This website is community driven and opens up the very best of the region. Explore the site and see what Western Southland has to offer!
Western Southland is a very special corner of the world. Tucked between the towering peaks of Fiordland to the west, the Takitimu mountain range to the north, and the wild Southern Ocean, Western Southland boasts spectacular unspoilt scenery, lush rolling farmland, and an easy pace of life. For more information on the wider Southland region, you can view the Visit Southland website.
Rich in Maori culture and early settler history, and built on a pioneering foundation of gold mining, whaling and sealing, the region is a step back in time. Native bush and birdlife abound, and there are limitless opportunities for walking, hiking or tramping. Away from the crowds people are often amazed that they have the road or the beach to themselves. The sheep seem to be larger than life and the grass greener than you’ve ever seen.
Here the skies are clearer than most everywhere on earth, and the aurora australis puts on a show in the night sky at certain times of year. The crisp colours of our stunning nature and dark starry nights never fail to amaze people, and draw photographers from around the world. The landscape is always changing with the seasons and the influence of the weather creates the unique horizontal treescapes and rugged coastlines.
Traditional Sheep farming is moving to dairying bringing an influx of new residents to the communities. People find the warmth and welcome of locals refreshing, and the small towns preserve their sense of character and history.
This website aims to share with you what we locals think is special about Western Southland, and perhaps encourage you to spend some time here. This website is both a visitor and a community resource, so please have a leisurely browse and get a feel for this special corner of New Zealand. Whether you’re meandering along the Southern Scenic Route, planning your travels or looking for a change in lifestyle – Western Southland has an amazing amount to offer.