We arrived in Invercargill quite late following our long day exploring The Catlins. We stayed in the city for two nights as we had originally planned to visit Stewart Island, however the cost of the ferry and transport was far too prohibitive.
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand and is thought to be the southernmost city in the world. Stewart Island is 650-square miles (1,680-square kilometres) and has a very small native population. The island is famous for native birdwatching with a number of endangered species calling it home, including the Kiwi.
Sadly, despite staying two nights we didn’t get to see anything of Invercargill, with the exception of the nearby supermarket, because the weather was absolutely atrocious. It was extremely windy and absolutely chucked it down so we spent our free day in the hotel getting laundry done and just relaxing.
We stayed at the Ibis Styles and it was perfect for our needs. Our room was relatively large and comfortable with what seemed to be a newly fitted bathroom and small kitchenette. The floor above ours had a fully kitted out kitchen that we were able to use and in the basement with the washing machines were pool tables, foosball table and a cinema room where you can watch DVDs available for rent from the hotel reception. We also had a continental breakfast included, which was great.