Visit Southland Region with Mighway

Hire a campervan in Southland Region


Southland is a wild and wonderful New Zealand destination. Located on the nation’s Southern Island, this district is marked by astounding natural beauty and a charming way of life. Southland is a popular tourist destination, particularly during the summer, so a winter holiday to the region is the perfect time to get up close and personal with all that this area has to offer. From coastal delights, including abundant wildlife and tasty seafood, to natural wonder inland, ideal for hiking and exploration, you’ll want to book more than a few nights in this idyllic natural wonderland. Originally settled by the Maori, and later by European settlers, Southland’s economy and reputation as a point of interest grew significantly with the discovery of gold in 1861. After the gold rush, the area was found good for farming, so a large agricultural migration to the area took place and it is now known for its abundant farmlands and wool industry. The Southland climate is seasonal, with warm summers and chilly winters. The area does receive its fair share of rainfall, so come prepared with the essentials for braving the elements. Hire a campervan with Mighway, and let the journey unfold!

Campervan Hire Southland Region


Sarah's Caravan
$100 / Day

Sarah's Caravan

Willowbank, Southland

Sleeps 4
Length 7.2m
Toilet
Shower

Land Cruiser Rooftop Double Tent
$290 / Day

Land Cruiser Rooftop Double Tent

Wanaka, Otago

Sleeps 5

The Barrel
$210 / Day

The Barrel

Wanaka, Otago

Sleeps 2
Toilet

Mark's 4 berth bus
$250 / Day

Mark's 4 berth bus

Tokanui, Southland

Sleeps 4
Toilet
Shower

Lady lite
$118 / Day

Lady lite

Winton, Southland

Sleeps 4
Length 5.8m
Toilet
Shower

Supertrooper
$275 / Day

Supertrooper

Lake Hāwea, Otago

Sleeps 4
Length 6.4m
Toilet
Shower

Luxury for 2 (Gore)
$200 / Day

Luxury for 2 (Gore)

Willowbank, Southland

Sleeps 2
Length 8m
Toilet
Shower

Southern Ruler Too
$300 / Day

Southern Ruler Too

Cromwell, Otago

Sleeps 2
Length 7.1m
Toilet
Shower

Places to Visit near Southland Region


Southland Museum Tuatara Enclosure

With the Southland Museum and Art Gallery's building and exhibitions now unfortunately closed to the public, it is still a fascinating place to go and view one of New Zealand's most unique native reptiles.

The Tuatarium (as they call it) is proclaimed to be one of the world’s best enclosures. Being a much warmer environment than outdoor enclosures, especially in the winter months, you are more likely to see a live tuatara at this special enclosure. Tuatara are cold-blooded and more active in warmer habitats.

The Southland Museum cares for over 100 tuatara, all at different stages of development; from new born babies to teenagers, to the world famous Henry, who is over 110 years old. Incidentally, Henry holds the world record for living in captivity for over 46 years.

Tuatara can be viewed from the outside of the museum building through the windows on the north side of the pyramid.

Queens Park, Invercargill

Several hours need to be put aside to explore Queens Park, the 81ha jewel in the centre of Invercargill which is recognised as one of the most important parks in New Zealand. The park has an 18-hole golf course, a botanical garden, an aviary and sports grounds. It is also the home to the Southland Museum and Art Gallery and the Southland Astronomical Society Observatory.

The park has plenty to offer sportspeople and those keen on keeping fit. The 4km fitness trail which winds its way around the park, will test the energetic and encourage others to have some fun. Twenty exercise stations are signposted with directions for appropriate use.

The park is a mecca for those who enjoy the natural and the planned. Its numerous gardens and botanical attractions provide vibrant displays whatever the season.

There is plenty of space for running around; lots of places to explore and a popular playground; a waterpark; and a hydraulic swing which allows children with disabilities to experience the joy and freedom of a playground swing without leaving their wheelchair.

The Park does not forget its history. Once a grazing block for cattle and the site of the Southland Agricultural and Pastoral Association’s shows in the 1880s, the park now contains an animal reserve, which provides both a recreational and educational role as a farmyard corner. Rabbits, guinea pigs, domestic fowl and guinea fowl thrive in their enclosures, and more exotic animals such as wallaby, alpaca and ostrich, attract much attention.

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau on one of our purpose-built scenic cruise vessels.

At the entry to the caves at Cavern House, view the informative displays and learn about this geological wonder before you join your guide underground. On the tour of the caves, our friendly guides will point out the highlights and share their knowledge of the caves and its history.

This underground world is astonishingly beautiful. By geological standards the caves are very young (12,000 years) and are still being carved out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall.

Deep inside the caves, beyond the roar of the water, you will be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms, unique to New Zealand. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a glittering display that is nothing short of extraordinary.

Mirror Lakes Walk

Mirror Lakes is a great place to stretch your legs during the drive to Milford Sound. Let's face it, you're going to one of the most magical places in New Zealand, but these lakes along the way are a nice warm up to what's coming. The small lakes provide crazily good reflective views of the Earl Mountains. There's also waterfowl and wetland plants seen against a backdrop of beech forest. This is an easy walk suited to all ages and accessible to wheelchairs, so pull over, and unravel those limbs!

Campgrounds and Parks near Southland Region


Manapouri Motorhome & Caravan Park

Meeting people and sharing our Fiordland backyard with them is our passion.

Fiordland is an experience never to be forgotten and we want to be a part of that fantastic memory by offering you a stopover destination with facilities and a relaxed environment. Our park is specifically designed to accommodate and cater to campervans, motorhomes and caravans. So if you are looking for a friendly and relaxed environment with stunning scenery alongside like-minded people, then this is the place for you.

Our motorhome and caravan park is well groomed and laid out with large parking sites with each individual site bordered by trees and supplied with access to its own water supply. We cater to all our guest's individual requirements with a mixture of powered and unpowered sites of varying sizes to handle vehicle combinations of any length or dimension. We have a communal kitchen, dining, lounge, bathroom and laundry facilities. We have a playground on site and a barbecue area. We have a WiFi kiosk where you can pay to get online.

Come join us and meet like-minded guests, you won't be disappointed and we look forward to meeting you.

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Monkey Island/Te Puka a Takitimu

The island is known by Ngai Tahu as the anchor stone of the Takitimu canoe, which was captained by Tamatea and wrecked at the mouth of the Waiau River.

Before the road from Riverton was formed, a slipway was built at the island so that boats (being the only means of delivering supplies) could be unloaded.

On the shore nearby in the late 1860s the township consisted of numerous homes, three stores, a hotel and a butcher's shop. Today, Monkey Island is a pleasant camping and picnic spot surrounded by lush farmland.

A "Monkey Winch" was used to haul boats ashore and it is presumed that this is the reason it is called Monkey Island.

Monkey Island is renowned for its magnificent sunsets. Nearby is an outstanding original homestead called 'The Turrets.'

At low tide, Monkey Island can be reached by foot. A stairway leads to the top of the island, where there is a great view of the bay and the mountains of Fiordland. It's a great place for kids to enjoy the beach, but beware of incoming tides.

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