Queens Park is a magnificent public green space in the heart of our city – and visitors will feel its tranquillity as soon as they enter its beautifully-maintained gardens, manicured environs, sports facilities and wildlife habitats. If you are looking for things to do in Invercargill, you cannot go past the park.
Sprawling across a whopping 80 hectares, Queens Park is an ideal place to slow down your pace and unwind.
Heralded as one of New Zealand’s finest parks, Queens Park is an official New Zealand Garden of National Significance. Whether you have a green thumb of your own or not, you will undoubtedly admire the selection of flora and fauna found here. Queens Park is home to a whimsical rhododendron dell, a spectacular rose garden, an azalea garden, a Japanese garden, paths that meander through native bush, countless rock and herb areas and even a stumpery. Indoors you will find a delightful Winter Garden featuring tropical plants, as well as a range of cacti, while a Chinese Friendship Garden is also in the works.
The dramatic tree-lined paths that traverse the park take visitors past sights including a gloriously nostalgic band rotunda, a duck pond, and several sculptures – many of which have been gifted to the city by park-lovers over the years. In spring, the cherry blossom trees are in particularly fine form.
Those looking for a more active stay can try their hand at the 18-hole golf course (it has a reputation for being particularly enjoyable for keen golfers), a disc golf course or a 4km fitness trail (with various exercise stations) within the park’s confines. Tennis courts, cricket, croquet, and outdoor bowling can also be found nearby.
If you are after things to do with your family, the park is a haven for younger guests. They will love the animal enclosures, playground, waterpark and the ample space in which to run around. Picnicking on the lush lawns is a popular pastime but if a café is more your style, the Cheeky Llama offers a selection of food and beverages for all ages.