Invercargill is the captivating heart of New Zealands Southland region on the South Island and home to a community that prides itself on warmth, friendliness and hospitality.
Ideally located at the centre of Southland, Invercargill is one of the most southernmost cities in the world and is the gateway to some of New Zealands most beautiful wild places including Fiordland, the Catlins and Stewart Island. With its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage Invercargill is a great destination for your next southern New Zealand get away.
Explore the natural wonders of Invercargill and surrounds. From the majestic Oreti River to the mountain peaks of the Fiordland National Park endless beauty abounds. Visit the seaport of Bluff and take some memorable snaps from Stirling Point and Bluff Hill. Catch the ferry to Stewart Island and explore its lush forests by foot, bicycle, scooter or helicopter. Enjoy a peaceful horseback trek along secluded Oreti Beach. This popular seaside range is ideal for horse riding, watersports, picnics, motorbiking and beach driving. Travel south and explore the diverse landscape of the Catlins region. With farmland pockets, dense forests and deserted beaches, this natural wonderland boasts some of the South Islands most breathtaking scenery. Alternatively, the Sandy Point Domain, which offers 200 hectares of natural forest and parkland, is ideal for hiking and mountain biking.
Museums and galleries
See a live display of tuatara at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. This lizard-like reptile is unique to New Zealand and has been around since the time of the dinosaurs. Drive just 20 kilometres to the east of the Invercargill city centre to the Lignite Pit Caf and Secret Garden. With over 16 hectares of landscaped gardens, including a lake and small islands Lignite Pit is the perfect place for a day trip. Why not relax and enjoy the view across the pond with a tasty homemade lunch? Motor enthusiasts wont want to miss the unique display of vintage motorbikes, cars, engines and memorabilia on show at the E Hayes Motorworks Collection housed throughout a large fully operational hardware store! Or the impressive range of vintage trucks at Bill Richardson Transport World.
Best local attractions
Catch a unique photo opportunity at the iconic Invercargill Water Tower right in the centre of town, or take a leisurely walk through the picturesque gardens of Queens Park. This famous attraction is known as the pride and joy of Invercargill and is an idyllic spot for a family picnic.
There are plenty of quality places to eat, drink and stay right in the heart of Invercargill. Stop in for a quiet drink and try the unique flavours of Gladfield Malt and Central Otago apples at Invercargill Brewery. Grab some fresh brewed coffee and cake at the Batch Caf, or enjoy a delicious evening meal at Emberz Restaurant. Stay at the Comfort Inn Tayesta located near the heart of town. This well-appointed Invercargill accommodation provides self-contained rooms and is within easy reach of the best Invercargill attractions.
Enjoy the natural beauty and southern hospitality of Invercargill.
By: Isobel Stephenson
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