Don’t put New Zealand’s southernmost region at the bottom of your list. From the untouched beauty of the Catlins to the spectacular fiords of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, this region boasts many jewels in the tourism crown. It’s also the entry point to New Zealand’s “third island”, Stewart Island/Rakiura.

NZ's most magical flight is one every Kiwi should do

Hiking holidays

Love to tramp? Have you knocked these five tracks off?

Even the most experienced tramper will have a bucket list of hikes yet to be completed.


Ulva Island: Up close to friendly, and not-so-friendly, locals

As we were leaving by water taxi to return to Stewart Island, a small drama played out on the beach by the jetty.


Bikers provide a boost to Invercargill's economy

Invercargill businesses welcomed bikers as they arrived in droves and helped to boost’s the town’s economy during the Burt Munro Challenge.


Final fine-tuning mark start of beach champs

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The Kiwi families who've fallen for campervanning during the pandemic

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John Munro gives visitors the inside scoop on Burt's life

Burt Munro's son John Munro hosted a special tour to share his Dad's story with motorcyclists in Invercargill for the Burt Munro Challenge.


Bluff Hill Climb rained out

The NZ Hill Climb Championships was cancelled for the first time in the history of the Burt Munro Challenge as dangerous weather compromised rider safety.

Back Your Backyard

From motorbikes to LGBT+ writers: Six events to catch this weekend

Another busy weekend of events coming up around the country, and we have six for you to check out.


Burt Munro Challenge: Weather stays away for have-a-go day

About 80 riders were out on the Teretonga Park circuit on Wednesday for the first Burt Munro Challenge event.


Second cruise for southerners on way

An Invercargill travel agent has chartered a cruise ship for a tour of the Chatham Islands, for southerners only.


Mountain bikers will wait two more years for trail news

A Fiordland bike guide is frustrated that plans for a technical mountain biking trail are being held up by DOC.


Burt Munro Challenge: It's all go for Kiwi bikers

International riders may be missing out, but Covid-19 border closures have not reduced the amount of riders heading to Southland for this year's Burt Munro Challenge.

Adventure holidays

Adventurer faces biggest challenge

Mark Jones has completed several world first adventure expeditions – but his biggest challenge awaits him in coming weeks.