A photo of a church in Riverton, Southland.

There's plenty to see and explore in New Zealand's most southern region, aptly named Southland, so discover a place full of possibilities with our guide,

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Invercargill City Itinerary

Food on a table at the Grill in Invercargill.
The best things to see, eat and do in Invercargill

Best Off-The-Beaten-Path Honeymoon Destinations In New Zealand

Skyscape accommodation in Twizel.
Akaroa

Kick-start your marriage with five-star memories.

Fill Your Cup At 8 Of The Best Wellness Retreats In New Zealand

Cabin with stunning view of lake at Aro Hā, Glenorchy.
Akaroa

Banish busyness in favour of an escape that will nourish your mind, body and soul.

Shop Feel-Good Fits With 11 Sustainable NZ Clothing Brands

Woman wearing gingham hat and dress from Mina.
Auckland

This is feel-good clothing in more than one way.

Cure Your Cravings With 10 Locally Made Craft Chocolates

A stack of Bennetto chocolate.
Auckland

Embrace your inner Willy Wonka, here’s the golden ticket to ten of the best craft chocolatiers in Aotearoa.

Meet the Women Who Brought Pole Dancing to Invercargill

Morina & Saniya portrait.
Southland
Morina & Saniya may be two of Invercargill’s busiest (and most inspiring) women. As co-owners of the only women’s pole dancing studio in Invercargill, they host classes four nights a week while juggling full-time jobs, families, and pole dance competitions.

6 Sweet Treats to Try in Invercargill

Cabinet of cakes at Black Shag Espresso.
Southland

From doughnuts to slices, we’ve rounded up six of the best places to satisfy your sweet tooth in Invercargill.

The Black Shag Owners Take Us Behind-The-Scenes Into Their Backyard Garden

Sylvie and Dion of the Black Shag.
Southland
If you ask anywhere in Invercargill for where to get a great cup of coffee and breakfast, they’ll point you toward The Black Shag. Owner operators, Sylvie Boutelje-Chasteau and Dion Milanesi, have such a passion for sustainable food and top notch coffee that they’ve taken matters into their own hands.

Treat Yourself to Southern Hospitality with Our Guide to Invercargill's Best Stores

Southland

One of the best (and most fun!) ways to get to know a city is to explore the local shops, and Invercargill is no exception.

Get your Pocket Guide for Southland

A photo of the front and back cover of the Neat Places Southland pocket guide.
Southland is known for its cheese rolls, excellent Kiwi hospitality, “The World’s Fastest Indian”, Stewart Island, Fiordland, and more. Her 35,000 square kilometers are full of natural beauty and friendly people.

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Louies Café & Tapas Bar

Waitress delivering food to table of customers at Louies.
Place Southland

For 30 years Louie’s has pushed the boundaries of Southland’s culinary scene with a simple menu full of flavour, foraged garnishes, local ingredients and artful presentations.

The Auction House

The Auction House outdoor seating area with lots of people.
Place Southland

Open for breakfast through to dinner, expect tasty tapas, a wide range of mains, funky cocktails, an expansive NZ wine list and frequent live music events in the spacious, modern courtyard that often play into the night.

Level One

Flatlay of a platter and fried chicken from Level One..
Place Southland

This restaurant has managed to keep the best of Southland hospitality, food and drink at its core for 55 years.

Ziffs

Fish and chips on a table.
Place Southland

You may only be a few minutes from the city, but Ziffs has a knack for making you feel a world away.

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Ziffs

Fish and chips on a table.
Place Southland

You may only be a few minutes from the city, but Ziffs has a knack for making you feel a world away.

Emberz

Pan-fried fish meal.
Place Southland

Walking into the traditional, elegant dining room of Emberz, tucked inside the Ascot Park Hotel, feels like a personal invite to linger over a long dinner.

Bombay Palace

Close up of curry and rice.
Place Southland

If a flavourful meal in a cosy, inviting atmosphere is what you’re after in this southern city, then look no further.

Level One

Flatlay of a platter and fried chicken from Level One..
Place Southland

This restaurant has managed to keep the best of Southland hospitality, food and drink at its core for 55 years.