South Canterbury. The extensive Canterbury Plains sprawl south to
Timaru, much of it now irrigated making this a very important fertile
Tourists and sportsmen follow roads inland for mountaineering
Mount Cook, skiing at
Mount Hutt, boating on the lakes formed by the
hydro-electricity dams and trout or salmon fishing in the snow fed lakes and
Those who love parks and gardens must visit
Otago, the scenic playground of New Zealand, offers attractions for everyone:
mountains, lakes, fiords, semi-desert, coastal grandeur; skiing, curling in
winter; swimming, sailing, tramping, jet-boating, rafting and fishing in summer.
Dunedin which was initially settled by Scottish immigrants, has a street
plan based on that of Edinburgh. The city's prosperity was originally due to
gold being discovered in 1861 just 60km away, but now depends on food
processing, engineering, commerce and its large university Ė the oldest in the
country - offering many specialist schools. The city is renowned for its
architecture and cultural life, and its superb art gallery, theatre and museums.
The hinterland is an extraordinary mix of rich arable lowlands and high country
grazing, as well as forestry and hydroelectric generation.
with all its attractions, is a focus for all tourists and a stepping stone to
the grandeur of Te Anau, Milford Sound and
Farming is the basis of Southland's prosperity and this region exports 20% of
New Zealandís primary produce. But you can also see such major activities as
fishing at Riverton; the Alliance and Waikawa freezing works; saw milling at
Tuatapere; aluminium production at Tiwai and coal mining at Ohai.
extensive plains that feed the world's greatest concentration of sheep and now
increasingly dairy cattle. Deer, goats, ostriches, and llamas are also farmed
here. The seas to the south produce fish and shellfish, especially oysters from
Foveaux Strait. Those who love the great outdoors do not have far to travel to
reach recreational areas - rivers that abound in fish; fiordlands; forests and
mountains that call climbers and deerstalkers; the beautiful Te Anau and
Manapouri Lakes; Milford and Doubtful Sounds.
The coast between Balclutha and
Invercargill offers spectacular beaches, water falls, petrified forest rocks,
yellow-eyed penguin colonies, native forest and fertile farmland. For the
adventurous, across Foveaux Strait lies unspoilt Stewart Island, which includes
New Zealandís latest National Park. Combine an opportunity to reach back to
gold mining and land-breaking history and forward to our southern lifestyle with
its reputation for warmth of hospitality.