New Zealand: Invercargill

Invercargill is at the very bottom of New Zealand and one of the most southerly cities in the world. It owes its history to Scottish whalers and religious settlers that came here in the 19th century en masse mostly from Scotland. The town felt to me like something from American western – same type of old architecture (Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco heritage buildings), many old antique American cars, farmers and fishermen everywhere, and a giant K-Mart full of overweight New Zealanders shopping for Christmas in their sweatpants. A lot of churches from different denominations, and just a couple of wide avenue streets in the historic downtown – easy to explore.