Waihōpai / Invercargill
Invercargill, 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!
You won't want to miss...
When planning your trip to Invercargill, make sure you check out these iconic and unmissable events!
Burt Munro Challenge
The life of the legendary motorbike racing legend Burt Munro is celebrated every year in Southland…
Southland A&P Show
If you think you know A&P shows, you might be in for a surprise. On the first Saturday of March…
Southland Beer Wine & Wild Food Festival
Southland Beer, Wine and Wild Food Festival, the world’s southern-most craft beer festival…
Southland Multicultural Food Festival
Take a trip through the diverse flavours, sights and sounds of Southland’s epic Multicultural…
George Begg Festival
Fire up your sense of nostalgia at the George Begg Festival held in Invercargill.
Savour the South
A festival, celebrating Southland’s tastiest dishes, beverages and our outstanding…
ILT Kidzone Festival
Southland’s most popular family event is jam-packed with hundreds of hands-on activities…
Mīharo Murihiku Polyfest
7,000 tamariki take to the stage for this powerful week-long festival celebrating the sights and…
NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame Awards
It's the gala dinner of the year bringing road transport legends together from all corners of…
SBS Bank Tour of Southland
More than 100 riders. Over 800 kilometres. 7 action-packed days. This is one of New Zealand’s…
Ascot Park Christmas at the Races
A sea of festive marquees fans out in front of you as glamorously dressed partygoers mingle in the…
Romantic getaway in Invercargill
A romantic getaway in Invercargill, from a romantic walk in Queens Park to cracking codes in an escape room, cocktails overlooking the city's skyline, and so much more. Whether you like to…
The History Buff
The history of Murihiku Southland is rich and varied, with each part of the region embracing their own unique past. View lighthouses and whalers' sites, moonshine distilleries, and Victorian…
The Big Four in Four
Itinerary for Invercargill
Foodies rejoice as you sample your way through some of the world’s best fare, all produced in the great Southern region.
Explore the region
Rakiura Stewart Island is the southernmost and smallest island of the three main islands of New Zealand. Just 30km from the South Island, it is a perfect retreat for those seeking peace, quiet, and… Read More
The Catlins, the spectacular coastal stretch between Balclutha and Invercargill, boasts a rugged beauty and untouched quality that is magnetic. Here you’ll find a world of native forests fringed by high… Read More
Gore District, sometimes referred to as Eastern Southland, boasts an eclectic mix of heritage and culture. Famous for its fly-fishing on the Mataura River, its colourful illicit whisky-making past and farming… Read More
Northern Southland is a beautiful contrast of green, rolling farmland, majestic snow-capped mountains, and tussock clad high country. Read More
Central Southland is 1.5 million hectares of lush, rolling farmland. The district has always thrived on agriculture, although sawmills, flax and linen-flax industries, lime works, brickworks and tile works… Read More
Tucked between the towering peaks of Fiordland to the west, the Takitimu mountain range to the north, and the wild ocean to the south, Western Southland boasts spectacular unspoilt scenery and limitless… Read More