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Invercargill (Photo:Tupungato/Shutterstock)

About Invercargill

If you are cruising to the lower extremities of New Zealand or beyond, the Heritage city of Invercargill is the last vestige of civilization you are likely to see. The rural city of 50,000-odd inhabitants can lay claim to the world's southernmost Starbucks. In fact, at 46'25"S latitude, it is the southernmost city in the Commonwealth of Nations and one of the world's southernmost cities.

The port facility is remote (32 kilometres) from downtown at a place called Bluff, a village in itself with less than 2000 residents. There is a cute maritime museum with all sorts of artifacts, but most visitors will use the port for departing on Antarctic voyages or by ferry to Stewart Island, 61 kilometres further south again across Foveaux Strait.

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Why go to Invercargill?

Pros: Though rural in setting, Invercargill has an interesting museum showcasing its history and local art.

Cons: The port is quite a trek from the city center, so you'll need to figure out a mode of transportation.

Bottom Line: Invercargill makes for a leisurely -- albeit chilly -- day of strolling and sightseeing.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Currency in Invercargill is the New Zealand dollar. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Language

English is the first language spoken by the vast majority of people in Invercargill. (The next most common, used by only a small percentage of locals, is te reo Maori.)

--By Rod Eime, Cruise Critic contributor

--Photo: Tom@Where/Flickr


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