Southern most city in the world

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

So with our four days off of work our first stop was south to Invercargill.

Invercargill sits just two and a half hours south of our home in Queenstown. The impression we had of Invercargill before we visited was of a dirty, windy city with not much going for it at the bottom of New Zealand. When we arrived we were pleasantly suprised to find a city, which on the day we were there was very mild, sunny and busy. In fact, it was nice to see traffic and people, shops and life going on!
Queenstown is beautiful, but it is a tourist resort, it is small and very compact - so it was nice to go somewhere else, somewhere where people were going about their daily business and not just on holiday.

We pitched our tent just north of the city on a really nice, clean campground and then headed into the city. We visited the interesting "Southland Museum" which is set in the Southern hemisphere's largest pyramid. The museum has a Tutara enclosure. Tutara's are Iguana like Lizards that these days only inhabit New Zealands offshore islands, Henry one of the Tutaras in the enclosure has been there since 1970 and is 110 years old!
There was an interesting display on the "Roaring Forties" and plenty of information on Maori culture and traditions.

From Southland Museum we drove from Invercargill to Bluff. Bluff is New Zealands southern most town. To be honest it was a little rundown and really didn't have too much going for it, we visited Stirling point which is at the end of highway one, and then drove up Bluff Hill for some awesome views over the coastline the town.

We went back into Invercargill and had a wander around the city, then ate some dinner. We drove 10kms out of the city to Oreti Beach. Oreti beach has such hard sand that you can drive a 2wd onto the beach. We drove onto the beach and watched an amazing sunset - it was so beautiful.

That same night we went back into the city and went to the cinema to watch Brad Pitts new film "Babel". We have not been to the cinema in absolutley ages, so this was a huge treat for us, thinking about it we dont think we have been to the cinema since Durban - January 2006!


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