In Invercargill for one of their big events this year, the Oceania Track Cycling Championships. This was literally a short visit with most of my time spent at the velodrome which is a fantastic facility.
Arrive late Sunday afternoon and checked into Tower Lodge, see review. Hit the supermarket for the next days breakfast. Supermarkets were open quite late considering so this was good.
Monday: spent at velodrome but picked up a car from Riverside rentals in the mid afternoon (It had been rainy and I was sick of waiting for taxis or walking) Walked to the car hire via Queens Park and museum, Hayes to see the Indian. Gorgeous walk and pleasant sunny afternoon.
Tuesday: Velodrome for the morning then down to Bluff. Sun shining but blowing dogs off the chain. Late lunch at the Drunken Sailor, food ok service pretty good and very friendly. Oreti beach, just to say I'd been there. Night at velodrome.
Wed: velodrome and then a washing session (ha, the joys) and took GD into see the Indian and a coffee at zookeepers. Great quirky cafe. Dinner, absolutely lovely, at Elegance at 148. (will do a separate review) Then back to the track!
Invercargill is an underrated place IMHO, really friendly people and like our time in central Otago, very friendly and helpful people, from the supermarket to the hotel to the guy at the avery .
GD summed it up: it's so nice to see people proud of what they have and be so nice to tourists.
Oh and the Bert Munro, Lots and lots and lots of motor bikes and if you plan to drive thru on the last weekend in november you;d better have your accom booked because by Wed there was almost none to be had, nor any hire cars!