Invercargill, Slope Point, Nugget Point, Dunedin

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We spent the night in a campsite in Invercargill nice campsite but full of strange people! Everyone we spoke to there wasnt really on the same planet as us and one of them kept calling everyone screwballs and german lawyers?! After being woken up by hailstones, we were both quite happy to be leaving. To get to Dunedin we decided to take the scenic route via the coast. We stopped off at some really nice places - Waipapa Point where there were sea lions snoozing and then we went to the most southerly point of the south island -Slope Point. We went into a cafe there and the 2 people running it were from Pontycymmer and Maesteg (near where I live in Wales for all you non- Welshies!) It's such a small world. Our last stop of the day was Nugget Point where we managed to spot 2 yellow eyed penguins- one from a viewing hut and the other from the road.

The campsite in Dunedin was one of the nicest we have stayed in so far with really friendly people. The following day we went into the town to get some information about the local area and decide what to do. After finally getting my glasses fixed and doing a bit of shopping, we went on a "Speights" brewery tour. I'd never been on a brewery tour before so it was very interesting but I still cant believe how small the place was and how much beer they produce. At the end of the tour we got to sample some of the different beers and even got to pour it ourselves from a mini bar.

On Thursday we booked to do a tour around Penguin Place, which had been developed for penguins to use and where they care for sick penguins. It was so exciting as we went under 'hidden' tunnels and got so close to the penguins, we even managed to see 3 week old chicks being groomed by their mother. It was such a good way to see the penguins close up as they are normally terrified of humans.

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