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Invercargill - Dee Street

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

What a great way to get some excercise at the conference, why not cycle to and from the Conference venue, and explore Invercargill by bike? Cycle Surgery have kindly offered all delegates a great Bike hire rate for the duration of the conference. Hire a bike (including helmet and lock) for 4 days and pay only $80.00. To book a bike, contact the team at Cycle Surgery on 03 218 8055 or email them on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and quote code: NZFSS. Bookings must be made by the 6th of November to avoid dissappointment and to ensure they have the right size bike for you. 

GeoTours South

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

Click here for more information on this tour

Minimum numbers apply for this tour, for Booking and Inquiries Please Contact Jenna on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021 246 2995

Transport World Museum

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.

Museum and Art Gallery

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.

Queens Park

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.

Anderson Park Art Gallery

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.

Seriously Good Chocolate Factory

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.

E. Hayes & Sons - Burt Monroe's Bikes

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.

Invercargill Brewery

72 Leet Street, Invercargill
Invercargill Brewery’s flavoursome beers and ciders are consistent winners at Australasian beer awards.

Southland Fire Service Museum

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.

Troopers' Memorial

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

Civic Theatre

Tay Street
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.

First Presbyterian Church

Tay Street
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.

Otatara Links Golf Club

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.

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Conference Venue


Ascot Park Hotel
Invercargill's premiere hotel and conference centre. 

At the doorway of Invercargill, Ascot Park Hotel offers not only a quality accommodation but also a conference venue with a number of conference rooms and function amenities. Set in stunning Southland, Ascot Park is the gateway to Fiordland, Catlins and the outlying areas of the Southern Province.

Click here to visit their website

Getting To Invercargill


Air New Zealand provides up to 10 daily flights into Invercargill from Christchurch or Wellington, with flights from all other major cities and towns around New Zealand into those two centres. Click here to visit Air NZ website

The Conference Venue - Ascot Hotel, is approx 12 minutes drive from Invercargill Airport.

The Conference organising committee have arranged for bus transport to/from Invercargill airport for all delegates. There is an extra minimal cost for this and all bus tickets must be booked with your registration. Click here for more information on the bus transport.




Conference Dinner Venue


Bill Richardson Transport World is the largest private collection of its type in the world. Home to over 250 vehicles, a wearable arts collection, children’s play zones, The Grille Cafe and themed bathrooms fast becoming as famous as our vehicles. Transport World has something for everyone. 

Date: Thursday 8 December

Theme: 'The Roaring 20's' - click here for costume ideas!

5.30pm: Access to the Museum to view the full collection (delegates own cost)

6.30pm: Pre-Dinner Drinks 

7.00pm: Dinner (set menu)

Dinner will be followed by entertainment from local Invercargill band 'Midnight Cruise'

More Information on the Venue