Housed in a big white pyramid (a low-rent Louvre?), Invercargill's cultural hub has permanent displays on Southland's natural and human history, recounting plenty of fascinating tales around maritime exploits, in particular. The museum’s rock stars are undoubtedly the tuatara, NZ’s unique lizard-like reptiles, unchanged for 220 million years. If the slow-moving 115-years-old-and-counting patriarch Henry is any example, they’re not planning to do much for the next 220 million years either. Feeding time is 4pm on Fridays.

Outside of opening hours the tuatara can be viewed through windows at the rear of the pyramid.