Milford Sound to the South Coast

 

I drove from the Milford Sound down to the south coast; as soon as I reached the coast the weather and feeling changed quite dramatically, from this coast, looking south, there is just the Southern Ocean and Antarctica; the wind was incredibly strong and cold even though it is late summer / early autumn here, it must be a most foreboding and inhospitable place in the grip of winter……………. this is when you really feel that you are in New Zealand, you see women lifting fully grown sheep (circa 80 kilos) over fences, men appear wearing checked, lumberjack shirts…….remember those, I have a minds-eye picture of Wally wearing one, which I’m sure he’ll deny and force an apology from me for the inference…….. this is not the terrain or the climate for the faint of heart, so I took a few snaps and  vamoosed, tout suite

Despite the obvious severity of winters here, palms still populate the roadsides; but they are a shorter, sturdier and more robust variety than I have seen elsewhere……………..

Everything growing here leans inland, blown that way by the relentless onshore battering of the antarctic winds……………..

Above and below…………..there are hundreds of one lane bridges all over New Zealand, they must outnumber two lane bridges by at least ten to one, but with such little traffic, you rarely need to give way to oncoming vehicles…………..

 

The school bus shelter at Colac bay, positioned to protect the kids from the howling winds that rip through this bay, and decorated to raise a smile (*_*)

 

I then continued along to Invercargill and then down to Bluff, which is the southernmost town in New Zealand and is colloquially  referred to as New Zealand’s southern extremity, as in “Cape Reinga to the Bluff” (lands end to John o’ Groats)……………it is not geographically the southernmost point, that honor goes to Slope Point

 

 

 

Maori legend has it that the south island is anchored to Stewart Island, the south island being the canoe of a Maori chief and traveler, who then when fishing from his canoe, and pulled the north island out of the sea…………there is a huge sculpture of an anchor at Stirling Point (Bluff) commemorating this legend………….I wonder who pulled the Isle Of Wight out of the English Channel……………………..

Stirling Point, Bluff………..often referred to as Lands End, and my motel for the night (which is for sale)………….. and below, another one of their signposts of isolation…………………….

The anchor sculpture…………..

Above………Slope Point, geographically the southernmost tip of New Zealand……… bleak, desolate and lashed by winds that must have been upwards of 50 kph when I got there….

Above and below, I don’t know what these are, but they are growing everywhere in this southernmost part of the country, looking strangely at odds with the climate……………

7 thoughts on “Milford Sound to the South Coast

  1. Hi Alan……have followed your journey using google earth……….you are obviously having a great time. You really confused me on the 1st of March….Westport to Haas. Haas is on the North Island…..came to the conclusion it was Haast. Keep up the blog and see you when you finally arrive home.

    • Oh well spotted Roger………you’re right, it was Haast and I omitted the “t” I have now amended, I shall be more vigilant now I know that you are keeping an eye on me……………thanks mate!

  2. P.S. Those plants look like a variety of Tritoma aka Red Hot Poker or Torch Lily

    • Yep, they’re the puppies…….I stuck that in Google and they certainly look like it………well done

  3. And they grow here as well! My nan and grandad had them in there garden!

    • Thanks Liz….You know what little knowledge I have about gardening, especially since I don’t have a garden…….although I thought Wally would be on the case, he must have some in his lovely garden, he’s got everything else there!