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Published: 3 August 2019
Last Updated: 12 August 2019

Invercargill (Waihōpai) is the regional capital and commercial hub of Southland. Founded in the 1850’s, it's New Zealand’s southernmost city - and one of the southernmost cities in the world.

Fondly dubbed the "City of Water and Light", referring to the long summer daylight hours, frequent appearances of the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights), and the city’s position beside the Waihopai River estuary, Invercargill has plenty of character and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere.

Wide streets in a gridded layout make it simple to find your way around the city to enjoy the excellent cultural attractions, outstanding nature reserves and parks, and lively cafes, restaurants and bars. There’s something for the entire family in Invercargill!

From a visitor’s viewpoint, Invercargill is well-equipped with a fantastic range of shops and a selection of lively bars and restaurants. Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco heritage buildings give the city a charming old-world character.


  • Bella Vista Motel Invercargill
  • Ibis Styles Invercargill
  • Ascot Park Hotel
  • Homestead Villa Motel
  • Birchwood Manor Motel
  • Victoria Railway Hotel
  • Tower Lodge Motel

Places to eat

  • The Rocks Cafe & Shop 5
  • Buster Crabb
  • Meccaspresso
  • Louies Cafe & Tapas Bar
  • Paddington Arms Restaurant & bar
  • The Saucy Chef Restaurant & Bar

Things to do

  • Bill Richardson Transport World
  • Demolition World
  • Otepuni Gardens


  • Advance Fitness Express
  • World Health and Fitness
  • YMCA Recreations
  • Hot Yoga
  • Crossfit Wild South
  • Primal Performance

Places to walk and see

  • Thomsons Bush
  • Fosbender Park
  • Queens Park
  • Southern Scenic Route
  • Otepuni Gardens
Article by: Brett
Category : Towns & Cities

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