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Loved by the locals: Invercargill

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Head to our southernmost city to find heritage architecture, vintage vehicles, pretty walkways and beautiful parks.

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.

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. 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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4. 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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