Southern Scenic Route
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January 22nd, 2008 – by: jamesandcecilia
We arrived in Invercargill around lunchtime, but decided to carry on towards Bluff, which is the oyster capital of NZ. Sadly the oyster season doesn't start until April, but Bluff has another claim to fame, namely being the Southern most point of the state highway, which runs North to South. It isn't quite the Southern most point of the South Island (this honour falls upon Slope Point, which lies a bit further East), but it's not far off it.
After lunch we continued on to Curio Bay at the start of the Catlins National Park. On the way we passed the uggliest church we have ever layed our eyes on. Hardly what you would expect to see on the Southern SCENIC Route. In Curio Bay we went to see the petrified forest (180 million years old) and also spotted a rare yellow eyed penguin, waddling his way up for his nights rest. We stopped just around the corner for the night, during which we were nearly blown away by the strong winds that raged over the coast.
The following morning we got up early and drove about 45 minutes along the coast to the Cathedral Caves. These caves are only accessible during low tide, which this day was at 10.
After the caves we continued on the Scenic Route and saw the Makai, Horseshoe and Purakanui Waterfalls and also Jacks Blowhole, which is a big hole in the ground 200m from the beach. It is joined to the sea by two big caves, so when the tide comes in, water rushes into the hole. We expected it to be a bit of a geiser, but it is 55m deep, 144m long and 68m wide, so there is no chance of the water actually spraying up from it.
After this we felt we had seen enough tourist sights for one day, so decided to continue on to Dunedin.
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