Queens Park

Queens Park award finalist

Queens Park has been nominated for a Keep New Zealand Beautiful award. Voting is now open for the public, so head to the website and get your vote in before Tuesday 1 February https://bit.ly/3fMrarj  


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Several hours need to be put aside to explore Queens Park, the 81ha jewel in the centre of Invercargill which is recognised as one of the most important parks in New Zealand.

Kelvin Street Pines

We are proactively planning the removal of approximately 62 trees along the western boundary of Queens Park from Fox Street to just past Avenal Street. Most of these trees are around 90-100 years old and as Pinus radiata species are only anticipated to live safely to this age, we are planning their removal now.

In line with the ICC Tree Plan 2020 we will be replanting a replacement line of shelter with pine, macrocarpra and gum. These are tree species which grow quickly to provide the necessary shelter to the park. Behind this shelter line we will be planting a secondary line of native shrubs and smaller trees along with specimen trees.

Please be aware that to comply with traffic management and safety, Kelvin Street will be closed on;

    • Monday 12 July
    • Wednesday 14 July
    • Monday 19 July

Kelvin Street will only be accessible at other times towards Herbert Street with all entries and exits being managed. We ask that you take extreme care when exiting your property while this work is underway. It is expected that the work will take 10 days to complete.

If you have any questions or queries please phone (03) 211 1777 or email parksops@icc.govt.nz


The park has plenty to offer sportspeople and those keen on keeping fit. The 4km fitness trail which winds its way around the park, will test the energetic and encourage others to have some fun. Twenty exercise stations are signposted with directions for appropriate use.

  • Queens Park Fitness Track  colour brochure. The Fitness Track starts and finishes at the car park off Queens Drive, near the Southland Boys’ High School tennis courts.

Queens Park Golf Club

The Queens Park Golf Club boasts an 18-hole course among mature trees and the Southland Cricket Club hosts first class matches throughout the season. Croquet and bowling clubs are found nestled among the trees; tennis courts are located near the museum.

Statues and Features

Many of the fine statues and features of the park including the Feldwick Gates, the Thomson statuary in the playground, and the Band Rotunda were made possible by generous bequests .

New gardens and sculptures are revitalising part of the woodland area in Queens Park. Click the images for larger versions – and check the following links:

Weddings and Events

Once through the stately Feldwick Gates, the main entrance to the park off Gala Street, the rest of the world is shut out and relaxation is the key. The wide expansive path goes through a stunning walkway of English Beech and Silver Birch trees. Known as Coronation Avenue, it is the axis from which all parts of the park can be found and history and nature merge along the way (click the image for a larger version). The avenue goes past the Band Rotunda, the central focal point of the park and then carries on to Herbert Street.

Queens Park is a popular venue for weddings and other events and musical and theatrical performances often feature in the park; bookings are essential.

Gardens and Botanical Attractions

The park is a mecca for those who enjoy the natural and the planned. Its numerous gardens and botanical attractions provide vibrant displays whatever the season.


Queens Park is a wonderland for children. There is plenty of space for running around; lots of places to explore and a popular playground; a waterpark; and a hydraulic swing which allows children with disabilities to experience the joy and freedom of a playground swing without leaving their wheelchair.

History and Animals

The Park does not forget its history. Once a grazing block for cattle and the site of the Southland Agricultural and Pastoral Association’s shows in the 1880s, the park now contains an animal reserve, which provides both a recreational and educational role as a farmyard corner. Rabbits, guinea pigs, domestic fowl and guinea fowl thrive in their enclosures, and more exotic animals such as wallaby, alpaca and ostrich, attract much attention.

Queens Park Aviary

New Zealand’s unique birdlife can be observed at close quarters in the Queens Park aviary. The innovative municipal facility was opened in 1998.


Check out this colour sketch map which highlights the main attractions.



Certificate of Excellence for Queens Park

Queens Park has been awarded a 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on the 4.5 star rating it received from visitors. It is ranked No 2 (behind E Hayes and Sons and the World’s Fastest Indian) on the list of things to do in Invercargill.

Queens Park Selfie Exploration Challenge

Click on the link so you can print out the clues for the Selfie Exploration Challenge – or you can pick up a copy at the Parks Office or the Cheeky Llama Cafe.


This sculpture (by Frank Wells) was created using local materials – macrocarpa timber grown in Queens Park and quartz stones from Awarua – and is a depiction of the nor’wester winds. The nor’wester can blow at any time of year, but is less common in winter. Many of the strongest nor’westers  blow ahead of cold fronts. A front lying across the South Island will often extend from north-west to south-east, reaching northern parts of Southland before it […]

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