From Reinga to Bluff - tip to toe

Trip Start Feb 12, 2011
Trip End Jul 09, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hello all,

Wednesday morning after discovering it was far better deal to rent a car than jump on the shuttle we picked up a little blue car, (toyota corolla steves saying) and headed off on the wide spacious roads to the little town of Bluff.

Over here the roads across the plains are so straight and wide, we journeyed down singing along and reached the end of the 27km road to bluff.  A tiny little town with the little industrious harbour on one side where ferries head out to Stewart island (known to be a very very rough crossing!) and on the other side the little helicopter pad to fly out there. Little shops spring up and batches (the nz word for little wooden holiday houses that most kiwis own to holiday in/some retire to them) as you drove through the village and out the other end.  You come to a carpark at the end of the land!!

A hot hot morning, we suncreamed up, looked up all the distances to everywhere on the huge signpost, photographed the huge chain heading into the water to reappear on stewart island (a symbolic huge chain from the maori legends that stewart island is the anchor for the south island), the oldest lighthouse in NZ, before heading off the coastal path around the edge of the land to get a good and proper view of stewart island.  A beautiful walk with lovely sunny weather - we were incredibly lucky!! just as we got back to the car the wind really picked up, being on the edge there is no shelter!!!

We drove up to the bluff lookout, the highest point around, we drove past some cyclists - mad!! at the top you can climb further up a stone monument, a very sacred place for the maori people.  On the top there is a 360degree view of bluff, the mainland, the sea and stewart island, totally breathtaking but the windyest place I have ever been!! a quick photo before holding on to our heads we made it down, wound down back into the village and trooped into the first fish and chip shop we could find.  it advertised as being totally fresh we were of course here to try the bluff oyster!! renowned all over NZ and apparently world wide...! a good chatter with the owner and soon we had a freshly battered bluff oyster in our hands (one each just to try) we headed out to a nearby picnic table to try them... well it was sweeter than i expected, very fishy, and like i find all seafood - full of membraney bits...hmmm i think i'll stick with fish steaks, i could appreciate it for the moment and was happy to have tried my first one in its original home town! steve did like them so im sure whenever we have fish and chips here in the future oysters will be his asking!

Having fully explored bluff we headed back to invercargill, dropped the car off (we have decided if we come back here again we defo want to rent a car, its so cool to have so much room! haha! very used now to our backpack spaces! also the south island has many things well off the beaten track so we are saving some adventures for "next time").

See invacardgill blog for the rest =)

Lots of love
P xxxxxxxxxx
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