Mans Best Friend

I thought I'd follow the Doggone post with some photos of a wonderful canine companion that lives with his (or her) owners at the Waikaka Hotel. Waikaka is a 20-minute easy drive from Gore, a small rural village that's away from the highway and a nice quiet place to visit. Photos taken by Liz 20... Continue Reading →

Display of old dog spikes, historic rail trail. New dog, Old dog, Top dog, Big dog, Crusty dog and Doggone! Dog spikes hold rail in place on wooden sleeper. Matai Falls Walk, Catlins, New Zealand

What’s In The Bush?

Yesterday I showed you the fabulous entry to the Matai Falls Walk in the Catlins, South Otago, New Zealand and a few views of the first part of the path. Here I'll show you some of the plants I admired - in the same order that I photographed them. This will take us from where... Continue Reading →

Which Way Into The Bush

The weather on Saturday was better than expected so we made the most of it while it lasted. We drove to the cafe at Fortrose and then drove to the cafe at Niagara Falls, and then decided to drive through the Catlins, and part way decided to do a bush walk, and then we drove... Continue Reading →

Bluff Wildflowers

Here are the beautiful flowers that we enjoyed on our visit to Stirling Point at Bluff on 13 Nov 2018. The tall spires are Pride of Madeira (Echium sp.) and the yellow flowers are yellow lupins. Photo 6 which includes a lot of flax also has South African flowers that we thought to be arctotis... Continue Reading →

Flax flower heads and leaves. View across the harbour entrance to Tiwai Point aluminium smelter from Stirling Point. Bluff, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz 13 Nov 2018

Ship Arrival per Nigel

Here's a selection from Nigel's photos, showing the "Luchow" entering Bluff Harbour from the sea. This post follows on from  Port of Call  where I featured the Luchow coming into view near Stirling Point and approaching the first channel marker. Bluff, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 13 Nov 2018 (cropped for presentation - Liz)... Continue Reading →

Fishing boat leaving Bluff Harbour, taken from Stirling Point. Pride of Madeira flowers (Echium sp.) Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz 13 Nov 2018

Fine Pair. Seating area outside Lakes District Museum & Gallery, Arrowtown, New Zealand

Port of Call

At Bluff, Nigel and I are sitting in the car eating fish and chips - parked on a street up the hill to get a good view of the port and harbour. We see two tugboats moving toward the wharf area - both going in the same direction but one going bow-first and the other... Continue Reading →

Finding the Light

When we were at Bluff on 13 Nov I wanted to take a look at the Stirling Point Lighthouse, one of the many navigation markers for ships. We parked where the tar-seal ends and then walked down the gravel no-exit lane to find the lighthouse. We've only seen it from a distance before. Southland, New... Continue Reading →

Bluff Tsunami Which Way

For much of the south coast, if you're near the sea then you're also in a Tsunami Hazard Zone. Freaky if you have the misfortune to experience an earthquake while you're there. When we were at Bluff on 13 Nov, specifically at Stirling Point, I saw this sign which I've never come across before. I... Continue Reading →

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