68 69 Where to from here Living in Southland & Fiordland Joint Venture Partners South to Invercargill From Te Anau take the Southern Scenic Route through Manapouri and head towards Invercargill on this stunning coastal drive. The Southern Scenic Route takes you through beautiful countryside, rolling hills and stunning landscapes with sea views and plenty of places to stop. Enjoy Tuatapere, Orepuki, Colac Bay and Riverton on the way to Invercargill. North to Queenstown and Wanaka A two hour drive through lush Southland farmland with lovely views along the way and places to stop for a bite in Mossburn, Five Rivers and Garston, you will arrive in Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World, Continue on fromQueenstown over the Crown Range or through the Kawarau Gorge for another hour and you will arrive in the stunning lakeside town of Wanaka. With fewer than 100,000 people in an area covering 3.1million hectares, Southland is the perfect region to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life. The region’s main city Invercargill is surrounded by the rural, green plains of Southland, the wilderness of western Fiordland and the Fiordland National Park and the rugged coastlines of the Catlins and Stewart Island. Fiordland is located in the south west corner of the South Island. The largest township is Te Anau , based on the shores of New Zealand’s second largest lake. The small township of Manapouri is located 20km away on the shores of Lake Manapouri. These lakes provide the access points for entry into the Fiordland National Park - New Zealand’s largest National Park including Milford and Doubtful Sounds. To the east of Invercargill, the southern Southland region includes the Southern Scenic Route linking Invercargill with Dunedin via the Catlins coast. The Eastern Southland region starts in the Waikaka Valley and runs down State Highway 1. The biggest town is Gore , which is also a district within Southland and is renowned as the brown trout capital of the world. Gore has an active performing arts organisation which is a great way to get involved in the community. Choose Southland as your new home and you will find a vibrant, family-friendly community close to nature with traditional values. Visit for more information. Invercargill is New Zealand’s southernmost city and is the commercial hub of Southland. With a population of 53,000, Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life, where you can advance you career and also have a life outside work. Close to Invercargill is Bluff , New Zealand’s southernmost town, world famous for the Bluff Oyster – one of the country’s most favoured delicacies. Western Southland runs from Riverton on the coast northwards to include Ohai, Nightcaps, Otautau and Blackmount then down the Waiau River valley to Tuatapere a small rural town in Western with the main local industries of forestry and farming. Central Southland, with Winton as its hub, extends from Dipton in the north to Wallacetown in the south, including Drummond in the west and the Hokonui Hills to the East. Winton in the heart of Southland is a vibrant rural community with great shopping, excellent schools and good weather. Stewart Island/Rakiura , located to the south of the South Island, is a 20 minute flight from Invercargill or an hour across Foveaux Strait by ferry from Bluff. Northern Southland covers the area in the valleys between the Takitimu Mountains, Eyre and Garvie Mountains, down the expansive Waimea Plain to Riversdale . The towns of Balfour, Lumsden and Mossburn lie in line with Riversdale on the main road from Gore to Te Anau . Athol and Garston are located on the highway towards Queenstown. Front Cover Images Top Photo: Martin Sliva Middle Photo: Martin Sliva Bottom Photo: William Patino Back Cover Image Photo: William Patino