Binkley's 2013 Australia/New Zealand trip travel blog

Cliff off Nugget Point

"Nuggets" off Nugget Point

Lighthouse built in 1869-70

Nesting colony of Royal Spoonbills & Spotted Shag

Southeastern coast of South Island

On Southward

Today we took on what was to be 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive from Dunedin to Invercargill. Invercargill is the largest city at the bottom of the South Island. It was also to be the end of our driving and therefore the end of the freedom to explore that comes with having a car to use. So, we chose a more scenic and windy route, stopped a few times and turned the drive into a 7-hour journey. A nice walk out to a very old lighthouse with great views of bird colonies and more NZ fur seals. We did finally find several Dunnocks, little birds that had been introduced from Europe. We were, however, amazed to see a nesting colony of Royal Spoonbills on a very high rock island. We saw one additional Yellow-eyed Penguin, many, many other repeat bird sightings, and of course lots of lush green land with lots of beautiful coast. Laundry, dinner and a walk in Queens Park wrapped up the day. Tomorrow, we travel further south by flying to Stewart Island.

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