Invercargill

Nov 27, 2015

We had travelled from Stewart Island this afternoon, and our shuttle had dropped us off at the Tuatara Backpackers. We were on our way to Dunedin, but there is no way to get from Stewart Island to Dunedin in one day because the schedules don’t work out. So we were pretty much forced to overnight here in Invercargill.

Invercargill Water Tower

Invercargill Water Tower

Anyway, it didn’t take long to check in and soon we were in our room dropping off our bags. The first thing we did was to head out for a walk around the town. Invercargill seems to be very large and spread out, and the city centre (where we were) is quite small. There were a lot of empty car parks and not many people around, even though it was Friday evening. However there was some sort of motorcycle racing going on this weekend so there were quite a few leather-clad people and their motorbikes parked on the sidewalks.

St Mary’s Basilica

St Mary’s Basilica

Our walk took us up to the park where the museum and iSite were located; that was where our bus tomorrow was scheduled to depart from, so we wanted to know how long it would take us to walk there. Then we headed down through a semi-industrial area back into town. It was dinner time so we went to find Devil Burger, a restaurant which allegedly had really good burgers. At least so it said in a magazine article we had read about New Zealand’s best burger restaurants. The burgers were okay but we had ordered basically the same burgers at the Ranch in Te Anau and we thought the Ranch burgers were better.

Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall

After dinner we continued our walking tour, looking at some of the historic buildings from the 1880’s. The trade school (late 20th century) was quite neat and tidy too. Back at the hostel we had some tea while we wrote up our journals. Luckily our bus to Dunedin tomorrow doesn’t leave until 8:45 am, so we don’t have to get up too early.

Next: Dunedin