In the Southland region you will experience everything from towering rainforests, alpine tussocks, rolling fertile farmlands and golden beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, within a days travel. Its like a dozen destinations rolled into one. The region of Southland covers an area of 28'681 km². In the 2001 census it had a population of about 91'000, making it one of New Zealand's most scarcely populated areas. It is bordered by National Parks and marine reserves, including Fiordland National Park covering the south-western corner of the South Island. There is much rich farmland to the north, as far as the beautiful central lakes of neighbouring Otago. The main town in the Southland region is Invercargill.
With its wide open spaces, and a roomy ratio of just one person to every 30 hectares of land, there is plenty of scope for serenity and solitude.
This region is celebrated for its off the beaten track activities and attractions, yet Southland is easily accessible and offers quality amenities and services, including world-class fare and an inviting range of accommodation.
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