Jan 10

Day 18: Bottom of NZ – Bluff

by in Accommodation NZ, New Zealand Travel, Sightseeing NZ

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On Monday we were hoping to go to Milford Sound and Te Anau before reaching Bluff, but it would have taken us at least 12 hours of driving to reach Dunedin. The fuel tank was nearly empty, so it took 53.19 litres at a cost of NZ$105.26.

The skies were cloudy and it rained a little, so we drove straight to Bluff, the southernmost point of the South Island. This isn’t the end of our trip but is the farthest point from Cape Reinga at the very top of the North Island.

The road south took us down the other side of Lake Wakatipu to Kingston, where the lake ends and is the start of the journey for the steam train known as the Kingston Flyer. The train had departed, so we had a nice view of some other wagons, a couple of steam locomotives and the Kingston railway station.

Invercargill is 22 km north of Bluff and we stopped there to visit Ash’s friend Arthur, who has an extensive collection of old radios and telephones.

 

Kingston station

Kingston railway station

Old radios

Old radios

State Highway 1 ends at Bluff

State Highway 1 ends at Bluff

In Dunedin we are staying at Cargills Motel on George St, near the University. The room is cramped and not as nice as some of the places we stayed earlier in this trip.

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