Sat 22nd June (day 7)

Trip Start Jun 16, 2013
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Trip End Jul 09, 2013


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invercargill kiwi holiday park

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

The locals at the Whistling Frog gave us a couple of tips on where to visit in the area, and strongly recommended McLeans Falls as a must see. Said it was better than the falls we had seen yesterday by a long shot. So off we set.

This was only a few short KM's away so were there pretty quickly. Rugged up well and off we set on a 40 minute round trip walk. Was really easy going as the paths had just been upgraded, so no problems. The local tip was definitely on the money as the scenery was amazing, and the water fall left the previous one for dead. This was a highlight of the trip to date. See below for pics.

The other tip they gave us was to visit the petrified forest, which is a forest that has turned to rock due to volcanic activity. You can read about it at

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-visit/southland/southland/curio-bay-porpoise-bay/features/fossil-forest/

Whilst this was interesting, we unfortunately arrived at a time when the tide was well on the way to high tide, and this forest is best viewed at low tide.

From here we stopped in at a Museum on the way out as Lynette thought there may have been some trace of her ancestors there, but after chatting with the local historian it was suggested a stop a Owaka museum would be a better bet (but we had been thru this already).

We left there and travelled thru some absolutely beautiful country side to Invercargill and found the Kiwi holiday camp there. This was a beautiful little place, with an excellent camp kitchen complete with animals on the farm (goats, sheep, cow (and calf), Alpacas (not Llamas)). Also had a soccer ball so Mitchell was happy! Probably the nicest camp we have stayed in so far.

We made spag bog which was yummy and tried some warmed mulled wine, then had a good chat with the camp operator around what to do next. Was thinking about Stuart Island, but the costs of getting over there was extreme. Spoke highly of the Doubtful Sound tour, so may look at this day after tomorrow.

Cant get anymore photos up today, connection is too poor.


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