South’s best at­trac­tion

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - JOANNA GRIF­FITHS

With moun­tains, coast­line and his­tor­i­cal sites, South­land has a lot to of­fer tourists, but what is our great­est at­trac­tion?

Travel writ­ers Robin Gayraud and Laura Sy­monds say it is the peo­ple.

The pair, who run the travel web­site back­pack­er­guide.nz, have re­vis­ited South­land as part of their 365 ac­tiv­i­ties in 365 days project.

The cou­ple will spend more than two weeks search­ing out the best ac­tiv­i­ties to do in Gore, In­ver­cargill, Tu­at­a­pere, the Catlins, Bluff, Fiord­land, and Ste­wart Is­land.

Gayraud said South­land was a back­pack­ers’ par­adise.

It was not just the scenery and wildlife that made South­land a great place to visit. Their favourite at­trac­tion was South­landers, he said.

‘‘We have met so many cool peo­ple. Ev­ery­one is pas­sion­ate about what they do and are good for a chat.

‘‘Hands down the best thing about this place is the peo­ple.’’

It was a se­ri­ous com­pli­ment, Gayraud said.

South­land had notable tourist at­trac­tions like Doubt­ful Sound, the Catlins coast, South­land Mu­seum and Art Gallery, and the Bill Richard­son Trans­port World.

For South­landers to be South­land’s great­est as­set said a lot about the peo­ple, he said.

‘‘It’s a great place.’’

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Travel writ­ers Robin Gayraud and Laura Sy­monds ex­plore Clif­den caves.

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