Queens Park - The Pride of Invercargill
Sprawling across 81 hectares, Queens Park special features include:
- a beautiful and varied rose garden
- a rhododendron dell
- an azalea garden
- dramatic tree-lined walkways
- tracks through native forest
- a Japanese garden
- rock and herb gardens
An indoor winter garden features tropical and flowering plants; cacti are displayed in an adjoining house.
Queens Park also offers:
- an impressive bird aviary
- animal enclosures
- children's play areas
- extensive sporting facilities
Prominent in the grounds of Queens Park is the Southland Museum and Art Gallery—a very distinctive pyramid-shaped building. A highlight of the museum is the Māori Gallery, which emphasizes the everyday aspects of pre-European life.
The museum also has a Tuatarium, where you can see tuatara and find out about the captive breeding programme. Tuatara are native reptiles with a lineage that stretches back 225 million years—they were around when dinosaurs walked the earth.
Allow several hours to explore the expanse of Queens Park.
Queens Park Recreation
Queens Park is very popular with fitness enthusiasts.
A four-kilometre fitness trail winds its way around the park, with 20 exercise stations along the way.
An 18-hole golf course is set amongst mature trees. There is also a cricket club, tennis courts and croquet and bowls.
Queens Park Weddings and Events
Queens Park is a popular location for weddings and events. Wedding photos can be taken amongst the gorgeous gardens, and events hosted in the park.
Bookings are essential.