Stunning landscapes

Be surrounded by world class natural landscapes, including the Catlins, Fiordland National Park and Stewart Island, with ample opportunities for hiking and exploring nature.

Affordable cost of living

Southland is known for its affordability in comparison to larger cities in New Zealand, your transport, housing and entertainment will be more budget-friendly.

No more traffic

You can be 10 minutes from your home, work, sport, your kid’s school concert or a meal in our award-winning cafes.

Superb recreation

World-class sports facilities, a vibrant culture and arts scene a range of festivals, events and activities. In two hours, you can be on the ski slopes or enjoying bigger city attractions.

Family friendly

A laid back and safe place to raise your family, with reputable primary and secondary education, and an abundance of parks, recreation facilities and excellent amenities.

Community spirit

Southlanders have a strong sense of community and belonging, we’re known to be friendly and welcoming with a unique down-to-earth charm. Make connections through Southland’s large variety of community groups, clubs, sports teams and volunteer organisations.