Stead Street Reserve

Stead Street Reserve is an enduring reminder of Invercargill’s maritime and railroad history. A rack card has been produced which shows the history, use and facilities this reserve has to offer. More information:


Stead Street Wharf is on the eastern bank of the New River Estuary, just 1.5km from Invercargill’s City Centre. Follow signs to Otatara and the airport.


Access is off Stead Street.


The nearest public toilets are in the city.

A slipway for boat launching is available, subject to the tide.

Interpretive panels with captivating photographs of the wharf’s history offer a glimpse of the original entry to Invercargill.

Car parking

Walking Track

The nearby estuary walkway provides a 4.7km walking/cycling track through the estuary margins and former landfill site.


The estuary walkway is a dog on leash area. Refer to the Dog Bylaw/policy