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I now have secure accommodation in a lovely coastal area, hopefully long term. I want say many thanks for your service with this website, it was a great experience for me to meet new people and I have maintained a friendly relationship with several home owners and dogs! Returning to sit regularly for some locals is for sheer pleasure. I have recommended your site to many others, again many thanks and warm wishes for your future success. Patricia Annabell

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House Sitting in Southland

Southland, as the name suggests, is a southern region in the South Island of New Zealand. This area has some of the most beautiful natural sights of the region, thus drawing a large number of people to stay, both for short-term and long-term. This is also one of the most populated areas of New Zealand. The great climate of the region is another reason why such a large number of people love to settle here - Southland gets up to 1600 hours of sunshine each year and the weather stays highly pleasant at around 15 degrees Celsius. An island off its coast - Rakiura - also forms part of Southland.


Invercargill is the most prominent city within Southland. This is the southernmost city of New Zealand and is considered to be an important city commercially. The city has various attractions for tourists. The Esk Street is a busy shopping area which is worth checking out. There is also the Bank Corner and the Southland Fire Service Museum that are popular with visitors. There’s a museum known as the Southland Museum and Art Gallery and the Queen’s Park that are visited as well.

Other cities in Southland that are popular with tourists include Bluff, Gore, Mataura, Te Anau and Winton.


Being a large area there are always homeowners looking for house & pet sitters. Living in Southland as a house sitter helps you get up close and personal with the area and also saves on accommodation expenses.

*FREE: House sitting is usually free, for both sitter and house owner, although this is completely up to the individuals. There are usually some costs that need to be covered by either the sitter or the house owner e.g. electricity, phone usage, vet fees etc. How these costs are handled needs to be agreed before the sit begins. House sitters pay a single annual membership fee, while house owners pay nothing to advertise their house or to contact sitters.