Crossing the expanse of the green Southland Plain with its abundance of sheep and dairy farmland, you arrive into the commercial hub of Southland, the city of Invercargill. This genteel South Coast city with a strong Scottish heritage has a legacy of wide tree-lined streets, elegant villas and bungalows, richly embellished buildings, churches and memorials. The Southland Museum and Art Gallery is renowned for its successful Tuatara breeding program.
Relatively new to the city is the Bill Richardson Transport World, reputedly the largest private collection of its type in the world with over 300 trucks, a significant Henry Ford collection and an array of motoring memorabilia. As the hometown of the late Kiwi legend Burt Munro, who still holds the world record for the fastest land speed (under 1000cc), Invercargill was thrown into the limelight in 2005 by the movie, The World's Fastest Indian.
A visit to the local Queens Park Gardens will reward with gorgeous featured flower displays and sports facilities. A short drive (20 minutes) and you’ll reach Bluff – MOST famous for it’s oysters, but also the gateway to unique Stewart Island. 10 minutes out of town to the rural region of Otatara and you’ll arrive at the expansive Oreti Beach, popular with locals for Flounder fishing (a unique manual style of long net fishing) and searching for Toherao shellfish which burrow deep into the wet sand.