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Invercargill, New Zealand

Invercargill is both the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand.  It is also one of the southernmost cities in the world which really adds to its appeal as a tourist destination.  Nearby, you will notice large farming areas as well as bordering conservation areas such as the Fiordland National Park.  The area is mostly visited for the local natural attractions but there are a number of other activities and educational sites to enjoy as well.

To get to Invercargill by car or motorhome rental, avoid the direct route on the main highway and take the Southern Scenic Route, which runs between Dunedin and Te Anau. The scenery on this route is nothing short of spectacular. Take your time as there are lots of places to stop on the way.

Invercargill outdoor attractions

Many people visiting Invercargill make the most of their trip by planning a flight over the Stewart Island.  While many people only refer to New Zealand as consisting of 2 main islands, this smaller piece of land has approximately 400 permanent residents and is the largest island, after the North and South islands of course.  The area is also home to amazing fauna and flora which makes it the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors.

A popular lookout point is Bluff Hill.  Make sure that you take plenty of refreshments for the trip and have your camera handy for some of the most fantastic photo opportunities.

There are also a number of parks and gardens in the area. Top choices include Queens Park, the Lignite Pit Scenic Stop, Otakaro Park and Otepuni Gardens.  All of which make for a great day out and the perfect places to stretch your legs, enjoy some fresh air and lush green surroundings.

Things to do in Invercargill

The Southland Museum and Art Gallery is one of the top educational sites in the area. Here you will be able to learn more about the local history and culture.  This is the perfect way to make sure that you are entertained even on the rainiest of days.

The Invercargill Water Tower is a very popular local landmark.  Even from the exterior the structure is captivating. If it is open to visitors, a trip to the top will be well worth it!

Just about an hour away from Invercargill, you will find the Waipapa Point Lighthouse. If you plan on visiting it, you are in for a treat! Pack some extra clothes because the wind can be rather cold but the views make up for any chilliness. You can watch some nearby seals, enjoy the ocean views and take in that fresh sea air. There are also some walking trails in the area and plenty of photo opportunities so take your camera with!

An interesting addition and talked about landmark is the South African War Memorial. Because of its location, you can't get too close but the tall clock tower is magnificent even from a short distance away.

There are also various religious sites in the area and important monuments can be viewed at the Invercargill Cenotaph.


As you can see, Invercargill has plenty to offer its locals and guests. While you enjoy a relaxing trip away from home, you will definitely have more than enough to do and see during your holiday and never come close to getting bored or tired of your beautiful surroundings.