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  • General Information

    Other Name: Waihōpai , District: Invercargill , State: Southland , New Zealand
    Area: 0 -
    Languages Spoken: English and Maori
    Long Distance Code: 03
    Importance: The City of Water and Light.
    Best Time to Visit: December to February and September
    International Access: Connected to all the major cities of New Zealand.
  • Description

    Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. It is the commercial centre of the Southland region. It lies in the heart of the wide expanse of the Southland Plains on the Oreti or New River some 18 km north of Bluff, which is the southernmost town in the South Island. It sits amid rich farmland that is bordered by large areas of conservation land and marine reserves, including Fiordland National Park covering the south-west corner of the South Island.
  • Location

    It lies in the heart of the wide expanse of the Southland Plains on the Oreti or New River some 18 km north of Bluff, which is the southernmost town in the South Island.
  • Climate

    Invercargill has a temperate oceanic climate similar to that of the British Isles. The mean daily temperature ranges from 5.2°C in July to 14°C in January. The yearly mean temperature is 9.9°C. Rainfall averages 1112 mm annually, and measurable snowfall is occasionally seen during the winter months of June to September. It is the cloudiest centre of New Zealand with 1580 hours of sunshine per annum. The average temperature high ranges from 18.8°C in February to 11°C in August. Owing to its relatively high latitude (46° 42''), the city enjoys nearly 16 hours of daylight at the summer solstice in late December.
Anderson Park Art Gallery is proud of its ever-growing permanent collection that focuses on quality art from the far south and throughout New Zealand. The collection features a wide variety of art from early to present day. The highlight of the gallery’s year is its annual spring exhibition during October. Top New Zealand artists exhibit at this popular exhibition where only the finest pieces are selected. The gallery also holds small exhibitions from time to time. The two-storey Georgian-style residence which houses the gallery, stands grandly amid the gardens of Anderson Park.
Anderson Park Art Gallery is an excellent public art gallery with free entry situated on McIvor Road. It is open every day from 10.30pm – 5.30pm and surrounded by 24 hectares of flower and rose gardens, immaculate lawn, tall trees and native bush. There is also a traditional carved Maori house, a short bush walk circuit, duck pond and childrens playground.
Opening Hours:
10.30am - 5.00pm every day
Closed only on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Anderson Park Art Gallery
McIvor Road, Invercargill
Phone: (03) 215 7432
Email: andersonparkgallery@xtra.co.nz
If you''ve got an hour to spare and looking for a warm and pleasant place to relax and enjoy some fun and leisure or a spot of health and fitness then come on down to Splash Palace, Southland''s premier aquatic facility, where it''s summer all year round. Splash Palace, with its southern coastal theme, is completely indoors and open every day with lanes for lap swimming and aqua-jogging available all day. There is a swirl pool, steam room, waterslide, leisure pool and café. Open 7 days.
Situated on the edge of Queens Park, the Southland Museum and Art Gallery building is the largest pyramid in the southern hemisphere. Inside there is 500 million years of Southland’s natural history and 800 years of its human history. Three art galleries feature changing displays of local, national and international art, from historical to contemporary. The Subantartic Islands come to life in the gallery entitled ‘Beyond the Roaring 40’s. This two part exhibitions also features the exciting ‘Audio Visual Experience’. An historical exhibition spanning several galleries richly portrays our past. It includes superb treasures from our Maori prehistory.
The museum is also home to 50 live Tuatara and also has an astronomical observatory.

The Invercargill i-SITE Visitor Centre and a café are located in the museum foyer.

Invercargill''s Water Tower, probably the City''s best-known landmark, is situated on Reserve land on the south-west corner of Queens Drive and Gala Street - the highest point on the Town Belt of the original town of Invercargill.

This 42.5m high city landmark in red brick was completed in 1889 to the design of William Sharp, a former civil engineer for the Public Works Department. On top is a water tank which has a capacity of 297,000 litres. The Tower is considered a unique example of Victorian architecture and has been classified by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

The Water Tower still performs one essential duty in that the water in the tank provides enough pressure in the water mains within the City should the electric power supply to the pumps be interrupted unexpectedly.

Make the trek up the 112 steps inside the Tower to get a fantastic view over the city.
Public access is available on Sundays and statutory holidays between 1.30 - 4.30pm.
Access at other times may be arranged by phoning +64 3 218 6259.
Cost of admission: Adults $2.00, Children $1.00