Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand; it is the commercial centre of the Southland region. It is located 18 kilometres north of Bluff, which is the southernmost town in the South Island.

Invercargill's long, wide streets, elegant and spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and huge beaches are made even that more impressive by the endless blue skies.

There are many attractions located in the heart of city such as Queen's Park which features botanical wonders, an art gallery and museum, a tuatara house, golf course and much, much more. This park is a favourite for locals and tourists.The city also has an excellent range of shops and a selection of lively bars and restaurants.

Explore some of Invercargill's historic buildings including St Mary's Basilica and the city's best known landmark the Water Tower built in 1889, which is 42.2m high and boasts extraordinary views of the city.

Invercargill History

The first Europeans to visit the South Island's southern coast were sealers in the late 1700s. Others goal on harvesting flax came in the early 1800s and whalers began arriving from 1829. Sailors, traders, and entrepreneurs soon followed. Maori had arrived over 600 years earlier.

Main Towns in the Southland Region

Other Towns in the Southland Region