Activities around Invercargill
With dramatic scenery, an abundance of native wildlife, a plethora of outdoor pursuits and friendly southern hospitality, Southland really is the best of pure, natural New Zealand.
The region is best encountered at a relaxed pace, so take your time to travel the Southern Scenic Route, your unforgettable Southern Journey, travelling from Dunedin through the Catlins and into Invercargill, onto Te Anau and now extending right through to Queenstown; be sure to pack your walking shoes and your camera.
Invercargill City entertains visitors with elegant parks and heritage buildings. Be sure to visit the Tuatara House in the Southland Museum and Gallery which houses a wide range of exhibits and activities. Small but charming galleries and museums spread around Southland’s rural heartland and include “Te Hikoi – Southern Journey” Heritage Museum at Riverton, along the Southern Scenic Route and Gore Arts & Heritage Precinct.
There’s always something happening in the city, with events and festivals taking place throughout the year, including the famous Bluff Oyster Festival. Ask us about local restaurants and cafes, we have a great variety, some at special locations in the region and worth seeking out, among them the Beachhouse Restuarant and Cafe in Riverton, The Pavillion in Colac Bay, The Cabbage Tree at Otatara Oreti Beach, Ziffs Cafe & Bar and many others for you to discover and enjoy.
Southland offers a number of Heritage Trails, all have brochures/maps that can be picked up from our reception.
These trails include:
Invercargill Heritage Trail
Invercargill offers an interesting tour of heritage sites. This half day tour is best undertaken by vehicle, with stops for walking in gardens, bush and the Invercargill City centre.
Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail
The trail provides a rewarding detour off the Southern Scenic Route, covering approximately 70km of road.
Burt Munro Challenge - 21st-25th November 2012
Colgate Games - 10th-14th January 2013
Oyster and Seafood Festival at Bluff 25th May 2013