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Mar 20, 2016 - Bluff

Had a good drive from Te Anau to Invercargill and checked in to a lovely cabin. Did the drive to Bluff, saw Stewart Island and ate oysters. Not much else to do!! Today we drove through the Catlins which was much better- windswept beaches and great views. Found the real southern point and the Nuggets-Phill's favourite. Best of all after an hour and a half of waiting in a hide at Roaring Bay we saw a Yellow-Eyed penguin come ashore and waddle up the beach. It was enormous. Hope Ange likes the photo- Phill says you are only one step...

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Our Year Out

Feb 19, 2016 - You may recall

We had driven on a toll road on the north island. There was no toll booth. Cameras recorded licence plates. Roadside signs reminded you to pay via your online account within five days or face dire consequences. Not sure what to do, we called the rental car office. They gave us the New Zealand official toll free toll payment number. A call to the number, during which a very pleasant and well-trained person took our details, took care of our toll charge. With an added service fee for using the service. While in Auckland, we met a local woman...

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Feb 17, 2016 - Rain, the perfect south Kiwi woman, and the end of the road

Rain followed us as we left the west coast and crossed the southern mountains to south east South Island. Our otherwise comfy and sound room in Alexandria developed, what else, a roof leak. When the owner came to see it he said, "It rains this hard here only twice a year: last night and tonight." The landscape is very much like eastern Washington. We could have been near Wenatchee, complete with a bit of the Columbia River. Alexandria is the site of various events from rail trail races to rodeos. There is something called The Perfect Woman...

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Feb 10, 2016 - Invercargill

Sat 6th Feb - a lazy day walking around town. We went up to the Botanical Gardens and then into Christchurch Museum. A gentle stroll back through town to the hotel during the afternoon. Sun 7th Feb - rain this morning. We walked into the town and had a coffee before exploring the outer parts of the city centre.mall we really found were shops between patches of open ground. In one place a sign explained that in 1988 it had been the site of the Park Royale Hotel, 350 bedrooms and a fifth floor atrium that was the biggest in the South Island....

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May 1, 2015 - Day 9 Invercargill

Very cold night so pleased to get up and get some warm gear on and get moving. Short drive into Invercargill, plugged in at my park for the night to get the battery charged up and headed into the city on foot for a good look around. Some lovely old buildings but lots of empty shops and if not for State Highway 1 going thru town, it would look pretty desolate. Enjoyed a walk round the museum and Tuatarium, to see the local inhabitants there, including Henry, reputed to be 110 years old. Doesn't do too many tricks tho! Good walk thru Queens...

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Mar 6, 2014 - The Catlins

The sun woke us up this morning at Purakaunui Bay. After a quick breakfast, we packed up and headed out, up the gravel road toward the main road. As usual, it was a one-lane wide, two way winding road, but we only saw one car coming the other way so everything was great, until we came around a corner and saw—SHEEP! A whole flock of sheep in the road, headed our way! So we found a wide spot and pulled over while they streamed past. After several minutes, the river of sheep ended (without a herder in sight), and we started up again. But more...

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Dec 21, 2013 - Dunedin - Invercargill

Der Morgen begrüßte uns mit Regen, so dass wir alle beschlossen doch nicht um 7 aufzustehen und auf den Farmers Markt zu gehen. Stattdessen wurde der Snoozer der Wecker betätigt und noch eine kleine Runde geschlafen - jedoch nicht zu lange denn Josh unser Fahrer wartete dann doch auf uns. Den ganzen Tag über würden wir durch die Catlins - eine der tierreichsten und schönsten Regionen Neuseelands fahren. Unser erster Stopp war am Nugget Point, wo wir an der Küste entlang spazierten und die Seehunde beobachteten. Danach ging es weiter nach...

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Dec 10, 2013 - On Southward

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...

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Feb 23, 2013 - Invercargill

Drove today to Invercargill, population 53,000. It is one of the most southern cities in the world. There are a couple of cities near the tip of Argentina and Chile that are further south. I am staying with relatives. No internet. Will catch up on my journal soon.

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Find Tom 5

Dec 22, 2012 - Day 2: Our Expedition Begins From Invercargill

The day began with breakfast in the hotel restaurant. We joined the rest of the group at 9:30 and walked to the Southland Museum to view the Subantarctic display. We spent a lot of time with the Tuatara display. The Tuatera is a reptile that is endemic to New Zealand which, though it resembles most lizards, is not one. Tuatera lived over 200 million years ago and the ones we saw are one of two that are still living. The name "tuatara" derives from the Māori language, and means "peaks on the back". The Tuatera at the Museum, Henry is...

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Dec 21, 2012 - Day 1: On Wings Tour: Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia

We had the morning to spend on our own. We walked around Invercargill to find a bakery and have our last meat pie before the trip. The hotel gave us an excellent one and we loved it. We walked back and Mabel took some time at a local yarn shop. After three months, it was good to be in a real yarn shop. We officially started on the expedition at dinner, with the rest of the group. Dinner was at the hotel and there was lots of New Zealand fare to eat. We met people from all over the world. Some were young, but for the most part, we were an...

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Dec 20, 2012 - Fly to Invercargill, Through Wellington, NZ

We flew from Sydney to Invercargill, NZ, through Christchurch. No incidents, although the plane from Christchurch was a tiny little prop job. Invercargill is the southernmost city in New Zealand, located on the South Island. The hotel we stayed at was a modest one, built quite a while ago, but it appeared to be the biggest place in town. Our room had two beds (one double and one twin), NO air conditioning and a spa tub. We guessed the spa tub is what gave it a "deluxe" description in the hotel's brochure. It was unseasonably hot that day....

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