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 (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
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.
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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.
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.
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!
- Air New Zealand Lounge – Location: Landside. Lounge Access: Air New Zealand Koru Club membership.
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.
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
The following car rental agencies are available at the airport: Avis • Budget • Executive Car Rentals • Europcar • Hertz • Rad Car Hire • Riverside Rentals • Thrifty.
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: 2020-03-05
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.