08 Dec 2020

McCracken’s Rest, Southland

I love a good road-side viewpoint. Sometimes it’s nice to not have to walk anywhere – to open your car door and be greeted with a view you would have walked hours to see. McCracken’s Rest, on the southern coast, is one such place. From the small wooden viewing platform

29 Nov 2020

Gemstone Beach, Southland

On the eastern shores of Te Wae Wae Bay sits a small section of sand called Gemstone Beach. It’s one of the most popular spots on the road between Invercargill and Te Anau (part of the Southern Scenic Route) and you can visit it in about 5 minutes if you

Monkey Island, New Zealand
24 Nov 2020

Monkey Island, Southland

I’ve been to a few “Monkey Islands” in my time, and they’ve always contained actual monkeys. You’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting to see them at Southland’s Monkey Island though, so I’ll tell you what you can see there instead. Where is Monkey Island? Monkey Island is on the southern

28 Oct 2020

Hiking the Waipohatu Waterfall Track, The Catlins

There are several waterfalls in the Catlins, and most are just a short walk from the main road. The Waipohatu Waterfall Track is a little more challenging than the rest, but the waterfalls (there are two) are beautiful and it’s a lot quieter and more off the beaten path than

Colac Bay, Southland, New Zealand
25 Oct 2020

Colac Bay, Southland

The southern coast of New Zealand, roughly the stretch of road between Invercargill and Tuatapere, is home to lots of beaches and bays, and Colac Bay is one of the most popular. There are some nice-looking holiday houses there and a couple of places to eat and drink – and

11 Oct 2020

Cosy Nook, Southland

If you’re looking for a calm little spot along the Southern Scenic Route to eat some lunch or just take a break from the road, you’ve come to the right place. Cosy Nook is a sheltered bay along the windswept southern coast and features a beach, some nice views and