Holiday Down South

Recently Jenny and I went on a trip down to Southland. Flew to Dunedin, hired a car and went off exploring the South of the South Island.

Flying south over Akaroa


Early morning Dunedin

Dunedin was a very pleasant stop.

We had been told by many people that we must see the Catlins, so off we went. I must say we were disappointed with what we saw there. We both expected to see coastal views all the way down to Invercargill. A bit like the coastal views of the Kaikoura coast or Coromandel. It was a long drive through scrub and bush with the odd sight of the sea. We did stop above Tautuku Bay and saw sweeping views south

Tautuku Bay

On to Invercargill where we spent 2 days conducting business with our sales representative and visiting clients in the area. Spent an afternoon visiting Bluff. Went up Bluff hill and got windblown.

Stewart Island from Bluff Hill


Windy hill views

Down the sheltered side to take this shot of the famous sign

Bluff Sign

Next morning, we went out to Riverton, and along Te Waewae Bay, finally ending up at Te Anau.
Up early the next morning for the long drive out to Milford Sound. Stopped at the entrance to the Homer Tunnel. There we heard the squawking of Kea.

Arrived at Milford Sound where parking was at a premium. So many tourists.

Mitre Peak

We boarded a nature cruise boat that took us through the fiord to the Tasman Sea. On the way out we came across dolphin, seals and many birds.

The cliffs of this fiord are truely majestic and even better close up.

Fiord Wall

Close up

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Water fall 1

This is as close I will ever get to a rainbow. Didn’t get my pot of gold.
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Close up rainbow

Continued down the fiord to the Tasman Sea. Took this shot as the boat turned back into the fiord.
The sea was very calm for once. Not a swell of any kind.

Tasman Sea up fiord

Once inside the fiord got this shot of the Southern Alpine fault line.

Southern Alpine Fault Line

Towards the end of the cruise we sailed under this waterfall.
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waterfall 1

Once we docked it was into the car for a very long drive to Alexandra via Te Anau and Gore.
After one very long day arrived at Alexandra at 5 pm.

A leisurely drive up Lake Dunstan after viewing the Clyde dam, took us to Cromwell. Saw a new vine yard being established on the hillside above Lake Dunstan

Vineyard high on hillside above lake Dunstan


Lake Wanaka

From Cromwell we went to Wanaka. Travelled to mouth of Clutha River and got this shot of the river.


At Clutha River exit from Lake Wanaka

Had lunch in a cafe on the edge of lake Wanaka

Cafe in Wanaka

Spent the night in Wanaka, then travelled to Queenstown via Cardrona Valley Road and Arrowtown.

We stayed the night in the Heritage Hotel and got this shot looking out our window at the Remarkables across Lake Wakatipu

From our hotel room

Sadly all good things come to an end. We flew home to Hamilton from Queenstown.

It was good to get away, but also good to get home.




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