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Queens Park

Invercargill is infinitely proud of its central park — and rightly so. There’s a playground, winter garden, bird aviary and golf course right in the middle of the city.
By Concrete Playground
September 06, 2017
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Queens Park

Invercargill is infinitely proud of its central park — and rightly so. There’s a playground, winter garden, bird aviary and golf course right in the middle of the city.
By Concrete Playground
September 06, 2017
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You'll need to set aside a few hours to properly explore the large expanse of verdant calm in the middle of the city that is Queens Park. The expansive 80-hectare park is home to thriving indoor and outdoor gardens, tree-lined walkways, an aviary and animal enclosures as well as an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and croquet and bowling clubs. If you're keen for a bit of culture, check out the statues dotted throughout the park, including the Feldwick Gates, the Thomson statuary in the playground and the Band Rotunda.

There is also the pyramid-shaped Southland Museum and Art Gallery, located near the Feldwick Gates. Here, you'll find a Maori Gallery, a Tuatarium — where you can get up close and personal with the native reptile — and an exhibition on the sub-Antarctic Islands. While the museum is currently closed due to earthquake risks, you can still spot the tuatara from the outside of the building. 

Really, it's less park, more nature-plenty wonderland — the perfect place to relax and clear your head before getting amongst it again.

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