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. Home to around 300 vehicles, a wearable arts collection, children’s play zones, The Grille Cafe and themed bathrooms fast becoming as famous as the vehicles. Transport World has something for everyone.

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! 



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Classic Motoring in Invercargill

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

See rare and beautifully restored automotive at Bill Richardson Transport World

Food and Drink

Whether it’s Bluff Oysters or blue cod accompanied by a delicious craft beer, sampling Southland’s local cuisine is sure to re-energize a food lover's palate.

Try delicious craft beer at Invercargill Brewery
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Located in the heart of Invercargill, The Kelvin Hotel offers a centralised location ideal for the corporate traveler, providing a quality Invercargill accommodation option consisting of 61 well-appointed rooms, inclu

Birchwood Manor Motel is in an exceptional inner-city location, with charming decor and warm southern hospitality, and is popular award-winning Invercargill accommodation that's a great choice for enjoying that home a

Welcome to Queens Park Motel in Invercargill.

Exclusively yours - in a tranquil and peaceful setting, our warm and comfortable home welcomes you. We have 2 guest rooms (Queen, twin, private bathroom).

Balmoral Lodge Motel offers quiet and secure accommodation with comfortable furnished self-contained units.

Cute and cosy, Lorneville Lodge offers camping and sites, Cottage and Cabin accommodation at affordable rates.

Lovett Lodge is located in quiet peaceful off street location, 5 minute drive from CBD & 10 minute walk to Invercargill Musuem and Art Gallery, Queens Park & Queens Park Golf course.

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 bush walk at the entrance to our property.

Come and stay in this spacious modern two storey boutique style bed and breakfast, and be treated to a warm welcome.

The Victoria Railway Hotel of Invercargill, New Zealand, offers modern, stylish and comfortable hotel accommodation with a touch of old world charm.

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The Civic Theatre complex provides a quality theatre and associated facilities for hire and is a popular venue for local and regional organisations – and national and international touring companies.

Thomsons Bush is one of the few remnants of the kahikatea dominated swamp forest characteristic of central southern Southland.

Invercargill’s water tower has been described as an architectural treasure and a prime example of Victorian architecture.

Bike Hire is available in Invercargill at the following locations: Invercargill i-SITE 108 Gala Street Invercargill 3 211 0895 Cycle Surgery 21 Tay St Invercargill 3 218 8055 Wensley Cycles Cnr Tay &am

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, offering an extensive range of commercial and charter helicopte

Completed in 1926, this elegant essay in brick ws designed by Government architect John Campbell but was completed by his successor, Invercargill architect JT Mair who had earlier designed the First Presbyterian Churc

The Bank Art Gallery is a commercial gallery available for exhibitions. Pop in any time to see the latest in Southland and NZ arts.

Anderson Park is located on the northern boundary of Invercargill. The grand old homestead remains as a focal point of the park, surrounded by well-manicured gardens and mature trees.

Fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and fly design is the driving force behind Stu's visions and goals in life.