On day 2 we are off in the direction of Antarctica! First scenic stop for the day is Nugget Point, home of seabirds, fur seals and stunning coastal vistas.
We then head towards the Catlins Coastal Rain Forest, taking in some wicked beach views, bush walks and waterfalls including Surat Bay or Cannibal Bay, both home to NZ Sea Lions.
Curio Bay is pretty much at the bottom of New Zealand and a true gem of a place. New Zealand’s native Hectors Dolphin, Yellow Eyed Penguins and a 180 million year old fossilised forest all call Curion Bay Home.
On to Bluff with a chance to snatch a photo under “that”sign post and optional ferry connections to Stewart Island.
Rakiura National Park is a must if you are in to the following; fishing, bush walking, spotting some of NZ’s rare and native birds (including the evasive Kiwi), or just chilling out in a very peaceful laid back place (only 28km of road on the whole island!). Also the best Blue Cod and Chips we’ve ever had.
Final stop is Invercargill for the evening at completion of this huge day.
Nugget Point, Owaka, chance to see sea lions.