The gracious and elegant Anderson Park is testament to the generous spirit of one of Invercargill’s early prominent businessmen.
Sir Robert Anderson bought a rather neglected 300-acre block in 1910, attracted by the 50 acres of native bush on the property. He and his wife had a passion for horticulture and although the property was first a sheep farm, extensive flower gardens were soon developed. Adding to that is the magnificent homestead, which was built in 1925 at a cost of £10,000.
It was Sir Robert’s wish that on his and his wife’s death, the house and grounds, including the block of native bush, be gifted to the city for use as a public park. The beautiful home now houses the Anderson Park Art Gallery Society’s splendid collection of New Zealand art, which has grown steadily since the society began in 1951.
Anderson Park is a popular venue for weddings and picnics and bookings are essential.