Invercargill: Oysters & Automobiles

Located on the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the charming city of Invercargill has laid claim to being the country’s southernmost city. Filled with unique attractions, delectable delicacies and charming Victorian architecture, it’s no wonder Invercargill is on the hit list for domestic and international visitors alike. Located just two and a half hours’ drive from Dunedin, or a cruisy one and a half hour flight from Christchurch, there’s really no excuse not to visit! Still not sold? Here’s a couple more reasons why you need to get yourself down south.

 

EAT

If you’re anywhere in Southland and you’re a seafood fan, you can’t go past the world famous Bluff oysters. The Rocks Café and The Saucy Chef on St Andrew are notable mentions, with the latter serving them deep-fried! If you’d rather get your oysters straight from the ocean, take a short drive to Bluff and taste the freshest bivalves, grown in cool, clean ocean water. Visiting in May? Head down to the annual Bluff Oyster and Food Festival, which celebrates the delicacy along with all the tasty delights of the South Island.

PLAY

Home to the largest private automotive collection in the world, Bill Richardson Transport World features some of the oldest and rarest vehicles you’ll ever see. Family owned, the museum has hundreds of expertly restored vintage cars and bikes that’ll blow any motor head’s mind!

Tip: Keep an eye out for the restored children’s toys and household appliances on display.

If you’re keen on the great outdoors, head on over and explore equestrian trails on horseback in Southland. Rakiura Rides offers a guided tour of all types of tracks for all levels of experience – ride through forest, over beaches or into bushland!

Tip: Riding times vary depending on how long you want to spend exploring the beautiful outdoors with your new horse friend.

STAY

After somewhere clean, comfortable and with country hospitality? Located right in the heart of Invercargill’s CBD, Comfort Inn Tayesta offers the perfect base to explore the city’s attractions.

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