Invercargill, the capital of New Zealand’s southern most province, Southland is known as ‘the City of Water and Light’. The settlement, named after William Cargill who was a high profile Scottish settler, was created to support the port in Bluff - established to help the settlers import stock from Australia.
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Today Invercargill is a vibrant city, combining historic buildings with modern facilities. There are plenty of attractions in the main centre such as the Southland Museum with its impressive art collection and live tuataras, and many more natural attractions in the surrounding areas. The city is not only the gatewayto stunning Stewart Island but is also located on the Southern Scenic Route, the highway through the rugged and untouched beauty of the Catlins.
A large tertiary student population drawn to the city by its ‘no fees’ policy and a great selection of bars and restaurants mean that Invercargill offers great nightlife and good times.
Things to do..
Head to Stewart Island • View the Tuatara's • Sample Bluff's famous oysters (in season)
WHEN VISITING INVERCARGILL...
- Visit the SouthlandMuseum and Art Gallery. View fine art, nautical exhibits, techno-displays and New Zealand’s own dinosaur remnant, the tuatara.
- The Invercargill City Spirit Walk takes in new public artworks, major landmarks and heritage trails. (1 hour walk)