Brian and Andrea's big adventure travel blog

Larnach Castle - the only castle in NZ

It's amazing standing up here

quite the view

the front garden and water feature

into the gardens

taking it easy


the enchanted forest

Sleepy little fishing town along the way

the local pub and hotel

The odd jobs you get up to on the Easter weekend

Florence Hill lookout

Into the southland

Sheep everywhere!

great views

rugged Caitlins Coastline

take 2

one of the great little places we stayed - classy!

And we thought there was only one Niagra Falls!

the view going into Bluff, NZ

view from Stirling Point Lookout in Bluff, NZ

Where in the world are we???

Invercargill's Giant Paua Shell

oooooh pretty

It's what every town wants to be known for!

Cliften's bridge to transport people and livestock across the river

built back in the 1890's - 112m long x 7.5m high



...and more sheep!

roadside beauties

take 2

even closer!

This one was different

back to the coast

a bit of fun on Monkey Island

fishing at dusk

Some flowers from Larnach Castle...

























Although it seemed impossible to top a chocolate factory...Larnach Castle was pretty amazing. The only castle in NZ, it has been restored and maintained for a number of years and told the life story of the original owners - a real soap opera of its time kind of tale! The views over the Otago Peninsula were great.

Further south from Dunedin, we moved into the Cultha District (Caitlins Coastline - where they have fossilised forests in the rocks at Curio Bay) and then into the Southland District (includes Invercargill and Bluff). We just missed the annual Bluff Oyster Festival when we were there (these are famous deep-water shellfish rather than the rock oysters you get in other places. A real delicacy with a "sweet and succulent taste" apparently.) Along this part of the southland trail we saw some pretty funny and entertaining town signs. We actually stayed a night at Monkey Island and had a great chat with some local fishers from the area.

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