91 McIvor Road, Invercargill

The elegant Anderson Park is located on the northern outskirts of Invercargill and is testament to the generous spirit of one of Invercargill’s early prominent businessmen. The grand old homestead remains as a focal point of the park, surrounded by well-manicured gardens and mature trees.

Sir Robert Anderson bought a rather neglected 300 acre block in 1910, attracted by the 50 acres of native bush on the property. Starting off as a sheep farm, Anderson and his wife's passion for horticulture soon saw extensive flower gardens developing. They added the magnificent homestead in 1925, which was built in the Georgian style by Christchurch architect, Cecil Wood, at a cost of £10,000. The roof was clad with slates from Bangor, Wales, while two fireplaces were carved from Oamaru stone and another has green marble from the West Coast built into its surround. On November 22nd 1984 the house was registered as a historic place Category 1 with the Historic Places Trust.

It was Anderson’s wish that on his and his wife’s death, the house and grounds, including the block of native bush, be gifted to the city for use as a public park. Assessed as a serious earthquake risk, the homestead has been closed since January 30th 2014, but the grounds and sheltered picnic areas remain open to the public. Rose gardens, wheelchair accessible play equipment, and an easy walking track through the native bush are some of the highlights of the park.


Note: Dog access is allowed if the dog is on a leash. Go here for more dog friendly walks and areas in Southland.

Invercargill City Council
Last modified
Tue 2 Jun 2020
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