A travel guide to Invercargill, New Zealand providing Invercargill tourism and travel information with hotels, tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping, things to do, tours and parks.
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Overview

Invercargill, "Capital City of the Friendly South," is a well-planned city originally settled by Scottish people, with wide tree-lined streets named after Scottish rivers, many beautiful parks and preserves, and plenty of reasonable accomodations, though it’s not the place to come for titillating tourist attractions or exciting nightlife! The main attraction is nearby Stewart Island, 24km across Foveaux Strait.

Queens Park on Queens Drive is a peaceful spot in the central city, the perfect place to while away some time, especially on the weekend when everything closes. Wander past perfect lawns under all kinds of native and exotic trees, visit the large aviary, statuary, gardens, and duck ponds, and if you’re feeling energetic, follow the fitness trail. Beautiful lawns, gardens, and native flora are also found in Anderson Park around the Art Gallery. Located near the entrance to Queens Park, the Southland Museum and Art Gallery feature items from the province’s early days, a collection of Maori artifacts, and a fascinating "tuatuarium," the only place in the country where you can see live tuataras in a closely simulated native environment.

Before Invercargill was built, the entire area was natural bush. See how it used to look at Waihopai Scenic Reserve on the city’s northern outskirts. Sandy Point Reserve, south of the city along New River Estuary, is another good idea for short walks with views of the estuary, Invercargill, and several protected beaches. Get info and brochures on walking tracks around the city. Oreti Beach, east of the city along the shores of Foveaux Strait, is a long sweep of sand excellent for walking; on a clear day, Stewart Island is visible across the strait. The water is also warmer here than along many South Island beaches thanks to a warm current from Australia.

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