At low tide you can discover the remains of a Jurassic fossilized forest
and see impressions of ferns in the bedrock at Tama Toka
, Curio Bay. Rare Hector Dolphins play at Porpoise Bay, Whaka Aihe
introduces you to the heartland of the Southland region. The town’s modernized centre with its historical buildings and inviting cafes makes for a welcoming holiday destination. Invercargill is where you can attend the Southland Rodeo
, see the Southland Rowing Championships
and cheer on the rugby
teams at Rugby Park Stadium. There is the track cycling championship races and classic motor racing. The 1967 Motorcycle Speed Record was set by Burt Munro with his 1920 Indian Scout.
This New Zealander’s spirit lives on in the Burt Munro Challenge held at Oreti Beach.
A host of cultural venues
– from chamber music to Shakespeare in the Park, or a night of Jazz at EAT on Windsor – adds that special note to your holidays. There is the Summer Series Orienteering event in Queen's Park. Socialize with the locals and head to the Glengarry Community Market
– a great place to buy a souvenir of creative art or a hand-crafted item. While you are picking out fresh produce for the meal you will be preparing in the kitchen back at your vacation rental accommodations, you will be entertained with music.
Gentle waves wash the sandy shore in a gentle rhythm and the soothing sound sets the pace for a visit to Stewart Island
. Scuba dive and see the underwater forest of tall bladder kelp and marine creatures that inhabit the warm water. The Marine Reserve in Paterson Inlet covers 1075 hectares. A short ferry ride from the fishing port of Bluff and you will have arrived at an island that has lush rain forests
. Perhaps you will have the good fortune of seeing a flightless bird – the kiwi
– in its natural habitat. Eight-five percent of Stewart Island fits within Rakiura National Park
A vacation rental is privately-owned and accommodations are conveniently set up with the comforts of home. Photos and descriptions give you the details and testimonials let you know what fellow travellers have to say about their accommodation experiences while they stayed in vacation rentals. There is a lodging accommodation to suit every budget. Owner Direct Vacation Rentals offers style options.
Vacation rentals come in the form of cottages, villas, chalet rentals and cabins, apartments as condo rentals or a condo rental overlooking a lake or with an ocean view. Book your holiday home accommodation at this easy-to-browse website.