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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
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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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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill March 4th 2013

We have been having some internet issues along wiith keyboard issues, so these posts might be a little bit abbreviated. We left Oamaru and headed south down the eastern coast of the South Island. Our first stop was to stop and see the Moeraki Boulders which are listed as the 101 things you should see in New Zealand. We strolled along the beach and sure enough there were all these large spherical boulders along the coastline. We spent a short time walking on the beach and enjoying the Pacific Ocean. Our next stop was Dunedin where we had a light lunch and then visited Larnach Castle. We didn't go inside, but wandered around the grounds enjoying the gardens. The castle was situated high above the city. We had one more stop before heading for our final ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill February 20th 2013

Wahrscheinlich um dem ehemaligen Arbeiterlager gerecht zu werden, geht es heute bereits 7 Uhr in der früh mit dem Bus los. Wir halten für eine Wanderung, den „Sunshine walk“. Leider ist heute Morgen aber kompletter Nebel und somit freuen wir uns bereits, wenn wir mehr als 20m vor uns sehen können. Zurück von der Wanderung geht es wieder nach Te Anau. Hier gibt es einen 2-stündigen Zwischenstopp. Da hier, wie bereits erwähnt, nicht viel zu unternehmen ist, gehen wir erst einmal für das Mittagessen einkaufen und genießen dieses dann beim Picknick im Park und Kartenspielen. Jetzt geht es zu den Mirror Lakes, den Spiegelseen. Hier spiegelt sich wirklich sehr gut die Umgebung in den Seen. Es ist immer noch leicht bewölkt, somit werden die Bilder nicht wie auf der Postkarte – schade. Jetzt geht es weiter ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill December 4th 2012

Just started raining again, but I am in the Scottish sounding Invercargill so I suppose it is quiet apt! Just had a very cheeky Song Thrush come into the van and rummage for crumbs on the floor. Unfortunately, it left a little present just before it flew out! Seems ages since I updated the blog. Enjoyed my time helping out at the Mahoe Reserve, I had been in touch with Sue Jarvis about this and it was liking meeting up with an old friend. Sunday night I stayed at a really quaint site at Geraldine, I had the place all to myself, which was a little spoky! It was a really nice site called The Farmyard aimed at families with young children, had a adventure and a petting zoo. I made a fuss of the donkeys ... read more




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