No matter the weather, Invercargill has something for everyone. So, for when it's wet outside just remember every rain cloud has a silver lining. Here are some ideas that'll suit all ages and budgets, from soaking in the cultural atmosphere at He Waka Tuia to unleashing your inner kid at Jump n Fun. Relax and stay dry as you check out the plenty of indoor activities Invercargill has to keep you entertained.
Find out why Invercargill is considered the Classic Motoring Capital and visit the impressive collection of vintage trucks at Bill Richardson Transport World. It 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. 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. After that, head over to learn about Invercargill’s speed legend Burt Munro and check out the fastest Indian at E Hayes and Sons Motorworks Collection.
Southland's together space, the collaboration between the Invercargill Public Art Gallery and the Southland Museum and Art Gallery, is called He Waka Tuia Art + Museum. Doors open from 10am - 5pm Monday to Friday and 11-2.30 in the…
While you are in central Invercargill, you won't want to pass up on the FREE opportunity to check out the latest exhibits at He Waka Tuia. This collaboration space shared by the Invercargill Public Art Gallery and the Southland Museum and Art Gallery should be a must for any visit to Invercargill. Exhibits change often, so make sure you see them before they go.
The cooler Southland months are a great time to warm the belly and sample (or indulge) in some of Southland’s famous comfort food offerings. Savour the South by trying local delicacies such as cheese rolls, swedes, and world-famous Bluff Oysters and Southland Blue Cod - all dished up with a good dash of southern hospitality. Sample some award-winning artisan chocolates or try your hand at chocolate making at the Seriously Good Chocolate Company.
The infamous Southern Cheese Roll... a local tradition and delicacy that is a must-try for any traveller to Southland. Like the historic tiffs over Pavlova, Russell Crowe, Marmite and more, the origin story of the cheese roll can…
If you are after a bit of competitive fun, why not check out the Invercargill Superbowl. Fun for the whole family, 10 pin bowling is a great way to spend a rainy-day afternoon. If you want collaborate competition, then you need to check out the southernmost escape room experience. With four experiences to choose from, Solve It and Escape is a great inclusive experience enjoyed by all ages, young and old alike.
To keep the kids entertained on a rainy day, Invercargill has plenty of options. Check out Southland's only trampoline park, Jump n Fun which has a foam pit, dodgeball arena, and so much more. There are games and activities for all ages. Next, take the kids to Splash Palace and let them race down the hydro slide or play in the waves and sprays pool. For kids who are a bit younger, why not check out Chipmunks? New Zealand’s most visited indoor play centre. A great option for parents as there is a cafe inside too. To wrap up this rainy day, grab an ice cream and some popcorn and settle into your comfy big red chair at Reading Cinema to catch the latest blockbuster movie.
When the weather does clear up, don't forget to check out our Invercargill trip ideas and Natural Attractions.