Thursday, August 16, 2012

Southland Diary: Riverton and beyond

We admittedly spent a large amount of our time and energy on our Southland trip eating our way through town. However we did get out and explore the coastline south of Invercargill. Although July isn't necessarily beach weather, the coast was stunning in that overcast, dramatic windswept way that Southland does so well. From Invercargill we drove down to Riverton on the coast, originally a whaling settlement, and on to Colac Bay and Cosy Nook. I admittedly went a bit crazy with the beachscapes, but it was too dramatic and wintery not to. 

Cosy Nook

I challenge you to find a better bus stop anywhere. This Simpsons tribute was the last thing we expected to find in a back street of the tiny Colac Bay settlement.
Colac Bay

Riverton


It wasn't untile I started writing this post that I realised this house was smiling. Possibly the nicest surprise ever when you go back to finish a blog post.
Colac Bay

Riverton

I've always had a thing for big red-brick houses. This one is ticking all my boxes.
Brick house in Riverton

Riverton

Riverton

Cosy Nook

These cottages aren't even legal properties apparently, but have been allowed to stay for this generation of owners only.
Fishermen's houses


Pebbles and boulders (see what I did there??? LOL) at Cosy Nook




Our first taste of the famous Cheese Rolls at Colac Bay. I'd always heard wondrous things about this mysterious southern delicacy, but admittedly never believed the hype. That all changed when we tried these late in the afteroon at a tiny cafe that was just closing up. Words can't describe, you really need to get down to Southland and try these yourself if you haven't already.



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