Queens Park is Invercargill's pride and joy - a paradise of cool climate gardens and walkways.
Just north of Invercargill's city centre, Queens Park sprawls across 80 beautiful hectares. Special features include a beautiful and varied rose garden, a rhododendron dell, an azalea garden, dramatic tree-lined walkways, tracks through native forest, a Japanese garden, rock and herb gardens. An indoor wintergarden features tropical and flowering plants; cacti are displayed in an adjoining house. Queens Park also has an impressive bird aviary, animal enclosures, children's play areas, extensive sporting facilities and cafés.
Prominent in the grounds of Queens Park is the Southland Museum and Art Gallery - a very distinctive pyramid-shaped building. A highlight of the museum is the Maori Gallery, which emphasizes the everyday aspects of pre-European life. The museum also has a Tuatarium, where you can see tuatara and find out about the captive breeding programme. Tuatara are native reptiles with a lineage that stretches back 225 million years - they were around when dinosaurs walked the earth.