NZ South Island Day 14

17 October 2014. Friday.

A little check on the weather… we are expecting shower.

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After checked out from hotel, it started to rain lightly. Quiet street with clouds that looked like whirlpool.

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We decided to spend sometimes at the Queens Park before the rain got too heavy.

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To my surprise… it was extremely green in the park. (especially with temperature below ten degrees and was winter earlier)

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There are countless varieties of flowers…

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Our pictures

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I love these spring buds… each waiting to spring into colors and life…

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The park was bordered by two rows of tall trees….a reflection of brainy planning many years ago…. and a nice narrow path in between

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It began to rain and we took a few more pictures of wet tulips before move on to Catlin.

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This is a wonderful park that worth to spend many hours. It is another item to be added into our next NZ South Island itinerary. We were on long drive to Dunedin.

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Outside Invercargill, it was sunny and dry…. few vehicles and easy drive.

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Lovely open green pastures everywhere.

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On the lower grassland, trees were planted in rows for wind breaking… isolated trees are rare and they really stands out against the clear blue sky.

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Exceptional color.

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Further uphill were some scrub followed by thick forest… these are natural varieties paintwork.

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This is my favorite colors of green.

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We were looking out for one that match Microsoft Windows screen display… this one was near but not exactly.

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These two were closest we had captured.

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Adding life to the green pastures. I thought this was nice.

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From distance… the sheep looked like maggots on the grassland.

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We stopped over at this sheep farm…

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round, chubby, timid and innocent looking creatures…

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We make another stop at a cattle ranch.

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A little picture with the cattle…

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Our assessment….the animals look aggressive and unfriendly … maybe they thought all human love Sirloin and T-bone.

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Then it began to rain…. rain over us but sunny out there…

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A group of Horses standing in the freezing cold rain…

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We stopped at Niagara Fall Cafe for Lunch.

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The building and the entrance…

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We had options to sit outdoor or indoor.

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The staff was preparing our food.

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Indeed a very tasty feast….everything was so fresh. Exploring the compound after lunch…

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They kept some animals too…and this is the true breed Merino.

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We bid good bye to this lovely cafe. This cafe should be crown as Jewel of Southland.

A short 30 minutes drive, we were at Florence Hill Lookout.

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We could not access the edge of the cliff… it is part of private owned farmland with animals running around.

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From distance we could see Tautuku Beach and the aggressive blow hole in action.

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And people enjoying themselves in ten degrees water…

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A snapshot of a neighboring farm…. a showcase of wind power in this area.

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Another 30 minutes drive and we were at Catlins Waterfall. The official name is Purakaunai Fall. This is about the most photographed waterfall in New Zealand.

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A video clip of continuous water flow …

 

Our Pictures…

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We suddenly noticed we were walking underneath giant fern.SAMSUNG CSC

 

And this is how the fern unroll itself…

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The weather remained perfect when we arrived at Kaka Point.

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Our Pictures…

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And the small little Nugget Point Light House

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More than ten kilometers of gravel road to Nugget Point Light House

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Arriving at Parking area, we had to walk a kilometer to reach the Light House.

Looking back at Kaka Point…. looking down at the coast and looking ahead at Pacific Ocean…

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The light House…

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and the Nuggets….

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A short video clip of Nugget Point Light House…

 

 

Different feeling different expressions….

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Suddenly…. the rain poured aggressive over us. We struggled to our car and slowly drove to Dunedin. It took us more than 2 hours to cover the hundred kilometers. Arriving at Dunedin and this was the first time we encountered heavy traffic since our arrival at New Zealand.

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It was nearly 2030 hrs when we get settled in our hotel room. We drove around looking for restaurants that I identified as must try…. too bad we were late. On one corner of a  quiet street… we saw many people gathered at Wig and Pen.

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We did not capture this outlet from tripadvisor. We love those cracky deep fried stuff and we love the stuff on our plate………very very good and the portion was generous.

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End of Day 14 : It was wet morning at Invercargill … a little exploration at Queens park and we moved on to the very scenic Southland… a lot of Animals, a lot of rolling hills, great lookout, waterfall, fern forest, Lighthouse and Nuggets… a day full of scenic wonders.

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