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Invercargill

City sight seeing, calming park and as south as you can get.

semi-overcast 16 °C

A day to explore what Invercargill could give started with a walk around town. I followed the two main streets with old buildings that habitats all sorts of modern stores and covered by signs. A bit confusing mixure of old and new. Lots of different churches and other old buildings could be found along the way. I finally went to Queen Park which was like a breathing hole with a calmness of peace. Amazingly huge trees in straight raws, nicely prepared paths, rosegarden which was on it way to bloom, japanese garden, concervatory, aviary and duck pond with super cute ducklings. Well back in the car I aimed for Bluff, the most southern point of NZ. Drove up on Bluff Hill which was en extremly windy spot but with an amazing 360 degree view over the surroundings. Drove back down to Stirlings Point where you found a sign with directions and distances to cities/places all over the world. The cool thing to know is that the next country east is Chile and to the west is Argentina. This means that you actually stand further south than South Africa!!! AND the next thing south is Antarctica! Quite amazing! After enjoying a great lunch with green-lipped mussles, I headed north towards Queenstown. The road went first through green flat landscapes and low round hills. Halfway the scenery changed to steeper and higher hills gradualy converting to mountains and in a distance you could se the snow covered mountains. At Kingston you reached Lake Wakatipu and you drove along the lake side with a gorgeous view all the time. Many photogenic opportunitied on the way that was impossible not to grab. Arrived to Queenstown at 6pm, unpacked my car and stepped into a studio with a superb view over the harbour. Took a short strol in town to see what I arrived to and had a relaxing evening in my room. This town has all focus on adventures with adrenalin kicks as a final result.

Posted by JMarianneL 20.11.2012 02:37 Archived in New Zealand

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