TO INVERCARGILL NEW ZEALAND
The City of Invercargill invites you to experience
the warmth, friendliness and hospitality that makes
Invercargill such a great place.
is favourably placed on the Southern Scenic Route
and is the gateway to some of New Zealand's most
beautiful scenery and destinations including the
Southland heartland, Stewart Island, Fiordland and
a combination of cultural attractions, a rejuvenated
city life and outstanding nature reserves and parks,
visitors to Invercargill often say how much there
is to see and do in Invercargill.
excellent shopping to lively cafes, restaurants
and bars, Invercargill has all the benefits of city
life with few of the drawbacks. The inner city upgrade
has transformed the city centre into a modern, attractive
and vibrant heart of the city. The variety and number
of heritage buildings in the city centre add to
the city and its many fine museums, art galleries
and parks or take a short trip to one of the bush
reserves, beaches or gardens on Invercargill's outskirts.
you are looking for fun and entertainment or a relaxing
holiday taking in the pleasures of our friendly
city, you can do it all in Invercargill.
Invercargill is flat and easy to get around regardless
of your choice of transport.
public bus service operates six days a week covering
the inner city and outlying suburbs. The bus timetable
is available from the Invercargill Passenger Transport,
+64 3 218 7108. Freebie
Bus travels within the inner city free of charge
has two taxi companies which provide an excellent
Blue Star Taxis, ph +64 3 218 6079
City Cabs, ph +64 3 214 444
arriving at the airport, please call either of these
businesses to arrange your transport. Shuttles and
rental vehicles are also available.
flatness and close proximity of facilities make
walking and cycling an attractive option in Invercargill.
While Invercargill offers all you would expect from
a modern city, you can be assured of avoiding the
traffic jams and delays now commonly experienced
in other metropolitan areas.
is a mere 10 minute drive to Oreti Beach, less than
30 minutes to the port town of Bluff home
of the delectable Bluff Oyster; - and from the fishing
town of Riverton. The Catlins, Fiordland, Queenstown
and other desirable locations are readily accessible
from Invercargill Stewart Island can be reached
by a short flight or ferry ride.
"Where the Highway Begins"
is unique in its geography, history, industry
and attractions.Its certainly worth spending
a night in the town and experiencing it for yourself.
The easy walking tracks provide spectacular views
over Stewart Island and Foveaux Strait, and pass through
lush forest with tall native trees, like rimu, rata
and kamahi. From the lookout on the summit of Bluff
Hill Motupohue a panorama of Southlands mountains,
plains, estuaries and islands is revealed. The famous
Stirling Point signpost signals the beginning of the
Highway throughout New Zealand.
you visit Bluff during the oyster season take the
time to try the world famous Bluff oyster a much
sought after delicacy. The Bluff Oyster is celebrated
annually at the Bluff Oyster & Southland Seafood
Festival, which is held annually on Foreshore Road
in Bluff. A wide variety of food and wine stalls
plus an all day entertainment package combine to
make the Festival a great day out. Visit www.bluffoysterfest.co.nz
for more details.
town itself is well serviced with a variety of accommodation,
restaurants, dairies, service stations and an information
centre. Bluff is only twenty seven kilometres south
of Invercargill, from which a regular bus service
Stretch your legs and wonder at the harmony of nature
on one of Invercargills manageable bush trails.
Walk through totara forest at Sandy Point Domain,
just 7km west of the city. Experience the native
bird-life and climb the sand dunes. Look-out points
on the many tracks give fantastic views of the New
River Estuary, which borders the domain. Take time
to reflect our history. This peninsula was home
to early Maori and used by whalers.
a more tangible view of history, take the track
at Greenpoint Domain, 2km north of Bluff. It is
a ships graveyard. This piece of coast was a past
dumping ground for vessels at the end of their lives.
Skeletons of steel whalers and beached fishing boats
litter the shore.
deeply and taste the sea air of Bluff. Foveaux Walkway
is a walk along rugged coastline below Motupohue
(The Bluff). A circular track just over 7km in length
starts out on the Foveaux Walkway. It continues
on from Lookout Point, over Bluff Hill and back
to Stirling Point.
a short 20-30 minute excursion try the Glory Track,
one way between Stirling Point and Gunpit Road.
variety of short bush walks are available at some
smaller reserves close to Invercargill.
meets south at Awarua Wetlands. The wetlands are
a stronghold for migratory birds from the Northern
Himsphere, water fowl and native birds such as fernbirds
and bittern. Many species of wading birds can also
be observed at Awarua Bay. Altogether, Awarua Wetlands
Scientific Reserve and the adjoining Seaward Moss
and Toetoes conservation areas cover 14,000 hectares.
This is the largest protected wetlands in southern
out the Department of Conservation website for more
information on tracks around Invercargill and Southland:
Invercargill abounds with superb parks and gardens.
For a city so small, they are a treasure that local
folk are truly proud of. Take time to explore nature
at is most noble and preservation at its proudest.....
Queens Park, is the grandest of all the city's parks.
Encompassing more than 80 hectares, it offers the
visitor the most diverse range of facilities and
The Park boasts two beautiful and varied rose gardens,
a rhododendron dell, an azalea garden, dramatic
tree lined walkways, bush paths, a selection of
native plants, a Japanese garden, rock and herb
gardens. There is an indoor Winter Garden featuring
tropical and flowering plants. Queens Park also
has an impressive bird aviary, animal enclosures,
childrens play areas, extensive sporting facilities
and a cafe. Also prominent on the ground is the
Southland Museum and Art Gallery.
Park surrounds the Anderson Park Art Gallery and
covers 24 hectares of flower and rose gardens, immaculate
lawn, tall trees and native bush. There is also
a traditional carved Maori house, a short bush walk
circuit, duck pond and childrens playground. The
Andersons' elegant home, now houses the Anderson
Park Art Gallery Society's splendid collection of
quality New Zealand art.
shaded pathways, winding along the banks of the
Otepuni Stream make a refreshing break from the
hustle and bustle of the city's commercial centre.
The spacious 9.4 hectares, encompassing four city
blocks, are an important central landmark, and joggers
and cyclists take advantage of the sense of seclusion
the gardens offer.
Festival of Gardens
late October and early November, Southlands
Festival of the Gardens gives opportunity for visitors
to view magnificent properties not always open to
the public. The festival continues in February,
allowing summer blooms to feature at their best.
With over 25 gardens on display around Southland,
there is a vast selection to choose from to meet
even the most discerning of tastes.