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What are the best things to do in Invercargill?
Visit Oreti Beach
Oreti Beach is no ordinary beach. Just minutes from Invercargill's city centre, it has been famously dubbed the 'coastal highway' because it’s one of the only beaches in New Zealand that you can drive on. That doesn’t mean you can’t relax on Oreti Beach though. Thanks to the array of activities on offer, ranging from kayaking and surfing to motorbiking, it’s hugely popular with locals and tourists with flights to Invercargill, particularly during summer. If you visit in the evening, you’ll also be able to witness the famous Southland sunset.
Dig This is New Zealand's only heavy equipment playground and is easily one of the most unique things to do when you book tickets to Invercargill. Located in Newfield and less than six kilometres from Invercargill Airport (IVC), this family-friendly tourist attraction lets you operate diggers, mini excavators and even bulldozers. You don’t need to be an expert in operating heavy machinery; the Dig This team are there to help you at all times. It can get quite busy, particularly during summer, so it’s worth booking in advance when you secure Invercargill flights.
Witness the Aurora Australis
When you book flights to Invercargill, seeing the Aurora Australis is probably one of the top things on your list. Thanks to the South Island city’s location and minimal light pollution, you have a very good chance of seeing the Southern Lights. You have the best chance of seeing this spectacular natural event if you book Invercargill flights between April and September.
A mini road trip along Southern Scenic Route
If you plan to rent a car when you book flights Invercargill, make plans to drive along the aptly named Southern Scenic Route. New Zealand’s most popular road trip route traverses the vast Southland and Otago regions, spanning a total of 610 kilometres. If you’ve booked Invercargill return flights, you don’t need to travel the entire route though. Plan a day trip by doing a smaller section of the drive. Pack a picnic and head to Lake Waihola for spectacular views of New Zealand’s most inland tidal lake. From Invercargill, the return trip should take you about 4 hours.
What’s the weather like in Invercargill?
Summer in Invercargill runs from December to the end of February and beginning of March. Temperatures average 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Thanks to the South Island’s mild climate, summers are pleasant and not too hard. If you’re not fond of warm, humid summers, considering booking flights to Invercargill between December and February. Rain is still fairly common in summer though — the average rainfall is 11 days — so remember to pack a rain jacket.
Autumn runs from March until May. Temperatures average 17°C in March, 15°C in April and 12°C in May. To avoid the cooler temperatures, you may be able to get some cheap flights to Invercargill in March if you book in advance.If you don’t mind wrapping up a little, autumn is still a great time to visit the city, thanks in part to the gorgeous autumnal colours.
If you’re in search of cheap flights to Invercargill, you may be able to get them in winter. Temperatures during the day average 10°C and get down to about 1°C at night. It’s also the best time to see the Aurora Australis, often referred to as the Southern Lights.
Spring in Invercargill begins in September and ends in December. Temperatures in September are still on the cooler side, usually sitting at around 13°C, but if you book flights to Invercargill in the latter half of the season, you can expect it to be at least 3 or 4 degrees warmer.
How do I get to and from Invercargill Airport?
Invercargill Airport is a conveniently located airport less than 3 kilometres from the city centre. If you’re on a budget, the cheapest way to travel is generally by using a shuttle bus company, such as Executive Car Service. A shuttle bus should take around 5 to 7 minutes to get you into the centre, depending on how many other stop offs the bus has to make for other passengers. Public buses aren’t available from Invercargill Airport.
There’s a taxi rank just outside the terminal at Invercargill Airport. Ezicab, Blue Star Taxis and Invercargill Taxis are all available at the airport and tend to vary depending on who you go with. As it’s so close to the city, it should only take you around 5 minutes to get into town if you use a taxi.