Day 4 was going to be a quick drive to Invercargill, then on to Dunedin. Instead I took the long route.
Google says about 8 hours 40 minutes, which was about right, with a couple of diversions. I’m glad I added the extra miles because it’s a really cool route.
It’s Labour Day today, so most places were closed on my route. I was expecting to see some life at Invercargill, but it was a bit of a ghost town due to the holiday, so I didn’t stay long.
Fortunately, Dunedin was really busy. It’s a University town so there were students milling around everywhere. It was really hot today and I was a bit burnt from the Milford Sound trip yesterday, so I tried to stay out of the sun. What few photos I did take of Dunedin are either suffering from bad glare or bad shadow. Looks like a really nice place and the areas around it, like the Otago Peninsula, are really cool too.
I’m pretty tired of driving now, but tomorrow is a long haul. Google says only 6 hours, but I think it’s going to be more like 9. Also, I’m meeting up with some guys in Dunedin in the morning, so I won’t get to start until later in the day.