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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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Jan 23, 2012 - Invercargill

After a nice drive to the next port of call Invercargill we managed to get cleaned up and a load of washing done before we set off into town. Invercargill is another NZ town that has seen better days but like most of them it has an amazing library and we took advantage of that to catch up with internet stuff although the photo’s are a pain in the arse to load up so forgive us if you are waiting to see them , they will be on there in the end. We went for a wander up towards Queens Park and although it was a bit windy and wet it was a nice...

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Dec 12, 2011 - Invercargill, Dec. 11 & 12, 2011

As we approached Invercargill, our usually dependable GPS (nicknamed “Sheila”) failed us. Roger had been questioning where she was taking us when suddenly we found ourselves in a rural, industrial area where Sheila told us to take a left on a non-existent road! Roger had a good sense of where we were, despite the fairly notional maps that we had, and he was able to get us back on track. We spent a quiet evening in Invercargill doing laundry and repacking because we could only take a small carry-on when we flew to Stewart Island the next...

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Nov 29, 2011 - wild life on beaches : )

on our way to invercargill we stopped at deserted beaches and coves. We cautiously approached a sleeping sea lion and were warned to keep a 10 m distance as the can be quite grumpy. He had made himself very comfy in the sand and raised an eye at us and then his whole body with a roar when Adam got to close : ). We saw seals playing and basking in rock pools and yellow eyed penguins who were nesting : )

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Whitaker's Travels

Apr 24, 2011 - The Catlins - heading south to Invercargill

Today we were on the road by 9.10am. The weather was sunny and mild as we headed for the Catlins Coast on our way to Invercargill. We stopped at many lovely places along the way. We saw lighthouses, rugged beaches and bucolic countryside scattered with sheep. Our intention was to stay in the Catlins however as it was the Easter long weekend the tourist office couldn't find us any decent accommodation.

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Apr 18, 2011 - NZ Day 16, Penguins!!!

From Balclutha we drove down the south coast to "The Catlins" a region that combines lush farmland, native forests and rugged bays. There are fur seals, sea lions and elephant seals who come here to breed at Nugget Point. In spring southern right whales and dolphins are frequent visitors as well as the endangered yellow-eyed penguin and the rare mohua (yellowhead). That is where we headed to Nugget Point to get some up close and personal time with some of these creatures. We arrived at Nugget Point in good sunny weather. We walked 900...

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Mar 26, 2011 - Scotland of the Southern Hemisphere: Our southern most point

When we arrived in Invercargill last night the main street was blocked off sign said “Detour, Heavy Traffic”. We could see semi trucks going down the street and people standing around like it was a parade. When we asked at the hotel we were told it was Americana. There were many old American cars with American flags waving as they drove down one side of the street and back up the other side. The street was closed until 10 pm so they could cruise. I thought the most interesting car was the Minnesota State Police Car probably from the...

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Mar 7, 2011 - Invercargill

Christine’s advice was to follow a heritage trail in her corner of the Catlins which took us to Waipapa Point lighthouse (bitter wind; how the lighthouse families survived here beats me !), Curio Bay where we stopped to wander through petrified forest stumps on the beach and search in vain for penguins, and the Niagara Falls cafe which had a conservatory so hot from the sun that we couldn’t stand it and moved into the main area for a good lunch. Eventually reached the bottom of S Island after a relatively short drive and sought out Ann and...

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Dec 21, 2010 - Along the Southern Scenic Route to Invercargill

Officially the Southern Scenic Route runs from Milford Sound via Te Anau to Invercargill at the southern tip of South Island and then up again along the east coast via the Catskils to end in Dunedin, some 440 km in total. I have already done the 120 km between Milford and Te Anau and I continue southwards where the road runs alongside Fiordland National Park. The spectacular Alpine peaks gradually disappear in the distance and give way to nice views over gentle hills, before the route touches the coast at McCracken's Rest for a last look at...

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Dec 13, 2010 - Invercargill

Express day on the bus from Te Anau for those wanting to go to Stewart Island - NZ's 3rd island and southern most point. For the rest of us not willing to fork out an extra $100 for a ferry the town of Invercargill was our home for the next 24 hours. Initial impression was of a dead town, right at the bottom of the South Island, with pretty much nothing going on. I decided to go for a little wander around as it was a nice day and see if the town had anything more to offer. Went around the nice if small museum which was quite good. Has one...

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Jul 31, 2010 - Free Bar Tab In Invercargill

After we departed Dunedin we headed to Kaka Point where the pub there puts on a special Bottom Bus deal where you can have anything you like off the menu in a toasted sandwich for $6. Scrummy. And Rocky the dog lived there, a Corgi who was about 14 years old and he definitely wanted some toasted sandwich too. Our first walk was along the coastline to Nugget Point; Captain James Cook thought the rocks in the sea looked like gold nuggets back in the day. At the end was a lighthouse, and looking down onto the rocks we saw many seals and sea...

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Harriet's OE Journal

Apr 24, 2010 - John's Birthday Party

Hi - I met John Cross at a Chinese Restaurant in Guatemala City in 1976. Since we were both interested in seeing some of the more remote Mayan ruins we teamed up and spent the next few weeks in the hinterlands of Guatemala and Honduras. We explored Copan and Tikal before the tour buses showed up and Adventure Travel replaced just getting there on your own. Along with Margaret and the Swede John was one of the best people I ever traveled with. He got along with everyone he met and wasn't afraid to go anywhere. Years later I came to New...

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