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Invercargills Top 10 Bucket List
As experienced travelers, here at Invercargill TOP 10 we know that time is of the essence when visiting new cities and towns. Therefore we have compiled a bucket list of the top 10 things to do whilst in Invercargill.
1) Andersons Park
Andersons Park is an impressive Georgian style residence set in 24 hectares of beautiful landscaping and gardens. Originally built by the late Sir Robert Anderson the house now displays Invercargill's extensive collection of New Zealand art. The house was built and completed by the notable Invercargill businessman in 1925 for the purpose of displaying beautiful artwork as seen by the white plastered interior walls. Extensive incorporation of the Maori culture has been entwined throughout the house and a wharepuni (or Maori house) is situated at the rear of the house. After the deaths of Sir Robert and his wife the house and grounds were donated to the city of Invercargill in order to display the cities collection of artwork. Today the exhibitions are maintained and managed by an incorporated society who ensure the longevity of Invercargill's most renowned artists.
2) Donovan Park
Directly opposite Andersons park is an attractive area of rural parkland linking McIvor road with Bainfield road. The parks open grassland, ponds and attractive plantings are home to a number of different animal species including deer and birdlife.
3) Queens Park
When J T Thompson laid out the town of Invercargill in 1857 he set aside 80 hectares of land for a reserve in the centre of the city. This area has now been developed into the well established Queens Park. This beautiful area has numerous features including a band rotunda, rose gardens, playground, duck ponds, aviaries, water park and a vast amount of beautiful landscaping and walking tracks.
The Feldwick gates are situated at the entrance of the park in favor of John Feldwick who bequeathed 20,000 pounds to the parks development. These exquisite statues feature the cities coat of arms which incorporates a plough, a sheaf of corn, and a bale of wool to depict the prosperity of the province.
Situated approximately 25 kms from Invercargill is the beautiful seaside town of Bluff, also known as the "Gateway to Stewart Island. State highway 1 begins (or ends) at Bluff's Stirling Point which is an attraction in itself with the distinctive and infamous bright yellow sign post.
Bluff has a lot to offer the discerning traveler with attractions such as Bluff' Maritime Museum, Stirling Point, panoramic views from the viewing platform on top of Bluff Hill (Motupohe), and our highly recommended walking tracks.
5) Southland Museum and Art Gallery
Situated beside Queens Park is the cities exquisite Southland Museum and Art Gallery which is easily identified by its distinctive pyramid shape. This building is home to Invercargill's visitor centre, a unique roaring 40's gallery featuring technological displays and Henry the 110 year old Tuatara and his family.
6) E Hayes and Sons
Situated at the Invercargill Hardware store is Burt Munros infamous 600 cc Indian Scout motorcycle. The staff here are extremely friendly and knowledgeable on all matters including the vintage vehicles and motorcycles as well as more practical issues such as hardware and tools. The beautiful gift shop situated at the front of the building makes the store ideal for all types of visitors.
7) Don Street Facades
This one way street is situated in the centre of Invercargill’s shopping district and contains a beautiful collection of heritage buildings from the Arts and Crafts style of Tudor House and Victorian Architecture. The large Umbrella sculpture illustrates the cities geographical location and acts as both a sundial and a planetarium. Under the shelter of the Umbrella are the listed family names of Invercargill residents in the year 2000.
8) Splash Palace
"The Invercargill centre's southern coastal theme makes it a fun place to visit and there are few communities in the world that can boast an indoor aquatic centre of this size within walking distance of the central business district and close to a large selection of motels and parks.
The facility includes a 50m x 8 lane sports pool with a bulkhead, a leisure pool with waves and sprays, a tots' pool and a learners' pool. There is also a water slide, spa pool, steam room and a cafe all indoors and with plenty of off street parking."
9) Oreti Beach
Oreti Beach is Invercargill's own beach. Upon arrival visitors are able to view Rakiura (Stewart Island) directly in front of them or Riverton towards the right. The Maori people have named the south end of the beach "Ma te Aweawe" translated as Misty Way based on the fact that as people walk down the beach they appear to float above the sands and disappear into the mist.
10) Water Tower
On of Invercargill’s most famous and oldest statues is the city’s Water Tower. Due to its sheer size this landmark can be seen from most of the city and on Sunday afternoons tours of the tower are made available to the public enabling visitors to clime the 40 meter structure to view the city from above.
These beautifully maintained motel units were completed in 2011 and are available as a studio motel or 2 bedroom motel unit.
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