Invercargill Airport is a medium-sized airport with about 300.000 passengers. The airport is located just 2 km west of the city center on what formerly was a tidal estuary lake. Construction of the airport began in 1936 with draining and stabilizing of land, this took several years. Even now flooding is a thread and continual draining still needs to be carried out. In the decades after the War the airport slowly expanded and experienced a steady growth. The runway was increased in many steps to be the third longest in the country capable of handling Boeing 737 jet aircraft. Presently most aircraft at Invercargill Airport are turboprops though, as these allow for a higher frequency of departure (eight a day for turboprops and three for jets).
There are no public buses stopping at Invercargill Airport but rental cars, taxis and shuttles are available. The taxi rank is located outside the main terminal, near the baggage claim area. Two taxi companies offer services: Blue Star and Invercargill Taxis. If you want to be sure of a pickup best to call ahead. Travel time into the city is less than 10 minutes.
The Airport Shuttle provides a door-to-door service and is cheaper than the taxi, especially if you are alone. As the shuttle has to bring other passengers to their destination also, travel time may be considerably more than a taxi.
Alternatively, you can rent your own car; all the main car rental firms have counters in the main terminal.
Invercargill Airport is not a large airport so there are not many flights departing here. There are only a few destinations that you can reach from Invercargill Airport, most of these are operated by Air New Zealand. Many people take a flight to Christchurch and transfer to another flight there.