Activities

Queens Park

The pride of Invercargill is Queens Park, a magnificent public park in the heart of the city. The park sprawls across 80 hectares of beautifully kept gardens, wildlife habitats, and sports areas.

Highlights of this New Zealand Garden of National Significance include a stunning rose garden, a rhododendron dell, an azalea garden, a Japanese garden, bush paths through a selection of native plants, rock and herb gardens, and a stumpery. An indoor Winter Garden features tropical and flowering plants, and a range of cacti are displayed in an adjoining structure. The park also houses an impressive bird aviary, farmyard area, and animal enclosures.

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Sandy Point Domain

Just 10km from the city of Invercargill is Sandy Point, a sand and shingle peninsula bound by the Oreti River and Foveaux Strait. Maori enjoyed this region for its plentiful supply of birdlife, fish and shellfish and even today you are able to see an abundance of wildlife and nature.

In 1863 a shore whaling station was established. One of the whalers, Owen McShane, gained a notorious reputation for distilling a kind of rum from the cabbage trees in the area. This rum is believed to be responsible for the wreck of the Lynx in 1837 due to drunken crew. Flax mills operated in the area until the 1970s.

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Invercargill Water Tower

Invercargill’s water tower has been described as an architectural treasure and a prime example of Victorian architecture. Invercargill water tower demonstrates the ability to provide a utilitarian structure which is aesthetically pleasing. Built originally as the primary means of pressurize water supply system for the city, the tower now performs a ‘back up’ role, for when there are water supply disruptions from the main supply in the city.

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The Catlins

The Catlins (sometimes referred to as The Catlins Coast) comprises an area in the southeastern corner of the South Island of New Zealand.[3] The area lies between Balclutha and Invercargill, straddling the boundary between the Otago and Southland regions. It includes the South Island's southernmost point, Slope Point.

A rugged, sparsely populated area, the Catlins features a scenic coastal landscape and dense temperate rainforest, both of which harbour many endangered species of birds, most notably the rare yellow-eyed penguin. The coast attracts numerous marine mammals, among them New Zealand fur seals and Hooker's sea lions. In general terms the area enjoys a maritime temperate climate.

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Demolition World

Demolition World is a place like no other. This hidden Invercargill gem will take you on a journey back through time into a world entirely constructed from demolished buildings and recycled items.

Wander down the main street of our secret town and visit the haunted theatre, historic school, church and sweet store.

Pack a picnic and share a sandwich with the chickens and alpacas by the band rotunda; after you have filled your belly take a peek at the knights in their castle before calling past the hospital.

There is a whole world just waiting to be discovered, make sure you add Demolition World to your must see list!

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Stewart Island

Rakiura Stewart Island is the southernmost and smallest island of the three main islands of New Zealand. Just 30km from the South Island, it is a perfect retreat for those seeking peace, quiet, and adventure.

Stewart Island is a unique environment; despite being Subantarctic, its clear turquoise sea and white sand beaches make Rakiura look more like a tropical paradise. The Aurora Australis Southern Lights can be regularly sighted from the island, making it a spectacular location for astrotourism and leading to the name Rakiura, “The Land of Glowing Skies”.

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