Southland

Adventure seekers who don’t mind the cold will fall in love with Southland. There is so much untouched beauty here, fiords to explore and nature to get up close to. In Southland, you will find the famous Milford Sound and Mitre Peak, but explore a little more and discover the beauty of Doubtful Sound, Stuart Island and The Catlins. All of these areas require a bit of effort to get to, but make that effort and you will be rewarded. This gem at the bottom of Te Waipounamu is waiting for you.

DOUBTFUL SOUND TOUR – DAY 3

My alarm goes off at 6:30am. I’m trying to decide if this was a good idea. I don’t think it’s raining, it’s starting to get light outside, but I don’t think I have missed the sun coming over the mountains just yet. Continue reading here.

DOUBTFUL SOUND TOUR – DAY 2

Today I wake up to patches of blue sky and no rain or wind. I am disappointed I am not waking up onboard the Milford Marina but today is Doubtful Sound tour take 2 and so far it is looking promising. Continue reading here.

DOUBTFUL SOUND TOUR – DAY 1

Our picturesque views of snow capped mountains and still lakes has been replaced with horizontal rain and mist. No spontaneous helicopter ride today then, our wallets will be happy about that! Continue reading here.

TRANQUIL LAKES, LUSH FOREST & TOTAL R&R

I wake up to views out across Lake Te Anau looking so flat and tranquil. Behind it, a snow dusted mountain range with golden hues from the morning sun. Dawn’s chorus is playing, including some songs Continue reading here.

GATEWAY TO THE FIORDS

We hit the runway with a bang.

I have been on bumpy flights before, this wasn’t one of those, we just made contact with the ground with considerable force. Enough that it gave most of the passengers a fright. Continue reading here.