Sandwiched between world-famous Fiordland National Park and the scene-stealing Catlins, Central Southland is often forgotten about by travellers. But its peaceful farmland and savage coast form a memorable contrast, while its seam of small-town quirk is heaps of fun.
There's Gore, with a proud history of moonshine distilling; oyster-mad Bluff; and Tuatapere, as famous for challenging tramping trails as it is for sausages. Invercargill, the closest thing to a city slicker in Central Southland, has a long-standing revhead culture and a slew of impressive museums dedicated to classic cars, fast bikes and big diggers. Confused? This is a region where departing from the beaten track is inevitable and going local reaps big rewards.