Start at the Victoria Railway Hotel and drive 50 minutes to Eastern Southland Gallery
Nicknamed the ‘Goreggenheim’ by Saatchi & Saatchi boss Kevin Roberts, the Eastern Southland Gallery features the internationally renowned John Money Collection as well as the largest holdings of works by major New Zealand contemporary artist Ralph Hotere.
Drive 15 minutes to Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre
Tucked away at Mandeville in rural Southland is one of New Zealand’s gems. Here the golden age of flight can be relived in the nationally significant museum; dedicated to preserving and celebrating New Zealand’s civil aviation heritage, both the stories of pioneer aviators and their equally colourful machines.
Drive 30 minutes to Switzers Museum
Waikaia owes much of its history to gold which was discovered here in 1862. At the peak of the rush, Switzers (the town’s original name) had a population of around 2,000 including a large number of Chinese miners. At Switzers Museum, Waikaia’s heritage is proudly displayed. Adjoining the Museum is a bottle house constructed of 20,000 wine bottles.
Drive 20 minutes to…
Piano Flat (walks have range of times from 30 minutes to full day hikes)
It has been described as a New Zealand gem that is yet to be discovered. Tucked up in the mountains of Southland’s far North, it is the ultimate holiday camping destination. Piano Flat is home to a number of recreational activities, including tramping, fishing, hunting and 4-wheel drive excursions.