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  • Day72

    Bottom Bus - Dunedin to Invercargill

    June 30, 2015 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    The dawn sky turned empiric purple to orange rust as we left Dunedin and Massive Attack's 'Teardrop' played on the stereo. We followed logging trucks through a green landscape filled with sheep farms, passing farmers on quad bikes with their dogs shepherding flocks.

    On our way to Invercargill we made a series of stops along the wild southern coast. The first stop was Kaka Point where bull kelp, like giant strands of tagliatelle, lay over the hard wet sand. Only the breathing of the waves and the occasional squawk from a gull could be heard as the water glittered off the sunlight. We hiked up to the lighthouse, which overlooked a rocky outcrop where seals danced amongst the surging white water.

    We moved on to Cannibal Bay, so called because decapitated skeletal remains were found there by early explorers. This is quite plausible as Maori would decapitate the head of their defeated enemy chief before boiling and eating it to obtain the deceased chief's 'mana' or power. We planned to walk along to beach in search of sea lions that be viewed there. However the tide was too high, rushing in to foam at our feet so we could be certain that the beach was impassable.

    After this we went to Curio Bay, where from an exposed outcrop we were thrust sideways by the wind as huge waves charged the coastline, smashing skyward as they met rock face. Again we searched for sea lions but unfortunately saw none. At the nearby petrified forest, so called because the fossilised remains of ancient trees are embedded in the rock, we sought out the rare yellow eyed penguins that nested there.

    Carefully picking our way over rocks slick with sea water and kelp we stood patiently to see if any penguins would appear from the waters. The wind wrapped around us and the sea relentlessly battered rocks on the shoreline but no penguins appeared. Our noses grew cold and our hands numb but still no penguins. Just as we were ready to surrender one solitary penguin threw themselves up out of the surf and waddled across the rocks to the flax lining the bay. We were lucky to be able to see such a rare and shy bird but we felt luckier still to be back in the shelter of our bus and on our way to Invercargill.

    The cold cramped overpriced hostel did little to lift our spirits in the dark wet evening. However it was for only one night and the shared experience brought camaraderie our fellow travellers. Inside sarcastic laughter echoed off the walls whilst outside the wind howled and clouds wept.
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  • Day314


    March 11, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    We visited the most southern city Bluff (near Intercargill) on the southern island of New Zealand. Before we arrived we saw the Nuggets and a nice lighthouse as well as a little dried out waterfall in the Catlins.

  • Day113

    The Campervan Diaries - The South

    July 21, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌬 45 °F

    After the lions tour finished we hired a campervan to spend 5 weeks exploring the South Island of New Zealand. Our camper has a toilet, shower and cooking facilities - all you need! We set off from Christchurch in a clockwise direction so headed down to the South of the island first. Here we visited the Royal Albatross centre and got to see some blue penguins coming home after a days hunting in the sea. We carried on to Dunedin and visited the Cadburys Chocolate Factory. After this we kept travelling and visited the scenic locations around the South coast, the highlight of which was visiting Milford Sound which was just amazing.Read more

  • Day33


    March 10, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Heute sind wir viel Auto gefahren. Einen längeren Stopp haben wir in Invercargill eingelegt. Dort waren wir im Queens Park und im Museum (haben Tuatara Echsen gesehen). Dann ging es weiter bis Te Anau. Eigentlich wollten wir dort übernachten, haben dann aber die frühe Bootstour im Milford Sound gebucht und sind schon die halbe Strecke der 120 km langen Sackgasse bis zum Deer Flat Campingplatz gefahren.Read more

  • Day57

    Jacks Blowhole & Invercargill

    December 12, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Auf dem Weg nach Invercargill haben wir bei Jacks Blowhole gehalten. Es befindet sich 200m vom Meer entfernt, ist 144m lang, 55m tief und 68m breit.
    Wir haben auch endlich mal ein Haus mit Weihnachtsdekoration entdeckt 😉.
    In Invercargill wohnte Burt Munro, der „the World fastest Indian“ gebaut hat, in das wir uns auch reinsetzten durften.Read more

  • Day202


    March 13, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Invercargill liegt am südlichsten Ende von Neuseeland und damit sind wir nun wirklich in den gemäßigten Breiten der Südhalbkugel angekommen. Und das spürt man auch am Wetter: Es ist Herbst!
    Es ist lange her, dass ich bei einstelligen Temperaturen gelaufen bin. Die "niedrige" Temperatur wurde dann noch von heftigen Windböen und Schauern ergänzt. Das Laufen hat trotzdem Freude gemacht, denn wieder einmal habe ich einen schönen Weg durch eine tolle Landschaft entdeckt. Anscheinend kann man in Neuseeland fast überall gut laufen...Read more

  • Day148

    Queens Park, Neuseeland

    January 22 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

    Zum Lunch finden wir uns im Queens Park ein. Es gibt Reiswaffeln mit Avocado und Tomate, Reste des veganen Käse, und PB&J-Sandwiches. Im Anschluss treten wir einen kleinen Verdauungsspaziergang an. Bei den Vogelgehegen werde ich gedanklich nach Australien zurück versetzt, dort sitzt einsam ein Cockatoo, etliche Lorikeets sowie ein kings parrot.
    Im Rosengärten verbringen wir eine Weile und lassen uns von ihren Namen und Düften verzaubern.
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  • Day4

    Funky little backpackers

    April 30, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Home tonight is the Tuatara (biggish NZ lizard) Backpackers Lodge. Very funky "art deco" type place. Looks impressive but pretty basic, nice and cheap. No kettle! I did bring my travel kettle from Europe but forgot to bring a cup! Must get one tomorrow. They have their own cafe so I just got food from there. It is in central city, I managed to get a car park, a warm bed (all to myself), a hot shower, free wifi, so all is good.Read more

  • Day5

    Bill Richardson Transport World

    May 1, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    Wow! I can see why this was recommended. Worth the soaking I got walking in and out to the car.
    It is very well done and if I had the hubby and 4 sons with me I never would have got out of there ( and so I said in their visitors book).
    Thete were 3 loos and all were themed. 1 was Betty Boop, 1 was lego, 1 was 1800's ladies decorated - don't know what the men's were.......strangely enough 😕😆Read more

  • Day5

    FibreOctave wearable art.

    May 1, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    "Enter a world of enchantment and intrigue with wearable art in Southland.  FibreOctave is set to be staged at Bill Richardson Transport World on 15 June 2018.  In this unique and apt environment, surrounded by a collection of world class vehicles, the show will be a spectacle of colour and creativity.  Designed to grace the human body wearable art knows no bounds and is limited only by the imagination. FibreOctave is a spectacular show of wearable art, music and dance.

    Wearable Art entries are invited from artists with a flair for dramatic artistry designed with that X factor that is wearable art. The brief to those creating wearable art is simple. It has to be art and it has to be wearable.

    FibreOctave is presented in Invercargill in June each year and plays to a capacity crowd, tickets selling out 6 weeks in advance. FibreOctave is an artistic experience in Southland not to be missed." From the website.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Invercargill, إنفركارجل, اینورکارگیل, Inbhir Chargaill, אינברקרגיל, IVC, インバーカーギル, ინვერკარგილი, 인버카길, Ostium Cargillense, Inverkargilas, Waihopai, Инверкаргилл, อินเวอร์คาร์กิลล์, Інверкаргілл, انورکارگل, 因弗卡吉尔

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