Friday, 22 June 2012

Day 13 - Monday 18th June - Southern Scenic Route - Owaka to Invercargill

We continued our journey across the south coast of New Zealand on the Southern Scenic Route. Unfortunately, the weather started out drizzly and got gradually wetter as the day progressed but that didn't stop us or the scenery!!

Bay we passed on our drive
The drive took us past a few beautiful waterfalls a short walk from the roadside. The first was the Purakaunui Falls, then the Matai and Horseshoe Falls. Beautiful.

Purakaunui Falls

Matai Falls

Horseshoe Falls

We also stopped by Curio Bay where there are fossilised tree stumps and logs on the rocks on the beach. They looked so much like wood it was difficult to believe they were solid stone.

Petrified Wood

Petrified wood

Curio Bay
By lunchtime it was throwing it down and there was a bitter cold wind, as we reached the most southerly point of New Zealand, Slope Point. We chickened out of the 20 minute walk to the cliff tops and just viewed it from a distance in our warm, dry camper!

We continued our journey until we reached the city of Invercargill (named by the Scottish emigrants) where we found our home for the night.

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