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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill November 18th 2008

Invercargill November 18, 2008 Traveled a very short distance today, we took our time finishing up the Catlins region. We like this coastal area with the rugged beaches. We took one hike to a couple of waterfalls. The falls weren’t memorable, but the walk through an ancient rimu rainforest was. We had a pleasant lunch in Papatowai and stopped at the Lazy Gypsy, a crazy little shop where the owner makes all kinds of little automata. Not sure if that’s the right word, but he makes little things that move and do strange things when you push a button or turn a crank. I especially liked the “gurgling shells.” You turned a tiny crank and water flowed back and forth from a spiral shell to an abalone shell making a soothing “gurgling” noise. Guess you had ... read more
Owaka Caravan Park
Matai Falls
Buying Vodka???

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill November 5th 2008

Motorhome News from New Zealand 4 31st October 2008 Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Glenorchy, Lake Wanaka, Arrowtown, Moeraki, and Dunedin to Invercargill - with a few Aussies in tow. A Kiwi friend returned from holiday in British Columbia, Canada, a week or two back, a little disappointed and unimpressed by what he saw. 'We have it all here,' Greg said, checking his empty wallet. 'It's just a bit bigger in Canada.' We really can't believe that's true - but let's take a closer look a bit further south to see if we think he might be right. Our last blog left us in Christchurch last week - a City created with Cambridge and Oxford in mind, a garden city at the coastal hub of the flat Canterbury Plain, a grid of broad ... read more
Maori Welcome in Christchirch
Top 10 Campsite (Dunedin)
Lake Tekapo

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill November 2nd 2008

We arrived in Christchurch on the 20th Oct after our 2 weeks in Fiji and it was cold, well colder than Fiji anyway! We spent our first day van shopping, and after a couple of hours had found the van for us, and she goes by the name of Madge (previous owners had called her Maddy, given that she was a Mazda, but we think Madge is better without being too different!) We didn't stay in Christchurch very long, but we did do most of the 'sights'. The highlight being Fred and Myrtle's Paua shell house displayed at the museum. Fred and Myrtle were a couple who lived in Bluff (South of the South island) and collected and displayed all sorts of stuff including Paua shells in their house (mainly their front room). Their house was ... read more
Gnome display
Polar explorer

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill October 28th 2008

Matt drove Gail to work so that David could keep the car to take us out for the day (he had just got home from his night shift so we wanted to let him sleep). When we got back to their house we had a lovely morning just relaxing reading our books. It’s one of those things we haven’t had chance to do for ages so we really appreciated having the time and space to do it. When David got up we headed out for a guided tour of Invercargill, starting with a visit to a local fish and chip shop where we tried blue cod, which didn‘t taste dissimilar to the cod from back home. David showed us various parts of the coast around Bluff, and took us to the highest viewing point where we ... read more
A view out across the water
Tthe rain was following us
Matt and David

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill October 27th 2008

We had arranged to stay the night with Gail and David, some friends that we’d met in the Cook Islands, in Invercargill. We didn’t need to arrive there until late afternoon so we set off late morning and had a leisurely drive, stopping at photo opportunities and generally going where the mood took us. We stopped for lunch by a beach with rolling waves braved by a few surfers, and spent some time enjoying the fact that we didn’t have to be anywhere else. We spent our time on the north island in a state of panic that there was too much to see and not enough time. When we arrived at the south island we quickly realised that there were more activities to do, but there wasn’t necessarily more to see, so we’d finally managed ... read more
Our van

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill September 14th 2008

Day 528 (7.9.08) Continuing on our journey south today we left Te Anau and were heading for Invercargill. We made a brief stop at Lake Manapouri but decided it was too cold for much of a walk and were soon back in the warmth of the vans! We visited the Rakatu Wetlands but although there was a fair amount of birdlife there the viewpoint was a little far away to give a really good idea of what was going on. After another quick stop at Clifden Suspension Bridge (suspiciously similar, if a lot smaller, to one of a very similar name) we lunched at McCracken’s Rest with great views out to sea but probably our coldest picnic yet. We completed the drive to Invercargill and were pleased to discover the Lorneville Holiday Park set on a ... read more
Feeding the lamb
Dad and his lamb
Feeding the lamb

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill September 5th 2008

After very little sleep we were awake and out by 8.30. However a few wrong turns around Dunedin we were eventually on our way by 9. We drove along the scenic route towards Invercargill, in the far south of the island. We stopped for lunch here and then carried on all the way up to Queenstown. Now remember when i told you about Mark, Chef Extraordinaire. Turns out something went badly wrong in the cooking process and Dale and Ollie had to suffer the repercussions from Mark as the car turned into some kind of gas chamber, not cool for a long journey. On our arrival into Queenstown, we went ahead and booked the biggest Bungy in the southern Hemisphere before we could change our minds and then went to find a hostel. After checking in ... read more
Lake Wakatipu
View from our hostel room
Most scenic toilet ever!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill July 8th 2008

Vandaag hebben we onze plannen gewijzigd en zijn we naar Invercargill gereden, waar de dichtbijzijnste tandarts is. Gelukkig wist Janine mij te vertellen dat haar kaakchirurg had verteld dat ze in NZ erg goede tandartsen hadden. Bij de tandarts konden we 's middags terecht dus moesten we eerst een paar uurtjes wachten. De tandarts wist me te vertellen dat de wortel in mijn tand ontstoken was. Deze moest er uit. Dit heeft hij voor mij gedaan. We hebben overnacht in Invercargill omdat het te laat was om verder te rijden. 's Avonds nog wel wat last gehad van kneuspijn aan mijn kaak. Katinka ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill June 29th 2008

NZ day 8 Our drive halfway around the bottom of the Island plus an incredibly crazy moment in time The crazy moment was truly a crazy moment in time and truly it felt like I was running with my improbability drive at infinity. But it happened late in the day so you’ll have to wait to hear about it. We began our day leaving Te Anau on what tried to be an early side but turned out more to be about 9:30am. We took the “Southern Scenic Highway” that took us down to the south coast of the south island and over to Invercargill. It seemed in the early parts of our drive that the weather couldn’t decide whether or not it wanted to rain or be sunny. This brings us to the first amazing ... read more
Sheep Sheep
Clifden Suspension Bridge

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill May 22nd 2008

A beautiful, 3-day loop track with views of the ocean... read more
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