Planning a Trip
Getting There & Getting Around
By Plane -- Air New Zealand (tel. 0800/737-000 in NZ; www.airnewzealand.com) has service between Invercargill and Auckland and Wellington on the North Island, and Christchurch and Dunedin on the South Island. Stewart Island Flights (tel. 03/218-9129; www.stewartislandflights.com) has daily scheduled flights to Stewart Island. The airport is 2.5km (1 1/2 miles) from the city center. Spitfire Shuttles (tel. 03/214-1851) provides transport to and from the city. For more information, go to www.invercargillairport.co.nz. A cab to the city will cost around NZ$10 (US$7.10/£3.60).
By Coach (Bus) -- InterCity (tel. 03/214-0598) has coach service between Invercargill and Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Te Anau, and Timaru. The bus depot is also on Leven Street. Look out for The Freebie, a free local shuttle service connecting Inner City businesses. It runs Monday through Friday, every 15 minutes between 9:30am and 5:45pm. For information on connecting bus routes, call tel. 03/218-7108.
By Car -- Invercargill can be reached on Highway 6 from Queenstown or Highway 1 from Dunedin. The Automobile Association office is at 47-51 Gala St. (tel. 03/218-9033).
By Taxi -- Call Blue Star Taxis Ingill Ltd., Tay and Jed streets (tel. 03/218-6079), or Taxi Co., 200 Clyde St. (tel. 03/214-4478).
Invercargill's streets are laid out in grid patterns. The main thoroughfares are Tay Street (an extension of St. Hwy. 1) and Dee Street (an extension of St. Hwy. 6). Many of the principal shops and office buildings are found at their intersection. Queens Park is an 80-hectare (200-acre) green oasis in the center of town.
The Invercargill i-SITE Visitor Centre, in the Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Victoria Avenue (tel. 03/214-6243; fax 03/218-4415; www.visitinvercargillnz.com), is open daily October through April 8am to 6pm, and in winter 8am to 5pm (closed Dec 25). The Department of Conservation, State Insurance Building, 7th Floor, 33 Don St. (tel. 03/214-4589; fax 03/214-4486; www.doc.govt.nz), is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. For more information on this area, check www.visitinvercargillnz.com.
The Central Post Office, at 1 Don St. Southland Hospital, Kew Road (tel. 03/218-1949), has 24-hour emergency care. You can get prescriptions filled at UFS Dispensary, 76 Tay St. (tel. 03/218-9393), or, for after-hours service, 90 Kelvin St. (tel. 03/218-4893). For information on major events check www.events.southlandnz.com.