Invercargill is the southern most city of New Zealand, and commercial heart of the region. It is your gateway to Stewart Island, the Catlins, Fiordland and Southern Lakes. With a population of 48 000, Invercargill welcomes all tourists with an excellent standard of service and southern hospitality. As with Dunedin, Invercargill shares in a unique Scottish heritage, as can be seen by the numerous Victorian buildings that line the wide boulevards.
No visit to this city is complete without a visit to Southland Museum and Art Gallery, home to the only living species from the Jurassic Age, the New Zealand Tuatara. Housed under the largest pyramid in the Southern Hemisphere, watch the tuatara go about their daily business, and become intrigued with the dinosaur age of years gone by. The Museum and Gallery are situated in Queen's Park Gardens, Invercargill is adept at providing facilities for all travellers.
There are numerous cafe/bars, as well as fine restaurants. Invercargill can correctly boast to being the gateway to many attractions. On your visit to Invercargill a must stop is E-Hayes & Sons, a hardware store, car mueum all in one. Also Oreti Beach is another must do, experience the wide beach where Burt Munro raced his motor bike, comes to life every year with the Burt Munro Challenge.
Just 25 minutes from Invercargill is Bluff, New Zealand's oldest European town, settled in 1824. While in Bluff, indulge in one of New Zealand's most renowned delicacies, the Bluff Oyster. To complete your experience, take in the panoramic views at Stirling Point, the southernmost point of the South Island.
Bavarian Motel is situated:
- North Invercargill 4.5Km from City Centre
- 2.5 Hours from Queenstown
- 2 hours from Te Anau
- 2.5 hours from Dunedin
- 25min from Bluff - Start of Highway 6
- 3 hours form Central Otago
For accommodation in Invercargill , your hosts, Annabel and John, will offer you warm, friendly hospitality and an enjoyable stay at the Bavarian Motel from the moment you arrive.
Within hours are the National Parks, including Fiordland, where tranquil waters are met by sheer rocky precipices.
Fiordland is one of the very few places in the world, where black and red corals live in depths of less than 20 metres. These and a multitude of other marine animals can be seen in the relatively warm, clear waters of the fiord.
Boat trips on the Sound are a must, providing close up views of awe inspiring scenery. These cruises are often accompanied by playful dolphins and seals basking on the rocks.