North-Central Southland offers a chance to experience New Zealand’s traditional rural heartland. The vast plains are fringed by rugged mountains and dotted with small farming and fishing towns like Garston
. Stop at a farm stay and enjoy the country hospitality, or check out the region’s clean, clear rivers, packed full of trout.
North-Central Southland is the source of the renowned Mataura River – one of the world’s best trout rivers and a highlight for keen anglers. Or you could try some of the fishing spots on the Waikaia River.
During winter, you can enjoy snowmobile and heli-skiing tours in the mountains of North and Central Southland, or discover the region’s pioneer heritage on the Northern Southland Heritage Trail, with its stately homesteads and historic townships.