Top things to do

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Stewart Island (Rakiura)

Ulva Island

A tiny paradise covering only 269 hectares, Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara is a great place to see lots of native NZ birds. Established as a bird sanctuary in 1922, it remains one of Stewart Island/Rakiura’s wildest corn…
Top Choice Museum in Invercargill

Bill Richardson Transport World

A kingdom of shiny chrome lies beyond the doors of Transport World, touted as the largest private automotive museum on the planet. Across 15,000 sq metres of warehouse space you'll find classic cars, hulking tractor…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Kaka Point & Around

Nugget Point

Reach one of the South Island's most jaw-dropping coastal lookouts via the 900m Nugget Point (Tokatā) walkway. Wave-thrashed cliffs give way abruptly to sapphire waters dotted with toothy islets known as the Nuggets…
Top Choice Cafe in Papatowai & Around

Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar

Colourful and fun, the Frog is the best dining option in the Catlins, offering craft beer on tap and crowd-pleasing meals, often garnished with flowers from the garden. We're talking seafood chowder, wood-fired pizz…
Top Choice Cafe in Invercargill

Batch

Large shared tables, a relaxed beachy ambience, and top-notch coffee and smoothies give this cafe its reputation as Southland's best. Delicious counter food includes bagels, generously crammed rolls, cheese scones a…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Invercargill

Louie’s

Part tapas and cocktail bar, part chic fusion eatery, Louie's is a great place to while away an evening, snuggled into a sofa or a fireside nook. The seasonally changing menu veers from creative tapas (venison tacos…
Top Choice South American in Te Anau

Kepler's

Mountains of crayfish, mouth-watering ceviche and perfectly seared steaks are whisked to tables at this efficient but friendly family-run place. South American flair permeates the menu (quinoa-crusted orange roughy,…
Top Choice Museum in Riverton

Te Hikoi Southern Journey

Oh, that all small-town museums could be this good! This riveting museum starts with a 16-minute film dramatising key events in the region's history, including the arrival of the first European seal hunters (fiercel…
Top Choice Landmark in Curio Bay & Around

Slope Point

South Island’s true southerly point lies not in Bluff, as many mistakenly believe, but at the end of a 20-minute tramp through cliff-side meadows. From the trailhead, walk towards the sea and veer left along the fen…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Riverton

Beach House

Looking over Taramea Bay, Beach House is a stylish, comfortable cafe famous for seafood, especially its creamy chowder studded with juicy mussels and hunks of salmon. On a sunny day with a warm breeze wafting off Fo…