On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters we celebrate the world-class wonders, wide open spaces and unforgettable hospitality of the Great South. We lace up our hiking boots in Fiordland, revel in road-trip glory in the Catlins and savour the stunning wealth of attractions across Southland. Welcome to the Great South.

Kiwi Tripsters ventures to the Catlins, a road-trippers dream this summer, brimming with a kaleidoscope of dramatic coastline, bucolic meadows, ancient rainforests and heart-stirring wildlife. We discuss the essential sights and showcase Catlins Mohua Park which delivers an unforgettable stay.

Nuggetpoint landscape, Southland New Zealand
Nugget point landscape. Photo: Mike Yardley

Fiordland’s Call of the Wild. We take our fill of this national treasure, where mountains, rock, ice, lakes and ancient forests collide with brute force and blinding beauty. From the delights of Te Anau to the mighty fiords like Doubtful Sound, we round-up some must-do experiences.

Majestic Fiordland, Southland, New Zealand
Majestic Fiordland. Photo: Destination Fiordland

Tramping season is underway in Fiordland. On Kiwi Tripsters, we chat to the head of Trips and Tramps, Steve Norris, about the wealth of captivating small-group guided tours that enable you to sample a flavour of Fiordland’s three Great Walks – Milford, the Routeburn and the Kepler.

Tramping in the great south. Southland, New Zealand
Tramping in the Great South. Photo: Tourism New Zealand

Summer nuggets across Southland. It’s an incredibly diverse province, from the national garage of motoring collections in Invercargill and priceless art in Gore to the elemental coastal wonders of Riverton, “the Riviera of the South. We chat about our highlights reel on Southland.

Classic Motorcycle Mecca, Transport world, Invercargill, New Zealand
Classic Motorcycle Mecca. Photo: Transport World

Planning a great jaunt to the Great South this summer? From our southernmost city of Invercargill to the wider treasures of Stewart Island, the Catlins, Western Southland and the mesmerising wonders of Fiordland, make your first stop the region’s official websites. www.southlandnz.com and www.fiordland.org.nz

Tahake in the great south, New Zealand
Tahake, Photo: Destination Fiordland
  • 01:15 Road Trip through the Catlins and Nugget Point
  • 08:13 Tramping and walks in the Great South and Milford Track
  • 16:00 Chat with Steve of Trips and Tramps in Fiordland
  • 25:52 Summer nuggets across Southland

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