The Water Tower is one of the oldest landmarks in town. Due to its size, its also one of the largest and can be seen from most of the city. It can be viewed from the Southland Museum grounds.It is possible to climb up the 40m structure to view the city from above, but this is only available on Sundays and holidays in the afternoon.more
We couldn't miss this memorial on our walk around Invercargill, as it was situated in the middle of a busy roundabout.It is a very impressive looking memorial, built out of granite, it also has a clock, and then a lone trooper which is made out of marble, stands a -top. It was built in memory of those who lost their lives in the Boer war.Evidently,...more
The Civic Theatre Complex is another building in Invercargill built in English Renaissance style. The Theatre is over 100years old, and is one of Invercargill’s landmark buildings and is still in use today.It was originally the Invercargill Town Hall and was opened in 1906. The Civic Theatre Complex as it is now known, was extensively renovated and...more
Built in 1896, the Victoria Railway Hotel was built to serve train travelers to the region. This is an impressive looking Hotel, with lovely architecture. In 1907 the hotel was expanded with it's first major upgrade to cater for increased demand. In 2003, the Hotel was closed for restoration back to its former glory. Accommodation is available with...more
The heritage walk is worth doing as there are lots of old beautiful buildings here.You can pick up a brochure, which includes a map and information on the sights, at the Information Centre, located in the Southland Museum, gala street, Invercargill. Open 8 - 5 daily.If you view everything on the brochure, then it would take a half day getting...more
The Animal Reserve locted at the park is a good area for children. They can walk through and see the animals at close range. They are mainly domestic animals like Chickens, Guinea pigs, Rabbits [Enderby Island Rabbits], Pigs, Wallabies, Goats, Alpaca and more.The walk through part of the reserve is open daily from 8.30am to 4.30pm. However you can...more
Who is Henry, you may ask?Henry is a live Tuatara that lives in an outdoor "Tuatarium" at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. The Museum received a large male Tuatara transferred from a zoo in 1961 named George, then a mate named Stephanie. George died in 1971 and was replaced with Henry who also came from Stephens Island.Stephanie died in 1980...more
This Museum is situated on the edge of Queens park.You could not possibly miss it as it is a distinctive pyramid shaped building. We went and had a look as admission was FREE! There was quite a wide range of exhibits and activities. Of interest, was the Maori gallery, there was a Roaring 40's sub-Antarctic experience, Victorian-era rooms and...more
Queens Park is beautiful. Here I saw the most beautiful deep Red Hydrangeas, a colour I hadn't seen before!This big garden had plenty of interest for me to look at. Of interest, was the New Zealand natives section, which was a collection of native trees, shrubs and alpine plants. Another different garden, suited to this colder climate was the...more
This is not as gruesome as it sounds, the reclaimed land has been turned into a very pleasant area to walk and see the tidal estuary birds. In fact the area back in the 19th century and early 20th century was Invercargill's port and the water was used for recreational swimming by the public.The track now extends itself in full to around 4kms, but...more
This area contains a pleasant 2.4km (40 mins) walk through bush and some of the most unusual, even bizzare shaped trees you will come across.The forest is based on sand dunes and is predominately Totara trees set amongst lush bush.This is a popular little track by a picnic area and by the Oreti river just on the outskirts of Invercargill city.more
This is a 81 hectare park, right in the centre of the city and a real haven for the local residents and visitors alike.The park contains numerous gardens, has a botanical area, kids playgrounds, fish and duck ponds, animal reserve, bird sanctuary, a fitness track and lots of walking tracks and paths. A public golf course is situated in the park,...more
There's a well hidden hut here from which you can see the yellow-eyed pinguins come to shore. You'll have to be there about two hours before sunset and bring your binoculars. Don't come between December and February, because the pinguins will have chicks and they'll need their privacy.more
Was the best motel I have stayed in for such a long time. Friendly hosts, the unit was so clean and...more
We really enjoyed our stay! Hi! Thank you so much for having us stay with you. Your Motel is...more
Southern comfort hostel is ok. Its got all you need and is clean and feels very homely.more
Sit down or takeaway, step inside to order or use the window out on the pavement ..... from vegetarian to chicken or lamb .... doner to iskender to platters ..... turkish delight to turkish coffee ~~~ all is yummy and well presented. Visited this place just after it opened in December 2003 and tried the falafel kebab (lots of yummy moist falafel...more
Zookeepers would have to be Invercargill's original trendy cafe.There is a huge corrugated elephant outside and the decor is quirky with stuffed and metal animals everywhere.There is a bar, but I've never been there at night - its slightly alternative.The food is cafe-style meals, great for brunch in the weekends, or during the weeks if you've got...more
Bombay Palace has been open for about 5 years now. You can dine in or takeaway. The restaurant is cozy with a nice family atmosphere, there are Indian paintings and photos etc on the walls.Service is good, and the wait for food isn't long. I recommend palak paneer, chicken tikka marsala, the vegetarian samosas and gulab jamin for dessert.more
The Frog, an english-style pub, is located right beside the movie theatre which means it's great to pop into for a bite before/after the movies. I recommend the fish and chips. It has a warm cozy atmosphere during the day.At night, the place is crowded, the dancefloor is full and the music goes off.It's pretty popular with the workcrowd on Thursday...more
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The commercial hub of the Southland area, Invercargill is the place where most of the region’s retail activity takes place. You can expect to find excellent shopping here.
Within a close radius you’ll find quality clothing boutiques, family stores, gift and souvenir shops, as well as a host of lively eateries.
Handcrafted garments made from local materials are a unique way to keep something of Southland. The local artisans have a wealth of experience to draw from - you will be impressed by the quality and design of their products. You can also find out how paua (abalone) is processed into beautiful jewellery and souvenirs, then buy some keepsakes at wholesale prices.
The Purakaunui Falls are a cascading multi-tiered waterfall on the Purakaunui River, located in a small reserve of mixed podocarp and beech forest. A 10 minute walk on an excellent track takes you to the falls.The Purakaunui Falls car park has a picnic area with toilets.Another beautiful one, tumbling 20 metres over three distinct tiers.LocationThe...more
Horseshoe Waterfalls, and once again you pass through Podocarp forest to see these small, 10metre falls. These falls are on the same track as to Matai Falls, when you reach a junction, take the path to the right and walk (mostly uphill) for another 2 minutes to view Horseshoe Falls.From Owaka, continue driving South on the Papatowai Highway for...more
Located on a high knob jutting out into the Ocean is New Zealand's oldest Lighthouse, built in 1869.The area is a wildlife sanctuary for Yellow-eyed Penguins, fur seals, elephant seals and many sea birds. We saw lots of Seals here. There is a viewing hide for the Penguins, the best time to see them is dusk. The Nuggets are all the very tiny islands...more
Whether you want to lap swim, slip down the waterslide, jump off the high board or just relax in the swirl pool - Splash Palace has it all.
The 50m main pool has a moveable bulkhead to allow for activities such as aquarobics, aquaboxing, aquajogging, lap swimming, learn to swim classes, diving and using the waterslide. Already the pool has been host to national swimming championships and other sports such as waterpolo, underwater hockey, synchronised swimming and canoe polo.
Equipment: There is a childrens pool where infants can explore the joys of waterplay, a leisure pool where kids can have fun under the waterfalls and where the family can enjoy the wave maker, and there is even a cafe where you can meet friends for a coffee after your swim.
The changing rooms are divided into: male, female, family and disabled.
Favorite thing: Invercargill is at the bottom of the South Island. It has an average temperature during summer (January) of 20.10°C and winter (July) of 5.60°C. Although it is cold during winter, it very rarely ever snows, but does have very severe frosts. These can be - 8°C, which can be very cold, but by mid morning will have thawed out and the day will be quite warm. The average rain fall is about 1042 mm. Autumn is March to May, and can sometimes be very cold also. Warm woollen clothing and a coat is very necessary at this time of the year. If possible, try to talk to someone that has been to New Zealand in previous years.