Things to Do in Invercargill

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

The highlight of Invercargill’s crown is, no doubt, its various world-class vintage motor vehicle displays, including Bill Richardson Transport World and Classic Motorcycle Mecca. Home to Burt Munro, a Southland speeding legend, you will find plenty of memorabilia and displays around town, as well as the annual Burt Munro ChallengeE. Hayes Motorworks Collection has Burt Munro’s original speed bike racer on display.

Head to Queens Park for a relaxing walk, where you will be surrounded by lush greenery and multiple special gardens to choose from. For those who love history, the city is also home to many historical buildings and an interesting heritage trail. Invercargill also boasts an abundance of special natural spaces, from parks and gardens to scenic bushes and reserves, an estuary, rivers, and a drivable beach, as well as the unique Sandy Point Domain. There are multiple sculptures scattered across the city. Go on a hunt for them! Such as “The Tale of Southland – Murihiku” is literally a whale tale representing the Southland region.

Go-karting, tenpin bowling, paintball, horse trekking, playing sports at the ILT Stadium Southland, swimming at Splash Palace, catching the latest movie at Reading Cinemas Invercargill, or taking a guided tour of a boutique food and beverage producer – these are just some of the exciting opportunities in Invercargill!

Queens Park

The pride of Invercargill is Queens Park, a magnificent public park in the heart of the city. The park sprawls across 80 hectares of beautifully kept gardens, wildlife habitats, and sports areas. It's no… Read More

Sandy Point Domain

Just 10km from the city of Invercargill is Sandy Point, a sand and shingle peninsula bound by the Oreti River and Foveaux Strait. Maori enjoyed this region for its plentiful supply of birdlife, fish and… Read More

Splash Palace

The Southland Aquatic Centre " Splash Palace " is one of the top public pool facilities in New Zealand. Our facility includes a 50m x 8 lane sports pool with a bulkhead, a leisure pool with waves and sprays… Read More


New Zealand's southernmost Ten Pin Bowling Centre, Superbowl Invercargill (Southland Ten Pin Bowling Centre Limited) is a privately owned bowling centre that was established in 1987 by a consortium of local… Read More

Xtreme Karts

We offer the only karting drift track in Southland. Requiring more skill and more daring than normal go-karting, it also offers the more exhilaration and excitement than any racing experience you may have had… Read More

Iconically Invercargill: Fat Bastard Pies

A visit to Murihiku Southland isn't complete without a pie from Fat Bastard Pies. Even if Invercargill is not on your itinerary, this iconic pie is worth making a special trip! Since the beginning, business owners Simon Owen…

Autumn in Southland

Discover autumn in Murihiku Southland, one of the best times to visit. March to May Temperatures between 10°C and 20°C The crisp air whispers change, the days grow shorter, and a kaleidoscope of colours paints the…

Winter in Southland

Winter in Southland should be your choice of season to visit. June to August Temperatures between 10°C and 0°C As the seasons shift, days get shorter, and a crisp chill fills the air. Murihiku Southland transforms. Unlike…

Summer in Southland

With long sunny days, a diverse landscape, great food and drink and plenty of outdoor activities, Southland is the perfect summer destination. Home to five of New Zealand's Great Walks, two multiday cycle trails, a multitude of…

Spring in Southland

Spring offers green valleys, snowy mountains and longer, warmer days. September to November Temperatures between 10°C and 20°C Spring has sprung in Southland, and the entire region bursts with life! Gone are the crisp days…

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