Invercargill: Our Top 5 Tourist Attractions

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Invercargill is a bustling city that boasts exciting cultural attractions, scenic parks and gardens, great hospitality, excellent shopping and dining and a rich heritage. Check out the 5 attractions we recommend visiting, all easily accessible by rental car.

Anderson Park

With 24 hectares of stunning gardens, Anderson Park surrounds the Anderson Park Art Gallery. Relax and enjoy the fine selection of quality New Zealand art at the Gallery or wander through the expansive gardens.

The Invercargill Water Tower

Likely the city’s best-known landmark, the Water Tower is located in central Invercargill. Standing at 42.5m with 112 internal steps, the red brick tower was completed in 1889 and offers a fantastic view over the city. Public access available on Sundays and statutory holidays.

Bluff Maritime Museum

Bluff is a scenic 30km drive south of Invercargill. If you make the journey, the Maritime Museum is worth a visit. While the Museum officially has a maritime theme, it also delves into the history or Bluff, the oldest European settled community in New Zealand.

Bluff Oyster & Food Festival

The Bluff Oyster and Food Festival is held annually in the port town and provides a guaranteed fun day. With tasty seafood and non-seafood dishes to try, competitions and great entertainment, the festival should be on your to-do list. The 2011 festival is on 21 May.

Southland Museum & Art Gallery

The Southland Museum and Art Gallery building is the largest pyramid in the southern hemisphere. Three art galleries showcase Southland natural and human history, as well as changing displays of local, national and international art.

New Zealand Rent A Car has a variety of reliable rental cars to get you around, wherever your visit to Invercargill takes you.

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