Host City // Invercargill
Invercargill is a thriving South Island city. It’s known as the heart of Southland and a garden city, where there’s lots of space and plenty to see and do.
Nearby attractions include the port town of Bluff for the best fresh oysters you’ll ever slurp, the Catlins for stunning wildlife watching and the ferry to the untamed beauty of Stewart Island – where real kiwis have the chance to see real kiwis!
Ascot Park Hotel is located five minutes from Invercargill’s city centre, ten minutes from the airport and handy to local shops and amenities. The Southern Scenic Route is close by.
Where to Eat in Invercargill?
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What to do in Invercargill?
Cycle Surgery Invercargill
This optional field trip explores the coastline from Orepuki to Cosy Nook, Colac Bay through to Taramea/Howells Point Riverton.
A fantastic opportunity to study the Geology of the area and gain an understanding of the dynamic depositional environments and how this impacts current day geomorphology and land use in the area.
Your tour starts with a scenic drive from Ascot Park Hotel departure at 12.30pm -12.45pm, return to Ascot Park Hotel by 4pm
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491 Tay Street
Inside the generous 10,000sqm's of sheds you will find the largest privately owned collection of its type in the world; over 300 trucks and 150 petrol bowsers, the significant HenryFord Letter Car and V8 collection, VW Kombis, Pedal Cars, Wearable Arts, and so much more.
108 Gala Street
The Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Niho O Te Taniwha, is the major cultural organisation for the Southland region. The museum is situated in the largest pyramid in the Southern Hemisphere (27m high) in the beautiful Queens Park in the heart of the city of Invercargill.
The pride of Invercargill is Queens Park, a beautiful park in the centre of the city sprawling across 80 hectares of beautifully kept gardens.
Enter the park on Gala Street, Queens Drive or Herbert Street.
91 McIvor Road
Anderson Park Art Gallery was established in 1951 as the Invercargill Public Art Gallery after over two decades of lobbying by residents for a Public Art Gallery. Since its establishment, the Gallery has built a comprehensive collection of visual and applied arts that encompasses early European through to contemporary New Zealand works. There is a strong representation of local artists and works relating to Southland.
147 Spey Street
The Seriously Good Chocolate Company is an Invercargill-based business making quality handmade gourmet chocolates that imbue the real tastes of New Zealand. Factory tours and chocolate making classes are available, to book visit their website.
168 Dee Street
Burt's original 1920 Indian Scout forms the centerpiece of a unique display of over one hundred classic, vintage and modern motorcycles, automobiles, engines, equipment and memorabilia makes up the E Hayes Motorworks Collection.
72 Leet Street, Invercargill
Invercargill Brewery’s flavoursome beers and ciders are consistent winners at Australasian beer awards.
Corner Jed and Spey Streets, Invercargill
Southlands only fire museum is located in Invercargill. The museum holds the fire museums vast collection of fire fighting history from the region. The museum has 5 fire engines dating from 1940 onwards and individual members have a further three.
Corner Dee and Tay Streets
A memorial to the fallen soldiers from the Boer War completed in 1908. It has Aberdeen granite columns, a clock and a lone trooper made of Italian marble
Built in 1906 in the English Renaissance style, Invercargill architect ER Wilson's winning design for the city's "front door" has continued to win admiration since the building's completion. The complex includes a 1050-seat theatre, smaller concert hall and council offices.
Built in 1915 in Italian Romanesque style, the church features an unusual square tower, arched openings and elaborate polychrome brick friezes and motifs. The building has an Historic Places Trust Category 1 rating.
190 Dunns Road
Established in the early 1900’s, the Invercargill Golf Club is one of New Zealand’s best golf courses. Undulating terrain, tree lined fairways and well bunkered greens are features of our championship course.