On a recent trip to Invercargill I couldn't resist the opportunity to visit one of my favorite cafe's in central Invercargill - the Tuatara Bar & Cafe. Located within the spacious entrance hall of the Tuatara lodge yet owning its own street frontage with outdoor tables & chairs, the place realy knows how to do good coffee, offers other primo cafe comforts like the daily newspaper nestled amongst multiple couches, and it always seems relatively busy catering to locals and visitors alike. All of this adds to the Tuatara's style points and it certainly ranks up there with some of the more iconic NZ cafes.
I also had a good chat with Andrew (Lodge Manager) who put me up to date with local events and let me grab a whole bunch of brochures and maps of Southland, Catlins area and Fiordland. The Tuatara Lodge had a great collection of local information and would be a great place to plan a day trip full of activities or book tours for the near future.
The Backpackers Lodge is clean with great hot water and an interesting old elevator that does an exceptional job of getting you up to the large kitchen on the 3rd floor despite looking like it has been salvaged from a soviet submarine!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tuatara lodge has recently undertaken new ownership ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tuatara Lodge Invercargill, New Zealand - South Island