Invercargill is New Zealand’s southernmost City and is well placed to take advantage of the natural attractions Southland has to offer. Just 30 minutes from the town of Bluff, home of the Bluff oyster and departure point for travel to Stewart Island, Invercargill is also well placed to explore Fiordland and the Catlins coast. The City’s natural reserves and landscaped parklands along with a vibrant cultural scene make for a great place to stay. Invercargill is an excellent place to experience the true essence of New Zealand life.
The slower pace, landscaped broad streets and unhurried pace contribute to a relaxed stay without sacrificing quality of shopping and dining options. Its wide open nature makes Invercargill easy to get around with many of Invercargill’s attractions and activities central enough to enjoy in one day. The art galleries and museums include such treasures as a roaring 40’s gallery, tuatara exhibition and historic homestead displaying a range of fine artworks in over 24 hectares of gardens. A walk around Invercargill will uncover some of the oldest and impressive architecture in New Zealand. Invercargill attractions include a chocolate factory, water Park, music theatre and the windswept beauty of nearby Oreti beach. Tramping, surfing, golf, horse riding and bike riding are among the many Invercargill activities on offer.
Invercargill tours offer the opportunity to explore limestone caves, native forest, waterfalls, beaches and ancient bushland combined with wildlife encounters with New Zealand’s unique inhabitants of the land and sea. Invercargill accommodation is a pleasant mix of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, holiday parks and backpackers. Much of this is within walking distance of the central City and Invercargill’s leading attractions and activities. Conferences are widely catered for and facilities are well provided no matter what your special event entails. Invercargill is home to New Zealand’s only indoor velodrome and also hosts regular shows and concerts at Invercargill’s Civic theatre.
Farmers markets, multi sports events and regular live entertainment make for a lively entertainment scene. Invercargill carries on the Southland’s Scottish heritage with many streets named after some of Great Britain’s most famous rivers. Along the Southern Scenic Route, the small seaside town of Riverton offers water skiing, fishing, rowing and boating just 30 kms west of Invercargill. The Southern Scenic Route extends between Queenstown to the Catlins and is known as one of the world’s greatest undiscovered drives. Driving to the end of New Zealand will most certainly include a stop at Invercargill if only to appreciate the hospitality and friendliness of the people who live here.