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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Cottage by the Tower offers you a modern, stand alone, comfortable apartment style cottage set amongst lavender and Olive trees on this quarter acre property.

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


Looking for quality Accommodation in Invercargill, then you need to stay at the 295 on Tay Motel.

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.

This property has been independently assessed by Qualmark as 4 star quality accommodation.

Tower Lodge Motel Invercargill are pleased to announce our latest award from Trip Advisor, the Hall of Fame Award for achieving the Certificate of Excellence 5 years in a row!

A warm welcome awaits you at Braemar farmstay.

If you are in need of Invercargill accommodation, then look no further.

Monarch Motel, Invercargill accommodation.

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Ten kilometres west of Invercargill, Oreti Beach was a key location for the film 'The World's Fastest Indian', which tells the story of Southland's motorcycling hero Burt Munro.

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

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.

Bill Richardson Transport World is the largest private collection of its type in the world.

Established in the early 1900’s, the Invercargill Golf Club is one of New Zealand’s best golf courses.

Explore Southland with a professional guide. Established in 1993, Lynette Jack Scenic Sights will show you the region from a local's view point.

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 walking in gardens, bush and the Invercargill city centre.

The pride of Invercargill is Queens Park, a beautiful park in the centre of the city sprawling across 80 hectares of beautifully kept gardens.

Take a guided bike tour around the highlights of Invercargill.

The annual cycling challenge held in August. This Southland business house competition is run as an Italian Pursuit - a four member team event. For beginner to advanced riders.