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Invercargill Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Invercargill Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

IVC Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Invercargill Airport.

What to Expect

  • invercargill airport guideInvercargill Airport (code: IVC) consists of a single terminal.
  • Economy class passengers flying on Air New Zealand can find comfort in the lounge which is accessible with an airline membership. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

The airport closes at night.  There are hotels near the airport. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Invercargill Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Invercargill Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport within a 10 minute driving distance:

  • Kelvin Hotel – (8 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Heritage Court Hotel – (8 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • 295 on Tay Motel – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Invercargill Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Related Pages: Invercargill Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available for 30 minutes or 250MB.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. The machines dispense NZ Dollars only. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: on the ground floor.

Baby Care Facilities – Diaper-changing and nursing facilities are available in a room located opposite the restrooms in the main terminal.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge.

Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. The area comes equipped with blackboards, blocks and a climbing frame. Location: Airside, upstairs.

Conference Facilities – Not available while new terminal is under construction.

Currency Exchange – No currency exchange facilities available.

Disabled Services – The airport offers a number of facilities that accommodate mobility-challenged passengers, including wheelchairs, automatic lifts, mobility parks, and mobility-friendly washrooms.

Duty Free & Shopping – There are no duty free shopping facilities at the airport.

Food & Drink – At the time of writing, there are no 24-hour options available. The Airport Café serves light meals and snacks, and also sells small travel necessities and gifts.

Information Desk – Customer Service Agents can be found in the terminal to assist with questions.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Post Office – Mail out those postcards at the airport. A mailbox is located by the main entrance of the terminal.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

According to the airport’s web site (December 2018), the airport terminal building opens at 4:50AM (Mon – Fri), and at 5:30AM (Sat and Sun). We suspect this opening time changes according to the flight schedule, because one reader arrived at 7:00 AM and the terminal was still not open. The terminal closes around 8:45 PM.  Again, subject to flight schedule.

It would not be possible to stay inside overnight.


Invercargill airport is served by the following airlines: Air New Zealand • Stewart Island Flights.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available at the airport: Avis • Budget • Executive Car Rentals • Europcar • Hertz • Rad Car Hire • Riverside Rentals • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service to their guests either for a fee or as a courtesy. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Tower Lodge Motel   •   Yarrow Motel.

Public Transportation

Buses: Public buses do not connect with the airport.

Shuttle Bus: Multi-passenger vans are available from the airport to many destinations.

Regional transport companies operate routes between the airport and South Island cities. They use anything from luxury air-conditioned coaches to mini-vans. Companies include:

  • Atomic Travel: between major cities in South Island
  • Catch-a-Bus: between Invercargill/Bluff and Dunedin
  • Stewart Island Experience: Invercargill-Bluff coach transfers


Taxis are available near the baggage claim area. Travel time from the airport to the city centre is approximately 5-7 minutes. Ask for the estimated rate before your journey begins.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.