Where New Zealand travel guides went in Southland
The latest round of travel guides gave the travel spectacle a distinctly Kiwi twist, seeing ordinary New Zealanders take the country’s top attractions for a test drive.
Last night’s episode saw travel guides in the far south of the “land of the long white cloud”.
Southland is full of rugged coastlines and truly wild places in New Zealand. More recently, it has become the Mecca of motorists and bicycle enthusiasts. Starting point from Rakiura Stewart Island, a trip to Bluff and the Foveaux Strait is an experience every New Zealander must do – at least once.
Inspired by travel guides? Here where they went, what they did and where they ate, and you can too.
WHAT DID THEY DO
When it comes to two wheels, Motorcycle Mecca is the leader of the pack. Right across from E Hayes and Sons and Burt Munro’s record-breaking bike, the museum is also a meeting point for the annual Burt Munro Challenge.
Bill Richardson World of Transport
New Zealand’s premier car memorabilia collection with a fleet of 300 vintage vehicles – this is a world class museum worthy of its own road trip.
Dig that Invercargill
Big toys, big fun. Connected to the Transport World museum, Dig This is a more hands-on experience. The center allows visitors to take control of a 10 ton bulldozer or excavator.
Stewart Island Electric Bikes
They might not be the fastest Indians in the world, but these e-bikes are a great way to get around the roads of Rakiura. Burt Munro would approve.
Beaks and feathers
Stewart Island is a prime area for kiwifruit viewing. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing illusory birds and find your way to some truly wild places, Beaks and Feathers offers guided walks and night tours.
Shark Experiment, Bluff
Shark Experience brings you as close as you want to great white sharks. As you traverse the Strait of Foveaux, you may not realize that the Southland’s largest and most formidable wildlife can be found beneath the waves.
On the Oban harbor front, Dave Goodin carries on the deep tradition of carving from green pounamu stone to Rakiura Jade.
Where they ate / drank
Oyster Cove Restaurant and Bar
Bluff Oysters – as cool as they come – and panoramic views from Stirling Point. Conveniently close to CE famous yellow road sign at the end of New Zealand.
A classic Kiwi pub on the edge of the rural plains of Invercargill.
HOW THEY GET THERE
Stewart Island is either a short and exhilarating ride from Bluff on the Stewart Island Ferry – and the experience itself – or a short plane jump via Flights to Stewart Island.
WHERE THEY REMAINED
Hotel Mer du Sud
The original Stewart Island hotel and the front of Oban Harbor. The South Sea Hotel has been the starting and ending point for many bush trekking adventures in Rakiura.