next Kiwi outdoor adventure! Read the story . . . 

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Editor's Picks: the top 5 things to do in the Lower South Island

Check out our AA Traveller Guides Editor's picks of the top 5 experiences not to be missed in the Lower South Island! Read the story . . . 

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Editor's Picks: the top 5 things to do in the Upper South Island

Check out our AA Traveller Guides Editor's picks of the top 5 experiences not to be missed in the Upper South Island! Read the story . . . 

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Six super cycle trails around New Zealand

Get on your bike and hit the trails! We've picked six super cycle trails around New Zealand to inspire a cycling adventure. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Otago Central Rail Trail

Big spaces, big-hearted people and wild, wide skies. Those are just some of the features that define Aotearoa’s original Great Ride, the Otago Central Rail Trail. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Olveston

Located in a leafy inner city suburb just a stone’s throw from the heart of Dunedin, Olveston is one of New Zealand’s most opulent heritage homes to visit. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Larnach Castle

Situated majestically on the jaw-droppingly scenic Otago Peninsula near Dunedin city, Larnach Castle has it all: spectacular views, sumptuous architecture and scandalous stories. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Historic Ōamaru

Historic Ōamaru is home to New Zealand’s most complete streetscape of Victorian commercial buildings.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: TSS Earnslaw

A cruise aboard Queenstown’s historic steamship TSS Earnslaw is hard to beat.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Denniston Mine

Located just 30 minutes north of Westport, the Denniston Plateau is a place of unique geology, sweeping coastal views and incredible history to boot. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Arrowtown

Historic Arrowtown is possibly Aotearoa’s most charming gold rush town. Established in the 1860s during the Otago gold rush, Arrowtown has no less than 60 heritage-listed buildings to explore. Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors: 10 scenic spots for a springtime stroll

As the weather warms up and we're all itching to get out and about, why not check out a short walk close to home. We've rounded up a handful of springtime strolls to add to your wish-list. Read the story . . . 

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