Discover Invercargill / Southland

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Where to find us

Invercargill is the southernmost city in New Zealand, nestled in the majestic province of Southland. Invercargill is very accessible with daily flights from Auckland (via Christchurch), Wellington or Christchurch, and the airport is just a five minute drive from the city. Driving from Dunedin or Queenstown Airports take just 2½ hours through some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable.

Scenic Highlights

Invercargill is the New Zealand’s capital of motoring heritage, and shows its class through its beautiful inner city parks, traditional wide streets and classic architecture. Known for its great tastes, Southland boasts a long array of natural and crafted delicacies, particularly its Bluff oysters, cheese rolls and its local brews. 

Southland is surrounded by lakes, mountains and coast – on the doorstep of Rakiura National Park on Stewart Island and the world heritage listed Fiordland National park – the home of Milford and Doubtful Sounds. Take a drive on the Southern Scenic Route, and take in coastal majesty of the Catlins or head inland to see traditional agricultural hinterland.

What’s on

February
Burt Munro Challenge
Heritage Harvest Festival

May
Bluff Oyster & Food Festival

July
Hokonui Fashion Design Awards

November

Tour of Southland

Conference Venues & Facilities

Invercargill boasts world class facilities to hold your conference or event – whether it be the award winning Ascot Park Hotel, the recently rebuilt ILT Stadium, the classy Civic Theatre or the newly opened Bill Richardson’s Transport World. Not to mention these are within 8 minutes of each other, accommodations and the airport. But don’t just stop there – travel a short distance to Gore and you are in the heritage centre of Southland. If you are looking for an intimate setting have a look at The Hideaway near Winton – and try the incredible food.

Accommodation

When it’s time to turn in, Southland offers an array of accommodation catering for every taste and budget – from hotels to motels to boutique hotels to backpackers to home stays the choice is yours! Wherever you make your “home away from home” you’ll find the warm hospitality that is synonymous with Southlanders.

Unforgettable Experiences

Encompassing Fiordland, the Catlins, the Southern Scenic Route and Stewart Island, Southland offers its visitors the best of New Zealand. With thrill seeking jet boat rides on some of the most amazing waterways in the country, to incredible 4WD adventures and of course some of the most spectacular walking tracks in the world – Southland is wilderness at its best.

If you are looking for a more relaxed stay – try Invercargill’s cafes and restaurants or visit the museum, shop in Winton and lunch amongst some beautiful gardens or visit the galleries in Gore. Play a leisurely round of golf or get that bike out and be one of the first to cycle the Around the Mountain Cycle Trail and enjoy cafés and quirky shops along the trail.

There is so much to do – come and visit and let us show you around!