Head coach Andy Robinson and his 30-man squad arrived at the southern tip of New Zealand's south island from their training camp on Australia's Gold Coast and were met by a crowd of more than 500, including senior figures of the local community, Maori warriors, school children, a piper and numerous members of the public wearing kilts, Scotland jerseys and waving the Saltire.
Captain Alastair Kellock had the honour of accepting the key to the city and to respond to the address by a community leader.
Kellock said: "To come down those stairs was probably the most intense feeling I've experienced off a rugby park and I'd like to say a massive thank you.
"Many of us have been to Invercargill before and we know that there will be many things here will remind us of Scotland - it's great to see a piper, but probably the most obvious one I'm talking about is the weather.
"We are hugely proud to be your guests for our first two games and like you, I'm sure, are raring to go, wanting the World Cup to get started.
"It's been a long time in preparation for us as well.
"I'm hoping to see you all at a packed out Southland Stadium on Saturday.
"Thank you very much for your hospitality."
Robinson will tomorrow name his team to play Romania.
With a clash with Georgia following next Wednesday, the proximity of the games means Robinson is likely to utilise almost the entirety of his squad in the two matches in Invercargill to assess his options for the September 25 game with Argentina and the October 1 clash with England.
Scotland are poised to name a strong team, with no fitness concerns reported.
Key front row forwards Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford and Geoff Cross were among those to make a swift getaway from the airport while around half the squad remained to mix with the crowd.
Also departing early were Kellock and Richie Gray, while Rory Lawson waited until late on suggesting Chris Cusiter or Mike Blair will have the first opportunity at scrum-half.
Gilbert has released a new line of rugby cleats. The Gilbert Virtuo 8S is part of the exciting new product. Check it out.
The entire All Blacks apparel line has been updated for 2013/14. Check out the New Zealand All Blacks polo.
The Nike Tiempo is a solid rugby cleat and one of few styles still made from full-grain natural leather.
The Gilbert Blitz 8S rugby cleat is a great cleat at a great price of $69.99. Get a new pair of cleats today.
A cool looking all black rugby cleat with the high performance adidas is known for. Get in the Gear!
Wear the crest of the British and Irish Lions on your t-shirt. A great look for the summer.
The All Blacks Performance t-shirt is black with hints of blue from the training jersey. Very Cool.
The New Zealand All Blacks training jersey for 2013/14. Get in the Gear!
The USA Rugby Pro Alternate rugby jersey is perfect for any fan of the Eagles. Get yours to wear during the summer Test matches.
The NEW All Blacks 2013/14 jersey has arrived at World Rugby Shop. Dare to wear the colors of the All Blacks.