|MAIN CITIES:||Dunedin and Invercargill|
|REGIONAL AIRPORTS:||Dunedin Airport
|CLOSEST MAIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:||Christchurch International Airport|
|PROXIMITY TO THE SEA:||Coastal in parts|
|CLOSEST COMMERCIAL SKI FIELDS:||Within the region -
Otago's ski fields: Cardrona, Coronet Peak, Invincible, Ohau, The Remarkables, Snow Farm, Snow Park, Treble Cone
|AVERAGE TEMPERATURE. JANUARY:||15℃ (Range: 11℃ - 19℃) - Dunedin|
|AVERAGE TEMPERATURE. JUNE:||6℃ (Range 3℃ - 10℃) - Dunedin|
Southland is one of the largest regions in New Zealand with a vast array of lakes, rivers, mountains and open plains. Its rugged coastline stretches staggering 3,400 kilometres; it is mostly free of development and home to countless species of native wildlife.
Known as "the real New Zealand", Southland has stunning scenery, native wildlife, friendly locals and great food. Every one of Southland's regions offers the traveller a unique discovery just waiting to be explored. From the majestic wilderness of Fiordland to the bright lights of Invercargill and the rugged coastline of The Catlins.
Although visitors traditionally come to Southland for its landscape, they stay for its people. The combination of friendly locals, serene surroundings and wide-open spaces make for a relaxed lifestyle.
The DHB has hospitals in Dunedin and Invercargill which are 2.5 hours apart, and facilities through central Otago including Queenstown.
New Zealand’s southernmost city was founded in the 1850’s and with a population in excess of 53,000, Invercargill is the capital of Southland. It is well-equipped with an excellent range of shops and a selection of bars and restaurants. Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco heritage buildings give the city a charming old-world character.
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Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Dunedin is full of wee alley ways, new businesses, bars, restaurants and recreational activities.
A drive up the Otago Peninsula has stunning views and beaches that are beautifully rugged. Nestled at the foot of Taiaroa Head is the Royal Albatross Centre, the only place in the world on the mainland where you can view Northern Royal Albatross in their natural habitat. On Dunedin’s doorstep you will also find incredible wildlife including the world’s rarest penguin colonies.
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