Our next stop on our tour of the South Island was Invercargill and the Bluff, New Zealand’s southernmost point. When we arrived, we booked into Tuatara Backpackers. It seemed a little disorganized when we checked in but perhaps that worked in my favor. I ended up in a six-bed dorm with only Alba as a roommate. Other people were in four or six-bed dorms stuffed to the gills.
After getting settled, most of my busmates accompanied our driver to the Bluff. I wish I could’ve gone too since this would’ve rounded out my visits to both the northernmost and southernmost points in New Zealand. Unfortunately, I was still feeling under the weather and decided to check out the town before going to bed early again.
After getting a quick bite to eat at the southernmost McDonald’s in the country (at least I made it to this landmark), I took a walk around town through a small garden area. I also visited a hardware store where there were displays of motorcycles, including some of Burt Munro’s famous bikes.
Munro was a resident of Invercargill who set some land speed records in the 1950s and 1960s at the Bonneville Flats in Utah. A movie, The World’s Fastest Indian, starring Anthony Hopkins was made about his life. It’s a great movie, by the way, and I recommend you watch it if you haven’t. It was incredible to me to see the old bikes. I have no knowledge of motorcycles at all, but it was very cool that some of them were used in the movie.
After walking a bit to do some errands, one of which was to buy more cough medicine, my energy began to fail so I headed back to the hostel to rest up for tomorrow. After a bowlful of soup and a glass of orange juice later I was ready for a good night’s rest.