Location Feature – Invercargill

New Zealand’s southernmost city and capital of the Southland offers an adventure like no other.


So right down the bottom?  

Yes. RIGHT down the bottom! If you look at it on a map, it’s actually FURTHER south than Tassie!  Informally called ‘City of Water and Light’ after the long summer daylight hours and regular appearances of Aurora Australis, Invercargill is a beautiful town with heritage listed houses and friendly, adventurous locals.  The whole Southland has rugged scenery with some beautiful mountain ranges, stunning coastline and Stewart and Ulva Islands slightly further south.

Talk me through the weekend activities…

SO. MANY. OPTIONS!  There is something to suit all types but the activities that stand out to us are the most spectacular and tastey. Head to the Stewart and Ulva Islands for over 240kms of hiking trails.  There are beaches, rainforest and the most diverse bird population including kiwi in their native habitat.  The Catlins Coast (on the mainland) has animal life galore.  You can see all three fur seals, sea lions and elephant seals at Nugget Point, yellow eyed penguins at Curio Bay and Hector Dolphins from the same spot.  Taste the world’s best seafood in Bluff (one of the oldest European settlements in NZ) and trial craft beers at various breweries across the region.  There are some serious motoring enthusiasts in the area and as such there are some seriously interesting museums and transport displays – there is even a place where visitors can try operating heavy machinery in a giant adult-sized sand pit. FUN!

Suggestions from sonos prior

I had a great time in Invercargill. I managed to get out and about in the weekends and see a lot with the staff helping with suggestions of local things to see and do. That included a trip to Stewart Island. I was in Invercargill at the time of the Burt Munro Challenge (“The Fastest Indian” film fame), which was amazing. Lots and lots of old and new motorbikes in town for the week. Went to the beach motorbike racing on Oreti Beach, which was where Burt Munro practiced. It was awesome. Several great transport and motorbike museums in town. Driving trip around the Catlins.  At the end of the 5 weeks work I had a friend come down from Auckland and we did a camper van tour to TeAnau, Queenstown, and Wanaka via Arrowtown. Attempted to see as many lakes as possible, did a Lord of the Rings tour from Te Anau to Mavora Lakes area. All scenery was stunning, absolutely stunning.  I would go back, great place, great work, great people to work with.  MM locum sono – March 2024