Posted by: lindsaygoes | November 25, 2015

New Zealand: Invercargill and Dunedin

McCrackens Rest, New Zealand

McCrackens Rest, New Zealand

After Milford Sound we drove to Invercargill. We had some lovely viewpoints along the way. Our first stop in Invercargill was the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. It had some great artwork, and I really enjoyed the Corrugations exhibition by Jeff Thomson, with some fantastic corrugates iron sculptures. It was amazing the different uses he put the material to. We also saw some Tuatara, a New Zealand reptile.

Then we headed to Bluff, the Southern most town in New Zealand, where we admired the view and visited the maritime museum. Next it was back to Invercargill where we got lost in Queen’s Park. Eventually we found our way to the aviary where we saw some native New Zealand birds, and some others from around the world. At the end of the day I went for a walk in a park across from the caravan park we were staying at. It was a lovely spot with a lake surrounded by ducks, geese and other birds, and close to paddocks with sheep and deer in them. A great place to sit and take it all in.

Donovan Park, Invercargill, New Zealand

Donovan Park, Invercargill, New Zealand

The next day we headed towards Dunedin and on to the Otago Peninsula. We stopped at Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle and spent a few hours exploring the buildings and gardens and drove to Taiaroa Head at the end of the peninsula where we saw some fur seals in the distance.

The next day we explored the city of Dunedin. We visited Cadbury World where we got lots of samples (yum!). Unfortunately our next stop was two hours waiting to see a doctor because I had stupidly forgotten some medication at home and had to get a new prescription. Luckily it was nothing more serious than that, but still not the best way to spend your holiday. After that was done we went to the Otago Museum which had some great exhibits. My favourite was the tropical forest which was full of butterflies.

Tropical Forest, Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand

Tropical Forest, Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand

We also visited the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin Railway Station and had a look at some of the street art throughout Dunedin.

Street Art, Dunedin, New Zealand

Street Art, Dunedin, New Zealand

 

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