Explore Invercargill New Zealand
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. It dates back to the Scottish settlement of Dunedin in the 1850s when people started buying land for sheep runs in the south. It’s a friendly, hospitable place with a lot of character.
Invercargill is the commercial centre of the Southland region. It is prosperous with large industry business including agriculture, fishing, forestry, tourism, manufacturing and energy. There are excellent shopping facilities in the city for all your shopping wants and needs.
Favourably placed on the Southern Scenic Route, it’s the gateway to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery and destinations including the Southland heartland, Stewart Island, Fiordland and the Catlins. There is little hustle and bustle making it a relaxed, slow-paced city.
Things to do in Invercargill
There are plenty of things to do in Invercargill. There are multiple scenic reserves and parks to enjoy right by Invercargill. Visit Queens Bay to find some beautiful rose gardens and play some golf. Anderson Park is a 24 hectare estate with a Georgian residence located just north of the city. Here you will find Anderson Park Gallery which exhibits quality art from throughout New Zealand.
There are a number of leisure and sporting activities to enjoy in Invercargill. The Southland Aquatic centre – Splash Palace – is one of the top public pool facilities in New Zealand. The facility includes a 50m x 8 lane sports pool with a bulkhead, a leisure pool with waves and sprays, a kids’ pool and a learners’ pool. There is also a water slide, spa pool, steam room and a café. An afternoon well spent.
Museums and galleries are the heart of Invercargill attractions. The uniquely pyramid-shaped Southland Museum and Art Gallery is a major cultural organisation for the Southland Region. Exhibitions include the unique roaring 40’s Gallery exploring the sub-Antarctic islands, Burt Munro, the tribute to a Southern motorcycle legend; a Maori gallery and the internationally recognized tuatara breeding colony featuring a 100 year old tuatara (lizard).
Using Invercargill as your base, you can also explore nearby Fiordland and Queenstown as they are within a two hour drive, the Catlins and Rakiura National Park. If you don’t drive, don’t worry – there are plenty of good transport links to other main centers from Invercargill.
Visit Invercargill and experience the warm, hospitable atmosphere, the Scottish heritage and the many attractions that it has to offer. Check out Best Western’s accommodation at this location. The BEST WESTERN Townsman Motor Lodge is ideally located close to the major attractions and is the perfect base for which to discover New Zealand. Book his hotel.