The drive to Invercargill was only a couple of hours so we arrived in good time and for a town with a population of 49,300 there was hardly anyone about. This town is mainly used as a pitstop for those travelling north to The Catlins, as it is the last fuel stop and ATM stop for miles.The campsite we found was amazing it was part of a farm and really well kept. The farmer let us feed the lambs and sheep on the afternoon which was nice. The sun was shining so we decided to go to the liquor store and get some beers, we chilled out by the tent all afternoon the sun playing cards before tea. We only stayed here one night so the following day on our way out we drove to Queens Park and took a walk around. There are lots of parks in most towns and they are really good, well kept and best of all free. This one was huge and was complete with a rose garden, Japanese garden and an animal park which we walked around, everything from rabbits to peacocks. We then headed to the aviary which showcased all New Zealand's and Australia’s birds, one of which was a small parrot, it came right up to the fencing and started talking to us, it was hilarious. Every time I went to take a photo it screeched "What you doing" and of course tried to teach it some extra words, which didn’t work!
We had to visit Bluff as it is the most southern point of New Zealand, or so the sign claims (but it’s not as we later found out) We did the whole tourist thing and got our pictures taken netx to the signpost, completing our North/South collection, then had our packed lunch. We then headed further north to The Catlins (east coast). We stopped at Slope Point to see the famous sloping trees, they were forced to grow on a slope because of the raging winds that hit the coastline.