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Top Choice Museum in Invercargill

Bill Richardson Transport World

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 of warehouse space you'll find classic cars, hulking tractor…
Top Choice Cafe in Invercargill

Batch

Large shared tables, a relaxed beachy ambience, and top-notch coffee and smoothies give this cafe its reputation as Southland's best. Delicious counter food includes bagels, generously crammed rolls, cheese scones a…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Invercargill

Louie’s

Part tapas and cocktail bar, part chic fusion eatery, Louie's is a great place to while away an evening, snuggled into a sofa or a fireside nook. The seasonally changing menu veers from creative tapas (venison tacos…
Museum in Invercargill

Southland Museum & Art Gallery

Adjoining the local visitor centre in a big white pyramid (flashes of the Louvre?), Invercargill's cultural hub has permanent displays on Southland's natural and human history, recounting plenty of maritime exploits…
Gastropub in Invercargill

Buster Crabb

A heritage building and quirky backstory lift Buster Crabb above the ordinary. Named after a British navy frogman who was supposedly spirited away to join MI6, this sleek gastropub does a good line of lunchtime sala…
Tapas in Invercargill

Suzie Q

Pretty ceramics, a warm terracotta colour scheme and a European soundtrack establish Suzie's Iberian tone. The wine list is Kiwi-dominated with a few splashes of Spain, while the formidable food menu of sharing plat…
Landmark in Invercargill

Water Tower

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 with ready water in the event of a fire.Though it's Invercarg…
Modern NZ in Invercargill

Rocks

Tucked away in a shopping arcade, this reliable bistro with chirpy service plates up popcorn squid, slow-roasted pork with fennel, and a smattering of Italian-inspired pasta and risotto dishes. Caramel croissants an…
French in Invercargill

Elegance at 148 on Elles

Welcome to 1984, and we mean that in a completely affectionate way. Elegance is the sort of old-fashioned, upmarket, regional restaurant where the menu is vaguely French, vaguely British, and you can be guaranteed o…
Park in Invercargill

Queens Park

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 ponds, playgrounds, farm animals, aviaries and attractive landm…