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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

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Invercargill June 7th 2016

We had a fantastic time in Southland. Firstly full credit to everyone involved in the Final Four basketball extravaganza, Stadium Southland is a fantastic facility. Special mention to the people of Southland who turned out in force to support the Sharks on Friday and then backed up the next day for the final despite their team not being involved. The atmosphere, noise and sheer excitement of the Saints v Sharks semi final is something that will stay with us for a very long time. Big ups to Shooter the Shark the Southland mascot for her brilliant performance on semi final night:) Invercargill itself does have a bit of a 'back in time' feel about it - in the best possible way. There's heaps of character buildings around the CBD, the streets are super wide and people ... read more
Poster Boy

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Catlins June 6th 2016

Another cracking day! Definitely warming to this part of the world no question! Today after our traditional start to the day (just love Zoolander) we're off to the Catlins, a rugged and unspoiled place of incredible natural beauty. The Catlins are way off the beaten track (in the sense they are so far away from anywhere in the very bottom south eastern corner of New Zealand - in fact Slope Point is officially the southern most point of New Zealand). Having said that the area is far from a 'best kept secret'. It has an ever growing reputation as a perfect place to see rare and in some cases endangered wildlife, in particular, seals, sea lions, penguins and albatrosses. The area as a result attracts a steady stream of tourists, however being the middle of winter ... read more
Seal Lion Sanctuary
SS Tararua
Slope Point Sign

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Invercargill June 5th 2016

Today dawned a brilliant fine sunny day! So much for the it's always raining and cold in Southland theory - and we're right in the middle of winter too! Standard start to our day: Breakfast at Zoolander, it's the only way to kick things off, although not so much from a weight watcher perspective (which clearly isn't my go), then the short walk around the corner to the Southland Times car park to pick up our car. It is true there are two Round the Mountains - the hard peddling, sweating, grunting push bike variety, and the much less strenuous but much more my style elbow bending Pub crawl. Just to clarify we didn't actually do the Pub crawl, that would be irresponsible and for another day when we can do the bus trip - just ... read more
Colac Bay
Queens Park entry
Queens Park Burt Munro

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Invercargill June 4th 2016

Today is our first full touristy day and we're off to a pretty good start - there's a strange yellow thing in the sky and it's surrounded by patches of blue - a sunny(ish) day in Southland, our first! We had breakfast and then headed around to pick up our loan car, The Southland Times have generously allowed us to borrow a vehicle for the next few days which was fantastic of them. Our first trip was a pleasant 20 minute drive to Bluff. Our first stop was up Bluff Hill to the lookout, it offered incredible views across Foveaux Strait and the surrounding area. We were lucky with the weather and the view included Stewart Island - exciting! Home of the famous Bluff Oyster, and a not quite so famous (but still very well known) ... read more
Bluff Sculputure
Oyster Cove Lunch
Saints Champions!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Invercargill June 3rd 2016

The Ibis is a great central location and the bed especially is really comfortable, in our room anyway the big downside was the condensation - there were literally puddles of water dripping off the window sill! If anything the weather is even worse today, heavy rain and very cold temperatures, however our day started on a really positive note when we wandered into the Zookeeper Cafe for breakfast. Not surprisingly given the name the decor has a distinctly animal theme! It is an extremely eclectic mix to be fair - from the friendly looking polar bear (complete with mosaic collar) outside, a Cheetah on a racing bike sprinting across the ceiling of the main dining area, to an absolute menagerie scattered throughout the rest of the interior, all in all it created a really cool vibe. ... read more
Official Gift Basket Handover
Stadium Southland

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Invercargill June 2nd 2016

It's been a while since we've had a proper break. This ones only short but should be a lot of fun. We're heading to Southland at the bottom of of the country, one of the few parts of New Zealand we haven't been to! Three reasons: No1: Main reason - We're huge NBL Basketball fans and Final Four is being held in Invercargill this year. The top four basketball teams in NZ are coming together battle it out to determine the top dog (number uno, the big kahuna) for 2016! Our team the mighty Wellington Saints are shooting for title number 9. It's the first time the event has been held in the deep south so it will be a huge B'ball weekend down there. The Wellington Saints and Southland Sharks are joined by regular season ... read more

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