Flights to Invercargill
Invercargill is full of surprises. Its wide streets are furnished with fabulous heritage buildings, there's afood and coffee culture, and you can see Burt Munro's 'World's Fastest Indian' at a local hardware store. And if you're visiting during the Bluff Oyster season, deciding what to have as a starter won't be difficult.
From Invercargill it's easy to launch into the beautiful landscapes of Southland. There's Stewart Island to discover, as well as the Catlins and Fiordland. Crowds are non-existent and the skies seem bigger somehow. It all adds up to a huge, scenery-intensive holiday experience.
About our flights to Invercargill
From 25 August 2019, Air New Zealand will be flying non-stop domestic flights to Invercargill Airport from Auckland. In the meantime, flights into Invercargill from Auckland are via Wellington or Christchurch. With all Invercargill airfares you can choose seat, seat+bag, flexitime or flexidate fare types. The scheduled length for Auckland to Invercargill flights is two hours. Connections are available from all Air New Zealand serviced domestic ports to Invercargill (via Wellington, Christchurch, or Auckland from 25 August 2019).
Discover Invercargill's history and culture
If you're fond of machinery, motorcycles and amazing old cars, Invercargill is a holiday destination made in heaven. Top exhibit is the World's Fastest Indian, the modified Indian motorcycle that in 1967 secured a world speed record that still stands today. Then there's Classic Motorcycle Mecca, a museum devoted entirely to two-wheel motorised transport. And if cars are more your thing, Bill Richardson Transport World has a treasure trove of vintage motor vehicles dating back as far as 1902.
You can also enjoy the history of Invercargill by following the heritage trail. There are some extraordinary old buildings around the city streets, as well as elegant Queen's Park with its fine gate, statues and band rotunda.
While you're holidaying in Southland, listen out for the rolled Rs of the locals. Many Scottish migrants settled in the area between 1840 and the 1970s, and their legacy lives on through the local accent. Of the place names in Invercargill, around 40% can be found in Scotland or are based on Scottish family names.
From Invercargill there are some extraordinary nature experiences within easy reach. First up is Stewart Island, accessible by ferry from Bluff or air from Invercargill. Here you can go hiking or fishing in an environment that is mostly as it's always been - untouched. Rakiura National Park occupies much of the island and the main town is Oban. For kiwi watching and other bird-related experiences, Stewart Island is unbeatable.
Wildlife encounters come with the territory. The Catlins region is home to fur seals, yellow-eyed penguins, dolphins, elephant seals and many kinds of seabird.
Another big Southland adventure is the road journey from Invercargill to Dunedin, a strip of coast known as The Catlins. The scenery is enthralling - wild surf beaches, lush forests, lonely lighthouses, a petrified forest of ancient trees, waterfalls and dramatic rock formations. Wildlife encounters come with the territory. This coast is home to fur seals, yellow-eyed penguins, dolphins, elephant seals and many kinds of seabird.
Your final Southland frontier is the eastern edge of Fiordland, where you'll come to the lakeside towns of Manapouri and Te Anau. Cruise Lake Manapouri to the impressive West Arm power station or embark on a kayaking and sailing expedition to the fiords. Te Anau entertainments include a wildlife park, walking the Kepler Track, caving and horse treks. On the way to or from Fiordland, leave time to walk some of the Tuatapere Humpridge Track, something of a legend in the hiking world. It leads you to beach, forest and sub alpine scenery, with historic wooden viaducts for added interest along the way.
Best time to go
As our most southern city, Invercargill has a naturally air-conditioned climate. However it's not a place of extremes - the average maximum in summer is 18°C, while in winter it's about 10°C. January is the wettest month; February and March are prime time; spring is lush - your videos of lamb antics will be an Instagram sensation.
How much will it cost?
This will depend on your tastes and what you want to do. As a rough guide, not including air travel and hotels, you should allow about NZD $100 to $150 a day per person for food and entertainment.
There are no mandatory vaccinations required for visitors to New Zealand.
Auckland (AKL) to Invercargill (IVC)
Wellington (WLG) to Invercargill (IVC)
Christchurch (CHC) to Invercargill (IVC)
*Flight times are based on the fastest route available.
**Indirect flights may also be available for this route.