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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Invercargill May 3rd 2021

It should only take us a couple of hours driving to make it to Invercargill and on the map it looks about as direct as any of the drives so far on the Grand Tour. Again the day has dawned clear and crisp and the forecast is clear for all day. It was a bit sad to be moving on from such a comfortable and well appointed apartment but the adventure on Stewart Island beckons. One would think there was no other highway to take us down to Invercargill but Highway 6 which we have been on since Nelson. There really isn’t another option as we start out from Queenstown, so 6 it is! Sometimes when you are speeding along the highway you can’t pick up the name of any little side road that you pass ... read more
Our apartment at Villa del Lago
Looking south to Kingston
The Remarkables close up

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland March 15th 2021

What started off as wet, overcast day for a road trip, turned out to be an interesting day with unexpected bonus's. Rain belted down from Invercargill to Riverton, but despite that, we stopped at the Information Centre and Museum at Riverton to get some better information on the West Southland area. The lady there was very chatty and I soon found some information on geology and gemstones of the area. She suggested that we drive out to Riverton Rocks and check out the scenery there, which we did. I guess it was named for the very rocky coast but it's great for fishing, viewing dolphins, and fantastic views of Taramea Bay. I spied what looked like pillow lavas as we drove past and despite the rain, I put up the brolly, put on a raincoat and ... read more
Volcanic rock with a green dike
Linds at McCrackens Rest
Clifden Suspension Bridge

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Catlins January 28th 2019

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Catlins January 26th 2019

When we first came to NZ five years ago, we visited the northernmost point of North Island – Cape Reinga. Today we went to the southernmost point of South Island – Slope Point. The weather forecast was bad so we were fully expecting to get soaked. However it was dry and much warmer than yesterday so we thoroughly enjoyed the walk. As you can see from the photo, the next land due South is the Antarctic, with a mere 4,803kms to the South Pole. We also visited Curio Bay where the rock on the beach is actually a petrified forest from the Jurassic period of around 180 million years ago. The adjacent living ancient forest is believed to be the only one in the world so close to a petrified forest and hence they have worldwide ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Catlins January 25th 2019

After waking up quite early – with the body clock not yet fully synced – we set off on a day’s touring of The Catlins and first stop was Purakaunui Falls which span three distinct levels. We were first in the car park and so, after a 10-minute walk through an ancient forest, we also had the falls to ourselves which was very pleasant. We then drove further along the Scenic Highway to a pub called The Whisting Frog where we shared a delicious grilled cheese and bacon sandwich. Next was a 40-minute return walk through forest and beach to Cathedral Cave (another one) which can only be accessed at low tide. You walk in one cave and out of another and both are huge. The weather at this point was wet and wild which made ... read more
Cathedral Cave

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Catlins January 24th 2019

Well here we are in The Catlins on the south of South Island. By the sound of it we did well to get away with a very short delay from Manchester with snow falling quite heavily as others weren’t so lucky. And our flights – Manchester to Doha (6hrs), Doha to Auckland (16hrs) and Auckland to Dunedin (1h30) – all went like clockwork so again timing was on our side. As we flew over the west coast of Australia I thought not far now but it was another 7 hours to Auckland. Dunedin airport is quaint. As our plane – the only one st the airport – pulled up, Chris pointed out the cows grazing at the side of us.After picking up our hire car and stopping at New World supermarket for a few provisions m, ... read more
Phil & Chris at Nugget Point
Kaka Point

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland March 21st 2018

Day 24: Queenstown to Mossburn, 103km. The Donkey meets Misery in its purest form. The Donkey had some difficulty getting out of bed because his back was very sore. He knew from experience that he had to be patient with his Backpain and take it a bit easier for a couple of weeks. The Donkey and Backpain have developed a delicate relationship over the years with mutual tolerance and understanding. The Donkey explained to Backpain that he had two more days to go, can he please go easy on him. Backpain did not answer back and the Donkey hauled himself out of bed and slowly got dressed. He knew Backpain would ease off a bit if he kept him moving gently. When it came to putting his socks on however Backpain balked and did not let ... read more
Engine trouble

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland November 23rd 2016

Well the ferry trip back from Stewart Island was uneventful along with our 2 days in Invercargill. Invercargill doesn’t have a lot to offer for most tourists. But if you are there do go and visit the EHayes Hardware Store on Dee Street. No I'm not mad it’s the home to the E Hayes Motorworks Collection and the World’s Fastest Indian. What an amazing collection of Vintage Motorbikes, classic cars including the Burt Munro’s Indian Scout Motorbike. If you are not into bikes there is always the camping, hardware and impressive giftware section to wander through. There is also complimentary tea and coffee for the poor spouses left waiting while their partners take their time inspecting every bike and tool in the place. The other place to visit is the Invercargill Information centre and the home ... read more
The Chain - Invercargill
Mitchells Bay - Riverton

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Invercargill November 15th 2016

Geo: -46.4131, 168.357Coffee, showers and breakfast, fueled up then headed off.Took the scenic route thru the Catlins stopping at Matai Falls and Florence Hill Lookout.Had lunch and used the 'dump' site in Tokanui, then drove on to Invercargill.Booked into our campsite, then headed down to Bluff, the bottom of the South Island.Back to Invercargill, and out to the Thar & Feather for dinner.TV and reading before bed.Ps. It rained all night... read more
Bluff signpost
Bluff selfie

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Catlins November 5th 2016

Saturday (29/10) and its time to start heading South. First stop Taieri Mouth, the weather is a little cold and showery but nothing a brisk walk followed by a hot cuppa won’t fix. A few people trying their luck fishing here today, I think they might have to swing by the fish & chip shop on their way home though:). Further South is the little settlement of Toko Mouth and our stop for the night. The camping spot is under water so we park on the edge of the puddles (It’s a bit like having a lakefront property). The little cribs a rather cute with one having its own outdoor bath on the edge of the river. This is another pretty dangerous beach and swimming is not recommended. Sunday we follow the Coast road down to ... read more
Taieri Mouth
Crib - Toko Mouth
Wangaloa Beach

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