One of New Zealand’s least explored regions, Southland rewards its visitors with untouched wilderness, incredible views, and plenty of opportunities to explore. Southland’s rugged coastline is one of the best places in the country for wildlife and birding; here you could spot Fur seals, Sea lions, penguins and the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal albatrosses. Enjoy the Otago Peninsula’s breath-taking scenery on a hike or drive, and spot penguin nesting spots, Fur seals lounging on Pilots Beach and the unique geological formation on Victory Beach known as The Pyramids. The Catlin Coast is full of picturesque waterfalls and a colossal petrified forest that dates back over 160 million years!
Dunedin is filled with grand Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and its streets are perfect for exploring. The city has been designated a UNESCO City of Literature and has a bustling university community, so there’s plenty of arts and culture to discover here too. Don’t miss the Street Art Trail, which highlights some of the many international works of art that decorate the city’s walls. This is a city full of history, heritage and magnificent buildings; Dunedin Railway Station has been called the most photographed building in New Zealand, and is one of many examples of eye-catching and historic architecture on show here. Find vibrant nightlife and an excellent selection of cafés, bars and restaurants to explore, all within a short distance of the stunning Southland coast.