Invercargill is the southernmost city in New Zealand and one of the most southern in the world. On the southern scenic route Invercargill is the gateway to Southland, Fiordland, and the Catlins district and of course Stewart Island. Early pioneers settled here to establish a flax industry however it was the rich plains though that brought prosperity to the city as the settlers turned to farming. There are some impressive buildings including the city's water tower. The Southland Museum is worth a visit, which houses a state of the art tuatara house. These creatures are unique to New Zealand and date back to the age of dinosaurs.
It's a lively city with plenty of restaurants, shops, galleries and attractions. 27 kilometres south you will find Bluff and from here you can enjoy views of Stewart Island and Foveaux Strait.
The first air transport to connect Stewart Island and the mainland was Stewart Island Air Service, operating an amphibian aircraft. The plane landed in the harbour and taxied up the beach to the local hotel. Twenty years ago this was succeeded by Southern Air Ltd with the establishment of an airstrip at Ryan's Creek. Today, Stewart Island Flights is a locally owned and operated business who maintain scheduled flights linking Stewart Island and Invercargill as well as a number of exciting alternatives providing access to the more remote reaches of the island. They operate two Britten Norman Islanders, two Piper Cherokee Six and one Cessna 185.
As well as offering scheduled flights between Invercargill and Stewart Island scenic flights can also be arranged on demand to suit your schedule.
Bill Richardson Transport World is the largest private collection of its type in the world. Designed to have something for everyone - not just for vehicle enthusiasts! Outside of the extensive vehicle range you can also enjoy a growing wearable arts collection, movie theatre, children's play zones and themed bathrooms - fast becoming as famous as the vehicles. The scale of the collection is sure to impress so allow plenty of time. If tasting the flavours of the south is more your thing, head to the onsite cafe The Grille to experience famous Southern delicacies like Stewart Island Salmon, Blue Cod, seasonal Bluff Oysters and Southland lamb. A truly delicious stop popular with locals and visitors alike.
The E Hayes Motorworks Collection is home to a fascinating display of vintage motorcycles, automobiles, and machinery all available for viewing at the E Hayes Dee Street store in Invercargill. The centre piece of the collection has to be Burt Munro's legendary record breaking "World's Fastest Indian". Burt Munro gradually customised his Indian ‘Scout’ motorcycle in his Invercargill shed over a 45 year period. Finally at the age of 63 he journeyed to Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah for the first of his world breaking on land speed records on the ‘World’s Fastest Indian’. You are welcome to view any display in the E Hayes collection during normal shop trading hours. The friendly staff are happy to answer any questions you have.