Southland is New Zealand’s southernmost region covering over 3.1 million hectares of land and bounded to the west, south and east by over 3,400km of coastal stretch.

Quick facts about the Southland region

  • Southland makes up 2.1% of the total New Zealand population with an estimated resident population of 98,400 (as at 6 September 2017)
  • Southland prides itself on having a low level of unemployment and has 76.9% of working-age people employed within the region.
  • There is a 4.7% rate of unemployment in Southland - significantly lower than 5.2% for the whole of New Zealand.
  • The Southland economy is worth $5.6 billion
  • Southland has the third highest GDP per person in New Zealand with $56,900 GDP per person
  • Approximately 70% of Southland's GDP relates to exporting industries
  • 15% of New Zealand’s tradeable exports are produced or processed in Southland, this results in $3.95 billion produced and $5.15 billion processed within the region
  • On average Southland gets 1,600 sunshine hours annually, 1000mm of rainfall and wind speed averages 15-20km/h.