The gracious and elegant Anderson Park is found on the outskirts of Invercargill and could soon be one of Southland's newest attractions
The elegant Anderson Park, once home to the late Sir Robert and Lady Anderson, is set in 24 hectares of landscaped gardens, lawn and native bush. Located on McIvor Road it was once one of Southland's most iconic buildings and to this day is a testament to the generous spirit of the Anderson family.
Due to earthquake risk Anderson house was closed to the public in 2014 however the grounds and picnic areas remained open providing a wonderful outing for locals and visitors to the city. The Invercargill City Council (ICC) has since begun work on strengthening the building and with Venture Southland has been proactive in determining possible future use of Anderson House as part of the council's long term plan.
A number of potential uses have been identified for the house, including a café, function venue, art gallery, historical house exhibit, and an artist in residence space. To further develop these ideas Venture Southland, on behalf of ICC, sought expression of interest in October 2018 from people wanting to operate the iconic homested.
It is recognised that future development of Anderson House will have a significant positive impact upon the Tourism sector in Southland and will provide locals with an iconic and exciting attraction within their own city.
Venture Southland will continue to work alongside ICC to support future developments of Anderson House.