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Helpful Information

Weather & Environment

Southland’s weather can be changeable, so be prepared and ensure

you have appropriate clothing and footwear. We recommend you pack

at a minimum: sun screen, sturdy footwear, a wet weather jacket,

insect repellent (some locations), camera and plenty of water if

you’re venturing out into the outdoors. We also recommend you visit

for helpful tips and suggestions. Your local

iSITE and DOC Office on Stewart Island are a great source of information.

Planning your journey

“Should have stayed longer” is a common statement made from

disappointed visitors who haven’t allowed enough time to really

experience the South. The region has so much to offer that we encourage

you to take your time and experience Southland at your leisure.

Information Centres

Don’t hesitate to call the Invercargill iSITE (03 211 0895) or call into a local

visitor information centre or museum for more information (Invercargill,

Bluff, Waikawa, Owaka, Balclutha, Gore, Riverton, Tuatapere, Lumsden

or Te Anau). Locals are very friendly, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Driving Information

Driving responsibly is taken very seriously in New Zealand and it is

important that you remember to keep left at all times, do not cross the

centre line, be conscious of your speed and take great consideration of

oncoming traffic when passing. If your speed is delaying vehicles behind

you, take the time to find the next safest spot to pull over and allow

traffic to pass.

Basic Travel Times

Invercargill – Queenstown 2.5hrs

Invercargill – Te Anau 2.5hrs SH94

Invercargill – Te Anau 3hrs Southern Scenic Route

Invercargill – Milford Sound 5hrs

Invercargill – Gore 50 minutes

Invercargill – Stewart Island, 20 minute flight from Invercargill,

1 hour ferry from Bluff

Invercargill – Dunedin 3hrs SH1

Invercargill – Dunedin (via The Catlins) allow at least 5hrs

Invercargill – The Catlins 1.5hrs

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Services

Police, Fire, Ambulance 111

Healthline – free health advice

0800 611 116

Southland Hospital

Kew Road, 03 218 1949


Every person who wants to go fresh water fishing or game bird hunting

in New Zealand must first purchase a licence. For the best source of

information head to