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!
Dandy Camper Queenstown - 4 Berth
Land Cruiser Rooftop Double Tent
Murray and Nic's 2-berth (Queenstown)
Lower Shotover, Otago
Mark's 4 berth bus
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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!
Travel in a luxury 18-seater Mercedes air-conditioned coach to Milford, with a local driver who will ensure comfort throughout your journey. You will be treated to photo opportunities and short walks that locals recommend, as well as an informative commentary throughout your trip.
VIP Milford passengers will join a spectacular cruise with Real Journeys in Milford Sound where you will see the extreme beauty of the sheer granite cliffs, rushing waterfalls and the incredible Mitre Peak.
The Scenic package can be completed by a buffet lunch on board the spacious vessel which you can enjoy in between getting you close and personal with waterfalls, seals and if you are very lucky, dolphins!
Two foot bridges over the Cleddau River offer dramatic views of a series of powerful waterfalls.
Thousands of years of swirling water have sculpted shapes and basins in the rock. The sheer velocity of water gives an appreciation of how much rainfall the Milford Sound area receives per annum.
This walk is off the Milford Road, about halfway between Milford Sound and the Homer Tunnel.
The large, well signposted carpark is about 109 km along the Milford Road from Te Anau.
This walk offers spectacular views of Fiordland National Park. If you only have time for one walk on your drive to Milford Sound, and the weather is fine, this track is well worth the effort.
From The Divide carpark follow the Routeburn Track for about an hour to get to to Key Summit Track. From here it is a 20 minute climb to Key Summit, with panoramic views over the Humboldt and Darran Mountains.
A self guided alpine nature walk passes a range of native vegetation: beech forest, sub-alpine shrublands, alpine tarns and bogs. Birdlife is prolific and tomtits, robins, New Zealand pigeons and bellbirds are commonly seen.
During the last ice age, which ended about 14,000 years ago, a huge glacier flowed down the Hollyford Valley and overtopped Key Summit by 500m, with ice branches splitting off into the Eglinton and Greenstone Valleys.
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.
Approaching from Dunedin down the Southern Scenic Route, going through the Catlins and Curio Bay - a very historic area.
This leads to Invercargill, on approaching the boundary you will find Amble On Inn Holiday Park, from here its a gateway to Bluff, Stewart Island and Invercargill City which is 5 minutes away and home to the Burt Munro legacy and Bill Richardson Transport World Museum.
Passing through Invercargill leads on to the Southern Scenic route to Riverton, Tuatapere and the Hump Ridge Track and further on to TeAnau and Milford Sound.
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