New Zealand Day Eleven: A Morning Walk In Halfmoon Bay And An Evening In Invercargill
I was sleeping well after a week in New Zealand. It was probably from a combination of exhaustion and contentment. My sinuses finally recovered from the long flight and I was too tired at night to feel any joint and back aches and pain. I love to travel and it always makes me feel energized. . I awoke refreshed on my last day on Stewart Island. Unfortunately I had to check out of my lodge at 10 a.m. I wished, again, I had more time. I had time for one last hike in the port town of Oban. I would be in Invercargill in the evening.
There were a number of hiking trails around the town. I wanted to hike out Akers Point since there might be blue penguins, shags, and titi (muttonbirds) there. I wasn’t sure if I would have enough time for this hike. I decided to call a taxi. I was lucky to find the only taxi driver on the island up and at the South Sea Hotel. I agreed to met him there. He was having a coffee. I had him drop me out at the entrance to the trail to Ackers Point.
I walked out to Ackers Point and didn’t find any penguins, shags or titi. I did see a colony of sea gulls on a rock,
A large cruise shipwas anchored in the bay. Here is a link to some more photos from my walk to the Point. New Zealand Day Eleven. Ackers Point hike February 16 2019
It was a beautiful morning to be exploring such wonderful island. I arrived back to my lodge in Oban around 9:30 a.m. I had to quickly shower, pack and catch a ride to the ferry with Peter. Here is a link to some more photos from my walk. New Zealand Day Eleven. Walk from Ackers Point February 16 2019
When it rain, I visited the Rakiura National Park visitors center where I learned more about the park and island. I also had time to enjoy another large and delicious breakfast, this time at the Kiwi-French Cafe Creperie.
Here are some photos from my visit to the museums. New Zealand Day Eleven: Oban museums February 16 2019.
I was sad to live this remote island. I knew I just got a small sample of its beauty in my three-day stay. Maybe someday I will return, but so many other places to see on this beautiful planet, and so little time.
As we rode out of Halfmoon Bay, we saw the large cruise ship anchored at sea. I learned it was on an 120 day around the world voyage. I was jealous. I would love to be able to undertake such a journey.
It was another beautiful building and again I had so little time to enjoy its historic furnishings. I wanted to see the town of Invercargill. It was cool and overcast when I left my hotel. It felt like a Fall day back home. It looked like it might rain but I had to see the city.
I didn’t see motor vehicle or a person. Block after block. No one. It was eerie. Like an Outer Limits or Twilight Zone episode. It wasn’t until I neared Queens Park and the botanical gardens that I saw people entering the park. I was glad I wasn’t the only person in Invercargill.
It was a fairy in a tree. Well an actress/ performer dressed as a fairy. There was a performance of Shakespeare A Mid Summer Night Dream later that evening. I would have loved to stay and watch it but I wanted to explore a little more of Invercargill before dark.
It was another long day in New Zealand and I had an early bus ride the next morning. So once again I was in bed early, and didn’t get to enjoy my charming room and hotel. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. New Zealand Day Eleven; Invercargill Evening hike February 16 2019