Getting there & away
Buses leave from the Invercargill i-SITE, where you can also book your tickets. InterCity (03-214 6243; www.intercity.co.nz) connects Invercargill with Dunedin ($42, four hours), Te Anau ($46, three hours) and Christchurch ($68, 10 hours). Look online for discounts.
Other bus services include:
Catlins Coaster and Bottom Bus pass through Invercargill.
Catch flights to Christchurch (from $89, one hour) several times a day via Air New Zealand (0800 737 000, 03-215 0000; www.airnz.co.nz; 46 Esk St), with connections to other major centres. Stewart Island Flights (03-218 9129; www.stewart tislandflights.com) flies to Oban from Invercargill (adult/child one-way $95/55, return $165/95; 30 minutes) three times a day.