Invercargill is hard for me to describe. I grew up here, it's my home. Some people hate it, others love it.
It's definitely not the most exciting place in the world, but there are still some cool things to do, if you know where to look.
The Invercargill Estuary Walk
If you feel the need to get out and explore a quiet spot just out of the city, this is a great place to start. It begins on the Stead Street Reserve, by the Jellicoe Scout Building, over near the airport.
It's quite a relaxing walk, with a few different entrances and exits. I like to exit the walk on William Street, and then walk back through the Invercargill neighbourhoods. But the walk is a loop if you continue on, I think it's about 4km in total.
You won't see too many people around, just make sure you give a friendly Southern 'hello' when you do pass the odd someone.
There is usually a boardwalk which goes right across the lagoon but this was recently damaged by a storm and is still being fixed. Hopefully they fix it soon, because it's quite impressive, and is pretty cool to photograph.
You can still walk around the outside of the estuary though, and watch the bird life on the water. There are also a few toilets around and picnic places.
Not a bad way to spend an early morning! Just make sure you rug up warm. Invercargill can have quite the chill!