To the ends of the earth

Invercargill is described as the commercial centre of the Southland.

Our kids first impression… this photo needs no words…

Others have said ‘Oh it’s not much of a town you should stop in Te Anau and see the glowworms, go to Curio Bay‘ and ‘It’s frontier land’. Well we thought we’d head on over and discover it for ourselves. What we found was some lovely 1900s architecture with peeling paint and in need of some real TLC.

It did feel like there had been a zombie apocalypse (maybe because it was 10am on a Monday morning), although for all you motorbike fans we did get to see ‘Fastest Indian’.

After finding out the children’s shoe shop Little Tots had closed down (it seems that was a feeling of the place too), we headed over to the library. Libraries have become great places for the kids to go for a play and have a cuddle and read, we try and visit them in each town we go to.

After getting some advice from our local experts Olya and David we headed out to Bluff. The drive out had landscape reminisce of St Ouen’s in Jersey. We took a photo at the furthest point South and with the kids still asleep headed to Queens Park and museum.

At the Southland museum and Art Gallery we found the original motorbike from the fastest Indian and the kids had a good scoot through the lovely park. In fact google maps doesn’t register the greeness existence of this vast park area.

We found a lovely play area and the Cheeky Llama cafe for a spot of lunch. And an incredible castle with slides. What a lovely park and a definite highlight of our time in Invercargill, apart from the Ascot Park Hotel, that was a great stay with swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and loads of space for the kids to scoot.

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