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(Waihōpai in Māori) (Pop 48,300) is the southernmost and westernmost
city in New Zealand. It is the commercial centre of the Southland region.
Built in the late 19th and early 20th century, its wide streets and century
old buildings give the visitor a unique feeling of stepping back in time to
when business was conducted in a more sedate and considered manner and the
streets were paved with Otago gold.
Mainly of scottish origin, Invercargill is a service centre for the rich Southland farmlands. It is a commercial centre and can be used as a base for exploring the other areas of Southland, Fiordland, the Catlins Coast and Stewart Island.
The city of Invercargill offers
many opportunities, fine heritage buildings, excellent shopping facilities
and the warm southern hospitality of the locals.
Invercargill is served by various
coach and bus operators providing regular daily
services from Christchurch, Dunedin, Timaru, Oamaru and Queenstown.
Regular air services is by Air New Zealand Link from Christchurch,
Wellington and Auckland.