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A true blue, quirky mix of heartland and bogan, add a dash of the gay in Gore and gregarious local penguins on lonely beaches.

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Yellow eyed penguins waddling through the petrified forest

Watch penguins return to their nesting grounds.

Time: 40 min – I hr return depending on walk taken

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The Worlds Fastest Indian Legend

Hayes Shop

The Worlds Fastest Indian Legend

Self containment

Alex McKenzie Arboretum, Otautau

Overnight Campervan Parking

Alex McKenzie Arboretum, Otautau

Overnight Campervan Parking

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Stirling point

Time: 2 hr round trip

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Spotting porpoises at Curio Bay

See dolphins in their natural habitat from the beach at Curio Bay

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Time: 15 minutes return

Welcome to Invercargill Top 10 Holiday Park

Primo

Time: 40 min return, Distance: 2km return

Seals at Surat Bay

Surat Bay

Seal Watching

Surat Bay

Seal Watching

Time: 10 - 20 minute walk to view large Sea Lions

Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

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Victoria Slater

United Kingdom

Curio and Porpoise Bays: We saw fur seals, hectors dolphins, yellow eyed penguins and a petrified tree forest, all for free. Fantastic given that you usually have to pay to see penguins and dolphins elsewhere. Great motorcamp on the cliff above the bays.

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Mating ritual or lovers tiff?

20 minutes return

The "nuggets" at Nugget Point

Time: 10 - 30 min return depending on walk taken

Desending to Roe Hut

Dusky Track

Fiordland National Park

Dusky Track

Fiordland National Park

Time: Up to 8 - 9 days, Distance: 84 km

Time: 20 minutes return

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AndreaT

Germany

If going by campervan, don't underestimate the distances, eat at The Beach House in Riverton, do the Rob Valley track, have windshield insurance, expect changing weather.

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Winton

Overnight Campervan Parking

Winton

Overnight Campervan Parking

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Monkey Island, Orepuki

Overnight Campervan Parking

Monkey Island, Orepuki

Overnight Campervan Parking

Cannibal bay

Time: 5 hr return