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Merton Creek

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  • Day13

    Quer durch das Southland

    February 13 in New Zealand

    Auf dem Weg von Dunedin in Richtung Fjordland, machten wir einen kleine Umweg durch den südlichsten Teil Neuseelands, das Southland. Erster halt war der Nugget Point mit herlichem Ausblick aufs Meer. Weiter in Richtung Invercargill wurde die Vegetation immer üppiger bis wir sschließlich durch eine Urwald fuhren. Bei einem kurzen Halt machten wir eine kleine Wanderung zu den McLean Wasserfällen. Eine sehr beeindruckende Kulisse mit dem Urwald! In Invercargill füllten wir unsere Vorräte auf und fuhren zum Campingplatz Clifden Swing Bridge, direkt neben einer um 1900 erbauten Hängebrücken über den Waiau River.Read more

  • Day45

    Dunedin - Southland

    February 13 in New Zealand

    Heute stand eine größere Fahretappe an. Wir entschieden uns dennoch für den etwas längeren dafür schöneren Weg entlang der Küste.
    Hier lagen ein paar schöne Stopps auf unserer Route, erster war der Nugget Point. Nach einem kurzen Fußmarsch entlang der Klippen kam man zu einem kleinen Leuchtturm mit wunderschöner Aussicht auf Meer, Klippen und Strand. Nächster halt waren die McLean Falls, die man nach einer kurzen Wanderung durch einen kleinen Regenwald erreichte 😍
    Am Nachmittag erreichten wir den südlichsten Punkt unserer Neuseelandtour - Invercargill vor es in südwestlicher Richtung weiter ging. Eine letzte Pause haben wir noch am Strand eingelegt vor wir an der Clifden Bridge gestoppt und unser Nachtlager aufgeschlagen haben 😴
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  • Day443

    We had a bit of a chilled out day today. We've got a stretch of visiting quite remote places for a while so we made the most of Invercargill's supermarket this morning and bought a good amount of supplies to last us for the next week or so. Our freedom camping spot also had a dump station so we were able to get that sorted as well. It turns out that there isn't much to do in Invercargill so we decided to park up and have a wonder. Luckily we found street parking exclusively for campervans, and it was free for 3 hours, so we left the van there and walked around town. The town hall was one of the grander buildings we saw on our route. It wasn't long before we ended up in Starbucks with coffee and a white hot chocolate to warm us up. Someone clearly likes knitting here because outside all the street lights were covered with knitted animals. Even the bicycle stands had snakes knitted around them. They certainly added a handmade charm to the place. After using the Wi-Fi to catch up with messages we called it a wrap on Invercargill and headed back along the southern scenic route towards a town called Clifden. As we drove the winds picked up and a weather front had definitely kicked in. The South West of the south island is the wetest part of the country and we definitely experienced this first hand. Nick read online as we drove that they were predicting 120km/h winds in some parts of Southland but I tried to reassure him that the prediction was likely to be for the areas right by the coast. As we approached our destination the winds died down and it was just rain we were dealing with. However by the time we pulled up into the campsite (a carpark for the Clifden bridge) the rain had stopped allowing us to get our and explore. The suspension bridge looked very familiar and given it's name it's hard to believe there is not a link to the Clifton bridge back home. The information plaques did not mention the Bristol bridge and spoke in a way that implied the Clifden bridge is a feat of engineering for its age, despite being built after the UK version. You couldn't help but wonder if the artitect had got hold of the designs and plans for the Clifton bridge and just adapted them slightly to suit this river. It was an impression bridge still which had a rustic feel to it with all the wood used. We enjoyed the area with a couple of fantails in tow, definitely our favourite New Zealand animal so far. Their cheeky and playful attitude around you just makes you smile and when they started winding up the chicken who seems to have taken up residency here it was rather entertaining. The rain didn't hold off for long so we spent the rest of our evening reading, playing games and cooking up a storm in the kitchen, well kitchenette.Read more

  • Day444

    We had a bit of a bad nights sleep with the rain but today was another day and it seemed to be a bit brighter. This morning we discovered how quickly the weather changes in Southland, one minute it's sunshine and the next the rain is coming down hard and fast. The clouds move so quickly here and with nothing but ocean until you hit South America you can see why this area of the country has so much rainfall with no islands to take the brunt of the storms rolling in. We opened the curtains to find the chicken sat outside staring at us. He'd been rather noisy during the night but luckily because we parked quite far from the bridge it wasn't too loud for us. Southland is made up of many fiords the most visited being Milfound Sound, the only fiord accessible by road. The second most popular is Doubtful Sound and we made the decision to do a day trip there. The weather for today isn't looking too fab so we drove from our camp spot until we found signal to ring up the company just to double check they'd be running tomorrow if the weather was bad. Turns out they operate in all weather so we went ahead and booked our cruise. We visited the only coffee shop nearby and it actually turned out to be a pretty sweet place. We bought some organic honey collected onsite as well as a loaf of home made wholemeal bread with pumpkin seeds, and the coffees we originally visited the place for. The cafe had an adorable cat who much like Echo at home didn't really appreciate but definitely tolerated me picking him up. Another down pour rolled in while we were in the cafe but we were determined to do something today so we headed back to Clifden to a cave system they have. It's a long tunnel cave which you can explore from one end to the other unguided as long as you follow the signs. Luckily we have a head torch we bought so Nick wore that and I followed up with the hand held one. The whole tunnel takes around 2 hours there and back but we only made it about ten minutes in before we decided it had got too narrow and with our backpacks and my knees not being great we made the decision to turn around and come back out. We met a family at the entrance who didn't even bring torches so they wouldn't of got very far at all. Although it wasn't the grand exploration we had planned the part we did see was pretty incredible especially when it's accessible without a guided tour. With no freedom campsites available on our route for a while we decided to spend another night with our chicken friend before heading to Manapouri tomorrow for our Doubtful Sound tour. We spent the evening discovering how terrible Nick is at Connect 4. He's getting much better at Boggle now and is usually getting at least half of my total score so hopefully his Connect 4 abilities improve from his loss of 10 to 1 (the one he won was accidental and he didn't even notice he'd won). Here's hoping!Read more

  • Day121

    Untertage

    March 5, 2017 in New Zealand

    Da wir Zeit hatten haben wir relativ lange geschlafen und sind dann um eins eben kurz ins Meer gesprungen.
    In Clifden war unser Campingplatz und mal wieder Höhlen. Diesemal aber richtige Höhlen in den jeder herumklettern kann. An manchen Stelle musste man sich durch Körperengen Gänge zwängen. Wir brauchten ca. 1einhalb Stunden für die 300m Höhle.

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