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1. Queens Park

Handily situated in the heart of the city, Queens Park is considered a New Zealand Garden of National Significance. It incorporates around 80 hectares of gardens, wildlife displays and sports fields, as well as an 18-hole golf course, a bird aviary, a castle and a stumpery. And it’s free to visit.

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2. Transport World

For petrol heads, Invercargill boasts the impressive Bill Richardson Transport World which is the largest private collection of its type in the world.

It all started with Burt Munro setting a land speed record that still stands today on his trusty old Indian Scout Motorbike (which you can visit at E Hayes and Sons Motorworks).

Transport World is home to around 300 vehicles on display.

3. The Southland Museum

The Southland Museum houses the best of Southland’s art as well as the country’s oldest ‘living dinosaur’ – the tuatara. The natural history exhibition retraces the evolution of various wildlife from Jurassic to modern species, as well as an impressive Māori collection of artefacts.

Hai tāpiritanga, he hononga anō ki Ngā Puhi. He uri hoki nō Ikāraki, Nōwei, Kōtaraki, Airani, Pāniora rātou ko Itāria. Ko Dayna Meronea Kaio tōku māmā, Ko Karl Allan McDonald tōku pāpā. Ko Ruby Bradshaw ahau. I am complemented by my ties in Ngā Puhi. I am also of English, Norwegian, Scottish, Irish, Spanish and Italian descent. Dayna Meronea Kaio is my mother. Karl Allan McDonald is my father. I am Ruby Bradshaw McDonald. KĀ URI – DESCENDANTS by @chiaroni_tm | Open November 4 at Southland Museum & Art Gallery. Image pictured: ‘Descendant III’ 2016-2017, Oil on canvas, 750mmx750mm. By artist @chiaroni_tm #southlandnz #portraitpainting #portraitart #oilpainting #oiloncanvas #nzartists #māoriartist #whakapapa #nzart #geneology #myhistory #heritage #descendents #art #artist #artgallery #beautiful #taonga #nz #iam #tereomāori

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4. Victoria Railway Hotel

Similar in stature to the world renown Dunedin Railway Station, the Victoria Railway Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in New Zealand to be still used as a hotel. The building features elements from many styles of architecture, including Victorian and Baroque.

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5. Estuary Walkway

This return track (allow for around an hour) is a relaxing way to discover the aptly named, Pleasure Bay Lagoon. Harbouring many local birds and featuring a rich human history, the 5km track also offers a unique view back towards the city.

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Closest Motel to BILL RICHARDSON TRANSPORT WORLD open 7 days 10am to 5pm, STADIUM SOUTHLAND, VELODROME, Surrey Park Softball and Soccer. . . . More . . . 

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Exceptional inner city location This modern, architecturally inspired Invercargill motel offers 15 spacious studio, 1 and 2-bedroom units. Full kitchen facilities, extra TV in the . . . More . . . 

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FREE WIFI (unlimited) AND parking in front of your apartment Sky in lounge and bedroom, full cooking facilities Have you discovered us yet?We take pride . . . More . . . 

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Victoria Railway Hotel Visit website

Character, Charm & Service This central city boutique hotel built in 1896 is an Invercargill landmark. NZ Historic Places Trust Category 1 Heritage Classification. . . . More . . . 

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