South’s best attraction
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.’’
Travel writers Robin Gayraud and Laura Symonds explore Clifden caves.