We had been following highway 1 on the South Island most of the way, so towards Stirling Point we headed. On the way we stopped and enjoyed the views Tiwai Point Aluminum Smelter before reaching the Point.
Here, there is a signpost with Locations and distances of cities all around the World. This marks the beginning or end of Highway one, which ever way you look at it!
A couple of scenic walks can be done..... the Foveaux Walk a two hour walk around the coastline or the shorter Glory Track a 20-30 minute trek, I didn't get to do either!
The Point is named after Captain Stirling who established a Whaling Station nearby in 1836.
Also at the point was Accommodation and Restaurant named "Lands End!" it is THE END!
It is meant to be like an English Pub!
Invercargill is my home base, although these days I like to think of Wanaka (3 hours away) as my other home base.
Invercargill is at the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand and is great place to live even if the weather can be challenging at times. It also has its fair share of good weather and the winter days that start with a frost but have clear blue skies, sun shining and lovely chrisp temperatures are just stunning.
Invercargill has some lovely sunsets and sunrises as shown in this photo.
The city only has a population base of 50,000 but has many great facilities supported by community funders. It is a superb base to enjoy the many outdoor activities that are right on your doorstep, national parks, beaches, rivers and many excellent local walking tracks.
The Southland region is great farming country with sheep, beef and now heavy dairy farming. The area is rich in resources.
The tourist region of Central Otago (Queenstown is only a 2 hour drive away) is nearby as is Te Anau (1½ hours) and its national park and of course, Milford Sound.
Steward Island is over the Foveaux straight, a notorious stretch of water, but with its cold seas, it is home to the best white fish in the world, I kid you not, Blue Cod from Foveaux Straight cannot be beaten. The Bluff Oysters are also world famous.
Invercargill has a great facility - Queens Park right in the middle of the city and the city is surrounded by 4 golf courses. Down town is more lively these days with a number of good bars, cafes and restaurants.