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

A Beginner’s Guide to Matariki Stargazing: Where To Look for Whetū in Aotearoa

An image of night sky filled with stars at Dark Sky Project.
Auckland

Matariki marks the arrival of a treasured cluster of whetū (stars) in the winter sky.

Chase Candyfloss Skies With The Best Places To Catch A Sunset In NZ

Sunset at Piha in West Auckland, New Zealand.
Auckland

In the light of golden hour, take your seat and let the sunset take centre stage.

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.

5 Sweet Treats to Try in Invercargill

Cabinet of cakes at Black Shag Espresso.
Southland

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

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.

5 Sweet Treats to Try in Invercargill

Cabinet of cakes at Black Shag Espresso.
Southland

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

The First Timer’s Guide To Dining In Invercargill

Southland

We’ve rounded up the seven best places to eat in Invercargill, no matter the occasion.

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
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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.

Level One

Flatlay of a platter and fried chicken from Level One..
Place Southland
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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
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You may only be a few minutes from the city, but Ziffs has a knack for making you feel a world away.

The Auction House

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

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Level One

Flatlay of a platter and fried chicken from Level One..
Place Southland
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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
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You may only be a few minutes from the city, but Ziffs has a knack for making you feel a world away.

Amigo's Mexican Grill

Stacks of sombreros.
Place Southland
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The cheerful, upcycled decor and friendly staff will welcome you with open arms at this Mexican food establishment, and a margarita won’t be far behind.

Buster Crabb

A waiting area.
Place Southland
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Named for Buster Crabb, a Royal Navy frogman who inspired the James Bond character, this is the place for a bit of mystery, intrigue and great food.