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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill March 13th 2021

Since we cannot go to Stewart Island today, our time has been freed up to do other things so we set off to explore around the area and leave the town and gardens for tomorrow. Tomorrow there is a running race from the Sandy Point Domain into town so we figure it best to go there today while peace reigns. Our B&B is just off the Sandy Point Road so it was an easy drive straight down the peninsula. We were amazed. The environment and recreation Domain has every sport imaginable set up in the area - hiking, biking, speedway, equestrian, golf, rugby, scouts, shooting, archery and so much more, all in one area set amongst pines and natives and between the Oreti Ocean Beach and the Oreti Inlet. We set off on a walking circuit ... read more
Finally some oysters
Tui Hideaway - our accomodation
The esturies from Bluff Hill

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill March 12th 2021

A good and bad day. Firstly, the bad. I've had bad toothache for the last few days and despite many tablets it is not improving so the first thing we did today was to find an emergency dentist and made an appointment for 3pm. That was good as it gave us time to visit the places we wanted to see. My tooth needed the root canal done so the initial treatment has been done and further followup will be needed when back at home. My, that one tooth can sure spread pain about! Our estimate of the Whistling Frog Resort is that it is well located but needs further updating. It was also very expensive when compared to other places we've stayed. We left the Whistling Frog and continued 3km up the road to the McLean ... read more
Fossil Forest at Curio Bay
Me at the southern most point of the South Island
The location of the 1881 shipwreck

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill March 11th 2021

We took the Southern Scenic Route drive to Invercargill from Manapouri. We're struck by how little traffic there is down here and how good the road surfaces are. A scarcity of bloody great heavy trucks might have something to do with the latter. South through Borland, Clifden, Tuatapere where we stopped for some lunch and had our best cheese roll to date as we attempt to become connoisseurs of the mighty roll. Then on through Riverton to Invercargill where we stopped only briefly before heading for our bnb on the road to Bluff. The bnb was spacious and comfortable; we dropped our bags and drove out to Bluff in the early evening. Desperate for fresh blue cod fish and chips. Yes! Perfect. We only had one day left here and were keen to go to Stewart ... read more
Kupe's anchor chain
Blue Cod Venue
Looking into Half Moon Bay

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill January 8th 2018

The next morning we had a beautiful coastal drive to Invercargill. There was huge amounts of farmland everywhere you looked and the cliffs, beaches and shores were just like Cornwall but the waves considerably bigger. It was a drizzly, windy day and this is the first landmass since Antarctica so these were big. Once we arrived in Invercargill we were met with quite a drab boring town with not a lot going for it. It may have been the weather but it wasn’t the most memorable place we’ve been! Sooooooooooo more shopping. We went and did a food shop at Pak n’ Save and looked in a few op (charity) shops. We also splurged on some walking boots for the trekking here but also Nepal. We went to the local hunting and fishing shop and looked ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill January 2nd 2017

Spent New Years in Dunedin. Sunday we went to Tunnel Beach, after a long downhill trek we arrived at the tunnel. Steep, slippery steps that, during low tide, allow you access to a beautiful beach. Drove through the Caitlin's today to Invercargill. Stopped for a beer at Waxy O'Shea. Leaving in the morning for Te Anau, close to Milford Sound.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill August 22nd 2016

Off to Invercargill and Bluff the southern most city and town in the South Island of NZ. We attempted to take the scenic route but ended up doing the quick way straight through on the main highway #6. This takes you right along the left side of Lake Wakatipu to the southern end and the town of Kingston and then across farmland through Dipton and Winton.Tuned into the local radio station and just loved listening to the accent in this part of the world which has a distinct southern roll of the r's. Not all r's are rolled but think Scottish accents and you get the idea. Invercargill is quite a large city at the very bottom, hot in the summer and cold in winter with winds blowing in straight from the Antartica. Just further south ... read more
Maritime Muesum at Bluff
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill March 16th 2015

Fælles bekendte og mange stop I dag skulle jeg med bussen mod Invercargill. Der havde været lidt problemer med bussen den morgen, så bussen var lidt forsinket, men det gik alt sammen. Jeg var den første der blev samlet op, hvilket betød at jeg kunne vælge det sæde med mest plads! Bagefter skulle vi samle en del op, bl.a. Frederik fra Bornholm, der kender Emilie Post, som jeg lærte at kende på Peder Oxe. Det var sgu lidt pudsigt. Jeg vidste godt at Danmark er lille, så det gjorde bare Danmark lidt mindre. Vi stoppede en del på vores tur til Invercargill. Vi kørte igennem Catlins, hvilket er et utroligt smukt område. Vi stoppede ved et fyrtårn, hvilket var en virkelig smuk tur! Vi stoppede ved to forskellige vandfald, begge utroligt smukke og det var en ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill January 31st 2015

A few days to catch up on as we have not had a reliable internet connection On Wednesday we left the site at Pounawea and started off further along the southern scenic route. We stopped at Perakaunui Falls. This waterfall features in most tourism brochures and once appeared on postage stamps. It was a good walk to the falls and presented a good photo opportunity.Next stop was the Cathederal Caves. These can only be reached at low tide and this was not for another five hours so we had to give this one a miss. Instead we went to McLean Falls. This presented another demanding walk but the effort was worth while. We made lunch and recuperated before the drive into Invercargill. We went straight to the I-site (tourist information office) where they recommended the Central ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill March 12th 2014

Zondag, maandag, dinsdag 9, 10, 11 Maart 2014 Zondag gaat de wekker vroeg en ik heb niet zoveel geslapen. Ik neem nog een laatste douche, nu het nog gaat. Alles in de rugzak proppen en wachten op de shuttlebus naar de ferry. Deze is een beetje te laat maar na 30 minuten zijn we in Bluff of het Zuidelijkste punt van NZ. De rugzak gaat in een aparte container. Iets voor 9u30 schepen we in en kort daarna varen we uit. Het is een overdekte catamaran, er is weinig ruimte op het dek. De zee rondom Bluff is redelijk ruw en we worden al flink over en weer geschud. Ik krijg al schrik dat dit het ganse uur zo zal zijn maat later bedaart het en de rest va nde overtocht verloopt relatief rustig. Aangekomen in ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill March 8th 2014

Woensdag 5 Maart 201: Als ik 's ochtends rustig zit te ontbijten met Rose en Dani komt er plots een medewerker van de camping af met men pakketje. Daar zijn men kaartjes! Ik deel er direct 2 uit. Rose&Dani rijden richting Queenstown over de gravelweg die ik Zuidswaarts heb gevolgd. We zien elkaar beslist terug op het Noord Eiland. Door de plotse levering maakt dat ik snel moet pakken. Het is totaal ander weer dan gisteren. De zon schijnt en het is een pak warmer. Na het supermarktbezoek verlaat ik Te Anau dat nu een een paar dagen men thuisbasis was. Het is raar om terug te vertrekken en het fietsen voelt al onwennig. Ik de scenic route op naar Manapouri. Ik ben omgeven door bergen bedekt met een laagje sneeuw. Ik kom voobij een gigantische ... read more
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In het speedbootje
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