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Invercargill City

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  • Day85

    The little tent that wanted to fly away

    January 30 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    After last night's bad weather, the sun was back in the morning. We welcomed it with open arms, as a lot of our stuff was still wet. There was a strict 10:00 checkout time so at some point we had to leave. We visited Jack's blowhole, a canyon 200 meter inland with rough sea water. We didn't see a blowhole though as we've seen in small at other beaches, and neither did we see anyone called Jack, so it was slightly underwhelming, especially as it took 40 minutes of hiking to see it.

    On the way to our next stop we drove through Papatowai. This town hosts the Lost Gypsy Gallery, a place where someone with lots of free time and creativity created lots of small or big toys that would move when either pressing a button or turning a handle. Very random and somehow cool.

    After lunch we decided to visit only one of the many waterfalls, our choice were the McLean Falls. A short walk through awesome forest brought us there. Having seen plenty of living forests here, we also went to see a petrified forest at the coast. There were mainly tree stumps and some logs. Hard to really tell that they were stone and not still wood but the weird look in that specific location made the stop worth it.

    We had been driving south for the last few weeks, now this came to an end, as we reached the southern most point of the South Island of New Zealand and didn't intend to visit Steward Island or Antarctica. From here on we noticed how incredibly windy it had gotten at the coast. Going west from here, we reached a nice little light house and found yet another sea lion. This time he was up for a selfie.

    The campsite of the day tried everything to provide wind shelter for us. We were basically surrounded by trees, bushes, a campervan and our car. But it was nonetheless so windy that we had to go rock searching around midnight because our pegs were being pushed out of the ground by pure wind force. When we were trying to fall asleep, we noticed one of the corners at the feet was not attached anymore. We secured the 4 main pegs with one rock each and hoped we'd survive the night.
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  • Day17

    Invacargill

    December 29, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Arrived back in Bluff and headed to the start/end of State Highway 1 which is the longest road in NZ at 1263 miles.

    Drove to Invercargill to look around Transport World with its themed toilets and fab vintage cars and trucks. Then for a walk in the municipal gardens and visit to Southland Museum to view the Tuatara, an ancient reptile extinct on the mainland except in captivity and exists in the wild on some islands around NZ.

    Drove back to Owaka
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  • Day110

    Invercargill

    February 17 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Vorletzte Etappe des TA: 32km am Strand bis Invercargill. Da Ebbe heute noch später war als gestern (14.20h), gingen Sebastian, Anja und ich erstmal in Ruhe frühstücken.

    Gegen 11h marschierten wir los, immer an der Bay entlang. Es war auch mal schön, mit anderen zu laufen und sich zu unterhalten. Wir haben schon mal unsere Erlebnisse und Eindrücke abgeglichen und bearbeitet. Es war schon spannend, wie jeder den Trail erlebt hat und was er mitnimmt. Die Zeit verging super schnell.

    Der Strand war sehr mystisch. Es war zwar warm, aber vor uns hielt sich immer ein Schleier von Dunst oder Wolken, so dass man nicht weit voraus schauen konnte.

    Die 20km Strand waren im Nu vorbei. Dann kam etwas Strasse und etwa 6km vor Invercargill ein Cafe. Dort bestellten wir erstmal ein Bier bzw. Cider und ein Eis und ließen es uns gut gehen.

    Um 19.30h liefen wir dann im Ziel ein, gingen kurz in unsere Hostels und trafen uns zum Abendbrot. Wir mussten uns ziemlich beeilen, da hier um 21h die Bürgersteige hochgeklappt werden, 😂 Das Essen war aber sehr lecker!
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  • Day111

    Bluff - TA Ende

    February 18 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Letzter Tag des TA 😁
    Heute war Countdown mit 34km bis Bluff. Wir frühstücken zusammen um 8h und Anja und ich liefen los, Sebastian brauchte noch etwas... Wir wollten gemeinsam finishen.

    Das Wetter stand auf Trauer, es nieselte. Zuerst ging es ganz nett noch weiter an der Bucht entlang, aber dann etwa 25km am State Highway. Es war viel Verkehr und die riesigen Trucks bliesen mir mehrfach meine Mütze vom Kopf. Aber wir hatten keine andere Wahl, da mussten wir durch. Zu zweit war es nicht ganz so schlimm...

    Kurz vor Bluff holte uns Sebastian ein, wollte aber noch über den Hügel. Wir holten uns aus dem Liquor Store jeweils einen Piccolo 😎

    Um 16h hatten wir den Stirling Point, den südlichsten Punkt Neuseelands erreicht. Wir stießen an und jubelten. 3000km waren geschafft. Es ist so unwirklich, ich kann es immer noch nicht glauben!!! Wahnsinn

    Anja musste zu ihrer Fähre nach Stewart Island und ich blieb noch ein bisschen sitzen. Dann kam noch Antoine und Sebastian und die 6er-Gruppe von den letzten Huts. Party!

    Ich brauchte etwas Zeit für mich und lief zurück in mein Hostel. Wahrscheinlich realisiere ich die ganze Geschichte erst in den nächsten Tagen...

    So, mein NZ Trip ist aber noch nicht zu Ende. Ich habe ja noch ein paar Tage bis zum 27.2.. Also nehme ich morgen erstmal die Fähre nach Stewart Island und sehe dann weiter, ganz entspannt 😉
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  • Day50

    South Coast

    November 16, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Da das Wetter am Freitag trocken war, entschieden wir uns, einen Teil der Strasse zum Milford Sound hochzufahren. Die Gegend war wirklich schön und auch abwechslungsreich. Unterwegs irgendwann fing es an zu regnen. Wir sind dann doch bis zu den Humboldt Falls gefahren. Das hat sich auch trotz Regen gelohnt. Danach sind wir wieder südwärts an Te Anau vorbei und auf die Strasse in Richtung Küste. Die Landschaft zusammen mit der Sonne, dem blauen Himmel und den Wolken sah super aus. Auch an der Küste ging es so weiter und wir hielten oft an, um Fotos zu machen. Gegen Abend erreichten wir unseren Übernachtungsort Gore.
    Am nächsten Morgen starteten wir in Richtung Süden, nach Bluff. Dort hat es einen Aussichtspunkt und an der Küste einen Wegweiser, wo die Distanzen zu einigen Städten weltweit darauf stehen. Danach fuhren wir weiter zum Waipapa Point Lighthouse. Da es dort stark regnete und windete, blieben wir nur kurz dort und fuhren dann in Richtung Gore zurück.
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  • Day118

    Invercargill + Bluff

    February 13, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Jetzt bin ich ganz im Süden der Südinsel angekommen. Von den 4 Mio. Kiwis lebt ca. 1 Mio. auf der Südinsel und weite Gebiete sind Nationalpark.
    Jede Ortschaft hat ein Museum, wo die Tüchtigkeit der europäischen Siedler verherrlicht wird und die letzte Unterhose ausgestellt ist.

  • Day115

    Stewart Island - > Invercargill

    February 22 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Gestern Abend war ich noch mit Anja schön Abendbrot essen und heute früh frühstücken, dann mussten wir uns endgültig voneinander verabschieden. Aber in Berlin schaffen wir es bestimmt auf einen Kaffee 😉

    Ich bummelte noch ein bisschen rum und stieg um 14.30h in einen Minflieger nach Invercargill - Flugzeit 15min 😂. Das Arrangement war ganz spannend : Eingecheckt wurde im Ort, an einem Schalter der Post. Dann wurden wir (3 Passagiere) mit einem Minibus ca. 2km gefahren bis zum Beginn einer leeren Start/Landebahn. Nach etwa 10min kam von hinten ein Flieger angebraust und setzte kurz vor uns auf. Wir fuhren ihm ein Stück hinterher und hielten neben ihm. 5 Fluggäste stiegen aus und wir stiegen ein. Gepäck raus und rein, anschnallen und los gings. Es war ein bißchen wackelig in der Luft, aber cool. Eine Viertelstunde später landeten wir in Invercargill. Fertig.

    Leider folgte dann eine böse Überraschung : meine Buchung bei Europcar war nicht bestätigt und damit ungültig. Für das Auto, was zur Verfügung stand, wollten sie den 5-(!)fachen Preis- Bauernfänger....

    Also buchte ich bei budget für morgen ein Auto, leider trotzdem deutlich teurer, aber ich hab ja Urlaub 😉

    Dann lief ich vom Flughafen zu meiner Unterkunft (1h), ich hatte ja noch nicht viel gemacht heute. Das Backpackers ist richtig süß in einer alten Villa mit einer älteren Dame 👍

    Jetzt noch Abendessen und dann geht es morgen weiter 😎
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  • Day95

    We are Heading Home

    March 14 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Fifteen days early but all is good. Flights cancelled and new ones made from Invercargill. Rental car can be returned at the airport here without any extra fees. Refunds from all remaining Air Bnb and Booking.com sites. Ferry to the North Island cancelled.

    Better safe than sorry. We have had an amazing trip and have no regrets.Read more

  • Day96

    The End of the Road

    March 15 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Yesterday, we were able to get everything we needed to get done in preparation for our travels. home. Today is Sunday and we planned on making it a special day as we are leaving NZ tomorrow.

    As we are almost at the very bottom of the South Island in Invercargill, we decided to head 27 kilometres further south to NZ’s southernmost town and port. We planned on visiting the 265 metre high Bluff Hill and eat some Bluff Oysters that we had been hearing so much about. Ian and Jenny also suggested a few other places to check out.

    The first spot we came to was the peaceful Omaui Scenic Reserve. We found and took a 1 hour 30 minute loop trail that goes through the native forest to a sheltered picnic area and a wonderful lookout. What great views we had of the beautiful Omaui Beach and sea.

    This area was originally occupied by Maori and later was used as a whaling base, pilot station and health camp by Europeans.

    We met a couple, who as kids, had come to the local YMCA camp located nearby and had many fond memories of scouring the beach looking for treasures - shells, fishing apparatus, cool stones, etc. The beach had two sections - a sandy beach and a rocky beach.

    When we got back into the car and got back on the main road, we looked for a sign pointing to a ship graveyard. And there is was - not the graveyard but the Green Point Walkway to the Ship Graveyard. It looked very interesting.

    The walkway and boardwalk meandered beside the shoreline to Greenpoint, where we had a panoramic view across Bluff Harbour. It wasn’t long walk but we enjoyed every minute of it - the seabirds, the rocks, the views and of course, the shipwrecks.

    Shipwreck Bay is known for its historic value. In the 13th Century stone tools were manufactured there by the early Maori people. In the 19th Century, the first European whaling and sealing boats used this area

    Over the years, 14 oyster and fishing ships have been scuttled in this bay, some dating back to the 1870's. Many of the wrecks are still visible today and at low tide these hulls can be clearly seen. The signs have the names of all the boats and the year they went to their watery graves. This was a sight that we have never seen before and it was neat that the township has made it a historical site.

    We just had to continue on and have our picture taken at a famous spot - the Sterling Point Signpost. Stirling Point marks the southern end of State Highway 1, which runs the length of New Zealand. The large signpost displays distances to major cities in the world and is a well-known endpoint for people who have cycled, walked, or driven the length of the country. Amazing that this is where our trip ends, due to the coronavirus that is sweeping the world.

    Of course, we had to have our photo taken here!
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  • Day94

    On to the Bottom of the South Island

    March 13 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Today the news about the Coronavirus was not good. Prime Minister Trudeau is self-isolating as his wife is being tested for the virus; President Trump announced that he was shutting U.S.A. borders to European countries; and schools in Ontario will be shut down for 3 weeks. We are becoming a little concerned about our travel plans and if we will have any troubles. From Auckland, we fly into Houston before changing planes and flying into Toronto. In 17 days, we will see. New Zealand hasn’t really been affected ...yet...

    This morning, we left Te Anau in Fiordland and headed further south to Invercargill. It had been suggested that we take the scenic road which would take us a little longer but was a pleasant road.

    The drive usually takes about 2 hours but we happily stretched it to 5 hours. Haha. The road was great - fairly straight for a change, few cars, undulating pastures with sheep, cows, deer and wapiti, a type of elk. It was so different (calm) than what we have been through for the past 2 weeks. I loved it.

    Our first stop was to see a historic suspension bridge in Clifden. Built in 1899, it spans the Waiau River and is 111.5 m long. It is sometimes called the "Iron Bridge." The bridge has been accessible to pedestrians only since 1978.

    Then we pulled over to check out Mc Cracken’s Lookout with hopes that we would see whales or Hector’s dolphins. We didn’t but the sun shone and the water sparkled.

    The trees in this area are all bent away from the ocean. There was hardly any wind when we were there but it would be easy to imagine what kind of winds would bend the trees into their present shapes.

    The former timber-milling town of Tuatapere was next. In 1988, it won a sausage making contest so we stopped at theTui Base Camp and bought some frozen sausages for breakfast. The town is known to be the sausage capital of NZ.

    On we went to Gemstone Beach and had fun looking at all the wonderfully coloured stones on the beach. We spent an hour bent over and looking for a gem.

    Lunchtime was nearing and I had read about a restaurant in Riverton called the Beach House, that served a creamy seafood chowder ‘studded with juicy mussels and hunks of salmon”. Oh, the Lonely Planet was right on. It was delicious!

    Finally we arrived at our destination, Bushy Point Fernbirds BnB, in Invercargill. Another great find! More about this place later.
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