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Southern Destinations: March 22, 2018

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28 | southern holiday destinations souThland & fiordland | MarCh 2018 Take Yourself To souThland Southland’s unmatched beauty provides a natural playground – no matter what your passion. As New Zealand’s ultimate outdoors destination, its dramatic scenery spans lush rainforests, fertile farmlands and sweeping coastlines. It’s the New Zealand we all dream of... Savour the South With some of the world’s best fare produced within the region, Southland serves up an eclectic mix of dining experiences; succulent seafood including world famous Bluff Oysters, farm-fresh vegetables, prime cuts of meat and renowned cheese rolls - all dished up with a good dash of Southern hospitality. New ZealaNd’S GaraGe It may appear Invercargill is obsessed with anything that has wheels. Visit Bill Richardson Transport World, which holds the largest private collection of its type in the world, or see the illustrious display of motorcycles at Classic Motorcycle Mecca. Check out Invercargill’s motorcycle legend of speed, Burt Munro, at E. Hayes and Sons Motorworks. Have a go on an excavator at Dig This Invercargill, New Zealand’s first and only heavy equipment playground. water adveNtureS Southland is a region shaped by water. Cruise alongside Albatross and catch your own Blue Cod at Stewart Island. Speed across Lake Hauroko, New Zealand’s deepest lake, and then down the Wairaurahiri River in an exhilarating jet boat ride. Come face to face with the largest predator of the seas when you cage dive with Great White Sharks. wilderNeSS aNd wildlife The region is an absolute ‘must do’ for anyone who is passionate about the natural world and authentic encounters. This wild coast is home to an array of marine life including sea lions, Hector’s Dolphins and the distinctive Hoiho, the Yellow-Eyed Penguin. On Stewart Island take a once in a lifetime opportunity to spot the rare kiwi bird in its natural habitat. aurora auStraliS During the winter months Southland is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Australis. Also known as the Southern Lights, it illuminates the sky with curtains and swirls of pink, red and green light. Dark areas away from the city lights, such as Stewart Island/Rakiura, The Catlins and Bluff are the best place to view this natural phenomenon. Find out more about Southland at: southlandnz. com Welcome to The New Zealand we all dream of... What’s on What to do Where to stay Invercargill i-SITE 108 Gala St, Queens Park, +64 3 211 0895 For more on what to do in Southland Invercargill i-SITE 108 Gala St Queens Park +64 3 211 0895 Bluff Oysters & Cheese Rolls Waterfalls, Lakes & Caves of The Catlins Moonshine in Gore Henry the Tuatara Southern Scenic Route Invercargill’s Transport World Jetboat the Western Rivers Comb Gemstone Beach Bluff Signpost Kiwi Spotting on Stewart Island Take the controls at Dig This Manapouri accoMModaTion wiTh Views Looking for something different at budget prices? We are an unconventional, whimsical motor park and motels overlooking Fiordland’s most scenic lake - A starting place for Milford & Doubtful Sound. • Tent sites • Powered sites • Standard cabins • Kitchen cabins • Studio to three bedroom motels • Games room & two playgrounds 86 Cathedral Drive, Manapouri (20km south of Te Anau) Ph 03 249-6624 Fax 03 249 6699 manapourimotels@clear.net.nz www.manapourimotels.co.nz The Manapouri Motels and Holiday Park have been run by the Nicholsons ever since they arrived from the USA in 1970, discovered the beauty of Fiordland and never left! Forty years later they continue to provide a welcoming haven for travellers from near and far, offering clean comfortable accommodation options and a wealth of knowledge about New Zealand’s World Heritage wilderness. With wonderful views of Lake Manapouri, visitors can choose from motels, cabins or camping sites. The 10 motel units have self catering facilities and range from studio units for two persons to a three bedroom house known as the “Green Crib.” There are also 18 “cabins with character” for more budget conscious travellers. Each cabin is quirkily different, 5 include basic kitchen facilities while the remainder use the well equipped on-site communal kitchen and shower/ toilet facilities. For campers there are powered or non-powered sites which are beautifully situated to enjoy lake views or a tranquil sheltered location among the trees. The Manapouri Motels and Holiday Park is located close to Manapouri’s restaurants and pub as well as local walking tracks, lake based recreational activities and a variety of excursions to Fiordland’s unspoiled environment and wildlife. For further information visit www. manapourimotels.co.nz