Things to do in Invercargill

Invercargill, the southernmost city of New Zealand, boasts a rich history and a vibrant cultural scene. Nestled at the heart of the Southland region, it serves as the gateway to some of the country’s most breathtaking natural landscapes, including Stewart Island, Fiordland, and the Catlins. The city prides itself on its wide, easy-to-navigate streets laid out in a grid pattern, a legacy from the Victorian era. Its architecture is a mix of heritage buildings and modern structures, reflecting its growth and adaptation over time.

The community in Invercargill is known for its warm hospitality and friendly spirit. With a strong sense of heritage, locals celebrate their history through various museums and galleries while embracing progress with contemporary art spaces and an evolving culinary scene. The city’s proximity to untouched natural environments offers residents and visitors alike unparalleled access to outdoor adventures such as hiking, fishing, and wildlife spotting. Invercargill’s unique position in New Zealand provides a distinctive blend of urban life and rugged wilderness, making it an intriguing place to explore.

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  • Bill Richardson Transport World – This vast museum is home to one of the largest private collections of its type in the world. Featuring classic cars, vintage trucks, rare motorcycles and memorabilia spread over 15,000 square meters of display space, it’s a paradise for vehicle enthusiasts.
  • Southland Museum & Art Gallery – Explore regional history through engaging exhibits ranging from Maori artifacts to Antarctic exploration. The pyramid-shaped building also houses live tuatara reptiles.
  • Esk Street Park – A modern urban green space in the heart of Invercargill offering a peaceful retreat with artistic sculptures and beautifully landscaped gardens.
  • Stewart Island Ferry Service – Take a trip across Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island/Rakiura. Known for its pristine forests and beaches, it’s also one of the best places in New Zealand to spot kiwi birds in their natural habitat.
  • Queens Park – Spanning 80 hectares in central Invercargill, this park features botanical gardens, an aviary, sports facilities, and walking paths amidst picturesque settings.
  • Civic Theatre – A beautifully restored theatre offering a variety of performances from local plays to international touring shows within an elegant setting.
  • Splash Palace – An indoor aquatic centre perfect for families looking to have fun with swimming pools, hydroslides and leisure pools regardless of weather conditions outside.
  • Invercargill Brewery – Sample some local craft beers at this brewery known for its innovative brews using locally sourced ingredients. Tours are available by appointment.
  • Rugby Park Stadium – Experience New Zealand’s passion for rugby by catching a game at this stadium which hosts both domestic matches and international fixtures.
  • Dig This Invercargill – Get hands-on experience operating heavy machinery in safe controlled environments at New Zealand’s first heavy equipment playground.
  • Bluff Oyster Festival – Celebrate Southland’s seafood delicacy at this annual festival held in Bluff just south of Invercargill featuring food stalls music entertainment competitions more related festivities each May.