Southland is the southernmost region of New-Zealand. It contains New-Zealand’s highest waterfall: the Browne Falls. The deepest lake of New-Zealand can also be found here named: Lake Hauroko. Southland is dominated by mountains, fjords and glacial lakes, plains and farmlands. This makes for a beautiful region.
Southland is the most sparsely populated region of New-Zealand with a population of only 97,300. The largest part of the population lives in the plains which makes many areas in Southland unpopulated. The environment is therefore well preserved and it is a privelege to be able to ride through these areas.
Invercargill is the largest city in the Southland region with over 50% of the entire population of Southland living in this city. The city is surrounded by rich farmlands and conserved lands. The streets are named after rivers in Scotland (for example: the Forth and the Tyne) which is a hint to the history of the city.
Invercargill is a large, and beautiful, city that has all the facilities you expect from a large city. The city has beautiful parks and nearby forests that can be explored if you are in for an adventure. In case you prefer to relax, the Awaru Bay is a great place to watch the stars.
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Te Anau is a beautiful lake that is a great place to relax. This lake is part of the Fiordland National Park which you can explore while you are there. Te Anau received the nickname: ‘Hikecity of the World’ due to the absolutely stunning environment. There are also plenty of activities like (for the true daredevils) skydiving and visiting the Glowworm Caves.
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Milford Sound is a fjord in the south west of Southland. This fjord is, just like Te Anau, part of the Fiordland National Park. In 2008, it has been judged the world’s top travel destination in an international survey by TripAdvisor and is acclaimed as the number #1 tourist attraction of New Zealand. It has even been called the eight Wonder of the World.
Milford Sound has many waterfalls and loads of wildlife including: dolphins, seals, whales and penguins. The area is an important bird area as well because it is the breeding spot for the Fiordland Penguins.
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