From Waipapa Point and the lighthouse, we had two more stops to reach Invercargill – one at Fortrose and one at Kapuka. From Invercargill we drove south west to visit Oreti Beach and Sandy Point.
We tried to go to the museum in Invercargill but found it closed for earthquake strengthening. A great idea, but couldn’t the museum, or at least parts of it, have been set up somewhere else in the meantime? Apparently not…and furthermore they haven’t started on the strengthening and don’t seem to know when they are going to start.
We came across a few of these disappointments in the south. In addition to the Invercargill museum being shut we also learned that tours are no longer run in either the Tiwai aluminium smelter in Bluff or the power plant at Manapouri. Both experiences we really wanted to take part in.
Nothing to do about it except blame Worksafe and OSH compliance which we did quite well on for a few days, telling our grievances to anyone who would listen. Being one of NZ’s favourite go-to conversations currently, we had no trouble with that! In return we heard some beaut stories. I won’t go into them here, but it was quite fun hearing about incidents of utter silliness with health and safety practices. I’m not against safety but it’s best to set safety rulings in close consultation with the people actually at the grassroots of each situation, and to be flexible when a rule comes along that turns out to be straight out daft.