Introduction

Explore the historic heritage sites that DOC looks after in Southland.

Sites include early Maori trails, occupation sites, and stone working sites right through to the more recent industrial heritage of mining and the timber industry. There are places of international significance where world history has been made, as well as more humble places that speak of everyday family life, human struggle and triumph. 

A range of places that represent this breadth of history have been designated as 'actively managed'. The aim for these places is to ensure their conservation, to create a memorable visitor experience, and share the stories they tell. 


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