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Things to do in Southland

New Zealand’s southernmost region is the Southland Region and with only 2.3 % of the countries population what it lacks in numbers is made up in attitude, they know how to have a good time  and Southland Festivals are well attended by both locals and others visiting. Southland is a land of farms, rugged coast and rolling plains, and home to the world-famous Bluff oyster and the launching place for the ferry to Stewart Island. Settled by large numbers of Scottish settlers in the 1800’s, the remnants of which can be heard in the regional accent – they roll their ‘R’s

Every year the Southland communities host a few Festivals & Lifestyle Events celebrating the regions cultural diversity and traditions. Here are the must attend if you can Southland Festivals…

Southland Festivals
Name festival Date Category
Blue Grass Festival 19 – 20 Jan Music
NZ Gold Guitar Awards Festival                  30 May – 1 Jun                 Music
Bluff Oyster Festival May Sea Food
For other Regional New Zealand Festivals

Auckland Festivals                     

Bay of Plenty Festivals  

Canterbury Festivals       

Hawke’s Bay Festivals

Marlborough Festivals  

Manawatu Festivals

Northland Festivals

Queenstown / Otago Festivals

Southland Festivals

Tasman / Nelson Festivals

Taranaki Festivals

Waikato Festivals

Wellington Festivals

West Coast Festivals


If one of the Southland festivals coincide with you visiting New Zealand and you would like to incorporate a festival or event into a self-drive holiday or a privately guided tour of New Zealand, then please feel free to contact First Light Travel – We would love to help.

Things to do
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey
: 19 Nov 2013 (Last updated: 22 Jul 2017)

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