Oreti Beach

Fiordland & Southland

Ten kilometres southwest of city centre Invercargill, this 26km sandy beach invites brisk walks and bike rides. Southland racing legend Burt Munro once tested his modified motorbikes here, but these days the speed limit is 30km/h along the sands.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Fiordland & Southland attractions

1. E Hayes & Sons

5.72 MILES

Hardware shops aren't usually a must-see, but this one holds a piece of motoring history. In among the aisles of bolts, barbecues and brooms in this…

2. Classic Motorcycle Mecca

5.73 MILES

More than 300 motorcycles spanning over a century are displayed in this shiny-floored showroom, including three-wheelers and sidecar bikes. It's utterly…

3. St Mary's Basilica

5.77 MILES

This broad-domed Roman Catholic basilica, open since 1905, is one of Invercargill's most elegant landmarks, and a standout against the low-rise skyline…

4. Queens Park

6.25 MILES

Half-wild, half-tamed Queens Park encompasses a whopping 80 hectares, with various gardens themed from Japanese to native NZ plant life. There are also…

5. Water Tower

6.38 MILES

Built in 1889, this elegant brick-clad structure resembles a lighthouse more than it does a water tower. Almost 43m high, it was built to supply the city…

6. Transport World

7.22 MILES

A kingdom of shiny chrome lies beyond the doors of Transport World, touted as the largest private automotive museum on the planet. Across 15,000 sq metres…

7. Anderson Park

7.82 MILES

Stretching over 24 hectares, this beautiful park includes landscaped gardens fringed by an expanse of native bush, plus a children's playground and duck…

8. Te Hikoi Southern Journey

11.83 MILES

Oh, that all small-town museums could be this good! The riveting Riverton museum starts with a 16-minute film about Pākehā sealer Jack Price and his Māori…