The city's style of architecture is a combination of Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco. A prime example of the local Victorian architecture can be seen at the Invercargill Water Tower on Doon Street. There are a number of other heritage-listed buildings in town, mostly built between the late 1800s and early 1900s. However, the inner city area was recently upgraded, so the heritage buildings, combined with the more modern design, give the city a certain character.
Queens Park is in the centre of the city and is a fantastic place to spend the afternoon. There is a beautiful rose garden, a Japanese garden and an indoor winter garden, among others. There's also a children's play area, a bird aviary, cafes, sports facilities and the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. This isn't the city's only gallery, though. The City Art Gallery, the Bank Art Gallery and the Anderson Park Art Gallery also display beautiful works of art from contemporary and colonial-age New Zealand artists. To see a different side of the town's culture and heritage, you might like to visit the Bill Richardson Truck Museum, which houses the largest private collection of trucks and petrol bowsers in the world.
The Burt Munro Challenge in November pays tribute to the Invercargill-born motorsport champion who became a legend thanks to the Hollywood blockbuster ‘The World's Fastest Indian’. Each year, motorcyclists flock to Invercargill to join in the race events, enjoy live music and hang out with their mates, camping, eating and having a good time.
Getting Here and Around
When heading to Invercargill, you've got two flight options. You can fly to Queenstown, which is about 3 hours’ drive away, or you can fly to Dunedin, which is about 185km north-east. From the airport, you won't have any problems finding a coach bus to bring you to Invercargill. Once you're here, getting around town is easy on the public buses. There are also plenty of cycling tracks if you're keen to go green while keeping fit. Or if you want to visit Queenstown, Dunedin or Christchurch, you can jump aboard an inter-regional coach bus.
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