• Queens Park
  • Museums and galleries
  • Sample world-famous Bluff oysters


  • By car: 2 hour 30 mins from Dunedin
  • By plane: 1 hour 30 mins from Christchurch

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It's easy to navigate around the wide streets of Invercargill. New Zealand's southernmost city has plenty of character and a warm, friendly heart.

Invercargill is New Zealand's southernmost city. It dates back to the 1850s, when people from the Scottish settlement of Dunedin began buying land for sheep runs in the far south.

From a visitor’s point of view, Invercargill is well-equipped. It has an excellent range of shops and a selection of lively bars and restaurants. Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco heritage buildings give the city a charming old-world character.

At Queens Park you'll find lovely rose gardens, a golf course, and the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. The museum is home to some interesting artefacts, as well as live tuatara lizards.

Just north of the city, Anderson Park is a 24-hectare estate with a Georgian residence at its centre. Here, Anderson Park Art Gallery exhibits quality art from the far south and throughout New Zealand.

Natural beauty abounds in and around Invercargill, with Oreti Beach and Sandy Point Reserve favourite spots. Local food specialities include oysters and blue cod.

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