Heading south in NZ is akin to heading North in Europe. It gets colder. Not very very cold but one notices that it is the end of summer. It is still 17-20ºC, but when there is wind we do need an extra layer of clothing. This morning we had a leisurely start. Breakfast, check out and then head out to Invercargill. We had a coffee in Lumsden and it really was one of the best we’d had all that time in NZ. Usually for a Long Black you get an espresso diluted with water, Volume and strength of the original cup are unknown so all you can do is guess. But this was good stuff! In Invercargill we went to the i-site (informatiepoint) and got a good deal on a hotel e It is outside the immediate city but has everything and relatively cheap.
By 4pm we were int he city centre but Invercargill is not as happy a place as Queenstown is. Plus So noticed that around these places a coat would have been beneficial. It is St Patricks day and of course Invercargill has an Irish pub. By 4 pm it was already full of (almost) drunk people. Not my kind of fun, so we headed out to The Kiln According to lonly planet the most civilized pub in town. And we liked it. It was also a good place to indulge in our internet addiction 2 hours free surfing with a drink and soem bar nibbles. We decided we wanted dome food. What were we thinking! A seafood platter for two; The catch of a whole fisheries fleet came out of that kitchen; Musssels, Blue Cod, Shrimp, Salmon, Seafood chowder. Way too much even if you took into account the shells and stuff that surrounded the loacal catch. After that we could do nothing but roll back to our room and digest. .
We will stay in Invercargill for another day, After that we will be out of mobile reach for two days. We will be heading out to the most southern permanently inhabited island NZ has. We are going to Stewart island.