Invercargill: Almost equally far due south equally yous tin go

Beach across from The Pavillion.
 Invercargill is a tidy city, working capital missive of the alphabet of the Southland, amongst a Equus caballus racing rail in addition to the Southland Museum in addition to Art Gallery, known for its breeding plan amongst the tuatara, a "living fossil," the alone survivor of a strain of reptiles that lived along amongst the dinosaurs.

Tip: Invercargill is blissfully flat.

My domicile away from domicile was the Ascot Park Hotel, close the rail in addition to to a greater extent than motel than hotel amongst an indoor puddle in addition to a expert restaurant. Rooms were large in addition to good equipped in addition to the staff equally friendly in addition to helpful equally whatsoever encountered inward New Zealand, peculiarly Peter Risdale, the genial executive manager. An avid hunter in addition to fisherman, he fifty-fifty raided his ain freezer in addition to then our grouping of move writers could sample the Southland's wild delicacies. We mightiness non accept appreciated the locally esteemed mutton bird, only nosotros adored his enthusiasm in addition to generosity.

Southland Museum.










Tu-a-who?

Baby tuatara.

















You can't girlfriend the Southland Museum - it's inward the largest pyramid inward the Southern hemisphere (try that for a bar bet). I'm told it has some nifty exhibits only I went lead to the tuatara surface area where nosotros met curator Lindsay Hazley and his protege, Henry, a sometimes affable lizard who is the patriarch of the breeding group. Hazley filled us inward on tuatara (pronounced too-ah-tah-rah) lore.


Female tuatara peeking out from her burrow.
Patience is required inward the breeding of tuatara. After all, it could hold upwards the to the lowest degree evolved brute on earth, having hardly changed since it shared Earth amongst the dinosaurs 250 1000000 years ago.

Once every 2 to 5 years the woman somebody volition hold upwards gear upwards to mate. If she's interested inward the virile somebody sitting exterior her burrow they volition mate in addition to 8 or ix months afterward she volition lay in addition to bury 6 to 10 eggs. Then it's an 11- to 16-month hold off for babies to hatch. If the soil roughly the eggs is warm, most if non all volition hold upwards males. If it is cool, hold off for females.






Harry has a shy moment.
Hazley shortly had us laughing over Henry's plight. After beingness mate-less for in addition to then long Henry went wild when faced amongst a publish of compliant females, becoming a virile somebody raise for the commence fourth dimension inward 2008 at the randy onetime historic menses of 111. However, in addition to then busy did Henry acquire that fewer in addition to fewer of the eggs his ladies pose were truly fertilized. Henry was enthusiastically going through the motions only shooting blanks.










One of Henry's virile somebody "helpers
Quality rather than quantity is a difficult lesson to acquire across to a lusty lizard. Fortunately, Henry is no longer lone inward the mature virile somebody division in addition to petty tuataras are springing upwards regularly.

Once hatched the tuatara is hither to stay. They mature sexually inward xv to xx years in addition to tin laissez passer notice alive to hold upwards over 100. Perhaps nosotros could, too, if nosotros could create without water, breathe alone 1 time an hr in addition to had a 3rd oculus on the transcend of our heads. And, dearest readers, that's no dubiousness the most lizard lore you'll e'er run across inward a move story.





Speedy Burt Munro Indian
Vroom-Vroom
You may non tending an stone oil tin laissez passer notice well-nigh motorcycles, only create halt inward at E. Hayes & Sons, Ltd. It's the domicile of the master copy Indian, owned yesteryear Burt Munro, on which he broke in addition to then many state speed records. The speedy Southlander pose the World Record degree S-A 1000cc amongst an average speed of 183.568 (one means 190.07 mph).  That was at Bonneville inward 1967. Monroe had done all the  modification run himself. The wheel was 47 years old, Monroe was 68. The tape nonetheless stands.

Bikes in addition to birdhouses part infinite at E. Hayes.
The Hayes family's collection of classic motorcycles in addition to cars is interspersed amongst their stock, the likes of which yous likely haven't encountered nether 1 roof. It ranges from every tool in addition to machine purpose yous accept in addition to haven't heard of in addition to camping ground gear from tents to shoes to kitchenware, fine linens, porcelain in addition to crystal. Their block-sized shop would acquire out Wal-mart dark-green amongst envy in addition to yous won't notice it slow to leave. I was lucky to accept emerged amongst alone Munro memorabilia for the motorbike in addition to speed enthusiast on my Christmas listing in addition to a Warhol-like sheep motif dish towel for myself.

The Te Hikoi, Heritage in addition to Cultural Centre , Southern Journey Museum, is well-nigh 25 minutes from Invercargill in addition to good worth a visit.  Start amongst a motion-picture demo inward the sailing transportation theatre in addition to larn well-nigh the area's yesteryear in addition to the wealth of characters who filled it.



Owen McShane's products.
 Owen McShane, for example, was famous for brewing beer in addition to distilling cabbage tree rum in addition to whiskey - Cooper's Schnapps in addition to McShane's Chained Lightening to the whalers who bought it. One of the area's many characters, the Irishman came hither inward the mid-1800s only never got rich, drinking upwards most of his profits.



The Pavillion.
Carrot cake at the Pavillion.
While you're out that way, halt inward at The Pavillion on Colac Bay for to a greater extent than beautiful scenery in addition to some truly expert food. If they accept carrot cake, don't girlfriend it.




Invercargill: Almost equally far due south equally yous tin go