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Stirling Point

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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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  • 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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  • Day10

    NYE

    December 31, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    I woke up with a sensitive tummy and regrettably had to pass on the amazing coffee. After some toast and lounging, we drove to Bluff est. 1824, the oldest town in New Zealand. It was used as a base for sealing and whaling for people from the US and UK. They nearly hunted seals until extinction which is when they turned to whaling. From the look out you can see Stewart Island, the third biggest island of New Zealand. Check the map, most foreigners don’t know that New Zealand is made up of 3 main islands and about 600 islands in total. There was a beautiful cafe at the south end of Bluff - Stirling Point - but they were booked out and walk-ins had to wait for an hour and half. We got take away coffee instead and walked down to Stirling Point.

    We went to a suburb of Invercargill called Windsor for lunch and I tried to find a necklace at a shop in the same town but they have since stopped selling it as it is now in the big NZ department store, H&J Smith. We also tried to get Mike his favorite spring roll from a Chinese take away shop but that shop was also closed for the new year holidays.

    To celebrate the New Year, we went with our friends to a beach town called Riverton, about 30 minutes west of Invercargill. We watched the kids launch water balloons at kids a couple of houses away which really was hilarious. We stopped by another NYE party a few doors down and played Otrio, a 3D version of tic tac toe but we tied every game. We went back to our friends parents house for dinner and by the time we finished up it was already 10pm and still light out. The kids had started making a bonfire on the beach and all the adults went down to join in the fun. I wasn’t feeling great so I watched tv and set my alarm for 11:55 to make sure I caught the fireworks before heading off to bed.
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  • Day73

    Bluff vs Home sweet home

    December 13, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Heute morgen trennen sich unsere Wege. Für mich geht es an den Flughafen, für Nora eigentlich ins Flugzeug für einen Sprung aus 4,5 km Höhe.

    In Wellington angekommen geht es mit dem Bus nach Lower Hutt und dann „ins alte Zuhause“ nach ca 2 Minuten bin ich wieder voll in den Alltag eingespannt. Familie Reichert bekommt heute Besuch und stellt das komplette Catering selber her. Ich fühle mich als wäre ich nie weg gewesen. Am Nachmittag geht es mit Lucy zu den Pferden und Abend heißt es dann Crêpes und Waffeln backen, essen, aufräumen, Wein trinken :)

    Nora: Leider fällt der Fallschirmsprung aus, weil die Wolken zu tief hängen. In der Hoffnung, dass sich das Wetter noch bessert, setze ich mich 2 Stunden an den See und lese ein Buch. Aber leider gibt es heute keinen Sprung für mich. Also trampe ich, das erste Mal alleine, runter in den Süden nach Invercargill, wo ich mich mit Max treffe (der, dessen Campervan in den Milford Sounds seinen Geist aufgegeben hatte). Hier trinken wir einen Kaffee, machen eine kleine Wanderung und lassen den Abend mit lecker Essen und Bier ausklingen.
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  • Day12

    Ganz unten durch

    April 9, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Die letzten zwei Tage reisten wir über Invercargill nach Te Anau. Viel fahren, immer mal wieder aussteigen und eine Sehenswürdigkeit Southlands bestaunen. Und nun merkten wir in Te Anau, dass der Track, den wir machen wollten, von dieser Seite her wegen eines Erdrütschches gar nich gemacht werden kann... also Planänderung.Read more

  • Day8

    Bluff

    October 23, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Took a run down to the Bluff to have a look at the most southern part of NZ. Was interesting and we enjoyed seeing the place. It was Sunday on the long weekend and nothing was open but that was ok unless you are wanting to buy oysters.Read more

  • Day109

    NZ South - Am südlichsten Punkt

    October 31, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Ein Sprichwort sagt, Neuseeland reiche von Cape Reinga bis Bluff. Somit hätten wir das Land jetzt einmal von Nord nach Süd durchfahren.

    Allerdings steigen wir hier in Bluff auf die Fähre nach Stewart Island, der offiziellen dritten Insel Neuseelands. Es geht also noch südlicher😉

    Unterwegs beobachteten wir noch so manche Kuriosität, ein lächelndes Haus und den Rasenmäherfahrer, der seinen Hund zur Arbeit mitnimmt😂
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