Waihōpai / Invercargill

Invercargill mapInvercargill, Waihōpai, is the regional capital and commercial hub of Southland. Founded in the 1850s, it is New Zealand’s southernmost city - and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Numerous heritage buildings give the city a charming old-world quality, while the magnificent Queens Park impresses with its sprawling 80 hectares of beautifully kept gardens, wildlife habitats, playgrounds and sports areas.

Fondly dubbed the "City of Water and Light", referring to the long summer daylight hours, frequent appearances of the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights), and the city’s position beside the Waihopai River estuary, Invercargill has plenty of character and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere - except when it comes to celebrating Southland’s obsession with classic motoring!

It all started with local legend, Burt Munro, setting a land speed record in 1967 on his Indian Scout Motorbike. Now recognised as New Zealand’s “Classic Motoring Capital”, the city boasts an impressive vintage truck collection, a world-class motorcycle display and more!. 

Wide streets in a gridded layout make it easy to find your way around the city to enjoy the excellent cultural attractions, outstanding nature reserves and parks, and lively cafes, restaurants and bars. There’s something for the whole family in Invercargill!

Ascot Park Hotel - Superior Room
Ascot Park Hotel


Invercargill boasts a wide selection of hotels, motels, holiday parks, B&B’s, and even a quality backpackers right in the heart of the city. There’s an accommodation option for every situation and budget!

Food & Drink

From sheep’s milk to southern beers, blue cod to prime beef, Invercargill is definitely a foodie’s destination. Visit one of the local cafes, restaurants or bars for a southern take on some of the finest and freshest…

Things To Do

As the capital of Southland, Invercargill boasts a massive range of activities and attractions, providing visitors of any kind with plenty to see and do.


Invercargill boasts a wide range of parks, gardens, and reserves, and just minutes from the city visitors can explore the stunning Oreti Beach.