Escape to Southland this winter: 6 cosy and luxurious places to stay

By Donna Duggan

Credit: Francine Boer
Credit: Francine Boer
Known for its warm, ‘small community’ feel, rural Southland is famous for genuine hospitality, hearty meals, and incredible natural landscapes.

With experiences ranging from alpaca feeding, whip cracking, private mountain bike trails and horse treks to boutique produce and authentic farmstay experiences, there is a rich array of options available when visiting this majestic part of New Zealand.

We round up the best Southland accommodation for a memorable escape.

Cabot Lodge

Situated on a 2,000-acre sheep and deer farm bordering the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, Cabot Lodge accommodates a maximum of 10 guests.

Credit: Francine Boer

Welcome Rock

Welcome Rock is a single-track trail on a high country station, created for cross-country mountain biking and hiking with high country farm style accommodation in a restored woolshed and rustic huts along the way.

Catlins Mohua Park

Four spacious dog-friendly eco cottages make up the Catlins Mohua Park, all offering privacy and incredible views in a natural bush setting.

Credit: Francine Boer

Beresford Heights

Located at the top of Table Hill, 400m above sea level in the heart of The Catlins, Beresford Heights offers boutique accommodation perfect for a romantic retreat with breathtaking views.

Dusky Ridges Farmstay

Close to Te Anau village, Dusky Ridges offers contemporary bed and breakfast Southland accommodation on their traditional sheep and deer farm.

Fiordland Lodge

Fiordland Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, and the surrounding Fiordland National Park. With beautiful accommodation options and Fiordland’s leading dining destination, the Lodge also offers many activities including jet boat fishing, wilderness cruises, guided fly fishing and private guided walks.


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