Nau Mai, Haere Mai

We welcome you to the Southern Way

Southern Way celebrates the best of New Zealand scenery and experiences in the lower South Island. We invite you to visit, taking your time to explore and immerse yourself in the spectacular southern regions.

From Waitaki in the north, to Stewart Island in the south, and from the Tasman sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east, Southern Way offers so many diverse places and reasons to visit. 

Whether you want to be immersed in nature in the iconic Fiordland and Stewart Island Rakiura national park or along the Catlins and Otago coastlines; cycling or walking an extensive network of world class tracks and trails; tasting the flavours of regions renown for producing award winning food and wine; marvelling at the unique flowing tussock covered landscapes of Central Otago; or enjoying the more urban experiences and architecture of Oamaru, Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown – Southern Way is sure to tempt you back time and time again.



Expand your horizons by exploring ours, discover the regions and the multitude of experiences of the Southern Way.

Arrive as visitors, leave as Whānau

Wairua - It’s the feeling you get standing beneath mountain giants, hearing glaciers groan, watching seagulls soar in front of cliff faces, the deep breath in—standing with your feet in the sand. It’s the indescribable spirit that holds you close and sets you free.

No matter where you go or what you do, it’s the people that will leave the biggest impression. The connection with those people, the places and the experience. That’s what makes you feel inspired to go further and explore more.

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Discover the Southern Way

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3 Days in the Deep South

Invercargill is the southernmost city in New Zealand. Perched at the bottom of Te Waipounamu (The South Island) it is the gateway to the Southern Ocea…

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The Waitaki Way

The Waitaki Valley valley stretches from the coastal city of Oamaru to the beautiful Lake Wanaka in the south. Start this journey through dramatic lan…

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Nature Seeker

Wildlife and nature are easily accessible in the Southern Way regions and from Dunedin down the coast via the Catlins and to Invercargill is a Nature …

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Central Otago Landscapes

From the sea to the plains to wine country. This trip will take you through incredible landscapes, offer a step back in time and a taste of the amazin…

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Scenic Wonder

This five to six day trip will take you to some of the most picturesque places in New Zealand. Get your camera at the ready, you will want to capture …

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Food and Wine Explorers

For wine lovers this journey takes you into the heart of wine country and exploring all this area has to offer including wine experiences, culinary de…

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Purposeful travel

The Southern Way offers a wide range of experiences that allow you to enjoy the natural beauty, history, culture, and cuisine of these beautiful regions while also being mindful of your impact on the environment.

Slow down and indulge in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Southern Way regions, forge meaningful connections with the locals, and embrace a genuine, authentic experience that captures the essence of this extraordinary destination.