There's plenty to see and explore in New Zealand's most southern region, aptly named Southland, so discover a place full of possibilities with our guide,

Southland is known for its cheese rolls, excellent Kiwi hospitality, “The World’s Fastest Indian”, Stewart Island, Fiordland, and more. Her 35,000 square kilometers are full of natural beauty and friendly people.

Whether you’re visiting on a clear day or get to experience some strong southerly weather conditions, you simply can’t beat Southland when it comes to striking coastline, delicious local fare, lush rolling hills, fresh seafood, unique attractions, and rich local history.

12 Hours Invercargill

Food on a table at the Grill in Invercargill.

The best things to see, eat and do in Invercargill

The Black Shag Owners Take Us Behind-The-Scenes Into Their Backyard Garden

Sylvie and Dion of the Black Shag.
If you ask anywhere in Invercargill for where to get a great cup of coffee and breakfast, they’ll point you toward The Black Shag. Owner operators, Sylvie Boutelje-Chasteau and Dion Milanesi, have such a passion for sustainable food and top notch coffee that they’ve taken matters into their own hands.

5 Sweet Treats to Try in Invercargill

Cabinet of cakes at Black Shag Espresso.

From doughnuts to slices, we’ve rounded up five of the best places to satisfy your sweet tooth in Invercargill.

Meet the Women Who Brought Pole Dancing to Invercargill

Morina & Saniya portrait.
Morina & Saniya may be two of Invercargill’s busiest (and most inspiring) women. As co-owners of the only women’s pole dancing studio in Invercargill, they host classes four nights a week while juggling full-time jobs, families, and pole dance competitions.

The First Timer’s Guide To Dining In Invercargill


We’ve rounded up the seven best places to eat in Invercargill, no matter the occasion.

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See Ya Peter

Greeting cards shelf.
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Well-known for their cheeky card selection, varied array of NZ made goods and highly unique, small-batch brands, this home & gift shop is a must-visit for anyone looking...


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Place Southland
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You may only be a few minutes from the city, but Ziffs has a knack for making you feel a world away.


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Place Southland
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Ago-to café whether you’re stopping by to see the classic motorcycle collection at Mecca, or just looking for a satisfying meal in the heart of the city.

Bombay Palace

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Place Southland
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If a flavourful meal in a cosy, inviting atmosphere is what you’re after in this southern city, then look no further.

Black Shag Boutique Café

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Place Southland Editor's Pick
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Head to Black Shag in Invercargill for the perfect trifecta of coffee, food and service.

Amigo's Mexican Grill

Stacks of sombreros.
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The cheerful, upcycled decor and friendly staff will welcome you with open arms at this Mexican food establishment, and a margarita won’t be far behind.

Alley Cat Tattoo

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A unique tattoo studio that’s quirky and welcoming enough to tempt even the most strait-laced person to get inked.

He Waka Tuia

He Waka Tuia sign.
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In the heart of Invercargill you’ll find art and museum space He Waka Tuia, a joint initiative between the Invercargill Public Art Gallery and the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

Found My Way

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Like a feel-good movie that can take you out of reality, this beautiful store feels like a tiny escape from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.


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Place Southland
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Serving up New York Style bagels that are made with hand-picked ingredients, this casual breakfast and lunch stop is a tried-and-true favourite amongst students and local office workers.

Georgetown Barbers

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There’s no need to rush in and out here, the team at Georgetown Barbers aspire to make getting a haircut less of an errand and more of an experience.


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At the only café in Invercargill’s northwest corner, expect to nd delicious baked goods all made in house, hearty breakfast and lunch dishes and plenty of options for dietary restrictions.

Yours Faithfully

Leather bags hanging up at Liz Thomas.
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Come revel in the Liz Thomas's old timey glamour while exploring the very best of NZ fashion.

Tuatara Café & Bar

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A brewery, craft beer bar and pizzeria rolled into one, visit Tuatara Café to enjoy all of the above in one of Dee Street’s historic buildings.

Oyster Cove

The ocean view from inside the Oyster Cove restaurant.
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Perched above the Pacific, Oyster Cove serves up the best of the best when it comes to Aotearoa’s seafood.

The Pantry

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Invercargill's non-profit health foods store, café and community hub.