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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2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of Burt Munro's World Land Speed Record

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Classic Motoring in Invercargill
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Five reasons Invercargill should be officially named the Classic Motoring Capital of New Zealand

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Queens Park Motel cater for corporate guests who want a quiet sleep, couples who want to get away for a well-deserved break and for families who want a quiet…
Your Hosts  Daryl and Lee Greig warmly welcome you to enjoy your holiday or business trip with them.Friendly, southern hospitality. Warm and comfortable units…
ASURE Evergreen Motel – the place to stay for comfortable, quiet and quality accommodation. Free Wifi.      Free Parking. ASURE Evergreen Motel is ideally…
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Make our Invercargill motel accommodation your base while visiting Southland, we are officially 4 star rated and are the recipient of a tripadviser certificate…
Your Hosts Muriel & David Newcombe welcome you to 554 Moana Court Motel where you can relax, watch "NETFLIX" in all units, All units are comfortable…
Tuatara Backpackers is situated in the heart of Invercargill with an onsite cafe offering espresso, brunch, lunch and fresh juices.  Only minutes walk away…
Balmoral Lodge Motel offers quiet and secure accommodation with comfortable furnished self-contained units. The Motel is conveniently situated close to the…
Exclusively yours - in a tranquil and peaceful setting, our warm and comfortable home welcomes you. We have 2 guest rooms (Queen, twin, private bathroom). The…
The Ascot Park Hotel is unique as it offers hotel, motel and apartment style accommodation all within one venue. All guests are encouraged to enjoy the…
Your hosts Dianna and Keith welcome you to 388 Tay Motel, located in the heart of Invercargill, New Zealand. 388 Tay Motel offer a full range of spacious…
Your hosts John and Christine McFarland We have 10 ground floor units each with their own car park at our Invercargill motel accommodation.  We are located in…
Enjoy the convenience of staying at the heart of Invercargill, a perfect home away from home. ibis Styles Invercargill offers comfortable accommodation options…
Fully furnished 2 bedroom sunny townhouse with internal access garage.  A home away from home. Long term or short term.  All rooms North facing.  We offer it…
Tui Hideaway is located just 5 minutes drive from the Invercargill Airport and 8 minutes drive from the centre of Invercargill. We have a 2.25 km lovely native…
This property has been independently assessed by Qualmark as 4 star quality accommodation. Centrally located to Invercargill's CBD, many and varied restaurant…
The Homestead Villa Motel features 4 star plus luxury Invercargill accommodation decorated with stylish furnishings and outfitted with modern amenities for…
Welcome to Lorneville Holiday Park. We have many options for your accommodation needs, including caravan, motorhome, tent sites and family units. There are…
Birchwood Manor Motel is in an exceptional inner-city location, with charming decor and warm southern hospitality, and is popular award-winning Invercargill…
Folster Gardens is a superior but down to earth Bed and Breakfast accommodation that is excellent value for money. Just a ten minute drive from the center of…
Admiral Court Motel & Apartments, Invercargill is a modern, warm, spacious, ground floor 17 unit accommodation complex with 5 luxury units. Our Tay Street…
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St John's and the adjoining hall were designed in the Gothic style and the church contains the magnificent JT Thomson memorial window which was restored in…
Waituna Lagoon is part of Awarua Wetlands and is registered under the RAMSAR convention as a wetland of international significance. Signposted on SH92, it is…
Invercargill offers visitors an interesting tour of heritage sites and diverse open spaces. This half day tour is best undertaken by vehicle, with stops for…
Tramping and hiking in New Zealand is a popular pastime. Stewart Island and Fiordland National Parks are two remote and unspoilt areas in New Zealand offering…
The pride of Invercargill is Queens Park, a beautiful park in the centre of the city sprawling across 80 hectares of beautifully kept gardens. Highlights…
Once housed in Nelson and known as NZ Classic Motorcycles the entire collection was sold to Transport World in May 2016. Given Transport World's natural…
Here is one of the best ways to see the bottom of New Zealand….on the deep south Bottom Bus! We have been guiding intrepid travelers around the bottom of New…
The most affordable supercar driving experience. If you thought that getting behind the wheel of a supercar was only possible in your dreams, think again. Club…
Established in 1879 by "a meeting of gentlemen desirous of forming a private club in Invercargill" the Invercargill Club is now over 135 years old. We host…
Southern Lakes Helicopters is a locally owned and operated company based in Te Anau, on the edge of the magnificent Fiordland National Park, New Zealand,…
Donovan Park is an attractive area of rural parkland to the north of the city, linking Bainfield Road with McIvor Road via a winding park road, and also…
Classes and Tours CHOCOLATE MAKING CLASSES Our chocolate making classes are held especially for you and your group to discover for yourself why our chocolates…
Beauty and Beyond Urban Retreat has enjoyed a strong reputation for leading the way in beauty treatments and advice in Southland since the early 1990s. Our spa…
St Mary's Roman Catholic Basilica, opened in 1905, was once described as "the prettiest church in Australasia" and is a dominant Invercargill landmark. The…
There are many different programmes that offer you the opportunity to ride on the Velodrome, ranging from the experienced cyclist through to a novice cyclist…
Explore Southland with a professional guide. Established in 1993, Lynette Jack Scenic Sights will show you the region from a local's view point. Small,…
We have 7 beautiful horses - 6 are Clydsedale x thoroughbred and one is a purebred Morgan, all of whom we totally adore and have wonderful personalities.  All…
We are the Southern most Rent a Dent Branch, located at the Invercargill Airport only 3 minutes drive from the City Centre. Your Rental Vehicle is waiting to…
Still maturing as a golf course this is a fantastic course to test your skills. On a windy day the first two holes are enough to make you think you are on a…
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Hire a range of bikes from Cycle Surgery Invercargill $35 full day hire including helmet and lock $20 for half day (or anything other than full day hire)