Invercargill - Wind Trouble in the Tent!

Trip Start Nov 09, 2008
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Trip End Apr 02, 2009


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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Saturday, January 31, 2009

We headed off to the southernmost part of the island to Invercargill, a relatively short journey but we were well prepared with a bib, bucket and oodles of wipes for Pukeahontus.  He didn't let us down but the hire car remained unsoiled!
We found a lovely small quiet site but initially had second thoughts when we found the car crawling with half a dozen wasps but as we hadn't set up, we moved to another pitch quickly and all was well. 
We went to Bluff which was about half an hour away and is almost, but not quite, the most southerly mainland point in New Zealand and therefore the next stop over the sea would be the Antarctic.  There was a little tower you could go up to see the view, but the day was rather cloudy and dull so the views weren't brilliant.
Following the trip to Bluff we returned to Invercargill to find a playground for Steven but the only one we found wasn't suitable, so back in the car, half an hour to Bluff where we knew there was one and Steven spent a considerable amount of time sliding and climbing.
Well - everything was going swimmingly so we know this couldn't last!  6am in the morning when we were due to leave, we were awoken by the tent being battered by very blustery winds.  It was still dark but it became apparent that the tent was going to leave of its own accord unless we acted fast!  As the fly sheet began to leave its moorings, we dressed Steven and put him in the car; very quickly packed everything in to the cases, bags and boxes with the aid of a very poor torch (horrors - Yvonne had to leave without sweeping out the tent!) and finally we managed to get the tent down and in the car, amazingly with no damage. 
We made some sandwiches in the kitchen on the site and set off north to the more clement weather!
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