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, Lumsden, Mossburn, Waikaia and Balfour. 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.