Invercargill

The warmth and hospitality of Invercargill is what makes it such a great place to visit. The city’s long daylight hours in summer allow you more time to explore the striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and heritage buildings that add to the rich character of the city.

Founded in the 1850’s, New Zealand’s southernmost city, Invercargill, is considered the capital of Southland. Influenced by early European settlers, Invercargill is full of grand architecture, ingenious people and world class facilities. Whether it’s a day outdoors on the coast and recreational reserves, wandering the shops and enjoying local restaurants and cafes, or taking in the variety of heritage attractions, Invercargill is a place for friends and family.

Texaco Tanker at Transport World

Classic Motoring Capital

It all started with Burt Munro setting a land speed record that still stands today on his trusty old Indian Scout Motorbike, which you can visit at E. Hayes and Sons Motorworks. Invercargill now boasts the impressive Bill Richardson Transport World, which is the largest private collection of its type in the world. It is home to around 300 vehicles, a wearable arts collection, children’s play zones, The Grille Café and themed bathrooms fast becoming as famous as the vehicles. 
Invercargill is far from shy about celebrating Southland’s obsession with motorcycles. The recently opened Classic Motorcycle Mecca is a world class display, and with over 300 motorcycles and motorcycle related artwork there is certainly a deep passion for all things two wheeled. 

Coastal Playground

Just minutes from the city centre there is a great array of coastal landscapes for visitors to explore from the long coastal highway of Oreti Beach, to the native wonders of Waituna Wetlands and Omaui, or the boardwalk on the estuary and heritage wharfs. 

Southland Museum and Art Gallery

Situated in the Southern Hemisphere’s largest pyramid, the museum is nestled in Queens Park. Along with its fascinating exhibitions, it is the home of the successful Tuatara breeding programme, which has aided the recovery of our most ancient New Zealanders.

Savour the South

From sheep’s milk to sweetbreads, swedes to seaweed, salmon to saison, Southland is a foodie’s dream destination. Visit one of the local cafes, delis, restaurants or taverns for a Southern take on some of the finest & freshest ingredients in the world. Check out New Zealand’s most Southern craft brewery – Invercargill Brewery to find a beverage that compliments the Southern flavour.

Statues in Queens Park

Queens Park

Situated in the heart of the city – this NZ Garden of National Significance incorporates 80 hectares of gardens, wildlife and sporting fun. As well as an 18-hole golf course, the park has animal enclosures, a bird aviary, a castle, a stumpery and much more! 

 

Burt Munro, a local hero
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Classic Motoring in Invercargill
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