From Kingston at the southern tip of Lake Wakatipu, to Lumsden in the south, lie thousands of hectares of peaceful farmland with few urban settlements. Lumsden is northern Southland’s biggest town, population around 480, and home to the region’s only secondary school.

To assume, however, that not much goes on here would be very wrong. With two new and very different cycle trails, world-class fly fishing, rustic horseback adventures, Indian antiques and interesting new eateries and accommodation, some hard-working and entrepreneurial Southlanders are earning this unique region a well-deserved place on the tourist map.

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