Sunday, April 17, 2011

#1378 Bluff To Te Anau: Famous Yellow Signs, Highway 99, Monkey Island

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On day 17 we drove to the end / beginning of State Highway 1 to see the famous yellow sign.

Stirling Point Signpost, Bluff

According to this sign it’s 1401km from Bluff to Cape Reinga, but the sign at Cape Reinga said it was 51km longer. Interesting.

Stirling Point Signpost, Bluff Cape Reinga Sign

We stopped at The Lighthouse Gallery where we met a dog called Charlie and I bought a magnet.

In Invercargill we met the host of a podcast that I listen to.

I’ve been doing my podcast Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals for about two years now, I think. And it’s been going great. It’s just a simple podcast where I talk about animal rights stories in the news mainly.
Jordan Wyatt
Invercargill Vegan Society

I asked Jordan what he likes about living in Invercargill.

I love that we have nice weather. I like that we’re at the bottom of the world, I think that’s quite special. There’s not many other places that can claim to be further south than us - although damn South America. It’s a great place to live. It’s cheap to live here and I’ve lived here all my life so I wouldn’t be able to compare it to anywhere else, although I have visited other places before.

We went to the information centre in Invercargill to get a map so that we could find a supermarket. Then went to the supermarket. And we had lunch by Queen’s Park. Then we left Invercargill.

We drove through Lorneville and then headed towards Riverton or Aparima on State Highway 99. Both the English and Māori names of the town were on the sign. I don’t remember seeing that before.

We stopped in Aparima to go to Mrs Clark’s Cafe. But it was closed.

We left State Highway 99 briefly to check out a beach. Lots of people were having fun in the water. This is where we filmed the opening shot for this series. What a beautiful place. Another bilingual sign.

A bit later we followed a sign saying Monkey Island. Another stunning place. You can camp here for free too.

Monkey Island

According to this sign, the island is named after a mechanical device. I don’t think there are any actual monkeys on Monkey Island, just people.

Monkey Island Sign

We stopped at McCracken’s Rest Lookout to have a look at the view and take a photo of another yellow sign.

McCracken's Rest

Motorhome, New Zealand

McCracken's Rest - Campervan And Cow

In Tuatapere we stopped at Highway 99 Cafe.

Thank you very much.
OK. That’s all right. Thank you.


Highway 99 Cafe

I wrote a postcard and sent it to the United States.

The Lost Gypsy Gallery

This is the turn off to Lake Hauroko, New Zealand’s deepest lake.

New Zealand Road Signs

And this is the longest suspension bridge in New Zealand. It hasn’t been used since 1978.

New Zealand

New Zealand

We saw a recycling centre, so we stopped and thew away some rubbish.

I was surprised to see this Pearl Harbour sign. I didn’t know there was a Pearl Harbour in New Zealand.

This is Lake Te Anau - the largest lake in the South Island.

That night we stayed at Te Anau Great Lakes Holiday Park.


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places to camp for free in New Zealand
Monkey Island
Lakes of New Zealand
McCrackens Rest photo (possibly NSFW)

thanks to:

starting track
artist: Eric Elvendahl

track 1
artist: Urtzi Azkue
track: Last Train
album: Urtzi Azkue
licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
from: Azkoitia (PV), Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
track on YouTube
YouTube channel

track 2
artist: Urtzi Azkue
track: Bildur Barik (feat Itziar Castrillo)
album: Urtzi Azkue
licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
from: Azkoitia (PV), Spain

track 3
artist: Urtzi Azkue
track: Second Round
album: Urtzi Azkue
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from: Azkoitia (PV), Spain

track 4
artist: Alexandr Filippov
track: Memory
album: for you
licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
from: Almaty, Kazakhstan

track 5
artist: I Am Not Lefthanded
track: boatsbutnottheocean (Swept Away)
album: Time To Leave (Instrumental)
from: London, United Kingdom
licence: CC BY-SA 3.0

track 6
artist: Paul S.
track: Waiting
album: No words in Paradise
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from: Belgium

camera - Richard Frohlich

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