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Invercargill Car Rental & Nearby Locations
Invercargill Car Rental & Nearby Locations
Car Hire Invercargill
One of the southernmost cities in the world, Invercargill in New Zealand’s South Island is a gateway to some of the most beautiful and wild places in the country. Founded in the mid-1800s, Invercargill has a fascinating heritage and many of its original buildings still exist. Its streets are named after rivers in the north of England and Scotland, and the local accent retains a Scottish twang to the current day.
Invercargill makes a great base for exploring the southernmost tip of the island, and you can fly in from Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. Budget has a car rental desk located conveniently at Invercargill airport, so you can drive away and explore at your own pace.
Family Accommodation in Invercargill
The Living on Dee B&B gets great reviews for its location, comfy beds, friendly staff, and included breakfast. There’s a selection of room types to choose from including family rooms with two double beds or a king bed and bunk beds. Some of the rooms have private bathrooms. There’s also a communal bathroom, lounge area, and kitchen.
Golden Leaf Apartments are on a quiet street close to Queens Park, the river, and several shops and restaurants. Every apartment has full cooking facilities and there are laundry facilities available. One or two-bedroom apartments are available, sleeping up to five people.
For luxury apartment-style living with lots of nice extras, The Lodges at Transport World is a great choice and it's just a couple of kilometres from the city centre. Each apartment is themed and comes with finishing touches to make you feel at home like Molton Brown bath products, Nespresso coffee machines, complimentary snacks, fluffy bathrobes, hair straighteners, a fireplace, and a washing machine.
Invercargill Holiday Park on Beach Road is perfect if you’re travelling with a campervan or caravan, or if you’re looking for budget accommodation for a larger family. There’s a choice of powered and unpowered sites, ensuite units, tourist flats with kitchenettes, and cabins that sleep up to 10 with bunk beds. The site has kitchen facilities, a children’s playground, and it’s just a couple of km to the beach.
Things to Do in Invercargill
Invercargill’s biggest draw is the wild and stunning natural environment that surrounds the city. Oreti Beach, a short drive from the city, is 18km of golden windswept sands, which are often practically deserted. The hard-packed sand means you can drive right onto the beach itself. If you’re planning to explore the wider area outside the city, the stretch of the Southern Scenic Route connecting Invercargill to Dunedin via The Caitlins is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful road trips.
For a bit of nature in the heart of the city, head to Queens Park with its pleasant walking paths and children’s playground. Otepuni Gardens just south of the city centre is also a nice park to explore.
The Southland Aquatic Centre, also known as Splash Palace is an excellent indoor public swimming pool with a toddler area, water slide, and wave pool.
Bill Richardson Transport World is one of the city’s biggest attractions as the largest private automobile museum in the world. There’s also an interesting exhibition of wearable art and a quirky café on site. If you like this museum, you might also be interested in checking out Classic Motorcycle Mecca – a collection of over 300 vintage motorcycles from all over the world. Vehicle-obsessed kids aged 5 and up also won’t forget a visit to The Big Dig Excavator, where you have the chance to operate a real excavator, including digging holes and scooping up balls.
Being in Invercargill can sometimes feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Nowhere is this truer than at Demolition World – an eclectic collection of memorabilia to explore. There’s also a playground on site, and kids will love the ducks and chickens running around.
Due to its southern location, Invercargill has cooler temperatures than most of New Zealand’s other cities, but its oceanic climate means it has mild winters. The average temperature ranges from around 5 °C in July to 14°C in the hottest month of January.
Invercargill is New Zealand’s cloudiest city, although it doesn’t get as much rain as Auckland or Wellington. It’s also one of New Zealand’s windiest cities, and high winds can result in driving rain, particularly at the corner of the city’s two main streets – Dee and Tay.
Fuel Locations in Invercargill
The city is well served with petrol stations, with several of them concentrated along Dee Street. If you’re dropping off your rental car at our Invercargill location, you can fill up at the NPD on Bond Street, just south of the road crossing the river to the airport. There’s also an Allied Petroleum on Bond Street to the north.
Distances to Invercargill Attractions
If you’re hiring a car to explore the area around Invercargill, it’s handy to know how far you’ll be driving. The following distances are measured from Invercargill Airport to some of the most popular attractions in the area.
- Bill Richardson Transport World 6km
- Queens Park 6km Classic Motorcycle Mecca 3km
- Oreti Beach 10km
- Bluff 30km
- Waipapa Point Lighthouse 64km
What is Invercargill known for?
Invercargill is known as the “City of Water and Light” due to its riverside location, long daylight hours in the summer months, and the frequency of the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) appearing over the city. It’s also famous for being New Zealand’s southernmost city, and one of the southernmost cities in the world.
What is there to do in Invercargill for kids?
Invercargill has plenty of parks and playgrounds for the kids to explore. If your kid is into cars, you must also make sure to visit Bill Richardson Transport World, a fascinating automobile museum, which also has a great kids’ play area. Kids will also love Splash Palace – Invercargill’s public swimming pool.